National County Sports Meet: Eight Progress to Quarterfinals

first_imgMargibi County players celebrate after their 5-1 win against Grand Cape MountEight counties, including Nimba, Gbarpolu, Maryland, Grand Gedeh, Margibi, Lofa, Bong, and Bomi have progressed to the quarterfinals of the 2018/2019 National County Sports Meet football category.Group INimba County, with just a point needed to qualify to the last eight of the competition, did exactly what they needed to do by settling to a goalless draw against Montserrado County. The draw summed up Nimba’s points to five out of their three preliminary games, thus securing their spot in the last eight.Group I runners-up Gbarpolu, who were considered as underdogs from the early stage of the competition, needed a win, and similar to their opponents Sinoe, but it was Gbarpolu that emerged victorious by pinning Sinoe 1-0 at the Sanniquellie Sports Stadium in Nimba County to join Nimba as the two winners of Group I.In the kickball category, Sinoe and Nimba counties were the two group winners that booked their tickets to Monrovia for the last eight.Group IIComprising of three teams, Grand Gedeh was in the waiting position, hoping for one team to win in order to finish as runners-up of the group. Excitingly for Grand Gedeh, Maryland got the anticipated result by edging out Grand Bassa 1-0 at the Albert T. White stadium in Zewdru. Maryland finished atop of the group with four points, while Grand Gedeh finished in second with two points.In kickball, Grand Bassa and Grand Gedeh girls finished as winners of the group to progress to the quarterfinals of the competition.Group IIIIt was a dramatic scene at the Nancy B. Doe Sports Stadium in Kakata, Margibi County as Grand Kru shockingly exited this year’s edition of the competition after winning their first two games. With just a point needed to qualify like Nimba, Grand Kru County frustratingly bow out the country’s biggest sporting event after suffering a 2-1 defeat against Lofa County who finished as runners-up in the group. Earlier, Margibi County finished as winners of the group after comfortably defeating Grand Cape Mount County 5-1. Abraham Kamara was the hero after begging home a hat-trick-his fourth in the competition.Margibi hat-trick hero Abraham Kamara celebrates his third goal against Cape Mount, fourth in the competition.(Photo: Anthony Kokoi)In kickball, Lofa finished as winners of the group. They defeated Grand Kru 1-0 home runs, their second win out of three and were followed by Margibi as runners-up.Group IVC.H. Deway Sports stadium was another dramatic scene. Group leaders River Gee, after collecting four points from two games, also needed a draw to qualify, unfortunately, this was not the case. They bow to a 1-0 defeat against host county Bomi,, who finished as runners-up of the group.In the other group game, Bong County secured the biggest victory in the preliminaries after dumping Rivercess County 6-0, thus finishing atop the group with seven points out of three games.It was the kickball team of the same group winners (Bong and Bomi) that qualified for the quarterfinals in the kickball category.The quarterfinals of the competition will commence on January 5, 2018 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville. Prior to that, the eight teams will be welcomed to Monrovia with a dinner with Chief Patron of sports George Weah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Inukshuk proposal still up in the air

first_imgLantz says the Inukshuk would be a unique art piece to Fort St. John. Councilor Lori Ackerman suggested that the issued be tabled until Brandmann attempts to secure sponsorship, and Mayor Lantz agreed. [asset|aid=2381|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=44d120ca849bbf96cd6beb48f181dfac-Lantz – Inukshuk 2_1_Pub.mp3] Councilors voted unanimously to table their decision until January 25th. Advertisement Photo : Chris Brandmann poses with one of his Inukshuk creations – submitted.The fate of a six foot tall, hockey-puck Inukshuk rests in the hands of an artist, and the sponsor he’ll need to find. Chris Brandmann proposed to build the free-standing structure, made completely out of hockey pucks, in preparation for the 2010 Allan Cup and Olympic Torch Relay. – Advertisement -He presented his idea to Council in December. After investigating liability and security issues, City Staff suggested on Monday night, that Brandmann’s request be denied. In order for the Inukshuk to be safe, a plexi-glass case would need to be purchased at a price of $4,734.00. Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz put out an open call to the community, hoping that a sponsor will come forward to help Brandmann achieve his goal. [asset|aid=2380|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=44d120ca849bbf96cd6beb48f181dfac-Lantz – Inukshuk 1_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisement Lantz says this still gives Brandmann the week he needs to construct the six foot tall structure. For a previous report on this story, click here.last_img read more

Museum racing up some games for kids this weekend

first_imgHistory is just a hopscotch away for kids looking for a bit of old fashioned fun this Friday.The Fort St. John North Peace Museum will host an old fashioned games night for kids July 17.The games begin at 7 p.m., and include three-legged races, hopscotch, relay, quoits, and an egg and spoon race.- Advertisement -The museum is asking parents to register ahead of time if they wish to attend. The event is geared to kids age five and up.Tickets are $5 per child or $10 for a family and are available at the museum.Call 250-787-0430 for more info.Advertisementlast_img read more

Farmers market opens this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Rain or shine, the organizers of the Fort St. John Farmers Market plan to start holding their market outside for the warm summer months to come.Not only that, but starting next week, vendors can sell their goods on Wednesday nights, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.Marketing Manager Marie Bernardin says it was something they’ve wanted to do with the market for a long time coming.- Advertisement -“People think of farmers markets of being outside,” she said. The move to make the market a twice-a-week event, Bernardin said, is because it’ll help vendors sell fresher produce.The market will end after thanksgiving weekend this year, as being outside will make it harder to extend the season.Vendors will be selling their items at the market this Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centennial Park to start the season. Bernardin confirmed 20 vendors have already signed up to be there that day.Advertisementlast_img read more

Entertainment for energetic kids at the Pinehill Studios Easter camps!

first_imgPinehill Studios in Letterkenny has the perfect solution for keeping kids occupied this Easter:It’s that glorious time of year when the Easter Bunny lays chocolate eggs and, eh, there’s NO school!!That’s right… The kids are off school and that means you’re going to either have to spend every single day with them for over two whole weeks or, hey, find something for your sweet little beloveds to do. Pinehill Studios has the perfect solution. Our Easter camps are suitable for your little energetic tiny humans from ages 3-12 years.Dates:10-14th April18th-21st AprilKids will enjoy all drama, singing, dance, arts crafts, sports, and so so much more.Make friends, build confidence, have fun and most importantly give mummy and daddy a break… First 15 to BOOK before Saturday 8th April will receive a FREE space for a sibling or friend!!Check out our website for more details or contact Pinehill Studios on 0867900554. Entertainment for energetic kids at the Pinehill Studios Easter camps! was last modified: April 5th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:campchildrenEasterPinehill Studioslast_img read more


first_imgCAPPRY ROVERS NOTESCAPPRY SUMMER DRAW RESULTS Congratulations to Cahal McGuire, Blue Cedars who won 2 season tickets to the Republic of Ireland games, Shaun Bonner won €250, Charlie Long won a Supervalu voucher,Shane Laverty won €100 Twin Town Oil voucher,Claire McGlinchey won a Villa Rose meal voucher.There was a great turn out for what turned out to be another brilliant nights entertainment in Cappry. A special thank you to our 2 cooks on the night, John and Thomas Doherty. Their help on the night was greatly appreciated.Another big thank you to our sponsors on the night, Harry and Orla McLaughlin, Roadhouse Bar, Cherrymore Kitchens, Rite Financial Solutions, Bernard Long and Son.Their continued support means a lot to our club.CONGRATULATIONSCongratulations to Frank McGlynn, Marty O Reilly and both the minor and senior Donegal teams on reaching the All-Ireland final. You’ve made us all really proud to be from Donegal.CAPPRY ROVERS LOTTOLast weeks lotto numbers were 1, 7, 14, 24. There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was Patricia Carr, McKelveys Bar. Next weeks jackpot is €750. Remember if you’re not in you can’t win!!SENIORSenior training is on Wednesday evening.Players to be on the pitch for 7.30pm.UNDERAGE TRAININGTraining for u8’s and u6’s will be on Sunday from 11 am to 12 noon.For all other training times keep an eye on our Facebook page.CAPPRY COMMUNITY CENTREThe Cappry Community Centre is available to rent for parties, meetings, classes etc. Competitive rates available. Contact Kevin Coyle on 086 6008204 to book.SOCCER NEWS: CAPPRY ROVERS HOST GLENEA UNITED THIS WEEKEND IN PREMIER DIVISION CLASH was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cappry RoversNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more

Battle lines drawn

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush nominated veteran judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court Monday, seeking to shift the judiciary to the right and mollify conservatives who derailed his previous pick. Ready-to-rumble Democrats said Alito may curb abortion rights and be “too radical for the American people.” Drawing an unspoken contrast to failed nominee Harriet Miers, Bush declared that the appeals court judge “has more prior judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee in more than 70 years.” Abortion emerged as a potential fault line. Democrats pointed to Alito’s rulings that sought to restrict a woman’s right to abortion. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, a Republican who supports abortion rights, said that Alito’s views on the hot-button issue “will be among one of the first items Judge Alito and I will discuss.” Alito’s mother shed some light. “Of course, he’s against abortion,” 90-year-old Rose Alito said of her son, a Catholic. Alito, 55, newly installed Chief Justice John Roberts, 50, and the more than 200 other federal judges Bush has pushed through the Senate could give the Republican president a legacy far beyond his two terms. In a political twist, Republicans who helped sink Miers’ nomination rallied to Alito’s side. A leading Democrat who backed Miers led the attack against Alito. “The Senate needs to find out if the man replacing Miers is too radical for the American people,” said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. A rare Democratic senator who opposes abortion, Reid chided Bush for not nominating the first Hispanic to the court. “President Bush would leave the Supreme Court looking less like America and more like an old boys club,” Reid said. So consistently conservative, Alito has been dubbed “Scalito” or “Scalia-lite” by some lawyers because his judicial philosophy invites comparisons to conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. But while Scalia is outspoken and is known to badger lawyers, Alito is polite, reserved and even-tempered. Given solid Republican support in the Senate – where the GOP controls 55 of the 100 seats – Democrats would have to filibuster to block Alito’s confirmation, a tactic that comes with political risks. Alito also enjoys the early support of conservative activists who used their sway in the Bush White House to derail Miers’ nominations. The fight to nominate Alito, a judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 1990, is one step in Bush’s political recovery plan as he tries to regain his footing after a cascade of troubles – including the Iraq war and the indictment of the vice president’s chief of staff – rocked his presidency. If confirmed by the Senate, Alito would replace retiring justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a decisive swing vote in cases involving affirmative action, abortion, campaign finance, discrimination and the death penalty. “The Supreme Court is an institution I have long held in reverence,” said the bespectacled Alito, a former prosecutor and government attorney who has argued 12 cases before the Supreme Court, losing just two. “During my 29 years as a public servant, I’ve had an opportunity to view the Supreme Court from a variety of perspectives.” Miers had never been a judge. Praised by Democrats when confirmed for a Philiadelphia-based appeals court 15 years ago, Alito has staked out positions supporting restrictions on abortion, such as parental and spousal notification. The jurist from New Jersey favors more restrictions on abortion rights than either the Supreme Court has allowed or O’Connor has supported, based on a 1992 case in which he supported spousal notification. Bush called for confirmation by year’s end, but Senate leaders said the vote may wait until next year. Wasting no time, Alito went to the Capitol shortly after the announcement to meet with lawmakers. Accompanied by two of his children and Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist, Alito paused first to pay his respects at the coffin of the late civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks in the Capitol rotunda. Specter said he would not ask Alito directly about whether he would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion rights ruling. “There is a lot more to do with a woman’s right to choose than how you feel about it personally,” he said. Specter cited adherence to legal precedent in view of a series of rulings over 30 years upholding abortion rights. With no sign of irony, Republicans demanded that Alito get a vote in the Senate – something they denied Miers. “Let’s give Judge Alito a fair up or down vote, not left or right,” said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota. Republicans who frowned upon Miers said Alito’s selection was in keeping with Bush’s promise to conservatives who helped elect him twice. “What I’ve been hoping for is we would get nominees with a paper trail so we can know their views,” said Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., a potential presidential candidate courting conservative voters. Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson called the pick “a grand-slam home run.” Gary Bauer, a conservative activist who joined allies on the right to challenge Miers nomination, said, “Now with Judge Alito the battle is where it belongs; it’s a battle against the president’s avowed political enemies.” Alito, who was nominated to the appeals court by Bush’s father, signaled his alliance with Bauer and other conservatives by speaking of the “limited role the courts play in our constitutional system.” Abortion-rights activists denounced the pick. “Now, the gauntlet has been, I think, thrown down,” said Kate Michelman, past president of NARAL-Pro-Choice American. “I believe this nomination is aimed at appeasing the most right-wing elements of the president’s political base,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. Miers bowed out last Thursday after three weeks of bruising criticism from members of Bush’s own party who argued that the Texas lawyer and loyal Bush confidant had thin credentials and no proven record as a judicial conservative. Bush had a lengthy interview with Alito after O’Connor announced her retirement in July. White House officials said he was Bush’s favorite among the candidates who were judges, but loyalist Miers won out. Bush called Alito on Friday. White House chief of staff Andy Card talked on the phone with Alito two or three times on Thursday and Friday. Bush formally offered Alito the job when the two met in the Oval Office at 7 a.m. EDT Monday, nearly an hour after the news of his choice leaked out. The White House immediately reached out to its conservative network to prepare for a fight with Democrats. Steve Schmidt, who was the White House spokesman on the Roberts nomination, told supporters on a conference call that they are already considering themselves 22 votes down in the Senate – the 22 Democrats who voted against Roberts. In the early 1990s, Alito was the lone dissenter in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a case in which the 3rd Circuit struck down a Pennsylvania law that included a provision requiring women seeking abortions to notify their spouses. AP White House reporter Deb Riechmann and AP Special Correspondent David Espo contributed to this report in Washington. Reporter Rosa Cirianni contributed from Trenton, N.J. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SA banks outperform global peers

first_img As part of its report, PricewaterhouseCoopers looked at South Africa as a gateway to the rest of Africa. “As growth and investment in Africa continue to accelerate, South Africa offers a portal through which companies from Asia, South America and the Middle East can tap into opportunities across the continent and African companies can reach out to other parts of SAAAME (South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East),” the report said. “With growth of more than 5% a year over the past decade, a population of over 800-million and total purchasing power over US$1.9-trillion, Africa is emerging as one of the most attractive frontiers for growth.” South Africa’s financial institutions, in particular, offer a gateway, as the country’s banking sector accounts for more than 40% of Africa’s assets and the insurance sector comprises more than 70% of the continent’s premiums. This allows these institutions to provide trade finance and support for companies looking to invest in Africa, the report said. SAinfo reporter This performance came against the backdrop of the global economic crisis and financial instability. “While there are some headwinds in the domestic economy and significant uncertainties from Europe, [South Africa’s] banks continue to demonstrate that they have the capability to manage and adapt,” the report said. To build on this success, the report said it is necessary to respond to changes in customer expectations; this includes harnessing technology for customer convenience and improving operational efficiencies. 21 September 2012 South Africa’s four major banks – Absa, FirstRand, Nedbank and Standard Bank – outperformed their Western global peers in several key areas, including return on equity, in the first half of 2012, professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a report released on Wednesday. Combined headline earnings of R21.3-billion and an average return on equity (RoE) of 15.9% saw the country’s banks beat a benchmark group of their Western counterparts, who recorded an average RoE of 2.1% for United States commercial banks and 14.7% for Canadian banks. “This was a commendable performance by South African banks in a relative sense, and a very strong performance compared to the Western world,” PricewaterhouseCoopers said in its analysis report covering the first six months of 2012. “Even more interesting is the composition of earnings for local banks when compared with other countries, which demonstrate that our banks have an enviable net interest income, non-interest revenue mix and continue to operate at favourable efficiency ratios.” Gateway to Africalast_img read more

ReadWrite Predicts: 14 Stone Cold Locks For 2013

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#predictions IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Predicting the future is a sucker’s game. No matter how smart you think you are, events have a way of overtaking logic and making predictions not just wrong but completely beside the point. That’s why we have smartphones instead of jetpacks.That said, the ReadWrite team couldn’t resist the year-end opportunity to gaze into 2013 and come up with 14 things we just know are stone-cold locks to come true in the next 12 months, split evenly between consumer and business technology. In fact, this is just the first set of end-of-the-year predictions and wrap-ups we’re putting together on a wide variety of important technologies. Look for them as 2012 winds down.In the meantime, we absolutely guarantee that every one of these predictions will come true in 2013 … unless, of course, things change. Then all bets are off.Consumer PredictionsFree-to-Play (F2P) Gaming Goes Mainstream: No longer relegated to tiny little casual and mobile games, the free-to-play concept will expand with at least one big-budget, high-profile, AAA franchise game competing with the best the industry has to offer. Instead of demanding big-bucks up front, though, this game will try to recover its investment via advertisements and in-game purchases. If it succeeds, it will change the way games are sold forever. – Cormac FosterLouder Social Din Opens Opportunity For Aggregators: The social media din will get even louder and harder to understand. Aggregators that help curate these competing streams and tie together disparate services will become the new social media power brokers. –Taylor HatmakerSocial Media Erases the Line Between Citizens and Journalists: Real-time social platforms will continue to amplify the voices of citizen journalists around the world, all but dissolving the line between the news as we knew it and the relevance and urgency of crowdsourced reporting.– Taylor HatmakerFacebook Buys Something Big: Expect some big moves – and at least one really big acquisition – from Facebook as the company tries to make up for lost time on monetization and mobile. It could be Microsoft’s Atlas or some other ad platform. – Taylor HatmakerTwitter Gets Competition: Services like, Branch and Medium will gain traction, stretching our collective attention spans beyond the mental claustrophobia of 140-character micro-thoughts. Google+ may be a joke now, but the so-called social ghost town will chug steadily into 2013 as Google patiently plays the long game, bringing its Web of products even deeper into the fold. – Taylor HatmakerMobile Security Meltdown: Security experts have been warning about mobile security vulnerabilities for years, but no one has really been listening. That will change in 2013 when a massive security issue plagues one or mobile platforms, stealing personal information, bricking phones and changing the way people use their devices. – Fredric PaulApple Will Release a Television Set: In the spring of 2013 we will see a genuine Apple television, not just the little streaming box that is currently known as Apple TV. The opportunity to make a big splash in the time between big tech conferences like the Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile World Congress and South by Southwest means we should look for the announcement in March. – Dan RowinskiEnterprise PredictionsThe Enterprise Strikes Back: 2013 will see a continuing slump in startups that target consumer categories like social media and mobile and renewed strength in startups aimed at the enterprise. As venture capitalists come down from the bubbly days of Facebook, Zynga and Groupon, they’ll return to their senses and invest in companies that emphasize solid fundamentals, like paying customers and profits. – Tim Devaney and Tom SteinThe Enterprise Inflates a Bubble: The shift to enterprise is good news and bad news. The good news is the Valley will get back to solving real problems. The bad news is we’re going to see a huge bubble in B2B startups just like the one that just popped in B2C. By this time next year we’ll all be wringing our hands again, wondering what happened. – Dan LyonsGovernments Tighten Their Grip on the Internet: This year set the table for the government trying to regulate the Internet, with the SOPA and PIPA piracy controversies in the US, and ACTA in Europe. In 2013, a new mutation of the Stop Online Piracy Act will be duked out in Congress. Internationally, fallout from the United Nations-sanctioned International Telecommunication Union’s World Conference On International Telecommunications will likely cede more regulatory power to governments around the world, threatening to disrupt the Web’s very infrastructure. – Adam PopescuApple Cracks the Enterprise: In 2013, driven to the brink by the seismic changes in Windows 8, the difficulty of supporting Windows RT, and lackluster Windows 8 tablets, enterprises will adopt Apple devices with orders in the tens of thousands of units. This won’t be the end of Microsoft, but it will put the company back on the defensive after a year of innovation. – Jon Mitchell Cloud Rules: The early adoption phase of cloud computing is just about over. Up until now, many cloud deployments have been the purview of small capital-poor startups and department-level teams who need resources faster than corporate procurement can move. In 2013 we will see much broader adoption of the cloud across the entire enterprise, as the cost-benefits of elastic computing become too attractive to ignore. Expect some major deployment announcements as OpenStack-based products become more prolific and Amazon Web Services and CloudStack rise to meet the challenge. – Brian ProffittBig Data Consolidates: Big Data – defined as companies trying to glean useful insights from vast amounts of data – will be driven by massive investments by large corporations. With all that cash sloshing around, we’ll see a big uptick in merger and acquisition activity as traditional tech vendors put big-data startups on their shoping lists. – Antone GonsalvesGoogle Will Become an ISP: After a successful trial run with Google Fiber in Kansas City, Google will reveal pricing and options for Google Fiber Internet service in select U.S. cities by the end of 2013. The offering won’t have a mobile data component, just home and business Internet, VOIP, and TV. It will seem like a very good deal compared to existing ISPs. – Jon MitchellThere you have it, 14 can’t-miss technology predictions for 2013. Stay tuned for deeper dives into the technologies and trends that will shape our future in the coming year. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… fredric paul 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

The State of Responsible IoT in 2018

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Peter Bihr co-founded ThingsCon, a global community & event platform that fosters the creation of a responsible Internet of Things. In 2018, Peter is a Mozilla Fellow. He also is the founder and managing director of The Waving Cat, a boutique digital strategy, research & foresight company. We explore the impact of emerging technologies — like Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence — and how your organization can harness them effectively. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Tags:#AI#Connected Devices#IoT Peter Bihr What’s the State of Responsible IoT in 2018? After years of concerning news about connected devices that were hacked, bricked, or used to spy on users, a collection of essays by the experts in the ThingsCon network explores where we stand in terms of creating IoT devices that are responsibly made and respect user rights.(Learn more about the report or read it on Medium.)Since the first installment of this annual report came out the first time in 2017, a lot has happened: Responsibility and ethics in tech have begun to enter mainstream conversations, and these conversations are having an effect. The media, tech companies, and policy makers all are rethinking the effect of technology on society.But the lines between Internet of Things (IoT), AI and machine learning (ML), and algorithmic decision-making are increasingly blurry. Designers of connected devices have their jobs cut out for themselves. It is essential to consider the implications and to make sure that all the new data-driven systems we see deployed across our physical and digital environments work well—not just for the users but for all who are impacted.“Let’s be clear: none of our instincts will guide us in our approach to the next normal.” — Adam Greenfield, Radical TechnologiesSo what are the ThingsCon experts proposing? Do we need to regulate IoT globally from a fundamental human rights perspective as Brazilian policy experts Ronaldo Lemos and Eduardo Magrani suggest? A first step would be for IoT designers not to treat users like infants, says Gaia Scagnetti of NYC’s Pratt Institute, as that is both paternalistic and scratches the very basis of our free will. Researcher Holly Robbins of the Dutch Just Things Foundation explores the Transparent Charging Station, a prototype for radical transparency of how algorithms work: Maybe this offers a path forward to show users how they interact with complex technological systems and vice versa.This doesn’t sound radical enough? How about a fundamental rethinking of how we design with connected products, as academics Iohanna Nicenboim, Elisa Giaccardi and James Pierce advocate, by considering the things themselves as actors in their own right? Activist and researcher Maya Ganesh suggests we consider how we map and design IoT systems: The map itself reveals the values and social positions of the map-maker, so we should ask: What does the map-maker/designer consider worth mapping, and what do they leave out? It just so might give us a clue as to who is the customer and who is the product.Dutch designer Iskander Smit wonders if we can (and should) imbue connected products with democratic values.Elsewhere in the report, some experts offer more hands-on and concrete advice. British entrepreneur and technologist Laura James demands connected that we can rely on—especially in the case of infrastructure—and where the benefits outweigh potential damages. She points out that the challenges aren’t always linked to the tech—they are often organizational or have to do with faulty business models. Ethicist and writer Luca van der Heide sees an opportunity to shift our design goals for connected products from invisible to transparent and from invasive to inclusive.Writing from a wide-angle lens spanning researchers and technologists from Asia, North America and Africa, Seyram Avle, David Li & Silvia Lindtner see co-designing with people in the field as a remedy for tech-solutionism.And a ThingsCon project I lead myself focuses on a consumer trustmark to help users make better informed decisions. The Trustable Tech mark evaluates connected devices along five dimensions: Security, transparency, openness, privacy & data practices, as well as stability (in the sense of robustness and longevity). The Mozilla Foundation supports this through a fellowship.As can be gathered from the wide range of these examples, many questions still remain to be solved on our shared journey from the Internet of Shit towards a healthy, responsible, and rights-respecting Internet of Things. But across the board we see progress in long strides, and more and better approaches to tackle the tech challenges of the 21st century. Follow the Pucklast_img read more