Reporters Without Borders has warned against the risk of abuse of an amendment to the Computer Misuse Act intended to tighten Internet security by allowing continuous surveillance of cyber-suspects and authorising their pre-emptive arrest before a crime has been committed. Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage SingaporeAsia – Pacific Organisation RSF_en April 10, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has warned against the risk of abuse of an amendment to the Computer Misuse Act intended to tighten Internet security. Parliament has amended Article 15A of the Act allowing continuous surveillance of cyber-suspects thanks to real-time monitoring software and authorising their pre-emptive arrest before a crime has been committed. Cyber-criminals are liable for jail terms of up to three years.The Government says the new amendment will combat “imminent attacks” that could threaten security, essential services, defence or Singapore’s foreign relations. It says the law will not be used to oversee normal Internet use.Reporters Without Borders warned however of the risk of abuse: “Even if the fight against cyber-crime has become essential, it should not justify the granting of extraordinary powers to governments” said Robert Ménard, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders. “The amendment adopted by Singapore’s Parliament gives too much discretion to the minister of home affairs as to the scope of his authority. We urge therefore that these decisions should be checked by an independent body” he added. One Member of Parliament, Ho Geok Choo, said that the amended article made it more like the Internal Security Act (ISA), designed to counter ordinary crime. This law adopted soon after the city state‚s independence has long been used by the government to make arbitrary arrests of political dissidents. Parliamentarians also condemned a lack of clarity in the terms of the Act. Chee Soon Juan, secretary general of the Singapore Democratic Party said the law could be used to arrest and imprison anyone suspected of being a cyber-criminal. He added that he believed the Government was using this law as a pretext to monitor Internet use. The Act does not say what type of agency or organisation could be authorised by the minister of home affairs to supervise the Internet. Nor does it explain what steps could be taken by the minister when he judges an attack to be “imminent”. The law also makes no provision for any external body to verify the basis on which decisions are taken. Reporters Without Borders condemned similar laws adopted in the United States and in the countries of the EU after the attacks of 11 September 2001. Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources SingaporeAsia – Pacific November 13, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Parliament grants government powers tightening Internet surveillance October 2, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review to go further Follow the news on Singapore Receive email alerts October 15, 2020 Find out more News News News
54SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Thanksgiving may be over but it’s important that as a leader you always remember to show your staff the appreciation they deserve. Unfortunately, in many workplaces, employees are not told “thank you” enough which can lead to feelings of resentment and discontent. Here are four easy and inexpensive ways you can give your staff the recognition they’ve earned.Write a personalized thank you noteThere’s something so personal and special about a handwritten letter (or email). Hearing directly from you superior about a job well done is something that really hits home for employees. Even if it’s a small note of gratitude, directly reaching out to them makes such a huge impact that won’t be forgotten.Host a potluck lunchIt’s not always in the company budget to invite employees out to lunch or dinner to show your appreciation, and that’s okay. As they say, it’s the thought that counts. So instead, organize a potluck lunch that everyone can participate in. That way they will feel involved and special all while getting their mind off their work even for just a little while.Let them leaveEven though “quittin’ time” is typically 5pm, because you’re the boss, you can often adjust that schedule when you see fit. If an employee has accomplished goals and you want to let them know you’ve noticed, let them leave an hour early one afternoon. Allowing employees to have a little extra free time shows them that you value their hard work and dedication to the company.Make an announcementIf you’re about to lead a meeting, before you get started announce to others the accomplishments of an employee you’ve noticed has hit it out of the park. It doesn’t have to be a ten-minute speech, but just expressing your gratitude in front of the team will make the employee feel proud and will also encourage others to keep working toward their goals.
JUSTIN DOBBS (Courier Photo/William McBride/File) Former Allderdice star Justin Dobbs joins that elite company with his commitment to play at Grambling State University (GSU), a historically Black college/university (HBCU) in Louisiana.“I know I have the skills and ability to rise to the top again,” said Dobbs, a two-time New Pittsburgh Courier City League Basketball Player of the Year. “It took blood, sweat, and tears. Literally. And I’m willing to give the same effort and, hopefully, the same results.”One thing that Dobbs is looking forward to is working with his GSU coaching staff.“The thing that helped me pick Grambling was the fact that I never heard from an assistant,” Dobbs said.His head coach, Joseph Price, was a former standout guard at Notre Dame and played professionally for 13 seasons in eight different countries.“I think that Justin is coming into a great opportunity where he can come right in and get some playing time and to help us get to the top of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC),” he said.All of Price’s assistants played Division-I, two of them at Notre Dame, and have been key in recruiting some notable NBA prospects.“Accumulatively, my assistants and I have recruited names such as George Hill (Indiana Pacers), Kenneth Fareid (Denver Nuggets) and former greats like Nate McMillan (Seattle SuperSonics) and Wally Szczerbiak (various teams) to name a few,” Price added.Dobbs finished his senior season as the city’s leading scorer, averaging over 20 points per game. As a sophomore, he played the unlikely hero in the city championship for the Dragons who would go on to win two more after that.This past year, Dobbs mainly played the small forward position. At 6-foot-3, he’s expressed enthusiasm about having an opportunity to playing point guard; and in Price’s motion offense that will give him an opportunity to display his ability to score.“I’ve already proven that I can handle the ball,” Dobbs said. “Now, I’m looking forward to having an opportunity to develop into a guy who can read a play and distribute the ball.”“We’re looking forward to having (Dobbs) come down and to receive the mentorship and film study that’s necessary for him to become more of a point guard,” Price said. “We like the fact that he’s a scorer, naturally, and how he’ll add depth to our offense around the perimeter.”A graduate of Allderdice, with honors, Dobbs also fits the profile of what Price wants academically and off-the-court.“(Justin) is interested in going to class, carrying himself with integrity, and earning a degree,” he said. “We need to change the perception of our program and we’d like to do that with our incoming freshman class. He is a great model of how we’d like to do to accomplish that.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected]pittsburghcourier.com or on [email protected]) by Malik VincentDeJuan Blair, D.J. Kennedy, and DeAndre Kane—all Schenley alum—are some of the last players from the City League to receive a rare Division I scholarship for basketball.