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WatchGuard is Making the Internet Safer for Children Around the World

SEATTLE, April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — WatchGuard Technologies, a global leader in network security, is making the Internet safer for children around the world through its support of Friendly WiFi. Initiated by the U.K. Government and managed by the RDI Trade Organization, the Friendly WiFi initiative recognizes public places – including restaurants, shops, hotels, and transportation services – that provide secure and filtered Wi-Fi.

“With Wi-Fi hotspots growing exponentially across all types of public locations, children are becoming increasingly more vulnerable to online threats and inappropriate content,” said WatchGuard CEO Prakash Panjwani. “Enabling Wi-Fi is easy for businesses. Secure Wi-Fi is the problem WatchGuard is solving.”

WatchGuard recently launched its AP300 Access Point, which extends WatchGuard’s best-in-class Unified Threat Management (UTM) features to filter and reliably block inappropriate content at Wi-Fi hotspots. WatchGuard’s recent innovations in secure Wi-Fi led to its accreditation as a “Friendly WiFi Approved Provider” and a partnership that will benefit families everywhere. The Friendly WiFi initiative will be promoted through WatchGuard’s reseller channels and marketing campaigns to spread awareness about the dangers young people face while using public Wi-Fi.

“WatchGuard has been a pioneer in network security for 20 years and is leading the industry with their latest advancements in secure Wi-Fi,” said RDI Spokesperson Mike Davies. “WatchGuard’s expertise and passion for security will strengthen our commitment and make a positive difference in keeping children and young people around the world safe online.”

Join WatchGuard in supporting the Friendly WiFi initiative. Before accessing your next public Wi-Fi hotspot, look for the colorful Friendly WiFi logo, and inform those who do not know about the importance of secure Wi-Fi.

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader of integrated, multi-function business security solutions that intelligently combine industry standard hardware, best-in-class security features, and policy-based management tools. WatchGuard provides easy-to-use, but enterprise-grade protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

Visit www.watchguard.com/securewifi to learn more about WatchGuard’s latest secure Wi-Fi solutions. For more information on the Friendly WiFi initiative, please visit www.friendlywifi.com.

Ange McLaughlin
Voxus PR 206.686.9683

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SOURCE WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

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Iceland PM quits over offshore firms

April 6, 2016 8:08 pm

REYKJAVIK: He came to power as a white knight riding a wave of anti-bank fury after Iceland’s financial crisis, but Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson was forced to resign as Prime Minister Tuesday after hiding offshore holdings.

“Iceland has not been marked by class division in the same way as many other countries, and this is one of the many advantages of living here. But we cannot take it for granted that this will always be the case,” he said in an Independence Day speech on June 17, 2013.

Elected the country’s youngest-ever prime minister in 2013 at the age of 38, Gunnlaugsson was seen as a rising star of the center-right Progressive Party, positioning himself as a staunch defender of Icelandic interests against international creditors in the aftermath of the country’s 2008 financial meltdown.

With a strong voter base in Iceland’s agricultural regions, he was seen as a refreshing change from the political old guard, which was accused of having turned a blind eye to reckless investments that had brought down the banking sector and left thousands of Icelanders mired in debt.

But the so-called Panama Papers, a massive leak of financial documents implicating politicians, celebrities and public figures worldwide, showed this week that Gunnlaugsson and his wife Anna Sigurlaug Palsdottir owned an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands and had placed millions of dollars there.

The company called Wintris Inc and acquired in 2007 was intended to manage her inheritance from her wealthy businessman father, according to the documents.

Gunnlaugsson insisted that the couple had followed Icelandic law and declared all income and property since 2008.

She meanwhile claimed that her husband’s co-ownership of the company until the end of 2009 — six months after he was first elected to parliament, when he did not declare the holding as required — was merely a bank error.

Iceland’s third sexiest man
Gunnlaugsson, after working as a journalist for public broadcaster RUV early in his career, made a name for himself as one of the leaders of InDefence, which was opposed to using public funds to reimburse British and Dutch depositors in failed bank Icesave.

The Panama Papers now reveal that Wintris is listed among the bank’s creditors, with millions of dollars in claims.

Born on March 12, 1975, Gunnlaugsson comes from a political family, his father having also been elected to parliament for the Progressive Party.

He did well in his studies, and began a PhD at Oxford but did not complete it, becoming too absorbed in politics at home.

He was a member of parliament for Reykjavik from 2009 to 2013, serving on the foreign affairs committee and on the Icelandic delegation to the European Economic Area and European Free Trade Association.

In 2013, he was elected prime minister, also taking on the justice portfolio.

Two years later, with the eurozone economy in a deep slump, his government suspended Iceland’s application to join the European Union, saying the country’s interests were better served outside the bloc.

The bid, launched in 2009 in the wake of the financial crisis, no longer appealed to Icelanders wary of the weak euro and the EU’s common policies on fishing, a key sector of the Icelandic economy.

In the Panama Papers, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) noted, not without irony, that the baby-faced Gunnlaugsson was in 2004 voted Iceland’s third-sexiest man.


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Ever-closer union or common market?

At stake in the United Kingdom’s upcoming referendum on whether to remain a member of the European Union is the nature of the EU itself.

The UK wants a different kind of Europe than the one that the EU currently represents. Its preference is a Europe that essentially consists solely of a common market.

Even though Britain has long been able to opt out of the euro and much else (and thus is not forced in any way to participate in the process of deepening Europe’s political union), this is the ideological essence of the controversy.

It is a question that transcends the UK’s “Brexit” debate.

The growing strength of Euro-sceptic forces in many EU member states has raised the same issue on the continent, where many believe that the goal of a political union might overburden member states’ citizens and should be abandoned.

Like the British, many continental Europeans are asking whether transnational regulation by Brussels-based institutions and a political union are actually necessary.

Wouldn’t a loose association of sovereign nation-states, sharing the hard economic core of a continental common market — the British model — be enough?

Why bother with all that complicated integration involving the Schengen Agreement, a monetary union, and EU regulations, which in the end do not work properly and only weaken the member states’ global competitiveness?

Looking at European post-war history, it becomes clear that this debate has been with us almost from the very beginning.

The UK’s focus in the 1950s and 1960s was still mainly on the Commonwealth.

The European integration process — aimed at overcoming Franco-German enmity and reconciling West Germany’s industrial potential with European stability (and thus, under the US and NATO security umbrella, excluding the recurrence of war in Europe) — was marginal to its concerns.

After the Treaty of Rome in 1957 established the European Economic Community (EEC), the European Free Trade Association was established under British leadership a few years later.

EFTA’s aims were a straightforward customs union and a common market, and it was designed from the outset to compete with the EEC, particularly in northern Europe and among the neutral countries.

But it never caught on.

The reason EFTA failed to take hold is instructive: It was based only on economic interests and pursued no further idea.

EFTA had no soul, and that absence rendered it unable to compete with the incipient EU.

Of course, economic interests have been paramount in sustaining the EU’s progress; but the idea of uniting Europe clearly transcended mere economic unification.

It was and still is about overcoming European fragmentation via an integration process beginning with the economy and ending in political integration.

Winston Churchill knew that, as can be seen in his 1946 Zurich speech — well worth reading today — in which he called for a “United States of Europe”.

The EU is Europe’s main historical project. It has attempted, so far successfully, to learn from centuries of seemingly unending wars, by building a new pan-European system of states that is no longer based on a balance of power alone, but also on overcoming national rivalries by institutionalising common interests and shared values.

The EU has achieved great things, and this should not be forgotten amid its current crises.

The British error is to assume that one goal, a common market for Europe, can be had without the other, greater political integration, over the long term.

In order to function, a common market requires a substantial delegation of sovereignty and extensive European regulation. 

In fact, the EU can ignore neither the nation-states nor the common institutions and policies without putting itself at risk. Both are its cornerstones.

The EU was characterised by this duality from the very beginning: a confederation with strong integrated federal elements and institutions. 

Whoever questions this duality calls the entire system into question, all the more so given that the EU’s current status quo is anything but conducive to enduring stability.

The EU will achieve that only when it has taken the critical step towards a genuine federation.

This is why the majority of EU member states must never abandon the aim of an “ever closer union”. 

The UK doesn’t share this aim, and it doesn’t have to share it. But the future of the EU hinges on pursuing it. Everything else is a question of pragmatic compromises, for which a good deal of leeway exists.

The writer, Germany’s foreign minister and vice chancellor from 1998 to 2005, was a leader of the German Green Party for almost 20 years. ©Project Syndicate, 2016.

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