Climate protesters vow to halt London action if U.K. government discusses their demands

THE JAPAN TIMES LTD | April 22, 2019

Climate change protesters who have brought parts of London to a standstill said Sunday they were prepared to call a halt if the U.K. government would discuss their demands. Some 831 arrests have been made and 42 people charged in connection with the ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests. On the seventh day of the demonstrations, which have occupied key spots in the British capital, Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the protesters, telling them: “Humanity is standing at a crossroads.” Organizers said they were willing to switch tactics from disruption to dialogue if the government entered talks. “We are prepared to pause, should the government come to the negotiating table,” Extinction Rebellion spokesman James Fox told AFP. “What the pause looks like is us stopping an escalation,” he added. “We can discuss leaving if they are willing to discuss our demands. At the moment, we haven’t received a response from the government … so we’re waiting on that.” Extinction Rebellion was established last year in the U.K. by academics, and has become one of the world’s fastest-growing environmental movements.

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FedRAMP was created so that the US government can use the cloud while still protecting systems and data. FedRAMP helps provide clarity for both government agencies and cloud providers so that each knows what is required for cloud use. If you’re a cloud service provider or a government agency wanting to use the cloud, you must demonstrate that you can meet FedRAMP compliance requirements.

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FedRAMP was created so that the US government can use the cloud while still protecting systems and data. FedRAMP helps provide clarity for both government agencies and cloud providers so that each knows what is required for cloud use. If you’re a cloud service provider or a government agency wanting to use the cloud, you must demonstrate that you can meet FedRAMP compliance requirements.

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UK Government Approves Nine Entrust Solutions for G-Cloud 13 Program, including nShield as a Service

Entrust | November 08, 2022

Entrust, a global leader in trusted payments, identities and digital infrastructure, has had nine of its cloud and associated support services approved for the G-Cloud Framework. This platform enables public bodies in the UK to procure commodity-based, pay-as-you-go cloud services on government-approved, short-term contracts through an online catalogue called the Digital Marketplace. This streamlined procurement process supports the UK government’s ‘Cloud First’ policy and is a key component in the government's ambition to operate a cloud-native digital architecture. The Entrust services that are available on the latest iteration of the framework, G-Cloud 13 are as follows: Entrust nShield as a Service – cloud Hardware Security Modules Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), as either: Managed PKI – A bespoke & dedicated PKI without the need for in-house expertise PKI as a Service (PKIaaS) – Cloud based turnkey PKI SSL Certificates (through our partner Conosco) Identity as a Service (IDaaS) – Identity & Access Management with a broad array of authenticators Managed Certificate Hub – Certificate Lifecycle Management for public and private Certificate Authorities in your enterprise Managed Root Certificate Authority – high assurance Root of Trust for your PKI Managed Microsoft PKI – A managed bespoke and dedicated PKI within Azure Cloud support consultancy – design, onboarding, cryptography and PKI health checks for Entrust G-Cloud services The need to authenticate the identity of people, systems and things is challenging and growing. With the launch of G-Cloud 13, and the inclusion of these nine services from Entrust, government departments and agencies in the UK Public Sector can leverage these solutions to enable secure transactions. As an annually revised platform, G-Cloud 13 will go live on 9 November 2022 and is due to end at 23:59 on the 8 November 2023. Specifically, the addition of nShield as a Service to this roster facilitates UK public sector organizations moving their infrastructure into the cloud while maintaining control of their data security with master keys protected in a hardware security module (HSM), as is best practice. “The UK Government G-Cloud program is a way for public sector organisations to purchase cloud based IT solutions from approved, secure providers. Many of these organisations are looking to move as much of their infrastructure into the cloud as possible and need many of the Entrust cloud solutions to support the security requirements. With Entrust cloud solutions, we give you the capability along with the comfort that, strong controls and governance are consistently applied.” -Robert Hann, Vice President of Centre of Expertise for Entrust Digital Security Solutions. Entrust delivers UK Public Sector organisations G-Cloud approved solutions that ensure that you have a robust, secure and scalable combination of solutions to meet your data protection requirements. This cloud-native framework can help customers who are seeking to reduce their on premises data centre footprint and have more flexibility by replacing big capital outlay with a more predictable and flexible subscription payment model. Furthermore, with a selection of managed and “as-a-Service” solutions from Entrust, customers who are lacking the in-house expertise to manage their identity management or data protection solutions can safely leave it to the experts at Entrust.. About Entrust: Entrust keeps the world moving safely by enabling trusted experiences for identities, payments, and digital infrastructure. We offer an unmatched breadth of solutions that are critical to enabling trust for multi-cloud deployments, mobile identities, hybrid work, machine identity, electronic signatures, encryption and more. With more than 2,800 colleagues, a network of global partners, and customers in over 150 countries, it’s no wonder the world’s most entrusted organisations trust us.

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Leeds Equity and e.Republic Partner to Advance Innovation across State and Local Government and Education

e.Republic | December 19, 2022

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TechFlow wins $8 Million cloud.gov contract for Govt. Agency Modernization

TechFlow | January 09, 2023

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