The United States and its Western allies are urging opposition to a Russian-led resolution at the United Nations that they warn is a thinly veiled effort to create global norms that endorse state control of the internet.
The resolution, to be voted on today, would pave the way for a new global treaty on cybercrime. Although the resolution itself is worded innocuously, the United States, its allies and human rights groups see it as an opportunity for countries such as Russia and China to create a U.N.-approved standard that would permit the blocking of websites deemed critical of government authorities and the use of digital technologies to monitor dissidents.
The move comes as the United States and Western Europe are battling Russian efforts to use the internet to undermine democratic institutions and Chinese cybertheft of intellectual property.
Venice tide peaks at 5 feet again
Venice was hit Sunday by a record third exceptional tide in a week while other parts of Italy struggled with rain-swollen rivers, high winds and an out-of-season avalanche.
Stores and museums in Venice were mostly closed in the hardest-hit area around St. Mark's Square, but tourists donned high rubber boots and even hip waders to witness and photograph the spectacle.
Most were disappointed when officials closed the historic square as winds rippled across the rising waters. Venice's Tide Office said the peak tide of 5 feet hit just after 1 p.m. It marked the third time since Tuesday night's flood – the worst in 53 years – that water levels in Venice had topped 5 feet.
Photographer Terry O'Neill, 81, dies
British photographer Terry O'Neill, whose images captured London's Swinging '60s and who created iconic portraits of Elton John, Brigitte Bardot and Winston Churchill, has died at age 81.
O'Neill died Saturday at his home in London after a long battle with cancer, according to Iconic Images, the agency that represented him.
In the early 1960s he photographed the Beatles during the recording of their first hit single. Soon O'Neill was photographing the hottest stars of the mid and late '60s: Bardot, Raquel Welch, Michael Caine, Steve McQueen, Diana Ross and Audrey Hepburn.
He photographed many other big names over the course of a career that spanned decades, including model Kate Moss, Queen Elizabeth II, singers David Bowie and Amy Winehouse and former first lady Laura Bush.