Dublin Remembrance Ceremony preperations

There’s a lot of activity happening on O’Connell Street right now as everyone is getting ready for the Easter Rising remembrance ceremony, bleachers are being erected, fencing is up, large televisions and speakers mounted all over in addition to a twenty-four hour patrol that started two days ago. I snapped a few behind the scenes photos of the massive amount of work that has gone into this. Really impressive given the work only started a couple of days ago.

Hex, lies and shipping gates

As the minutes ticked by, Van De Moere could hardly believe what he was doing. He didn’t think of himself as a criminal. A year ago, Van De Moere—short, ponytailed, perpetually cheery—had been an ordinary information technology consultant in his native Belgium, earning a comfortable salary setting up digital voice networks for corporations. Now he was working with a Dutch drug-trafficking gang, deep into an audacious hacking scheme that authorities say smuggled tons of cocaine and heroin through the port and into cities across the continent. If the antenna worked and he got the codes, he had a chance to get his normal life back. If he screwed up, he could end up in prison or in a coffin.

Organized crime has an information technology group, and what they accomplished was nothing short of spectacular: The Mob’s IT department

Censorship around the globe

The Committee to Protect Journalists put together an in-depth article about the top ten most censored Countries around the world. It’s a really fascinating read, highlighting the punishments for not towing party lines, number of jailed journalists and some of the techniques used to control what’s read and put out into the ether. I thought going into this that it would be pretty easy to guess who number one would be, surprisingly I was wrong (but it was close).

Living in a country where speech is protected and reporters are everywhere, it’s easy to forget or overlook that it can be much more difficult to report on the truth elsewhere. Makes me even more proud to work for a company that’s all about democratizing publishing.

Here’s a link to the article:
https://cpj.org/2015/04/10-most-censored-countries.php

The Mediterranean Fenceline

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Image Source: voanews.com

On a rocky beach in North Africa, a chain-link fence juts out into the Mediterranean Sea.

This is one of Africa’s two land borders with Europe, at two Spanish cities on the African continent. Ceuta and Melilla are Spanish soil — and thus part of the European Union — separated from the rest of Europe by the Mediterranean, and separated from the rest of Africa by huge fences.

A look into the lives of the tens of thousands that try to flee to Europe through Africa each year. In the US, when someone says Immigration, we automatically think of our neighbors to the south. But the picture is much larger, and not without good reason. Take a moment out of your day, kick up your feet and have a quick read (or listen).

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2015/04/16/393577925/the-fences-where-spain-and-africa-meet

Also, if you’d like to explore Melilla (the focal point of this article), check out the city along with its massive fenceline here in Google Maps.