Archive for December, 2012


China’s New Internet Laws Impede on Human Expression

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The ruling Communist Party in China recently approved a new law that will enable authorities to delete posts or pages that have illegal information content from users or companies. Authorities can now demand the information from service providers and punish those accused of posting the illegal information.

The most devastating part of the new law provisions that censorship measures about political discussions and debate in the Chinese Internet community specifically about human rights and governance are greatly enforced. Users also have no access to popular social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Users are subject to make use of government-regulated social media services, including the widely-used Weibo platform in China, which forced many users to sign up with their real names. The information from the microblogging platform Weibo is then sourced to the government.

The new laws were a response to the dissemination of information about the corruption of the lower-level officials, which exploited the issue as the main topic in the Chinese Internet community. It was also a way that the government was trying to help people avoid malicious accusations and unfounded rumors through the Internet.

Experts deem it as one of the biggest impediments of Chinese freedom of expression. Citizens have also expressed themselves on Weibo, stating that this was not the freedom of expression their constitution has promised and it interferes with their freedom to express themselves.


Social Media Crimes: Can You Get Sanctioned?

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Cyberbullying has been a big issue since the use of the Internet became larger and larger. Social media websites and services are what keeps people logged in, but also contribute greatly to emotional dangers. Cases of cyberbullying had destroyed reputations, lives and had even forced others to commit suicide.

The recent news of the Connecticut shooting had showed much of the cyberbullying side that is bordering to the unimaginable. Several people made fake Twitter accounts of Adam Lanza, the alleged shooter of at least 26 people, including children in the Conneticut school. All items in the Twitter account were written in his perspective, including his imagined perspective to kill the innocent lives and his mindset that was perceived by the public.

Social media strategists say that the social media world allows one to gain at least 15 minutes of fame, or even extend it based on your personal “brand” in the Internet. Posting an intelligent quote down to a shocking or offensive photo or statement to gain attention are just some of the ways people gain popularity over the Internet. Taking advantage of current events, no matter how offensive, is immoral and sick, but law experts in Connecticut are questioning if the people responsible for “bullying” the people be sanctioned for their offenses.

In the Philippines, the controversial RA 1075, also known as the “Cybercrime Law”, drew much ire from its citizens. In the United States, several states adopt rules for the Internet, which fine or imprison Internet users who post offensive or even degrading comments or posts on Facebook and any social media.

Based on your country’s morality baseline, there would be laws to help you gain action for any cyberbullying or offensive statements you might receive. Legal experts and lawmakers also state that while “stating your views and opinions no matter how offensive or degrading will make you immune to any legal action, making someone feel unsafe or threatening their security can be given legal response”.


Analysts See Price-Cutting Measures for Legal Help as Impractical

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Legal analysts clearly criticize the fact that gaining legal help from amateur legal representatives or even law students is not the solution to lower the high-priced legal services in the United Kingdom today. Putting law students in the position of professional legal representatives may well compromise the cases handled while paying for something that doesn’t quite deliver what it should.

Analysts state that serious cases, such as claiming for accident compensation, divorcing couples and medical negligence, it can mean the life of the cases if mishandled by the Community Legal Companions, a title given to the non-professional legal representatives What makes the entire situation worse is that the position given can entail thousands of pounds in losses. While the costs and prices may be lower, it might mean a misjudgement or a mis-treated set of variables in a move that is not properly executed or managed, which can cost a person his or her property or even compensation.

However, the volunteers would be trained by the Crown Prosecution Service, the Citizen Advice Bureau and professional legal representatives. Despite this fact, being ‘green’ and having them work for a far steeper price than the more ‘experienced’ counterparts, other analysts see that people are “going to get what they pay for”.

Anti-”rookie” legal representation experts state that the case is that people are really going to get what they pay for, which is a result that is lacking the proper outcome due to inexperienced or bad presentation and argumentation of facts and data in a case.

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John Cridland Calls for PPI Claims Deadline

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Confederation of British Industry director-general John Cridland proposes a deadline for making a PPI claim for the entire United Kingdom but many financial analysts see its impossibility. Based on solid evidence that the payment protection insurance scandal is bound to get more expensive and time-consuming, John Cridland mentions that the money and time banks invest for PPI claims are going to waste instead of encouraging economic growth and sustainability.

Cridland also states that claims management companies (CMC), such as, are clearly the ones “having a ball” with the entire mis selling fiasco. He says that CMCs take at least half the compensation package from customers mis sold PPI in service fees, which are costing banks bigger bureaucratic costs in the process.

However, Natalie Ceeney, the chief ombudsman of the Financial Ombudsman Service, says that banks only “played” right into the hands of CMCs when they did not fulfill their responsibility of writing to customers eligible to receive compensation for mis sold PPI properly. She says that even today, banks are still failing to keep up with the situation and why the FOS receives 1,500 claims on a daily basis is because banks are quite “prone to amnesia”; banks are claiming that they only keep records within six years, or inviting a customer to make a claim and then drops the offer when the customer fails to reply within the day.

Banking analysts see that the PPI fiasco will indeed get worse in the future. Around £16 billion is the complete estimate of the PPI compensation package’s growth by 2013. The current figure of £12.96 billion has made the PPI scandal the biggest in Britain’s history.