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14 Heroes & 14 Villains

In Internet, Politics, World on செப்ரெம்பர் 27, 2015 at 1:06 முப

Source: Blog | Access

Heroes

  1. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
  2. U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, introduced and was a crucial advocate for the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015.
  3. Malkia Amal Cyril, executive director of the Center for Media Justice and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network, Malkia Amal Cyril’s work
  4. MPs David Davis and Tom Watson
  5. Maricarmen Sequera is the director of TEDIC, a Paraguayan digital rights organization
  6. Journalists Scahill and Begley revealed that American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the world’s largest producer of SIM cards and stole vast quantities of encryption keys
  7. As director of the digital liberties organization Bolo Bhi, Farieha Aziz has been at the forefront of the campaign to modify the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2015, currently under consideration in Pakistan.
  8. Netzpolitik released confidential documents to the public exposing Germany’s plans to launch bulk surveillance programs
  9. a District Court struck down an 11-year-old gag order imposed by the FBI on Nicholas Merrill, the owner of Calyx, an internet service provider.
  10. Kakao (formerly Daum Kakao), owns a South Korean internet company with a popular messaging service
  11. The U.N. Human Rights Council
  12. Moxie Marlinspike (& team), founder of Open Whisper Systems, an open source software group that freely offers the programs Signal, TextSecure, and Redphone
  13. Kate Westmoreland is a cybercrime and human rights expert with Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society. Her January paper, Foreign Law Enforcement Access to User Data: A Survival Guide and Call for Action,
  14. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO has vocally resisted government demands to weaken the company’s data security practices

Villains

  1. Hacking Team, covertly sold advanced communications surveillance services and resources to multiple governments and entities with poor records on human rights.
  2. Prime Minister Manuel Valls, pushed through dangerous new legislation that lacks clarity and precision, and authorizes French intelligence services to exercise broad surveillance powers without prior judicial approval or oversight.
  3. Pablo Romero Quezada is the former director of Ecuador’s intelligence agency, the Secretaría Nacional de Inteligencia (SENAIN)
  4. Attorney General Githu Muigai fought to preserve Kenya’s Security Laws despite a High Court judgment overturning the legislation.
  5. Canadian MP Steven Blaney was the sponsor of Bill C-51
  6. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron
  7. Anthony Batts, former Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department in the U.S. Acting under a nondisclosure agreement with the FBI that was signed by a previous commissioner, the Baltimore Police Department used the “Stingray” surveillance device 4,300 times

  8. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi argued before India’s Supreme Court that privacy is not a fundamental right
  9. Spanish Judge Javier Gómez Bermúdez jailed seven people without specifying the individualized charges or facts attributed to each suspect, forcing the defendants to make statements without knowing what they were accused of.
  10. Telefonica
  11. Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-o-cha approved legislation to create a National Cybersecurity Committee
  12. Washington Post Editorial Board suggested that the U.S. Congress could compel Apple and Google to use their “wizardry” to create a “Secure Golden Key” for the government to access otherwise secure user data
  13. Gerhard Schindler is president of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND)
  14. U.S. Senator Richard Burr, As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Burr has been a driving force behind the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) legislation
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List of Countries that require their Leader to belong to a certain Religion

In World on ஜூலை 24, 2014 at 8:36 பிப

Source: In 30 countries, heads of state must belong to a certain religion | Pew Research Center

1. Christian

  • Andorra
  • Lebanon

2. Muslim

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. Brunei
  4. Iran
  5. Jordan
  6. Malaysia
  7. Maldives
  8. Mauritania
  9. Morocco
  10. Oman
  11. Pakistan
  12. Qatar
  13. Saudi Arabia
  14. Somalia
  15. Syria
  16. Tunisia
  17. Yemen

3. Buddhist

  • Bhutan
  • Thailand

4. Pancasila

  • Indonesia

Top 20 global leaders with the longest names

In Politics, World on ஜனவரி 8, 2014 at 1:25 முப

Source & Thanks: World Political Heads and Foreign Premiers | News | The Guardian

State Head of state Name count
Madagascar Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina Rakotoarimanana 44
Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck 27
Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner 27
Kuwait Sabah AlAhmad AlJaber AlSabah 26
Guinea Bissau Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo 26
Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo 26
Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow 24
United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan 23
Andorra Joan Enric Vives Sicília 22
Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono 22
State Head of government Name count
Qatar Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani 34
Samoa Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi 31
Kuwait Jaber AlMubarak AlHamad AlSabah 28
United Arab Emirates Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 26
Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson 26
Mauritania Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf 25
Djibouti Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed 23
Swaziland Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini 23
Tonga Sialeʻataongo Tuʻivakanō 23
Chad Kalzeubet Pahimi Deubet 21
Vanuatu Moana Carcasses Kalosil 21

G20 Thinktanks: 2012 Global Go To Think Tank Index

In Business, Finance, India, Politics, USA, World on பிப்ரவரி 6, 2013 at 11:13 பிப

2012 Global Go To Think Tank Report– Click for Download

Member GDP (PPP) Population Think Tanks
Argentina $596 billion 41.769,726 137
Australia $882.4 billion 21.766.711 30
Brazil $2.172 trillion 203,766,711 82
Canada $1.33 trillion 34,030,589 96
China $10.09 trillion 1,336,718,015 429
European Union $14.82 trillion 492,387,344 1457
France $2.145 trillion 65,312,249 177
Germany $2.94 trillion 81,471,834 194
India $4.06 trillion 1,189,172,906 269
Indonesia $1.03 trillion 245,613,043 21
Italy $1.774 trillion 61,016,804 107
Japan $4.31 trillion 126,475,664 108
Mexico $1.567 trillion 113,724,226 60
Republic of Korea $1.459 trillion 48,754,657 35
Russia $2.223 trillion 138,739,892 122
Saudi Arabia $622 billion 26,131,703 4
South Africa $524 billion 40,004,031 86
Turkey $960.5 billion 78,785,548 27
United Kingdom $2.173 trillion 62,698,362 288
United States $14.66 trillion 313,232,044 1823

India

51.   Centre for  Civil Society (CCS)  (India)

54.   Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) (India)

81.   The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) (India)

105. Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA) (India)

119. Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) (India)
110. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) (India)

115. Observer Research Foundation  (India)

141. Development Alternatives (India)

  • Centre for Policy Research  (India)
  • Delhi Policy Group  (India)
  • Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) (India)
  • Center for Study of Science Technology and Policy  (India)
  • National Council of Applied Economic Research  (India)
  • Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (India)
  • Institute of Economic Growth (India)
  • United Service Institution of India (India)
  •  Liberty Institute (India)

 

Person of the Year: Top Choices from the Time.com Poll Results

In Lists, USA, World on திசெம்பர் 6, 2012 at 2:55 முப

Thanks: Time

  1. Kim Jong Un
  2. Undocumented Immigrants
  3. Mohamed Morsi
  4. Aung San Suu Kyi and Thein Sein
  5. Gabby Douglas
  6. Ai Weiwei
  7. Malala Yousafzai
  8. Sheldon Adelson
  9. Bashar Assad
  10. E.L. James
  11. The Mars Rover
  12. Psy
  13. Felix Baumgartner
  14. The Higgs Boson Particle
  15. Pussy Riot
  16. Sandra Fluke
  17. John Roberts
  18. Mo Farah
  19. Marissa Mayer
  20. Tim Cook
  21. Mario Draghi
  22. Xi Jinping
  23. Bo Xilai

The World’s Best Countries in Science

In Technology, World on ஒக்ரோபர் 1, 2012 at 11:07 பிப

 

SourceThe World’s Best Countries in Science: Scientific American

A: RESEARCH PAPERS: Score, on a 100-point scale, based on science papers in top journals (Digital Science, 2011)
B: PATENTS ISSUED: Number of patents (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2011)
C: EXPENDITURE: Gross domestic expenditure on research and development (2009*)
D: HIGHER EDUCATION: Number of science and engineering doctoral degrees awarded (2009*)

RESEARCH PAPERS PATENTS ISSUED EXPENDITURE HIGHER EDUCATION
1. U.S. 1. U.S. 1. U.S. 1. U.S.
2. Germany 2. Japan 2. China 2. Germany
3. China 3. South Korea 3. Japan 3. U.K.
4. Japan 4. Germany 4. Germany 4. Japan
5. U.K. 5. Taiwan 5. France 5. France
6. France 6. Canada 6. U.K. 6. Italy
7. Canada 7. France 7. Russian Fed. 7. Brazil
8. South Korea 8. U.K. 8. Italy 8. Canada
9. Italy 9. China 9. Canada 9. Spain
10. Spain 10. Italy 10. Spain 10. Australia
11. Switzerland 11. Australia 11. Australia 11. Sweden
12. Australia 12. Israel 12. Sweden 12. Switzerland
13. Netherlands 13. Netherlands 13. Netherlands 13. Poland
14. India 14. Switzerland 14. Switzerland 14. Netherlands
15. Taiwan 15. Sweden 15. Austria 15. Turkey
16. Israel 16. India 16. Turkey 16. Portugal
17. Singapore 17. Finland 17. Israel 17. Czech Reublic
18. Sweden 18. Belgium 18. Belgium 18. Austria
19. Belgium 19. Austria 19. Finland 19. Belgium
20. Denmark 20. Denmark 20. Denmark 20. Mexico
21. Austria 21. Singapore 21. Mexico 21. Finland
22. Russian Fed. 22. Hong Kong 22. Poland 22. Israel
23. Hong Kong 23. Spain 23. South Africa 23. Slovakia
24. Brazil 24. Norway 24. Norway 24. Denmark
25. Finland 25. Ireland 25. Portugal 25. Greece

Top countries with the most competitive educational systems: Best Schools and Colleges

In World on ஒக்ரோபர் 1, 2012 at 8:09 பிப

Source: Can U.S. Universities Stay on Top? – WSJ.com

Education Strength

The Boston Consulting Group’s new E4 index assigns points in four categories, each equally weighted in the final score. Of the 20 countries ranked, here are the top 10.

Country Total points Enrollment points Expenditure points Engineering grads points Elite university points
U.S. 237 25 73 48 91
U.K. 125 4 26 46 48
China 115 86 17 4 8
Germany 104 5 25 37 38
India 104 90 4 3 6
France 87 4 24 41 18
Canada 85 2 25 39 18
Japan 72 7 31 19 16
Brazil 38 17 16 2 3
Russia 32 9 10 10 3

Source: Boston Consulting Group analysis

9 Foreign Terrorist Organizations that should NOT be there in the USA Terrorism Watch

In Lists, Politics, USA, World on செப்ரெம்பர் 25, 2012 at 5:22 பிப

Source: When is a terrorist no longer a terrorist? | FP Passport

  • The Abu Nidal Organization — a PLO splinter group — was a major terrorist organization in the 1980s and 1990s, but has barely been heard from since Abu Nidal’s death in 2002.

 

  • Aum Shinriyko, the Japanese cult that carried out the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995, hasn’t carried out any attacks since.

 

  • ETA — the decades-old Basque nationalist group, is thought to have fewer than 100 active members since hundreds were arrested by French and Spanich police, and hasn’t carried out a major attack since 2009.

 

 

  • Gama’a al-Islamiyya  was once Egypt’s largest terrorist group and it’s former spiritual leader, “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdul Rahman is in jail in the U.S. for his part in the 1993 World Trade Center attack, but the group has largely renounced violence since the early 2000s and now has its own political party with seats in the Egyptian parliament.

 

  • The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were decimated by a Sri Lankan army offensive in 2009 and despite reports of regrouping abroad, the Tigers haven’t been able to mount any major operations since.

 

 

 

  • United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia — a right-wing paramilitary anti-FARC group — was mostly demobilized in 2010 and the elements of it that remain are more of a drug trafficking organization than a terrorist militia.

Paralympic Medal Standings | London 2012

In Sports, World on செப்ரெம்பர் 12, 2012 at 2:00 பிப

Rank by Gold Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 95 71 65 231
2 36 38 28 102
3 34 43 43 120
4 32 24 28 84
5 32 23 30 85
6 31 29 38 98
7 21 14 8 43
8 18 26 22 66
9 14 13 9 36
10 10 10 19 39
11 10 7 7 24
12 9 9 9 27
13 9 8 11 28
14 9 5 5 19
15 9 5 3 17
16 8 19 18 45
17 8 18 16 42
18 8 12 9 29
19 8 3 5 16
20 7 15 9 31
21 6 7 4 17
22 6 5 2 13
23 6 4 11 21
24 5 5 6 16
25 5 2 3 10
26 4 6 9 19
27 4 5 3 12
28 4 4 7 15
29 4 4 4 12
30 4 3 6 13
31 4 2 2 8
32 4 1 1 6
33 3 6 4 13
34 3 3 6 12
35 3 2 3 8
36 3 1 3 7
37 3 0 3 6
38 2 6 6 14
39 2 3 0 5
40 2 2 2 6
41 2 1 3 6
42 1 6 4 11
43 1 5 4 10
44 1 3 8 12
45 1 2 5 8
46 1 1 1 3
47 1 1 0 2
47 1 1 0 2
47 1 1 0 2
50 1 0 4 5
51 1 0 1 2

Best and Worst 10 countries: The Web Index

In Business, Technology, World on செப்ரெம்பர் 6, 2012 at 9:39 பிப

Thanks : http://thewebindex.org/data/all/webindex/

WEB INDEX TOP 10

  1. Sweden
  2. United States
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Canada
  5. Finland
  6. Switzerland
  7. New Zealand
  8. Australia
  9. Norway
  10. Ireland

WEB INDEX BOTTOM 10

  1. Nepal
  2. Cameroon
  3. Mali
  4. Bangladesh
  5. Namibia
  6. Ethiopia
  7. Benin
  8. Burkino Faso
  9. Zimbabwe
  10. Yemen

Till India

 

Rank Country Web Index Impact Economic Political Social Readiness Communications Institutional The Web Use Content
Rank Country Web Index Impact Economic Political Social Readiness Communications Institutional The Web Use Content
1 Sweden 100 100 89.36 100 98.5 96.76 97.11 93.61 82.02 78.67 73.66
2 United States of America 97.31 91.07 81.14 92.54 89.13 94.98 82.57 100 100 87.01 100
3 United Kingdom 93.83 87.86 88.28 78.85 86.42 94.07 92.33 92.51 94.69 80.25 97.24
4 Canada 93.42 90.64 84.56 75.94 100 84.17 81.03 84.57 92.22 83.39 88.61
5 Finland 91.88 86.44 79.3 87.29 83.26 95.78 90.65 96.17 88.53 89.27 74.32
6 Switzerland 90.49 83.55 98.36 70.84 72.82 94.85 96.94 90.83 92.18 97.3 72.26
7 New Zealand 89.15 83.66 68.16 82.0 91.05 90.66 78.74 95.85 89.07 77.1 89.64
8 Australia 88.44 83.91 69.6 81.77 90.61 88.12 82.35 89.75 87.08 75.39 87.65
9 Norway 87.76 83.59 77.79 72.14 90.95 93.43 94.83 89.99 80.26 80.28 68.25
10 Ireland 87.42 84.45 100 65.82 78.29 84.48 76.82 87.68 83.61 75.98 80.0
11 Singapore 86.14 77.92 69.69 95.33 62.06 93.55 99.42 87.3 90.99 77.87 92.6
12 Iceland 86.1 76.67 67.1 65.93 88.08 100 100 96.72 89.3 100 63.31
13 Korea, Republic of 81.06 82.38 71.94 85.82 80.61 78.06 85.44 72.55 65.56 59.29 63.29
14 France 78.93 78.82 78.88 75.13 74.4 73.95 80.35 69.49 70.67 62.93 69.29
15 Israel 78.53 77.15 77.24 80.17 66.85 77.34 76.53 77.03 71.27 65.31 67.72
16 Germany 74.87 67.23 72.36 54.3 68.58 81.01 85.63 76.9 83.09 81.05 73.03
17 Portugal 72.33 66.68 52.58 73.67 67.79 73.66 74.25 72.88 79.2 73.27 74.31
18 Spain 72.12 66.97 63.4 72.62 59.45 79.18 73.85 81.49 72.4 63.62 71.96
19 Chile 69.55 71.82 63.59 76.91 68.31 65.86 61.23 69.18 55.81 43.58 62.1
20 Japan 68.56 64.5 69.15 42.62 74.99 71.24 80.19 65.48 70.4 58.46 73.98
21 Qatar 60.75 62.43 69.15 41.27 70.67 64.16 70.66 60.7 46.06 52.37 32.24
22 Mexico 57.68 58.57 47.13 70.25 54.32 48.95 50.04 50.53 57.25 40.87 68.17
23 Italy 56.45 48.6 42.39 47.33 53.08 67.22 70.76 65.29 68.19 66.52 60.11
24 Brazil 56.3 57.96 56.23 48.21 64.41 56.62 58.01 57.18 46.01 36.37 50.86
25 Poland 54.84 46.01 50.99 37.55 47.1 66.04 65.74 66.64 70.02 63.22 67.64
26 Colombia 53.86 55.75 41.23 66.34 55.86 50.24 49.55 52.79 47.15 38.46 50.71
27 Turkey 53.7 54.46 45.98 51.05 62.01 55.23 57.54 55.36 46.25 39.12 48.14
28 Kazakhstan 53.46 51.36 45.23 51.7 53.82 44.99 54.88 41.5 64.16 54.83 65.7
29 China 51.72 55.04 53.27 32.27 73.98 45.55 58.0 40.39 43.34 33.67 48.67
30 Tunisia 50.68 54.06 46.62 49.31 61.92 45.5 56.75 41.1 41.61 31.44 47.8
31 Russian Federation 47.29 43.79 38.49 56.86 35.1 47.71 61.2 41.67 57.16 45.1 63.05
32 Philippines 46.81 48.37 48.98 33.56 58.95 48.26 47.41 51.12 39.39 34.64 39.61
33 India 46.58 51.08 62.19 41.06 46.99 44.14 44.58 46.64 33.0 19.88 44.05