Date of National Famine Commemoration 2016 set 20 Jun 2016; posted by the editor - Ireland
This year's National Famine Commemoration will take place on Sunday, 11 September at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, Heather Humphreys has announced.
Call for a National Debate on U.S. "Regime Change" Policy 20 Jun 2016; posted by the editor - United States
By Center for Citizen Initiatives delegation currently visiting Russia
On June 16, the New York Timesreported: “More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administration’s policy in Syria, urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad to stop its persistent violations of a cease-fire in the country’s five-year-old civil war.
€370k funding for Irish Museum of Modern Art 18 Jun 2016; posted by the editor - Arts, Ireland
A grant of €371,000 has been approved for the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) to carry out essential improvement works at the Garden Galleries at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham which will be used to house a world class Lucian Freud exhibition later this year.
New mentoring assistance available for micro-enterprises through Local Enterprise Offices 18 Jun 2016; posted by the editor - Business, Ireland
Microfinance Ireland (or MFI), the not-for-profit Government Agency providing funded finance to micro-enterprises, is offering micro-businesses the opportunity to avail of a cut in its interest rates (down by 1%) from 1st July 2016.
Company benefits of Horizon 2020 17 Jun 2016; posted by the editor - Business, Ireland
Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the EU's Programme to support Research and Innovation. It has a budget of €75 billion and runs from 2014 to 2020. From January 2014-November 2015 Ireland had won €251 million. This performance has Ireland on track to achieve the national target of €1.25bn.
CoE study: Blocking content has to respect fundamental rights 17 Jun 2016; posted by the editor - Internet news, Europe, European Union
By Fabian Warislohner, EDRi intern
Several European countries lack clear legal provisions and transparent procedures when it comes to blocking and removal of online content. A comparative study published by the Council of Europe stresses that any restriction on the right to freedom of expression must be provided for by law, be proportionate and follow legitimate objectives. Blocking should only be a measure of last resort and applied with great caution.
Swiss civil society struggles against digital surveillance laws 17 Jun 2016; posted by the editor - Internet news, Switzerland
By Norbert Bollow, EDRi observer, Switzerland
In June 2016, Swiss civil society activists are redoubling their efforts to collect signatures in support of a referendum vote on the revision of a surveillance law best known under the German acronym BÜPF, “federal law concerning surveillance of postal communications and telecommunications”. This revision would legalise surveillance by means of IMSI catchers (fake relay antennas for mobile phone) and govware trojans (spyware used by the government). It would require even private persons and associations to be subject to internet wiretapping on their premises, mailservers, etc.
Radio Erena, Eritrea's only independent voice, turns seven 15 Jun 2016; posted by the editor - Human Rights, Eritrea
Radio Erena, Eritrea’s only independent and apolitical radio station, which broadcasts from Paris and is run by Eritrean exile journalists, has now been on air for seven years. The following report was published by Reporters Without Borders.
Mars One reveals new details on Astronaut Selection Round Three 13 Jun 2016; posted by the editor - International
Amersfoort, 6th of June 2016 - Mars One released new information about the third round in the Astronaut Selection Program during a private Mars One event in Amsterdam. The third selection round is designed to trim down the remaining 100 candidates to forty through a series of group challenges. The candidates will compose the groups for the third round themselves.
National Concert Hall new board appointees named 13 Jun 2016; posted by the editor - Ireland
The appointees of a new board to the National Concert Hall have been announced by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys. All appointees have been vetted by the Public Appointments Service and were found to have the requisite experience to serve on the Board.
Thousands of Centenary Street Feasts planned 10 Jun 2016; posted by the editor - Ireland
Centenary Street Feasts are set to take place in gardens, parks and streets across the country on Sunday, 12 June. This year, as part of Ireland 2016, over 1,200 Feasts involving around 120,000 people are confirmed so far.
Up to 180 Jobs for Irish Linguists in EU Translation Service 09 Jun 2016; posted by the editor - Ireland
Up to 180 jobs for Irish language speakers are expected to become available in the EU institutions in Brussels and Luxemburg between now and the end of 2021. A recruitment campaign for the first 62 Translator positions has just been launched.
Lessons for Peace from Back in the USSR 04 Jun 2016; posted by the editor - United States, Russia
By David Swanson
In the early 1980s almost nobody from the United States travelled to the Soviet Union or vice versa. The Soviets wouldn’t let anybody out, and good Americans were disinclined to visit the Evil Empire. But a woman in California named Sharon Tennison took the threat of nuclear war with the seriousness it deserved and still deserves. She got a group of friends together and asked the Russian consulate for permission to visit Russia, make friends, and learn.
EU Commission under investigation for EU Internet Forum documents 01 Jun 2016; posted by the editor - Journalism, Internet news, European Union
By Kirsten Fiedler, EDRi
In the past year, EDRi made numerous formal requests to get more information about the EU Internet Forum. This Forum was set up by the EU Commission to persuade companies to do "more" to fight terrorism. After months of obstruction from the European Commission, EDRi made a maladministration complaint to the European Ombudsman. As a result, a formal inquiry has been launched.
Make-or-break summer for EU Net Neutrality 01 Jun 2016; posted by the editor - Journalism, Internet news, Europe, European Union
By Paddy Leersen, AK Vorrat Austria
Vienna, city of diplomacy and birthplace of countless international deals, will soon host crucial negotiations on the future of the open internet. On 3 June, EU Telecom regulators will gather in Vienna to discuss the implementation of new EU Net Neutrality laws. Following mass mobilisation in India and the USA, the expectations to deliver real net neutrality are high.