Government backs down on Green Dam but concerns remain

first_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China News April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Reporters Without Borders is relieved by yesterday’s government announcement that installation of its “Green Dam-Youth Escort” Internet-filtering software will not be obligatory on individually-owned computers but is nonetheless concerned that installation is to go ahead on computers in schools and Internet cafés.“We hail this decision, which is the result of a major international outcry involving both government officials and the Chinese-language blogosphere,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But the ministry of industry and information technology’s insistence on installing the software on computers in schools, Internet cafés and other public places continues to worry us. As Internet cafés are very popular in China, this could do online freedom of information a great deal of harm.”At a news conference yesterday, industry and information technology minister Li Yizhong said Green Dam’s installation would be optional. It had been poorly presented and explained and had been misunderstood, he said, claiming that that there had never been any intention of making its installation on individually-owned computers obligatory. The decision to let people choose whether or not to install Green Dam was hailed yesterday by the US government, which had played a key role in lobbying the Chinese authorities against its obligatory installation on computers.At yesterday’s conference, organised by the State Council’s Information Bureau, Li nonetheless said installation would go head on computers in schools, Internet cafés and other public places in order to protect young people from pornography and other harmful content.However, the authorities have not provided any details about of the kind of content that will be considered inappropriate. The limits of this content filtering need to be clearly defined in order to avoid excesses. While it is legitimate to want to regulate the Internet, it would be unacceptable if this software were to restrict online freedom.China has more Internet users than any other country in the world – more than 300 million – but its censorship of the Internet is also one of the world’s strictest. It was ranked 167th out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.center_img Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Organisation News ChinaAsia – Pacific August 14, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government backs down on Green Dam but concerns remain March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Guest Opinion | PUSD – Cheating is a Problem to Hide, Especially in Sierra Madre

first_img Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Pasadena Unified School District’s flagship elementary school is Sierra Madre Elementary School. The Sierra Madre school has regularly been seen as PUSD’s highest performing school – #1 when the API scores used to come out and #1 again when the new SBAC testing regime scores came out last fall. The Sierra Madre school is also rightfully the pride of the City of Sierra Madre. Sierra Madre enjoys an active parent support network for the school, and its citizens have long been vocal and effective proponents for resourcing the Sierra Madre.But now there is a question mark hanging over Sierra Madre as to whether PUSD discriminatorily protected it against disclosure of cheating at the scho0ol while taking a harsher stance toward Northwest Pasadena schools.“PUSD wouldn’t get away doing to Sierra Madre what it did to Madison” – True or False?A constant refrain of the grassroots coalition the Citizens’ Council for Empowerment and Justice at Madison is that PUSD would never get away with doing to Sierra Madre what it did to Madison. That refrain arises from the fact that, when Sierra Madre had to recently select a new principal, Superintendent Brian McDonald of course gave it the right to have a principal selection committee of Sierra Madre stakeholders that selected three applicants for the position — from which McDonald selected the new Sierra Madre principal. At the same time, he refused to form a principal selection committee for Madison Elementary School; instead, he unilaterally imposed Juan Ruelas as its principal with no site input. Madison is the most heavily-Latino, most heavily English second-language, and the poorest community in PUSD, while Sierra Madre is the most heavily-White, the lowest Latino, the lowest ESL, and among the richest communities. Saying that PUSD would never get away with doing to Sierra Madre what it did to Madison is just another way of saying that PUSD treats Madison, a Northwest Pasadena school, in a racially-discriminatory and wealth-discriminatory manner.Some Pasadena leaders say that Madison’s grassroots organization should change its message and stop saying PUSD would never get away doing to Sierra Madre what it did to Madison. Rather than concluding that those critics are saying we should stop repeating that refrain because they don’t want to hear the unpleasant truth that PUSD is acting in a racially-discriminatory and wealth-discriminatory manner, we’ll make the more benign interpretation that they believe the accusation of differential treatment is untrue. There’s a long history of Madison being under-resourced and Sierra Madre being well-resourced that might support the differential treatment assertion. But let’s look to a different issue to illustrate the unpleasant truth about comparative PUSD treatment of Sierra Madre and Northwest Pasadena elementary schools – i.e., the treatment of elementary schools when they are caught cheating on student testing.The treatment of Northwest Pasadena’s Roosevelt schoolwhen it was caught cheating on state testingOn January 10, 2012, PUSD issued a press release indicating that Roosevelt Elementary School – a PUSD Northwest school closer to Madison’s demographics than to Sierra Madre’s – was caught cheating and having to forfeit its nomination as a National Blue Ribbon school. PUSD’s press release was followed by embarrassing news stories in Pasadena Now and the LA Times which reported on the Roosevelt cheating disqualification from the National Blue Ribbon honor. Significantly, Roosevelt’s principal at the time the school got caught cheating was Juan Ruelas, the principal who McDonald later imposed on Madison. McDonald’s rationale for denying Madison stakeholders’ involvement in selecting a new principal was that Roosevelt’s test scores during Ruelas’ tenure showed that he had accomplished educational miracles at Roosevelt and that he could do the same thing for Madison. (The 2012 bad publicity has come to haunt Ruelas because it has led to the recent more searching examination of Ruelas’ record that is the basis for the grassroots coalition’s contention that Ruelas’ reputation for educational achievement at Roosevelt is built on quicksand.Unlike Roosevelt’s cheating, Sierra Madre’s is kept under wrapsOur public records requests for documents related to the cheating at Roosevelt forced PUSD to disclose to us a smoking gun – a September 2, 2011, email that PUSD’s Chief Technology Officer at the time, Dr. Gary A Carnow, sent to 6 other PUSD administrators. In Carnow’s email was the following statement: “Roosevelt, …, and Sierra Madre will not be eligible for any awards for two years based on the filing [sic-finding] of irregularities.” Based on Carnow’s email, we realized that Sierra Madre had cheated on test scores like Roosevelt had, so we filed a public records request with the California Department of Education. A document produced to us by the Department of Education confirmed that Sierra Madre was caught cheating around the same time that Roosevelt was caught cheating.But unlike the public exposure of Roosevelt’s cheating, Sierra Madre’s cheating was not publicly revealed – until publication of the February 18, 2016, Sierra Madre Weekly story on Sierra’s cheating based on documents we gave it. Its story reports that PUSD Associate Superintendent Mercedes Santoro confirmed that the Sierra Madre school was caught cheating (albeit by doing her best to minimize it). The Board of Education was apparently informed on September 13, 2011, that Sierra Madre had been caught cheating, but they learned about it in closed session. By telling the Board in closed session, the PUSD administration prevented Board members from publicly disclosing Sierra Madre’s cheating because it is a criminal misdemeanor to disclose information learned in closed sessions unless the Board as a whole votes to release the information. Apparently no Board member has ever thought that Sierra Madre’s cheating was important enough for the Board to publicly disclose it like Roosevelt’s was disclosed. Insofar as we can determine, PUSD never issued a press release on Sierra Madre’s cheating like it did for Roosevelt, so there was no media coverage of the cheating like there was for Roosevelt until 4 ½ years later on February 18.Thus, PUSD’s Sierra Madre flagship skated through the last 4 ½ years without its reputation for sterling educational achievement soiled by the fact that some of that achievement was earned only through cheating. The Northwest Pasadena school Roosevelt was accorded no such protection from public disclosure. PUSD would never get away with doing to Sierra Madre what it did to Madison.The grassroots Madison coalition is going to keep repeating that PUSD would never get away with doing to Sierra Madre what it did to Madison.Dale Gronemeier and Skip Hickambottom are local civil rights attorneys who represent the Citizens Council for Empowerment and Justice at Madison. 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Limerick Council urged to help tackle crime in Askeaton

first_imgEmail Cllr Kevin Sheahanby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Kevin SheahanFORMER Mayor Cllr Kevin Sheahan has called on Limerick City and County Council to introduce a programme to help deal with criminality in Askeaton.Speaking at this month’s Adare-Rathkeale district meeting, the Fianna Fail councillor claimed there was a section of the local community who never worked a day in their lives, living off social welfare benefits, while the remainder of the population “suffers”.He suggested that “work, training or learning” would be beneficial and called on the local authority to draft a proposal to help alleviate antisocial behaviour in the town.“The issue of antisocial behaviour and criminality is one that the people in Askeaton are facing every day and every night. It is being ignored by local government and I would like to see the council putting together a programme,” Cllr Sheahan suggested.He later took umbrage at the fact that none of his council colleagues seconded his proposal and he told them that he was “devastated”.However, fellow councillors informed Cllr Sheahan that he had not put a formal proposal to the floor.Independent councillor Emmett O’Brien then called for an amendment to be added, indicating that they were working to “unify the community” and avoid any perception of “driving a wedge” between people.“We need to have the community working together,” said Cllr O’Brien.“It is our responsibility to ensure that everybody is treated equally and with fairness so we are all working together for the betterment of the town. Anything else would be borderline stupid”, he added.Cllr Sheahan then accused Cllr O’Brien of saying he was stupid and called on him to withdraw his comment.“Borderline incorrect,” Cllr O’Brien responded.Sinn Fein councillor Ciara McMahon asked that the community traveller liaison officer be party to any such draft proposal. TAGSAdare-Rathkeale municipal districtantisocial behaviourAskeatonCllr Ciara McMahonCllr Emmett O’BrienCllr Kevin SheahanCrimeFianna FáillimerickLimerick City and County CouncilSinn Fein Advertisement Previous articleRusangano Family line up a busy 2016Next articleDream of a City: poem for the day Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Linkedin Minister Patrick O’ Donovan announces opening of Limerick heritage site to the public for the first time Print Calls to clean the River Deel in Rathkeale center_img Gardaí to teach lesson on dangers of scramblers WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsLimerick Council urged to help tackle crime in AskeatonBy Alan Jacques – December 21, 2015 793 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pedestrian crossing falls ‘out of the sky’ in Pallaskenry Askeaton/ Ballysteen bring Easter joy to local community Adare-Rathkeale district in need of ‘plain-speaking’ voicelast_img read more