Friday, December 17, 2010

WikiLeaks- Open Governments

Hi!!!! friends. Thanks for visiting my previous post. It is the post which i like most because it is close to my heart.

This time i want to post something about an organisation which works with good and hates bad illegal matters.

It leaks highly confidential issues which are using for selfish purpose. Many newspapers, organisations,............. are appreciating the work being done by that people.


... could become as important a journalistic tool
as the Freedom of Information Act. 
                                                                         -Time Magazine 
Got it about what i am talking about all these time????
WikiLeaks. Yes about WikiLeaks which became hot topic these days.

Its targets are not small people or organizations. It targeted many familiar organizations like WHO, UN, Govt. of any country........... etc.,

Let us we know first what is WikiLeaks because already you may have got a thought that 
what is this damn WikiLeaks? 
Was Koundinya gone mad and speaking nonsense here and wasting our time?
I don't think so that i'm wasting your valuable time because we should have an idea what going on there in our environment. So just have a look with much patience and with less hesitation

WikiLeaks is an international new media non-profit organisation that publishes submissions of otherwise unavailable documents from anonymous news sources and news leaks. Its website, launched in 2006, is run by The Sunshine Press. Within a year of its launch, the site claimed a database that had grown to more than 1.2 million documents. The organisation has described itself as having been founded by Chinese dissidents, as well as journalists, mathematicians, and start-up company technologists from the United States, Taiwan, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. Julian Assange, an Australian Internet activist, is generally described as its director.

The creators of WikiLeaks have not been formally identified.It has been represented in public since January 2007 by Julian Assange and others. Assange describes himself as a member of WikiLeaks' advisory board. News reports in The Australian have called Assange the "founder of WikiLeaks". According to Wired magazine, a volunteer said that Assange described himself in a private conversation as "the heart and soul of this organisation, its founder, philosopher, spokesperson, original coder, organiser, financier, and all the rest". 
Julian Assange, the main spokesperson for WikiLeaks

Julian Paul Assange born 3 July 1971) is an Australian journalist, publisher,and Internet activist. He is the spokesperson and editor in chief for WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website and conduit for news leaks. Before working with the website, he was a computer programmer and hacker.He has lived in several countries, and has made occasional public appearances to speak about freedom of the press, censorship, and investigative journalism. 

The wikileaks.org domain name was registered on 4 October 2006. The website was unveiled, and published its first document in December 2006. The site claims to have been "founded by Chinese dissidents, journalists, mathematicians and start-up company technologists, from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa".

WikiLeaks states that its "primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behaviour in their governments and corporations."
In January 2007, the website stated that it had over 1.2 million leaked documents that it was preparing to publish. An article in The New Yorker said:
  One of the WikiLeaks activists owned a server that was being used as a node for the Tor network. Millions of secret transmissions passed through it. The activist noticed that hackers from China were using the network to gather foreign governments’ information, and began to record this traffic. Only a small fraction has ever been posted on WikiLeaks, but the initial tranche served as the site’s foundation, and Assange was able to say, "[w]e have received over one million documents from thirteen countries.''


The organisation's stated goal is to ensure that whistleblowers and journalists are not jailed for emailing sensitive or classified documents, as happened to Chinese journalist Shi Tao, who was sentenced to 10 years in 2005 after publicising an email from Chinese officials about the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

On 17 July, Jacob Appelbaum spoke on behalf of WikiLeaks at the 2010 Hackers on Planet Earth conference in New York City, replacing Assange because of the presence of federal agents at the conference. He announced that the WikiLeaks submission system was again up and running, after it had been temporarily suspended.Assange was a surprise speaker at a TED conference on 19 July 2010 in Oxford, and confirmed that the site had begun accepting submissions again.
Upon returning to the US from the Netherlands, on 29 July, Appelbaum was detained for three hours at the airport by US agents, according to anonymous sources. The sources told Cnet that Appelbaum's bag was searched, receipts from his bag were photocopied, his laptop was inspected, although in what manner was unclear.Appelbaum reportedly refused to answer questions without a lawyer present, and was not allowed to make a phone call. His three mobile phones were reportedly taken and not returned. On 31 July, he spoke at a Defcon conference and mentioned his phone being "seized". After speaking, he was approached by two FBI agents and questioned.
Assange is quoted as acknowledging that his practice of posting largely unfiltered classified information online could one day lead the Web site to have "blood on our hands.
In 2010, at least a dozen key supporters of WikiLeaks have left the website.
 May be they are facing many problems but they are being appreciated by many around the world. It is a known secret that they are doing good which is not good for the governments.

We may have doubt that from where they are getting funds. WikiLeaks is dependent on public donations since it is a non-profit organisation. Its main financing methods include conventional bank transfers and online payment systems. Wau Holland Foundation, one of the WikiLeaks' main funding channels, stated that they have received more than €900,000 (US$1.2 million) in public donations between October 2009 and December 2010, out of which €370,000 has been passed on to WikiLeaks. Hendrik Fulda, vice president of the Wau Holland Foundation, mentioned that the donations through PayPal was twice[vague] as through normal banks, before PayPal's decision to suspend WikiLeaks' account. He also noted that donations were never as strong as when WikiLeaks started publishing leaked diplomatic cables.

Despite using the name "WikiLeaks", the website is no longer wiki-based as of December 2010. Also, despite some popular confusion due to both having the term "wiki" in their names, WikiLeaks and Wikipedia have no affiliation with each other; i.e. "wiki" is not a brand name. Wikia, a for-profit corporation loosely affiliated with the Wikimedia Foundation, did however purchase several Wikileaks-related domain names (including "wikileaks.com" and "wikileaks.net") as a "protective brand measure" in 2007.

The legal status of WikiLeaks is complex. Assange considers WikiLeaks a whistleblower protection intermediary. Rather than leaking directly to the press, and fearing exposure and retribution, whistleblowers can leak to WikiLeaks, which then leaks to the press for them. Its servers are located throughout Europe and are accessible from any uncensored web connection. The group located its headquarters in Sweden because it has one of the world’s strongest shield laws to protect confidential source-journalist relationships. WikiLeaks has stated that they "do not solicit any information". However, Assange used his speech during the Hack In The Box conference in Malaysia to ask the crowd of hackers and security researchers to help find documents on its "Most Wanted Leaks of 2009" list.

I hope that you might have got an idea about WikiLeaks. 
Then now i want to give some latest leaks by WikiLeaks. Here they are.........................

For more visit http://mirror.wikileaks.info/



WikiLeaks
Graphic of hourglass, coloured in blue and grey; a circular map of the western hemisphere of the world drips from the top to bottom chamber of the hourglass
URL wikileaks.ch[1][2]
wikileaks.org (originally)[Note]
Official mirrors list (2,194 as of 2010-12-15[3])
Slogan We open governments.
Commercial? No
Type of site Document archive
Owner The Sunshine Press[4]
Created by Julian Assange
Launched October 4, 2006 (2006-10-04)[5]
Alexa rank 861 (December 2010)[6]
Current status Active (undergoing DoS attacks and ISP rejection)


So friends i hope that you haven't get bore of it. Keep visiting my blog friends. I will come back with even more good topics. Thanks to you all visitors. Keep thinking good always and avoid bad.
Love all, Hate none...........
Be like this friends. Keep smiling. Keep visiting blog friends. bye...........

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ethics in Life-Importance

  ''Pursuit of Happy Life''

Hello to all my dear friends!!!!!! Thanks for visiting my blog till now. I feel happy to see that about 50 are visited the last post 'Starting a Business- Is it Really Tough?'. Thanks for visiting that post. I will post even more better articles if you people continue your encouragement like this. Once again thanks to all.................................

Why every time posting about Business matters????

I think some of you might got this question in your minds. 

So this time let us we try to know importance of  'Ethics In Life'. 
I hope this topic will improve your personality. You can think it is as 'Personality Development' article.
Yeah it is.

Basically in the present world every student is good at the knowledge. No one lacking much behind. There may be variations in the levels. With this knowledge can we survive in this present world??? Yeah absolutely yes. Don't be confused you heard right. Every person can survive in the present world by fillng atleast their daily needs (financial status may have some variations). 
Why these variations????
It is a sensitive question. We can't give answer in one word or sentence. I will give an example and make it clear.
Eg: There are two students with same qualifications and skills. One of the student is good at elders and dedicated to work blah blah blah whereas another student is also good at work but not with the etiquette. 
If you are the HR personnel who was appointed to hire a good employee who can be suited. Then whom will you select? 
If i am the recruiter then i will obviously select the first candidate. I will not consider the marks first because first we should see whether the candidate is interested or not. Then after immediately i will see the etiquette.
Then you may get one doubt that how is it possible to say whether the candidate is good at the ethics or not.? My answer is Yeah it is possible by his/her Non-Verbal actions. You know in interview 75% analysis of the candidate is dine in the angle of their non-verbal actions.
Then you must say what is the different between 1st n 2nd candidate? Ethical values.

Really friends ethical values occupy a major role in the people life. He must not be social worker but should be at-least true to himself.

What actually ethics means?
Ethics tell us about our moral duties and obligations so that our behaviour at work or at home is right, truthful and just. Ethics are a set of standards and rules that are required by an individual for leading a satisfactory family life and being a good worker. Therefore, you require a set of ethics at home as well as at your work
place. You can observe the ethical behaviour through the following habits.
  • sincerity,
  •  honesty 
  • truthfulness
  •  respect for self and others
  •  respect for time
  •  respect for work
  •  respect for our environment


Besides these ethics in our domestic life, our work place demands certain
specific ethics. These are: 
  • regularity and punctuality
  • confidentiality 
  • loyalty maintaining 
  • cordial relations with house members and neighbors
  • willingness to learn and take on new responsbilities
 Actually ethical values may concentrate more on work place because of the flexible source of understanding. 
As human beings have to spend equal time like in home with workplace it is better to understand with that.

Is there any need of ethical values??
Obviously YES

NEED FOR ETHICS:

Now let us find out why it is essential to have good ethics and how they affect our
interpersonal relationship and work performance.
Any work situation either at the office or at home has three major components:
Work, Worker and the Work Place.
  • The Work is the actual task to be done.
  • The Worker is the person who does the task.
  • Work Place includes the place for doing the task, tools and equipments required
    and the storage space for them.
We can compare these three with the home.

You will agree that all the three components are inter-related and dependent on
each other. Further, you will also agree that the Worker is the most important
component of any work situation. This is so because only the Worker has the
ability to think, analyse, learn and manipulate. A Worker can acquire the art of
effective management of the Work, the Work Place, himself/herself and the other
Workers. A Worker can also be disloyal, lazy, a bad manager of the Work Place
and thus ruin the business. If he is like that then just imagine the position once??

Thus for the successful achievement of our goals and objectives, efficient utilisation
of our resources and to maintain discipline at home and at work, we need to
develop and adopt certain work ethics. These work ethics help us to do a task to
the best of our ability in a fair, just and impartial way. They encourage us to develop
and maintain a cordial work environment where all the people can enjoy
each other's support and confidence.

Now i hope that you might have got what exactly Ethic means??
ethics means
(a) a set of rules and standards
(b) a set of norms and standards
(c) right decisions and standards
(d) a set of rules and right decisions

some of the ethical problems commonly faced by us when we visit any work place
where workers:
  • are irregular and lack punctuality
  • are rude and impolite
  • have inadequate knowledge and skill
  • waste resources
  • disregard rules and regulations
  • disrespect the task at hand
  • are disloyal
or in some homes



Irregularity and Lack of Punctuality
Irregularity and lack of punctuality are problems which you encounter frequently in any work situation. Look around yourself and you may come across people who get up late in the morning and are unable to send their children to school on time. They may also not be able to provide their family members with proper meals and have disorganised homes due to their irregular behaviour and lack of punctuality. Such people frequently absent themselves from work. Others like to come in late and leave early as a matter of habit or right. Some workers are never found at their seat during working hours. You may have witnessed the inconvenience caused to the public wanting to pay bills when counter clerks are either late or not found at their seats in banks, post offices, and telephone and electricity offices. The irresponsible behaviour of such people spoils the discipline of the work environment, sets bad examples, causes inconvenience to the public andlowers the image of the organisation.
It is one of the problem which imits our ethical values.
Are you regular and punctual in studying and completing your lessons and exercises?
If not, you will not be able to perform well in your exams and will then feel
unhappy about it. You should also understand that this will affect your future career prospects.

Rude and Impolite Behaviour
Sometimes certain family members are in the habit of being rude and aggressive. Not only does this destroy the peaceful atmosphere at home but also creates a bad name for the family. Actually we all know that the child are much innocent of all. If their mother or father are rude and impolite then there is a chance that they may also become like that. So we should be very careful in-front of child. Even we are students if any kid is there with us then we should control our-self to not speak bad.

Inadequate Knowledge and Skill
Many people project that they have special skills and knowledge to impress others and enhance their job prospects. Suppose you have access to a computer but do not know how to operate it, yet you insist on operating it, who would be responsible if it gets spoilt? Many people claim to be qualified doctors and treat
patients for illnesses about which they know nothing. As a result, they can endanger a patient’s life. Often people claim to be electricians without any knowledge about electricity or machines and cause heavy losses.

Knowing your job is very important. One should not only be skilled at one’s job but also be ready to learn more about it and update ones knowledge and skills from time to time. Inadequate knowledge about nutrition, home appliances, medicines and cleaning agents can sometimes cause serious mishaps at home. Further,
lack of knowledge of safety and first aid measures can also be very dangerous.

Wastage of Resources
We all know that many of our resources are limited. Some homemakers are in the habit of over estimating and thereby wasting a lot of cooked food. Sometimes, due to improper storage, raw ingredients get
spoilt and have to be thrown. Some people take large servings on their plates andleave uneaten food when they are not able to eat it. Making unplanned and frequenttrips to the market without preparing a shopping list leads to a wastage of your time and energy, and fuel if you go by a vehicle.
Lights and fans left running, without anybody using them, are a common sight in many offices. Items of
office stationery being misused and thrown around are also a common sight. Misuse of office telephones
and vehicles for personal work is a common occurence. You may have also noticed that people
do not close taps after drinking water. All this is a wastage of our precious resources.

Disregard for Rules and Regulations
You may have observed that in some homes special treatment is given to sons in comparison to daughters. Often parents show favouritism towards a particular child. Have you noticed a difference in the treatment of a daughter and a daughterin- law in some families? In certain situations, mentally and physically challenged
individuals are discriminated against normal ones, both at home and outside. Some people consider disregard for family norms and culture as signs of modernity. Can you give some more such examples?
In many work situations one finds that the rules and regulations laid down for maintaining discipline, good employer employee relationship and team spirit are disregarded. This is usually observed when promotions are given out of turn, or the management shows favouritism. In some work places you may find that people
are discriminated against because of their caste, sex or physical handicap. In many cases women and children are paid less than men for the same job. Employing children in hazardous industries like manufacture of fire crackers, chalks, etc., despite strict government regulations is also unethical. Some students do not complete
their assignments themselves and get them done by others or copy other students’ work. Besides this, you may have observed some people cheating during examination. This is against the rules and procedures laid down by the examining body and therefore, not ethical. Disregard of rules and regulations often leads
to serious situations at home and in the workplace.

Disrespect for the Job
"Oh! I am only a housewife, I don't work". "I am just a simple clerk!"
Have you come across people who feel ashamed about the job they are doing and talk like this? You must have wondered why they feel ashamed.
In our society, it is a common practice to consider some jobs respectable and others less respectable; some jobs high and others lowly. As a result, many people, despite enjoying their work, do not want to tell others about it for the fear of being looked down upon. A housewife's contribution to the successful running of a home is not given due respect by her family and the society in general. Let’s take another example, a man selling drinking water on the roadside should feel proud of doing so. Similarly, the passersby must not feel that supplying drinking water on the roadside is a job to be looked down upon.

Disloyalty
Disclosing your family's secrets and maligning family members in public are considered signs of disloyalty to the family. Taking away common funds and setting up something for your self ‘interest’ is yet an other way of being disloyal to one's family.
In offices, some staff members indulge in activities that are harmful to the success of the organisation they work for. For instance, a chemical engineer may quietly sell the secret formula of a new product to a rival company for some quick extra money. A corrupt union leader may call for a strike of mill workers, thereby stopping production at the mill leading to heavy losses. Taking bribes to grant special favours to certain companies and people at the cost of one's own organisation is a common occurence today. Cheating one’s employer and working for someone else while being in the employment of another are other examples of disloyalty.
Can you think of some more examples of disloyal behaviour?

What are the ethics to be followed to overcome problems??
  1. _Be regular and punctual at work and at home.
  2. _ Do the task assigned to you.
  3. _ Be polite, patient, courteous and respectful to all.
  4. _ Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to do the task assigned to you.
  5. _ Be prepared to learn more and update yourself.
  6. _ Find more and more efficient ways of getting your work done.
  7. _ Manage and apply your resources efficiently. Do not waste resources.
  8. _ Follow the rules, policies and procedures of your work strictly and uniformly.
  9. _ Do not indulge in favouritism and discrimination while doing your duty. Treat everyone equally.
  10. _ Have respect for all kinds of work.
  11. _ Do not accept favours that may negatively influence the performance of your work.
  12. _ Be loyal to your work and to the organisation to which you belong.
  13. _ Expose corruption wherever you encounter it.
These are 13 points should be followed to have ethical life. If you follow these points then automatically you will be respected by everyone who knows you better. Be good to everyone friends. Don't discriminate anyone unnecessarily. When you follow these rules then you are going to have a good ethical life and good health tooo. 
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So friends here i end the topic. I hope that you will like the topic. There is no meaning of posting this valuable topic unless you try to be ethical. Only thing i want to say is we have just only one life. We don't know whether we have another or not so live the only life without any pressures and sadness. Let we live happy.Let us we find ''Pursuit of Happyness'' of life. I think you are going to avoid all negatives by following above 13 points. Its so valuable post. Please suggest to all whom need to know this. Please follow my blog if you like my post.

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