Headline, December 22 2021/ ''' '' MIND YOUR MIND '' '''

''' '' MIND YOUR 

MIND '' '''


DECEMBER 18 - EVERY YEAR ON THIS DAY - MANKIND MUST REFLECT and - the Global Founder Framers of The World Students Society must stop and think too :

'' What have I done to make the world a better place? ''

With a heavy heart I turn to Almighty God for divine guidance.

Dakar, Dubai, Istanbul, New York and Singapore and the whole world, autocrats are finding new ways to quash free expression online.mind.

ON OCTOBER 8th two journalists, Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, won the Nobel peace prize for their ''efforts to safeguard freedom of expression''.

The Kremlin congratulated Mr. Muratov for being '' brave '', which he is. Six of his colleagues at Novaya Gazeta, the Russian newspaper he founded in 1993, have been murdered.

Ms. Reesi is brave, too. Hew news organisation, Rappler, started a Facebook page in 2011. It is one of very few in the Philippines that criticizes Rodrigo Duterte, a president who urges the police to kill suspects without trial.

At least ten journalists have been murdered since Mr. Duterte came to power. In 2016, when he was president-elect, he said : '' just because you're a journalist you are exempted from assassination, if you're a son a bitch.''

The Nobel award recognizes a sad truth. Globally, freedom of expression is in retreat. The bluntest methods of silencing dissent are widely wielded : autocrats and criminal gangs often use the sword against the pen [ or bullets against bloggers ]. Many governments also lock people up for peaceful expressing their views.

But these old-fashioned forms of repression are increasingly reinforced with or replaced by newer techniques. Freedom House, a think-tank, reports that in the past year efforts to control speech online escalated in 30 of the 70 countries it monitors, and receded only in 18.

Many autocrats and would-be autocrats look with envy at China, where the Communist Party has overseen the construction of a walled-off information sphere, within which criticism of those in power can barely be seen or heard. None can copy it exactly, but many are deploying digital tools to curate the information that reaches their citizens.

Some autocrats still believe that suspending Internet services completely is a good way to stymie critics, particularly in an emergency. In 2020 there were at least 155 regional or national internet shutdowns in 29 countries, according to Access Now, an NGO.

More than a hundred of those took place in India. But shutdowns batter economies and make strongmen look crude. In 2011 a panicked Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's dictator tried to quash a revolution by switching off the Internet. Outrage - and boredom - spurred even more Egyptians onto the streets. Mr. Mubarak was ousted.

Meanwhile, all new mobile phones sold in Russia must be set to use Yandex, a Russian search engine by default. The government plans to require all public-sector workers, including teachers and university professors, to use only Russian email and messenger services while doing their jobs.

In July investigators for more than a dozen newspapers said they had obtained 50,000 phone numbers of people who they believed were being considered for surveillance by clients of NSO Group, an Israeli firm that helps governments snoop on mobile devices.

The governments included those of Mexico, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. The list of people who may have been surveilled included journalists, politicians and human-rights activists.

India's government is especially keen to tame digital firms. It is demanding that WhatsApp identify who first sends any message on its platform, which would require removing end-to-end encryption that protects its users privacy.

Freedom House says 45 countries in its sample were found to have used such ''spyware'' at some point in the past 12 months; it calls this a ''crisis of human rights.''

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Technology, and State-of-the-World, continues. The World Students Society thanks The Economist.

With respectful dedication to the Leaders, Grandparents, Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all prepare and register for Great Global Elections on The World Students Society :  wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter : !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011 :

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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