Bill Gates urged to raise Internet censorship when he dines with President Hu

first_img In an open letter today, Reporters Without Borders urged Microsoft chairman Bill Gates to raise the issues of online censorship and the repression of cyber-dissidents when he has Chinese President Hu Jintao to dinner at his home in Seattle on 18 April at the start of Hu’s visit to the United States.“Dear Mr. Gates,We would like to ask you discuss Internet censorship, an issue of which you are undoubtedly aware, when you dine with President Hu on 18 April. We would also like you to mention our concerns about the repression of Chinese cyber-dissidents – people who use the Internet to advocate democracy – 48 of whom are currently in prison in China.As you may know, our organisation has been campaigning for many years to get the major Internet sector corporations to behave ethically when operating in repressive countries.As part of our efforts, we have written several letters to executives in your company expressing concern about certain Microsoft practices – letters that have not been answered. We disapprove of your company’s decision to censor the Chinese version of your blog tool MSN Spaces. This service automatically rejects search strings such as “4 June” (the date of the Tiananmen Square massacre) or “human rights in China.” We were also shocked by Microsoft’s decision last December to close down the blog of a very popular Chinese blogger, Michael Anti, as a result of pressure from the Chinese authorities.There is a need for Internet sector companies to begin to reflect about the consequences of their activities in countries such as China.With a view to advancing the debate on this issue, we issued six concrete proposals in January for how companies could respect free expression while pursuing their activities. For example, we proposed banning search engines and content providers from installing automatic filters that censor so-called “protected” key words such as “human rights” and “democracy.” We also suggested that any request for the closure of a site hosted by a US company should require the approval of a US court, and that the same should apply to requests for information about your clients.We are also supporting the Global Online Freedom Act, a bill proposed to the US House of Representatives in February by Rep. Christopher Smith that would regulate the operations of Internet companies in repressive countries.We thank you in advance for taking account of our request.”The letter is signed by Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. Receive email alerts to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China April 14, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bill Gates urged to raise Internet censorship when he dines with President Hu China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific News RSF_en News April 27, 2021 Find out more News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimeslast_img read more

Cricket News Ajit Wadekar dies at 77, ‘lost a father figure,’ says Anil Kumble

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former India captains Mohammed Azharuddin and Anil Kumble found a “father figure” in Ajit Wadekar. The legendary player mentored struggling captain and a stressed leg spinner during his days of international cricket.   After prolonged illness Wadekar, 77, passed away in Mumbai on Wednesday. It was under Wadekar that struggling captain Azharuddin, got a second chance from 1993 to 1996 having lost Test series in New Zealand, England and Australia ALSO READ | Ajit Wadekar: Man who made Indian captaincy coveted“such an iconic person..deeply saddened by his demise!! Sir was a father figure for me.. May his soul rest in peace! My Heartfelt Condolences to the family,” Azharuddin tweeted.   Wadekar was a blessing for Kumble after getting dropped post 1990 tour of England. His comeback coincided with Wadekar’s entry as manager during the 1992-93 tour of South Africa. Till his retirement in 2008, Kumble was never dropped for the next 16 years. Kumble tweeted “Deeply saddened by the passing away of #AjitWadekar He was more than a coach to the entire team – a father figure and a shrewd tactician. My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. He will be missed. Thank you Sir, for the confidence shown in my ability!”.  Famous cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi also praised Wadekar. “V sad news-Ajit Wadekar passing away-only Indn Capt to win 3 series in a row-2 away 1 at home-ALW was good contemporary-we had differences of (sic) opinion but always respected glory of (sic) Crkt-fine batsman & great close in catch-served Indn Crkt w/aplomb as player/Selectr/Coach-RIP Jeetu!” wrote Bedi on his twitter page. Wadekar was a “tough character” for Sanjay Manjrekar as coach. Earlier, Majrekar had tweeted a video of Wadekar in cricket gears one last time during a charity match at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana in Mumbai. ALSO READ | Remove all-rounder tag from Hardik Pandya, says Harbhajan Singh “Ajit Wadekar’s impact on Indian cricket is huge. His contemporaries worshipped him, such was his aura. Found him to be a tough character as coach. Exceptional Indian cricketer… RIP Sir.” tweeted Sanjay Manjrekar. last_img read more

Sharks practice with power play adjustment

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks had an extra day between games to work on details and it appears they’ll be continuing to use Marcus Sorensen as one of their forwards on their second power play unit.Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation.Sorensen took Timo Meier’s spot on the Sharks’ second power play unit in Saturday’s practice, as he skated with Joe Thornton, Evander Kane, Gus Nyquist and Erik Karlsson. Kane took Meier’s spot as the net-front …last_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

If Clippers’ Sterling Stays, Rivers Goes

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Coach Doc Rivers has said he’ll resign from the Los Angeles Clippers if Donald Sterling remains the owner, the interim CEO testified, saying such a move would be a “disaster” for the franchise.“If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach,” Richard Parsons said in court on July 22nd, recounting recent conversations with Rivers.His testimony was a rare foray into the basketball side of the Clippers at a probate-court trial that has focused on the narrow question of whether Sterling’s wife, Shelly, can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as the NBA looks to force Donald Sterling from the league over racist statements.Shelly Sterling is scheduled to return to the stand on July 22nd as the final witness, with the two sides returning for closing arguments next week.Parsons, a former Chief Executive at Time Warner and Citigroup who took over leadership of the Clippers in May during the media blitz surrounding the banishment of Sterling, said under questioning by Ballmer’s lawyer that the departure of Rivers would “accelerate the death spiral” of the Clippers.“If Doc were to leave, that would be a disaster,” Parsons said. “Doc is the father figure, the one who leads.” Team representatives said Rivers had no comment on the testimony.Parsons said he fears there would also be an exodus of key players, including team captain Chris Paul, who heads the NBA players union.The judge stopped Parsons from giving an account of his conversations with Paul when an NBA lawyer objected over privacy issues.Parsons said corporate sponsors and season ticket holders would likely be the next to leave. “If your coach leaves, if your players don’t want to play with you, what do you have?” Parsons asked. “If your sponsors leave and the fans leave, it’s going to spiral down and down.”Parsons also said he doesn’t believe that anyone will offer as much money for the team as Ballmer. That opinion was seconded by witness Anwar Zakkour, an investment banker who helped broker the deal for Ballmer’s purchase and said he never expected a bid so big.Explaining why Ballmer would have bid over the value of the team, Zakkour said, “It was a trophy asset.”“This is the highest price ever achieved for a sports team,” he said. “However way you count it, this is an amazing price that anyone should be satisfied with.”Parsons and Zakkour said that if the NBA seized the team and put it up for auction, the price would drop because there would be less certainty about the team’s future.Outside court, Sterling’s lawyer, Bobby Samini, said the billionaire would persist in his opposition to the sale because “he feels he was wronged” by the NBA. “He has no desire to destroy the team,” Samini said. “He is fighting to protect his rights.”Later, Sterling fired off another legal volley, filing a new lawsuit against his wife, the NBA and league commissioner Adam Silver that alleges fraud, breach of contract, unfair business practices and infliction of emotional distress.He claimed, among other things, that he was tricked into being examined by psychiatrists to establish whether he was mentally competent. The NBA declined to comment on the new lawsuit.Shelly Sterling’s attorney called it a “frivolous, last ditch act of desperation” in a statement.“This action shows once more how obsessed he is with ruining a record-setting $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers,” attorney Pierce O’Donnell said, “a sale that would solve the problems his racist rant started three months ago.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

9 days agoArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar ‘taught me the most’

first_imgArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar ‘taught me the most’by Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar was the best teammate he has ever had.The pair played together for three seasons at Benfica, and the Argentine had a profound impact on his then Brazilian teammate.”A lot of players have helped me in my career,” Luiz said at a commercial event with Arsenal. “But Pablo Aimar stood out.”We must always be open to learning, whether it’s with younger players or those with more experience.”One day, Pablo came into my room and began to teach me how to pass from a ball in defence to one in attack.”He taught me how to create spaces and how to hide a pass to try to get it between the lines.”This was advice I had never had before.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Canadian Actress Sarah Hansen Booth appears on Law Order – Special Victims

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter She will be the guest star on an episode of Law & Order – Special Victims Unit. This spinoff of Law and Order has been airing on the NBC network for 18 years. On February 15, 6.9 million Americans watched the 11th episode of the season live.A strong characterIn the episode No surrender, she interprets the role of Captain Beth Williams, a woman with a strong character serving in the military. “She finds herself in vulnerable situations, but she is a person who is able to shoulder the burden,” she outlines. “She doesn’t react in a typical way to situations involving sexual aggression. It’s as though she has been trained to deal with torture or that kind of aggression.” Advertisement As a teenager in Ormstown, Sarah Hansen Booth used to watch Law and Order – Special Victims Unit. This Wednesday, she will appear in an episode of a program that captivates more than six million American viewers each week.“I recently moved to Los Angeles with my husband [director and producer Gavin Michael Booth], to follow our dreams,” stated the actor. “Landing this role in the United States on the NBC network is huge. It’s going to give me so much exposure.”By the end of her audition, however, her expectations were not very high. “I did my audition with my iPhone and sent the clip to New York where shooting was taking place,” explained Hansen Booth. The next morning, I heard from my agents that the production team was very interested. They just wanted to know if I was ready to cut my hair and I didn’t have to do a second audition.” Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Less Madness More Chalk

The first two days of March Madness came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. On Thursday, two of the first three games in the men’s tournament featured major upsets, with No. 14 seeds UAB and Georgia State defeating No. 3 seeds Iowa State and Baylor. Those games were enough to ruin more than 99 percent of people’s prefect brackets.Then No. 6 Southern Methodist lost to No. 11 UCLA on a terrible goaltending call. And No. 7 seed VCU lost to No. 10 Ohio State (although Ohio State had been favored according to Vegas odds and the FiveThirtyEight forecast).But that was pretty much it. In fact, the better seed won 23 consecutive games on Thursday evening and Friday until No. 11 Dayton finally beat No. 6 Providence late Friday night. (That game wasn’t much of an upset either: Dayton had a 49 percent chance per the FiveThirtyEight model.) Somehow No. 5 seeds even avoided their historic “curse,” going 4-0. Upset magic dissipated into a cloud of chalk.So where does 2015 rank historically? Is it an upset that there were so few upsets?I came up with a quick way to score upsets in the round of 64 in men’s tournaments since 1985, when the field expanded to 64 teams. Every time the inferior seed wins, it accumulates “upset points” based on the difference in seeding. (See the footnote for more detail.1More technically, upset points are based on the typical power ratings associated with each seed. On average, for instance, No. 4 seeds have a power rating 8 or 9 points better than No. 13 seeds, which means they’d be favored by 8 or 9 points on a neutral court. That translates into the No. 13 seed having a 79 percent chance of being defeated. When the inferior seed wins, its number of upset points is calculated as its probability of losing minus 50 percent. So when a No. 13 seed beats a No. 4, it gets 29 upset points (a 79 percent chance of losing minus 50 percent), for example.) The more unlikely an upset, the more upset points. When a No. 9 seed beats a No. 8, it gets just 2 upset points. But a No. 16 would score 49 upset points for beating a No. 1 (something that’s never happened in the men’s tournament.)This year, underdogs scored 105 upset points in the round of 64:No. 14 UAB got 37 upset points for beating Iowa StateNo. 14 Georgia State got 37 points for beating BaylorNo. 11 UCLA got 12 points for beating SMUNo. 11 Dayton got 12 points for beating ProvidenceNo. 10 Ohio State got 7 points for beating VCUThis total is below average, especially by the standard of recent tournaments. Last year, there were 130 upset points in the round of 64. In 2012 and 2013, there were 195 and 192, respectively, the highest totals since the tournament expanded to 64 teams. However, this year’s tournament hasn’t been an outlier, by any means. The first round of the 2000 tournament featured just 26 upset points, while 2007 had just 30.In theory, we might expect to see upsets increase as parity increases in the men’s game and the differences between the teams becomes smaller. And it might not be so surprising that there have been fewer of them in this year’s tournament, which bucked the trend toward greater parity.But the NCAA has also made one move to reduce the number of upsets: It’s gotten better about seeding the teams correctly. The FiveThirtyEight model had the inferior seed favored in only 3 of the 32 games between Thursday and Friday, as did Las Vegas odds.2In fact, the FiveThirtyEight model and Vegas had the same favorite in all 32 games. So while real upsets like UAB over Iowa State may be increasing, “fake upsets” like Ohio State over VCU are on the wane.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

Heat wave Hot shooting leads OSU past Gophers

As Ohio State honored its 1960 national champion men’s basketball team on Sunday, the day seemed destined to be more about the past than the present. The 2010 Buckeyes didn’t appear to get the memo.Against a Minnesota team that had beaten them just three weeks ago, the Buckeyes shot 63 percent from the field and routed the Gophers 85-63 in one of their best performances of the season.Sophomore guard William Buford, who has been dealing with the effects of a root canal he underwent last week, scored a career-high 26 points. Buford made four-of-five from beyond the 3-point arc and added five rebounds and five assists.“Will’s a very tough kid,” coach Thad Matta said. “I thought he played extremely well today.”Juniors Evan Turner and Jon Diebler each scored 19 points of their own, and Turner handed out a game-high eight assists.The 19 points were the most Diebler has scored since the first week of January. He connected on five of his nine 3-point attempts, and it was one of the few times since the Big Ten season started that Diebler was able to get into a rhythm offensively.“I thought we played well all day,” Diebler said. “When Evan [Turner] and Will are playing like they are, they draw so much attention. It just got me some good looks today.”As for the Gophers, they have dropped four of their last five games and, in the process, have shown their “worst defensive effort in a long time,” coach Tubby Smith said.“It was a game that we really didn’t give ourselves a chance to win today,” Smith said. “Ohio State is a very talented team and they are playing well right now, but we’re not.”The win was OSU’s 13th win in as many tries at Value City Arena this season. The undefeated home record is something that Diebler said his team prides itself on.“Just having the fans that we have makes it a tough place to play,” Diebler said. “It’s tough to play on the road in the Big Ten, and you have to protect your home court. I think we’ve done a good job of that this year.”But for Turner, it was more than just a normal home game. The Buckeye point guard said that with the 1960 team looking on, he and his teammates knew they couldn’t disappoint. Fortunately for Turner, they didn’t.“I’m sure everybody could feel the presence of them,” Turner said. “It was just a big day; it was huge.”After the game, Turner was asked if perhaps this performance was a sign of things to come. Is it possible that, 50 years from now, his team will be celebrating the anniversary of its own championship?“That would be pretty cool,” Turner said. “You never know.” read more

Puck drops Friday for Ohio State against Wisconsin

Ohio State redhshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo during the game against Ryerson on Sep. 30. Ohio State lost 7-4. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsAfter the Ohio State men’s hockey team surprised the nation last year, the Buckeyes are coming out this season to prove their success was no fluke.Ohio State will get a chance to prove that early, with a season-opening series at No. 12 Wisconsin this weekend. The No. 19 Buckeyes are coming into this year after a season in which they finished 21-12-6, which was enough to earn the team’s seventh all-time NCAA tournament appearance and the first in eight years.In the tournament, the Buckeyes lost to eventual NCAA-runner-up Minnesota Duluth 3-2 in overtime in the first round.  “We watched [the film] a couple of weeks ago in the locker room, and all those chances we had in overtime, I thought we were right there and hopefully we can get back to that point and make it further,” junior forward Mason Jobst said.Jobst is the most pivotal player returning to the Buckeyes this season, as he led the Big Ten in points last year with 55, and was named team captain.The Buckeyes lost their only exhibition game 7-4 to Ryerson. Ohio State roared out to a 4-1 lead midway through the second period, then proceeded to give up six unanswered goals, leading to the defeat.“[Ryerson] came in here and they were the better team no question,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “It’s going to take hard work, and how we prepare Monday through Thursday is when you win the game, not showing up on Friday.”Ohio State had less than a week to get back on track after the defeat as it opens its season with a pair of road games at Wisconsin, the team that eliminated the Buckeyes from the 2017 Big Ten tournament. Ohio State opens the season against the Badgers Friday at 8 p.m. and the two teams return to action the next day at 7 p.m.“It’s going to be exciting,” junior defenseman Sasha Larocque said.  “Obviously they’re a great team and it’s going to be a great test for us to see where we’re at at the start of the year.”The Buckeyes lost several All-Big Ten players from the previous season, including top goal-scorer Nick Schilkey, forward David Gust, defenseman Josh Healey and starting goalie Christian Frey.Now, the team will rely on their remaining talent, starting with two NHL draft picks — junior forward Dakota Joshua and sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski — who were fourth and fifth on the team in scoring, respectively. “I think I need to be more consistent,” Laczynski said. “Night in, night out not taking any games off, really just work hard and try to be a leader out there.”The Buckeyes managed to remain consistent on the road all last year, with an impressive 13-2-3 record away from home, the best in the NCAA.  The problem was their record at the Schottenstein Center, which was a much less glamorous 7-7-2.When asked about improving the home record, Rohlik said, “Well if you know that answer let me know. I just think it’s a mindset of coming out here and just, in that locker room knowing that we have to step on the ice and win games here at home, and I think that’s something our guys want to do.”Season PredictionThis Ohio State team is going to need players to step up in big ways for them to have the same level of success they achieved last year, especially considering the Big Ten got even stronger with the addition of No. 8 Notre Dame to the conference.  The good news is that this leaves Ohio State with numerous chances scattered throughout the schedule to prove themselves as a legitimate contender to make the NCAA tournament.Jobst will be a major factor if this team will want to succeed, as his incredible playmaking abilities allow for other players on his line to really strive. Ohio State will also need help from its newcomers, as transfers redshirt sophomore defenseman Wyatt Ege and redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo could help the team massively on the defensive end, where it struggled mightily against Ryerson.The power-play success will be essential, as the Buckeyes were by far the best team in college last year with a man up, boasting a 31.4 percent success rate. That success had a lot to do with both Schilkey and Gust, who scored 26 of the team’s 49 goals with a man advantage. Still, Jobst had nine of the goals, and set up plenty of others, leaving open the possibility the power play will again be among the NCAA’s best.The road to the NCAA tournament will be tough, but it’s not completely out of the question.  The opening series against Wisconsin will answer more questions as to where exactly this team sits, and just how much of a threat they will be in the Big Ten, but if the team gets stronger defensively, keeps its impressive power play, and gets Jobst some added help from some new faces, the Buckeyes could match last season’s success. read more