Saturday, November 23, 2013

RICO SORDA - BLOCKED ON GOV.JE - FINDS THE ANSWERS.








On November 14th I published a posting called Rico Sorda - Citizen Journalist - Blocked on Gov.Je
the posting can be read here. 



I said that I would ask for answers as this was a very serious issue. That is exactly what I did along with  Deputy Tadier.  


On Wednesday the 20th November we had a meeting with the head of the States of Jersey  IT Department along with  the head of the IT Service Desk. We sat down for an hour and sorted the issues out. Yes, I was blocked across the whole of the gov.je.  For this they have apologised and I have accepted their apology. We discussed the process of blocking and how it was a mistake to block me. They are now looking at their procedures. They also apologised for saying I was abusive when  obviously I wasn't and explained to me in great detail how that mistake came about.


I have to say I found them to be very professional and in my opinion very honest. I always prefer sitting down and talking to people face to face. 



I was shown the original email - with the States Members name  redacted - but I was able to deduce who it was. I promised to keep it private and I will. They asked me to be blocked from their gov.je nothing more. It really does amaze me and shows just how blinded some of these States Members prefer to be. 


I would also like to thank Deputy Tadier for helping me sort this out.


As far as I'm concerned the issue is now closed. 


I hope the Department have learnt from this.


Rico Sorda 

Part Time Investigative Journalist 







34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cor blimey Rico- are they paying you? I'm really surprised you go along with them like this. Don't get me wrong- I have tremendous respect for you but your tone in this makes me think- perhaps they've cornered you somehow? I'm glad they were professional about it but I think they should have told you the person/s who originally asked for you to be blocked. But we all know they're living in a society where the culture is to protect their own and this will always take precedence over the rights of the common man.

Anonymous said...

Good to see that something has *gasp* worked out with honest explanations and evidence provided to you. A surprise, but a pleasant one. Well done, all.

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

It looks like the State IT Department has been more helpful, and open, with you than the Education Minister, Assistant Education Minister and John Richardson have been with me which will be explained on a Blog I intend publishing tomorrow.

Glad you managed to get the banning debacle sorted, and equally glad you know who the (not very honest) culprit was who got you banned.

rico sorda said...

I do know the name of the culprit.

rs

Anonymous said...

Does the blocking apply to others? Is this the reason why nobody - not even an "out of office" automatic response - was the answer to my Evelyn email? Or are our States Members mostly as useless as they appear...
Mike Dun writes.

Anonymous said...

Rico I too am surprised someone shi-s on you and you protect them by not naming them why?

Anonymous said...

You are so full of yourself it beggars belief that they can waste time talking to you. I have seen a lot of your old e-mails and they are a really sad read Rico.

rico sorda said...

"Rico I too am surprised someone shi-s on you and you protect them by not naming them why?"

I gave them my word.

I have my email back working. Choose your battles.

rs

Anonymous said...

Well done choosing your battles and keeping your word. The authorities and the mainstream media could learn much from you.

rico sorda said...

Sometimes you just have to say ok I accept your apology and move on or you get bogged down. There are more important issues like Child Protection to worry about.

rs

Anonymous said...

are we therefore to assume that the individual who wanted your emails blocked was still within his rights, keeping in mind that you were not abusive?

Anonymous said...

Look how trollboy chips in at 9.24pm:

"You are so full of yourself..."

He can't bear to read that:

a) You have been proven right, again (BDO report, anyone?)
b) You have obtained a full apology
c) The situation has been restored to how it should be. You have obtained in full "the relief that you sought" by being polite and tenacious, without needing any nasty messy legal process.

You have also been magnanimous in accepting the apology. The moral high ground belongs to you.

That must really stick in the craw for someone, for example, who has not been able to achieve all of the above.

Nice one. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Rico, why did you promise to keep the name private?

I'm also curious to know, as the name was redacted, why the issue of a promise was raised?





martin said...

hi rico
im sorry to say you have now backed down from naming the person/s
who had you blocked that to them is a victory they no now if they sound
honest and give you an apology you will back down.and that is all they need. rico i hope i am wrong keep up the good work you do

rico sorda said...

They didn't want to give me the name but that is the one thing I wanted. Then at the end of the meeting I was given a redacted email but unfortunately for them they forgot to redact a part of it and I was able to suss who it was.

Anon, at 1:03 has it spot on.

Having spent an hour with them I left satisfied. I got what I wanted and I move on.

rs

Zoompad said...

"I gave them my word."

Thats good enough for me, I trust your judgement Rico, I trust you.

It's lovely to see an old fashioned moral, a man's word, there's not very many men I would give tuppence for their word, you're one of the ones I would.

Anonymous said...

So one idiot didn't want to read anything from you, and got you blocked from sending anything to ALL the States Members? Is that it?

Sounds like they really need to brush up on their procedures and policies! Will they? Have they learnt from this?

rico sorda said...

If anyone has a problem or thinks they have a problem then email the IT Department and ask them to check if there is any blocks or any other problem. If the answer is no then you know it's states members spamming you or ignoring you.

rs

Anonymous said...

Judge Made Law in Jersey #FreeSyvretNow has left a new comment on your post "RICO SORDA - BLOCKED ON GOV.JE - FINDS THE ANSWERS...":

Jolly decent of you Rico.

My gut feeling is that your global blocking was just too convenient to the authorities who did not want States Members informing or challenging about issues surrounding the illegal suspension of the Chief of Police etc.

These people are paid to do a job. e.g. Do they delete all files when asked to delete one file? A global-delete is analogous to a global-blocking.

Rico, you do a huge amount of work for no payment. It is the island and justice which have lost out due to this "accident".

I respect your restrained response but this is a serious incident which is difficult to stomach within the landscape of lies, dishonesty and cover up.

rico sorda said...

Hi, I copied and pasted your comment because it just wouldn't publish.

rs

Detective Columbo said...

Rico,

Regular readers of your blog will be aware of one deputy who asked you to "Kindly remove me from your mailing list" back in 2012. A great thing, the search feature on this blog.

Anonymous said...

Rico.

Does this mean that you are:1/ washing your hands of the illegal safe breaking at police HQ.

Or, 2/ just biding your time?

rico sorda said...

No not at all. The safe breaking is off the scale. All i'm saying is I left the meeting with my email restored and happy with what I heard. Sometimes, and I will stick with this, if I don't believe their is wrong doing going on I will move on. I will call it how I see it. My blog is based on that approach. I will not give it large on the IT Department just because i believe it will make a good story. I will give up now if I slip into that mode.

rs

rico sorda said...

Hi Martin,

Thank you for your comment but i'm not engaging in a guessing game on who it is. I'm ok with the way things stand and have moved on. There are many more important issues that I must concentrate on over the coming days and weeks. The amount of free time I have to work on my blog is very small hence I can't get bogged down on an issue that I have sorted out. Hope you understand.

Thank you

RS

Anonymous said...

I think that's wise, Rico. Bigger battles to fight.

martin said...

hi rico
i sure do.keep up the excellent work you do. you are doing jersey a great service.

Póló said...

Glad you got sorted and have not succumbed to paranoia.

Your judgement is that it was a mistake of IT to have inadvertently generalised a request from one States member to have your emails blocked from their account. You're in the best position to judge that.

People should not forget that IT departments and individuals do make mistakes and are not always fully on top of the software they are using.

Sometimes the mistakes go the other way. In my work I had to alert IT on two occasions that I had access to accounts I should not have had. The first was the full State borrowing programme and the second to the full range of the drawing up of the Sate expenditure estimates rather than just my own estimate. These incidents happened over ten years apart.

I considered myself a friendly hacker (in the original meaning of the word). I did not make a fuss but quietly drew the problem to the attention of the individuals responsible.

I have always had good relations with the IT unit, even when I was fighting with them which was quite often.

Anonymous said...

Rico, I think you are right to move on, but I hope you raised with them the possibility that their blocking a person from even just one States Member's email account without valid reason is potentially unlawful, and that (if only for their own protection) staff in the IT department really shouldn't agree to do this without formal written legal advice.

Zoompad said...

Please, it would be nice if we had some updates on how Stuart is.

Are people visiting him, and making sure he's ok?

I am writing to him, and I know others are as well, but I don't even know if he's recieving my letters, I haven't recieved one back from him yet.

Anonymous said...

@ Zoompad
Yes it would be good to have an update on ex Health Minister Syvret's imprisonment.

During his incarceration his blog count has risen to well over 1,009,000
Even though "The End was always going to look like this."

How long does 'Blogger' store unpublished comments for BTW ?
(as any submitted will remain unpublished for now)

So with readership holding steady and the twitter campaign gaining ground daily the only "relief" that the four can realistically enjoy is between the "eyelash mannequin's" slippy fingers, or suchlike :-o LOL
[the troll will enjoy that -hope Bowron isn't the jealous type!]

I know prisoners (political or otherwise) are strictly rationed in the number and regularity of visitors they are permitted.
Letters out and suchlike may be similarly rationed, and possibly in.
There may also be practical limitations on pens, paper, envelopes and stamps.

It would be good to have an update and information on what restrictions he is under and whether any of the practical things can be gifted.

BTW on twitter... #FreeSyvretNow

Anonymous said...

@Polo 1:28pm
Probably worth mentioning that that was the IT Dept. in Ireland (I assume)

Anonymous said...

Hi Rico,

Though I am sure electronic monitoring will be increasingly used against Jersey bloggers and citizens, I refuse to believe for the moment that the following is more suspicious than a blogspot.com glitch:

On Nov 24 you had to copy and paste my comment because "it just wouldn't publish."

Since then I have had one on your site, and one on Trevor's blog which have not registered. It is unlikely that they were both too cr@p for publication so we are getting a little concerned.

The "Name/URL" method I had been using is still working fine on Bob Hill's site, see:

http://bobhilljersey.blogspot.com/2013/11/jerseys-dean-true-christians-or-pontius.html?showComment=1385380196352#c5535510572085034653

If any one else is experiencing problems I suggest we use a common location to share/log information. I suggest :

http://crapaudverload.blogspot.com/2011/11/bloggercom-errors.html

Póló said...

Anonymous @ 7.25pm

Should have specified. Yes, the IT unit in the Irish Finance Ministry.

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

Who exonerated THE DEAN?