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Malaysia government seeks to strengthen Sedition Act

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Apr 082015
 

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s government plans to strengthen its Sedition Act, fresh after enacting an anti-terrorism law denounced by the opposition and rights groups as a threat to civil liberties.

Ittabled on Tuesday (Apr 7) amendments to the Sedition Act 1948 for its first reading in parliament.As with the Prevention of Terrorism Bill passed early Tuesday, the amendments to the Sedition Act have been slammed by human rights activists.

Prime Minister Najib Razak had once pledged to repeal the controversial law introduced during British colonial rule to curb dissent. But the government said increased harmful and malicious comments jeopardising Malaysian ideals such as racial and religious harmony contributed to the change of heart.

However critics said the amendments silence free speech and cannot be justified.”They’re using a nuclear bomb to kill a mosquito or a fly. It’s overdone. It’s a terrible, terrible piece of legislation, terrible amendments,” saidAmbiga Sreenevasan from the Movement to Abolish the Sedition Act and who is a former Bar Council president.

Under the amendments, comments on religion that could spark hostility would be an offence – one that would carry harsher penalties, including a compulsory jail term.

The government intends to remove subclauses that regulate criticisms of the government or the justice system. Still, many lawmakers are skeptical – even those from the ruling coalition.

Bung Moktar Radin is an MP from Sabah – where there has been talk of secession from Malaysia. He fears Sabahans will unwittingly be charged as Sedition Act amendments include a subclause criminalising this.

He said: “That’s why I asked the minister, ‘how about if the kampung (village) people put a statement on Facebook and they put ‘like’. Are those people also going to be ditangkap (arrested)?’ So, it’s no good. ”

But it’s now unclear if the amendment Bill can or should even be debated. Critics argue that amendments should not have been proposed in the first place because of an ongoing court challenge on the constitutionality of the Sedition Act.

Ambiga Sreenevasan said: “Subjudice is one thing. But it’s also totally disrespectful to the Federal Court. The Federal Court, the highest court in the land, is deciding whether it’s constitutional and you don’t care about that. You carry on and amend it. And of course it is a total waste of time, because if the Federal Court decides it is unconstitutional, the Act falls, the amendment falls.”

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Indiana, Religious Freedom, and Freedom of Association – Video

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Apr 072015
 



Indiana, Religious Freedom, and Freedom of Association
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Apple CEO blasts Indiana’s "dangerous" religious freedom law – Video

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Mar 312015
 



Apple CEO blasts Indiana's “dangerous” religious freedom law
Protests and boycotts are growing over an Indiana law that some say discriminates against gay people. Gov. Mike Pence says he stands by the controversial religious freedom legislation. Supporters…

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Boycott Indiana Hashtag Trends After Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Law – Video

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Indiana passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act that may allow businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people. As Mara Montalbano (@maramontalbano) tells us, the Internet is responding….

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Become an NSA Spook in This iPhone Puzzle Game

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Mar 192015
 

If youve ever wondered what its like on the other side of the surveillance stateto be the one doing the snooping, as opposed to being the one getting snooped onyou now have the chance, in a somewhat unlikely form: A Laser Chess-style puzzle game for your iPhone.

In TouchTone, you play an NSA analyst, alternatively solving simple geometric puzzles and scanning peoples emails for national security threats. The puzzles are fun, but its the stuff in between thats really interesting. The game presents a simple, stylized take on the job, to be sure, but it can be a powerful experience nonetheless. As youre trying to decide whether a particular message is pertinent to national security, you cant help but feel in a very visceral way the queasy ambiguity at the heart of state surveillance.

The game was created by Michael Boxleiter and Greg Wohlwend, who work together under the name Mikengreg. Theyre responsible for the well-known games Solipskier and Gasketball. More recently, Wohlwend illustrated the cheerful visual design of the hit puzzle game Threes.

Boxleiter had worked out the basic puzzle elements of TouchTone for a game jam in 2012, but the two were struggling to figure out the extra something needed to make the game feel complete. The answer came suddenly with Edward Snowden and the PRISM revelations.

The concept fit well with the puzzle mechanics, which the developers felt had a bit of a hacker vibe all along. Still, it took a while to figure out the right tone for the controversial issue. At first we were going to go for a little satire, and throw in some jokes at the NSAs expense, Boxleiter says. I realized after a while that maybe we could say something a little more real and a little more important.

Boxleiter ended up writing an elaborate story centering around a American Muslim engineer, which unfolds in the form of emails intercepted over the course of the game. It took months of writing and rewriting. Not many people have made a game like this, so it feels like uncharted territory, Boxleiter says.

The game ends up balancing subtle satire with a vague, sinister vibe. At one point in the development process, after theyd shed the initial jokiness and embraced a straighter approach to the conceit, Boxleiter and Wohlwend took the game to a play-testing event in Chicago and claimed they were contracted by the NSA to make it. At least one beta tester believed them, a reaction Wohlwend and Boxleiter took as a job well done.

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Sen. Ted Cruz Talks with Ben Ferguson about Defending the Second Amendment – Video

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Mar 162015
 



Sen. Ted Cruz Talks with Ben Ferguson about Defending the Second Amendment
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Northern beaches: Hospital build stimulates growth

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Mar 102015
 

This two-bedroom unit at 11/55 Delmar Parade, Dee Why, sold for $665,000. Photo: Supplied

Domain Group 2015 Prediction: Houses: 5-7 per cent Apartments: 5-7 per cent

The Northern Beaches market is set for a much-needed boost over the next few years as construction of the controversial new hospital at Frenchs Forest gets underway, bringing with it extra infrastructure and spin-off medical businesses.

Angus Raine, executive chairman and chief executive of Raine & Horne, says prices in suburbs such as Forestville, Frenchs Forest and Davidson have risen by 10 per cent since preliminary work started on the hospital last year. “With lower interest rates, we see no reason why this level of growth won’t continue in 2015,” Raine says.

The 488-bed Northern Beaches Hospital is scheduled to open in 2018.

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Raine predicts Forestville, Frenchs Forest, Davidson and nearby Killarney Heights could produce price growth of 10 per cent or more in 2015.

“This is especially the case with the state government confirming it is going ahead with a road underpass, a road widening on Warringah Road and other upgrades in support of the hospital,” Raine says.

Sam Pfafflin from Raine & Horne Forestville/Frenchs Forest says properties near the hospital will be highly sought-after by specialists, GPs and other medical businesses.

The northern beaches was one of the underperformers of the Sydney property market last year, says Dr Andrew Wilson, the chief economist for the Domain Group. “Even though [the Northern Beaches] did record a quite healthy prices growth it wasn’t at the same level as the budget areas or the mid-price range areas,” says Wilson.

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Deadly shooting in Copenhagen – Video

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Feb 162015
 



Deadly shooting in Copenhagen
The carnage began Saturday afternoon, when the gunman stormed a Copenhagen cafe where Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks was attending a free speech forum. Vilks is known for his controversial…

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Bitcoin ATM helps put legitimate status on cryptocurrency – Video

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Feb 142015
 



Bitcoin ATM helps put legitimate status on cryptocurrency
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Winklevoss twins: Bitcoin will explode beyond $1 trillion

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Jan 272015
 

Hollywood Beach, Florida (CNNMoney)

The brothers, known for their legal battle with Facebook (FB, Tech30) founder Mark Zuckerberg, believe the controversial cryptocurrency is the payments network of the future. That’s despite Bitcoin’s 60% plunge in 2014.

They predict Bitcoin’s market capitalization could easily skyrocket to at least $400 billion, or roughly the combined size of modern day payments companies like American Express (AXP), Visa (V), MasterCard (MA) and Western Union (WU).

But the Internet entrepreneurs are taking it one step further. They believe Bitcoin could one day morph into a gold-like asset class — or even surpass it.

“If Bitcoin is a better gold or seen as a type of gold-like asset, then it could be in the trillions on a market cap,” Tyler Winklevoss told CNNMoney. “We do feel those are very real possibilities.”

Related: Gold is sexy again as it jumps above $1,300

Reaching over $1 trillion in market cap is hard to fathom, especially because Bitcoin’s current market cap is less than $4 billion.

Many skeptics remain convinced Bitcoin was a bubble that will soon die out. Jeffrey Gundlach, the new so-called “bond king,” recently said Bitcoin is “on its way to being relegated to the ash heap of digital currencies.”

Related: Will Bitcoin ever rebound?

Buying opportunity? Don’t tell that to the Winklevii, as they are sometimes called. The twins are huge backers of Bitcoin and stand to profit handsomely if their vision comes true.

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Winklevoss twins: Bitcoin better than gold

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Jan 272015
 

Hollywood Beach, Florida (CNNMoney)

The brothers, known for their legal battle with Facebook (FB, Tech30) founder Mark Zuckerberg, believe the controversial cryptocurrency is the payments network of the future. That’s despite Bitcoin’s 60% plunge in 2014.

They predict Bitcoin’s market capitalization could easily skyrocket to at least $400 billion, or roughly the combined size of modern day payments companies like American Express (AXP), Visa (V), MasterCard (MA) and Western Union (WU).

But the Internet entrepreneurs are taking it one step further. They believe Bitcoin could one day morph into a gold-like asset class — or even surpass it.

“If Bitcoin is a better gold or seen as a type of gold-like asset, then it could be in the trillions on a market cap,” Tyler Winklevoss told CNNMoney. “We do feel those are very real possibilities.”

Related: Gold is sexy again as it jumps above $1,300

Reaching over $1 trillion in market cap is hard to fathom, especially because Bitcoin’s current market cap is less than $4 billion.

Many skeptics remain convinced Bitcoin was a bubble that will soon die out. Jeffrey Gundlach, the new so-called “bond king,” recently said Bitcoin is “on its way to being relegated to the ash heap of digital currencies.”

Related: Will Bitcoin ever rebound?

Buying opportunity? Don’t tell that to the Winklevii, as they are sometimes called. The twins are huge backers of Bitcoin and stand to profit handsomely if their vision comes true.

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Danish cartoonist asks is it free speech or hate speech?

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Jan 272015
 

Danish newspaperman Flemming Rose doesnt see much to be optimistic about.

In fact, hes fairly pessimistic about the future of free speech, at least in Europe. And, if other countries arent careful, there as well.

Rose, the Danish editor and foreign correspondent known for his controversial decision to publish a series of cartoons about the Prophet Mohammed in 2009, spoke about his life, that decision, and his new book The Tyranny of Silence at the Harding Township Municipal Building on Monday evening, Jan. 19.

Hardings Kemmerer Library Director Lotte Newlin, who is also Danish, arranged the visit, which was originally to take place in the library. An overflow crowd of about 75, however, prompted the venue change.

Rose is the foreign correspondent for the Jyllands-Posten, the biggest daily newspaper in Denmark.

Newlin said she didnt know Rose before his visit to Harding, but said she has followed him online.

I was incensed over the whole brew ha ha about the cartoons, she said. The whole thing was preposterous. I thought it was a disproportionate reaction. In Denmark, we have a strong tradition of satire. In fact, it is said that if a Dane is nice to you, you have a reason to worry.

Newlin said she heard Rose on an interview on National Public Radio (NPR) last fall, e-mailed him, and invited him to speak in Harding.

Following Monday nights talk, Rose was en route to New York City to appear on MSNBC. He also has a number of other interviews lined up to promote the English version of his book, which deals with the cartoons and their aftermath.

The book was first written in Danish in 2010, and Rose said he has traveled to Jerusalem, Moscow and California, to name a few, to discuss the issue.

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France Assaults Free Speech in the Name of Free Speech – Video

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Jan 192015
 



France Assaults Free Speech in the Name of Free Speech
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French president says on national TV that the Illuminati is attacking Paris. – Video

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Jan 152015
 



French president says on national TV that the Illuminati is attacking Paris.

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'The Interview' and First Amendment rights

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Dec 242014
 

News that the controversial comedy movie The Interview will be shown on Christmas Day is dredging up a rather complicated, and confused, argument about the Constitutions First Amendment.

As of Christmas Eve day, here is a quick recap of where we stand:

Sony Pictures is now allowing independent theaters to show the movie in more than 200 locations, after Sony and major theaters pulled the film initially. Sonys computers were hacked by folks with alleged connections to North Korea. The hackers also made threats to harm people who attended movie screenings at the theater chain venues.

Then, President Barack Obama called out Sony and the national theater chains.

We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States, Obama said last Friday.

Obamas comments and a huge push back from the entertainment industry were partially driven by concerns that North Korea, or at least its proxy in the form of the hackers, could dictate what companies can publish, in the form of a film, or any other type of digital content.

They also drew a quick response from Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton, who said, First, I was surprised by the remark. But, I think actually the president and I are coming from the same place. We are obviously both strong proponents of the First Amendment.

Sony also quickly pointed out that the major theater groups pulled the plug on the movie.

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Napthine says free speech 'not unlimited'

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Dec 212014
 

Premier Denis Napthine has declared there are limits on freedom of speech, with racial vilification never welcome in Victoria.

Responding to questions about Attorney-General George Brandis’ comments that Australians were free to be bigots, Dr Napthine said Victoria had a proud history of multiculturalism.

“While we as members of the Coalition strongly support free speech, it is not unlimited free speech. People aren’t free to vilify others on the basis of race or religion,” Dr Napthine said.

“Free speech is a valuable commodity which we preserve and protect but there quite rightly is restriction on free speech in the best interest of the good order of the community and common sense.”

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Dr Napthine said Victoria’s anti-vilification laws were effective it is offence for people to make comments that incite racial hatred and vilification.

The Premier declined to comment directly on Senator Brandis’ comments that Australians had a right to be bigoted.

“Victoria is proudly the multicultural capital of Australia, we have a diverse harmonious community,” he said.

Asked directly if he supported the federal Coalition’s plans to change the controversial section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, Dr Napthine did not directly answer the question.

“We want to protect freedom of speech, but it is not unlimited freedom of speech. There has always been rules around defamation, slander and libel, and in Victoria we have effective rules on racial and religious vilification,” Dr Napthine said.

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Ultraviolent Game Hatred REMOVED from Steam Greenlight – Video

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Dec 182014
 



Ultraviolent Game Hatred REMOVED from Steam Greenlight
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Patriot Act Deadline Threatens to Splinter NSA Reformers

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Nov 252014
 

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Privacy advocates, facing an uphill battle in a Republican-controlled Congress next year, will have to make a difficult choice.

Some argue that their best shot to curb the National Security Agency’s powers will be to kill core provisions of the USA Patriot Act altogether. But other reformers aren’t ready to take the post-9/11 law hostage.

The debate over whether to let the Patriot Act provisions expire in June threatens to splinter the surveillance-reform coalition. If the tech industry, privacy groups, and reform-minded lawmakers can’t coalesce around a strategy soon, they may have little hope of reining in the surveillance state.

And with outrage over the Snowden revelations fading and fear over the Islamic State rising, the push for reform appears to have already lost its momentum.

The NSA critics are still licking their wounds after Senate Republicans blocked the USA Freedom Act last week. The bill, authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, would have prohibited the government’s carte blanche collection of U.S. phone metadatathe numbers and time stamps of phone calls but not their actual contents.

The bill would have also extended key provisions of the Patriot Act for two years, including the controversial Section 215, which the NSA uses to justify its phone record collection program. But that wasn’t enough for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Marco Rubio, and most of the Republican caucus, who warned that the bill would have helped terrorists kill Americans.

“This is the worst possible time to be tying our hands behind our backs. The threat from ISIL is real,” McConnell said in a statement, using an alternative name for the Islamic State.

With the Republicans winning the Senate, McConnell is about to become the majority leader, giving him control over the chamber’s agenda. Given his aggressive last-minute whipping against the Freedom Act, privacy advocates say it is difficult to imagine him pushing anything more than cursory changes to the NSA.

But with so many ways to block legislation in Congress, it’s always easier to stop something than to pass it. That reality has already led some privacy advocates to want to kill any reauthorization of the Patriot Act that doesn’t include substantial reforms to the government’s spying powersa viewpoint that has already spawned a #Sunset215 hashtag.

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‘Free Speech, Protest Art, Graffiti, and Controversial Artwork’ – Video

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Nov 162014
 



'Free Speech, Protest Art, Graffiti, and Controversial Artwork'

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