UN rapporteur discusses free speech in digital age on campus

first_imgDavid Kaye, United Nations special rapporteur on the right to freedom of expression and opinion, addressed ways to combat the infringement of digital rights in a speech titled the “Challenges to Freedom of Expression in a Digital Age.”The speech kicked off a human rights speaker series sponsored by the Price School of Public Policy and the Dornsife School of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Both school representatives in attendance stressed the importance of discussing human rights on USC’s campus. “We’re focused on improving the lives of people here in our community, but also in the world,” said Donnajean Ward, executive director in the Office of the Dean at Price. “Human rights are issues that are not just global issues, but also local issues.” Kaye, who currently teaches at the UC Irvine School of Law, has discussed freedom of expression in many countries throughout the world. The cornerstone of his talk was on digital rights, based off of Article 19, which provides broad freedom of expression in every digital frontier. For the first part of the talk, Kaye discussed how different world powers break the provisions of Article 19. One of the ways in which this occurs is when governments censor information on social media. “The problem is that governments are increasingly putting pressure on social media sites,” Kaye said. “They’re going to them and saying ‘We have restrictions in our country, and you have to take down your content.’”Another concerning infringement of Article 19, Kaye said, is digital surveillance. He said states are using surveillance to reduce freedom of expression. For example, Yahoo recently came to an agreement with the National Security Agency that would allow the NSA to parse through emails on Yahoo’s server. Though mass surveillance is a threat to one’s ability to seek and receive information, Kaye said, targeted surveillance is even more problematic.“Direct attacks on digital rights is something very real and curtails both journalists and activists and others around the world,” Kaye said.But Kaye argued that, while some content must be censored, some standards need to be put into place. “The problem is when governments ask media and other digital rights companies to take down that content, they’re not giving them any standards by which to do it,” Kaye said.Surveillance and censoring by the government are covered the most when considering the ways that freedom is restricted, but Kaye said that access to the internet is an equally concerning lack of digital expression. Millions of people in the United States are unable to access the internet due to low socioeconomic status, disability or age, and Kaye said that lack of digital access divides people globally, as most of the world economy is now facilitated through the web. According to Kaye, there are three key ways to fix current threats to digital expression not only in the United States, but across the world. He said Americans need to pay attention to global human rights norms as outlined in Article 19, use legal and political strategies without and within the UN and focus on public campaigning as organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have done and, most importantly, that the international community needs to properly respond to digital attacks.“We need to call out attacks on governments with the complicity of private actors,” Kaye said. “Every attack requires a response.”   Kaye said that the digital age challenges to freedom are extremely important because in this generation, people all use technology to some degree.“The fact that most people are online gives us the incentive to know who’s surveilling us, who’s following what we’re doing and also to know what choices we make that undermine our privacy or interfere with our freedom of expression,” Kaye said.Correction: A previous headline of this article stated that David Kaye was a former rapporteur. He is still in the position. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.last_img read more

Florida’s Unemployment Website now has a “Virtual Waiting Room”

first_imgIf you didn’t receive your unemployment check last week, you’re not alone and now unemployed Floridians are getting help on the CONNECT website with a “virtual waiting room” to help them “wait in line.”Rather than allowing people to automatically log in to the state site, called CONNECT, users now have to enter a virtual “waiting room” which will protect their place in line and ensuring that they will not be dropped. Users’ progress is indicated by a stick figure walking across the screen.The DEO spokeswoman said CONNECT was designed to have 1,000 users online at once but, thanks to upgrades, it now has a capacity for 80,000.“The CONNECT Virtual Waiting Room allows claimants to reserve their place in line while other claimants access the system,” the spokeswoman said.If you’ve ever dealt with the unemployment system, half the battle is logging in. A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, which handles unemployment claims, said the agency is shifting to a biweekly schedule in an effort to streamline outgoing payments.“In an effort to get Floridians paid as quickly as possible, many claimants have received benefit payments weekly and at different times,” the spokeswoman said. “Moving forward and to streamline payments for Floridians, DEO will transition benefit payments back to a biweekly schedule.”Anyone receiving those unemployment benefits has another two weeks before they must confirm they are actively looking for work. Gov. Ron DeSantis waived the work search requirement until June 13.last_img read more

Nelson U14 Girls strike gold at 2012 Sam Steele tournament

first_imgNelson opened the tournament scoring a 3-0 decision over host East Kootenay Rovers.Emily Graeme found the back of the net at the 20th minute to give Nelson a 1 – 0 lead that would hold to the break.Nelson continued to attack and was rewarded by second half goals from Lakpa Dietz and Allie Zondervan.Nelson wrapped up the pool title by edging out Canmore Avalanche 4-1.Bronwyn Sutherland opened the scoring, which was followed quickly with a score by Merissa Dawson to put Nelson in front 2 – 0.Canmore countered with a late first half goal to make the score 2 – 1 for Nelson at the half. The marker was the first allowed by the Nelson squad in six games.The Selects came out strong after the break, with Perkins scoring six minutes into the half followed by a second goal from Sutherland two minutes later.In semi-final action on Sunday morning, Nelson continued its defensive superiority over Kootenay competition by shutting out the Creston Blitz 4-0.Perkins, with a pair, Voisard and Dietz scored for the Selects.The Reps now prepare for the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup July 5-8 in Kelowna. The hottest team in Nelson Youth Rep Soccer continues to roll over Kootenay opposition.The Nelson Selects rolled to the gold medal at the U14 Girl’s 2012 Sam Steele tournament Sunday in Cranbrook.Nelson won the gold medal by stopping West Kootenay rival Kootenay South 4-0 in the tourney final.“Again (Pat and I) were impressed by the skill and passion of the squad,” said co-coach Paul Burkart.“Running short a few defenders and with several others playing injured, players were asked to play in positions that they normally did not play and did so admirably  — allowing only a single goal in the four games.”The Gold Medal match was a spirited affair with exciting end-to-end action in the first half.Early in the second half, Naomi Perkins broke the deadlock with an absolute bullet to the top corner of the Kootenay South net from a free kick from outside of the penalty area.Bronwyn Sutherland scored five minutes later and Voisard added a single near the end of the game to give Nelson a 3 – 0 lead.last_img read more

Campion, Immaculate too strong for rivals

first_imgCampion College and Immaculate Conception High showed that they were a class ahead of the rest as they comfortably retained their respective titles at the Mayberry Investments High Schools Swim Meet on Friday at the National Aquatics Centre, Independence Park, National Stadium complex.Campion retained the boys’ title with 419 points, finishing well ahead of Wolmer’s Boys’ (366), Jamaica College (282), Hillel Academy (166), and Calabar High (91).Immaculate blew away their opponents in the girls’ category with a whopping 634 points. Campion College (354) were second, followed by St Andrew High (282.50), Wolmer’s Girls’ (137) and Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) 57.There was also a two-team tertiary competition, which saw the University of the West Indies (316 points) reign over Caribbean Maritime Institute (121).The high-point trophy winners with the best individual scores were:Boys 12 and Under:- Kyle Sinclair of Wolmer’s Boys’, 41 points, while recent Carifta Swim Championships record breaker Emily MacDonald led the girls’ age group for Campion College with 45 points.In the age 13-14 category, Jordane Payne of Wolmer’s Boys’ scored 43, while Immaculate’s Karci Gibson had 31.Chay Stewart of Wolmer’s Boys’ and Anjuii Barrett of Campion (girls) topped the 15-16 age group with scores of 43 and 41 points, respectively.The 17 and over boys went to Jamaica College’s Yonatan Goren, courtesy of 37 points, and Gabrielle Hopkins of Immaculate won the female award with 32.SEVEN INDIVIDUAL RECORDSSeven individual records were broken at the meet, including a double by MacDonald in the girls 12′ and under 100 and 200m freestyle events.Dominic Mullings set new marks in the boys’ 12 and under 100 and 200m freestyle, while Kyle Sinclair also broke the 50 and 100m freestyle records.The other record fell to Britney Williams in the girls 13-14 200m freestyle, while two relay records were also broken – by Wolmer’s Boys’ in the 15-16 200m freestyle and the UWI women in the 17 and over 200m freestyle.last_img read more

Red Sox power to World Series victory over Dodgers, take Game 1

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits an RBI fielders choice to score Brian Dozier during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson fails to catch a hit by Boston’s Andrew Benintendi (not pictured) during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Boston. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Dodgers …last_img read more

Raiders’ Kolton Miller feels ready for key matchup vs. Broncos

first_imgOAKLAND — It’s not hard to believe Kolton Miller when he says he’s feeling better these days.He’s more comfortable in his second year as a left tackle in Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s system and is no longer bothered by the right knee and elbow injures that affected most of his rookie NFL season.Miller knows, though, that the guy he’ll likely be lining up against Monday night at the Coliseum — Denver Broncos defensive end Bradley Chubb — will also be better in year two as a pro.“He’s got more …last_img read more

EWT making tracks in conservation

first_imgKelly Marnewick, the EWT’s carnivore conservation specialist, hopes to developa more effective conservation plan for the vulnerable cheetah.(Image: Wikimedia Commons) Marnewick tracks cheetah in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Pretoria.(Image: Mike Tippet) Marnewick with her dog Diesel, who is trained to sniff out cheetah droppings. MEDIA CONTACTS • Hayley Komen  EWT communications manager  +27 11 372 3600 RELATED ARTICLES • Cheetah guru wins Tyler Prize • Biggest nature park in the world • Kruger Park marks 110 years • West African lion linked to Asiatic cat • Raggies to help shark conservationEmily van RijswijckFrom fitting flappers to alert large birds to the dangers of power lines, to counting South Africa’s cheetah population in the Kruger Park through an ingenious tourist photographic competition, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is leaving its mark on nature conservation in the country.With 38 years of hands-on conservation experience in Southern Africa, the small NGO has projects on the go in all nine South African provinces as well as in Kenya, Botswana and Uganda. It is also currently collaborating on projects with countries such as Tanzania, Namibia and Sudan.After so many years the EWT’s main focus continues to be the initiation and maintenance of on-the-ground conservation research and activities.Among its success stories are greater conservation efforts for the African crane and South Africa’s many vulture species, as well as getting communities more involved in conservation efforts.Spotting the cheetahEWT specialists are deployed throughout Southern Africa to engage in applied fieldwork, research and communication with relevant parties. One such specialist is Kelly Marnewick, the EWT’s manager for carnivore conservation.Tracking South Africa’s most elusive big cat, the cheetah, is her passion. She is now busy with her doctorate which focuses on cheetah living outside protected areas, and plans to use her research to determine the status, range use and habitat selection of these animals.In the end, she hopes to come up with a better conservation plan for the magnificent cats, which are listed as vulnerable on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in future.“We really know almost nothing about these animals. There is limited data available on cheetah.”Marnewick has been tracking cheetah with her sniffer dog Diesel for many years now and with her contagious enthusiasm for wildlife, has been instrumental in changing the attitudes of farmers in the areas where she works. Some farmers view wild animals such as the cheetah as vermin, and will readily destroy them either in retaliation for livestock theft, or in anticipation of the killing of livestock.Free-roaming catsCheetah are elusive creatures, roaming over large tracts of land in order to avoid confrontation with their arch enemies, lion and hyena – in protected reserves these two predators are responsible for most cheetah deaths.Marnewick tracked a cheetah over a remarkable range of 1 500 square kilometres.“Cheetah do not recognise international boundaries and this means that our conservation planning also needs to break down boundaries,” she said.A long-term goal for the EWT is to increase the number of free-roaming cheetah in South Africa.The idea is to connect smaller South African reserves, especially in Kwazulu-Natal and the Waterberg area of Limpopo, with those in Botswana and Zimbabwe as well as the Maputo Elephant Reserve where free-roaming cheetah populations occur in stable numbers. The Limpopo cheetah population is already connected with Botswana and Zimbabwe.These areas have several small reserves with cheetah reintroduced, and the long term plan is to develop mechanisms where the animals can move freely between these reserves and negate the need for intensive management of their populations, said Marnewick.Cheetah thriving in KrugerThe Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga is home to the country’s only unmanaged, viable cheetah population. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African lowveld, this world-famous reserve of nearly two-million hectares is one of the country’s top tourist destinations and home to the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.Every five years the EWT holds a cheetah tourist photographic survey to establish population numbers in the park. The results of the last survey, conducted in 2008/2009, revealed that the park has an estimated 400 of these mammals.This is a healthy number for cheetah, confirmed Marnewick, “but we are not going to sit back and relax.”Fulltime cheetah project Complimenting Marnewick’s research, the EWT recently appointed Vincent van der Merwe as a fulltime project coordinator to focus exclusively on cheetah in small fenced protected areas. In South Africa, cheetah have been reintroduced into 37 reserves and a population of approximately 280 cats now occurs in fragmented subpopulations.“The need to manage these fragmented populations as a meta-population was identified as a key conservation issue at a habitat viability assessment workshop for cheetahs in South Africa,” said Marnewick.In addition, Van der Merwe will also build up a national DNA database for the species over time.Marnewick warned that the reintroduction of cheetah into small fenced areas in the long run is not a good option for the survival of the species, because it leads to gene pool deterioration.The best option is to come up with creative conservation efforts. Both cheetah and wild dogs have the ability to survive and breed in human-dominated landscapes under the right circumstances.Threats to survivalWhether captive or free-roaming, the cheetah faces many challenges. About 80 animals are killed each year through incidents such as road deaths, snares, hunting and habitat destruction.Intelligent animals, these cats also make fantastic pets, said Marnewick. As a result, the legal and illegal trade in live animals is making a huge dent in populations.To address the trade threats to leopard and cheetah, the EWT’s Carnivore Conservation Programme, in conjunction with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), is implementing a project to assess the scale and impact of consumptive utilisation of leopard and cheetah, and their body parts.Marnewick says the EWT will continue to work closely with all concerned parties including the government, NGOs and other industry members.“We want to ensure that trade in these two species is managed in a sustainable way and that the populations of these key species in South Africa thrive.”And then there is the conflict with landowners. The largest part of South Africa’s cheetah population occurs outside protected areas on privately owned cattle and wildlife ranches. Marnewick has found over the years that the only way to change perceptions among farmers about cheetah is to support the information with “hard facts”.But she has also found that in general there is more tolerance to carnivores on farmlands than before.International collaborationThe EWT also has the weight of major international conservation agencies behind its efforts.In 2006 the IUCN’s Cat and Canid Specialist Groups, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Zoological Society of London, initiated a rangewide conservation planning process for wild dogs and cheetah.Conservation groups put wild dogs and cheetah together because they have similar needs and face similar threats.Three regions were defined to assist in this process: East Africa, Southern Africa and North and West Africa. The EWT is the country partner for the Southern African region.“This means that our work, as defined in the South African national action plan, is supported through this regional project,” said Marnewick. “It holds a lot of respect due to the affiliation with the IUCN and the experienced, respected people who head up the process.”EWT fundraising and marketing manager Vanessa Bezuidenhout added: “I think it is time that we in South Africa realise what we have and what we stand to lose.”last_img read more

Who Needs a Bigger Boat? — Geocache of the Week

first_imgDa dum… Da dum… Da dum da dum da dum… There’s something fishy about this cache. Just south of Ocean City, Maryland on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean lives a geocache that’s protected by a giant great white shark named “JAWS”. Ocean City has had several great white sightings in recent years, but ‘Who Needs a Bigger Boat -GC1QNP0’ gives a shark sighting experience without the real danger. The cache owner encourages you to take pictures in the boat and with the shark. 2 Leaves wanted to create a family fun cache that everyone can enjoy, smile, or laugh at.After warding off JAWS, head into the woods to the guarded camouflaged treasure and claim your smiley! Details:Name: Who Needs a Bigger BoatCache type: TraditionalGC code: GC1QNP0Cache by: 2LeavesD/T rating: D1/T1.5Location: Maryland, United StatesCoordinates: N 38° 17.428′ W 075° 08.996′Link to cache page: coord.info/GC1QNP0 Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img SharePrint RelatedHorka Pumpenhaus — Geocache of the WeekNovember 23, 2016In “Community”B-24J “Liberator” — Geocache of the WeekApril 25, 2018In “Community”Masca – Los Gigantes – Masca – a real adventure — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 20, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

PBA: TNT fends off Columbian to inch closer to no. 2

first_imgMiguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Google Philippines names new country director Barangay Ginebra is the other only team left to challenge ElastoPainters for the second spot, having three games more left to play in the first round.“Our focus now is to win our last game this Sunday. The rest? We have no control over it. Whatever happens, happens,” Ravena said.TNT closes out its elimination round campaign against ousted NorthPort this Sunday at Araneta Coliseum.Columbian ended the conference with a 4-7 record but is still set to play yet another game—a waiting one—as its bid for a playoff berth now lies on the results of Magnolia, Alaska, and NLEX’s last two games.The ScoresADVERTISEMENT Jayson Castro leads TNT KaTropa. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — TNT grabbed the lead early and held off Columbian’s last-ditch rally for the 101-98 win Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup action at Ynares Center here.“We knew how important our last two games our. So we stuck to the plan,” KaTropa coach Bong Ravena said. “There were lapses.”ADVERTISEMENT “Knowing the game, [situations like these happen] … I hope it just doesn’t happen again,” Ravena, in Filipino, said of TNT’s near meltdown. “Fortunately we had a cushion.”The Dyip managed to narrow the gap to just three points in the final 48 seconds of the game behind Rashawn McCarthy, but Columbian’s skipper missed a chance to send the game to overtime as his attempt from top of the rainbow only hit the rim’s front iron.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTNT drew 20 points from its grizzled playmaker Jayson Castro, while Ryan Reyes and Troy Rosario each pumped in 19 markers. Two more members of KaTropa posted 12 or more points.The victory propelled TNT—now 7-3—closer to idle Rain or Shine, which half a game ahead at no. 2, to stay in the hunt for the last twice-to-beat incentive. Zion Williamson in action as NCAA Tournament wraps up first round LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event TNT 101 – Castro 20, Reyes 19, Rosario 19, Pogoy 14, Williams 12, Heruela 8, Taha 4, Carey 2, Semerad 2, Washington 1, Cruz 0, Trollano 0, Miranda 0.Columbian 98 – Perez 22, McCarthy 17, Camson 14, Corpuz 13, Calvo 13, Khobuntin 11, Faundo 4, Reyes 3, Celda 2, Cabrera 0, Escoto 0, Cahilig 0.Quarters: 20-19, 47-37, 80-67, 101-98.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more