Michelle Obama talks social media and raising daughters at Vancouver event

first_imgVANCOUVER – Michelle Obama says social media magnifies feelings of political and cultural division, underlining a need for people to get out of their online silos.The former first lady of the United States made the remarks Thursday at a sold-out event presented by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, where she spoke to an audience of mostly women and girls in an auditorium that seats about 2,900 people.She said for more than a decade, she and former president Barack Obama travelled the United States and found that people mostly got along peacefully.Obama recalled something her daughter Malia said after a Fourth of July celebration where tens thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to watch fireworks. After the show, people packed up their things and dispersed calmly, she said.“It’s amazing that this many people can gather this peacefully,” Obama recalled her daughter saying.But Obama said that’s what’s happening around the world every day. Most people are fundamentally getting along, and they’re more alike than they are different, Obama said at the first of two sold-out events she was speaking at on Thursday.“Social media can do two things: it can bring us together or keep us isolated,” she said, noting that people hiding behind a computer screen are emboldened to make nasty remarks.“A life looking into your phone is not a life,” she said. “You have to break out of your silo.”She urged people to connect with one another, not through tweets or posts, but through their voices, and added that the divisiveness of social media also lends itself to a certain type of leader.“Leaders who lead by fear … that’s all you want to point to, what’s broken and wrong,” she said. “But if you choose to lead by hope, then you see that good.“Don’t despair. Don’t get bogged down in the negativity,” she added. “It takes time, but we are moving in the right direction.”Obama said she tries to teach her daughters, 16-year-old Sasha and 19-year-old Malia, to be cautious and not to tweet everything that’s on their minds.“It’s a lot of talking and a lot of them not listening. Then something bad happens, and you say, ‘I told you so,’ ” she deadpanned. “That’s how we parent teenagers.”Social media does mean that kids are more connected and more knowledgeable than ever before, but it also exposes them to other people’s opinions of them, she said.Just because they got 1,000 likes doesn’t mean they have 1,000 friends, she added.“You just have a bunch of strangers following you. That should terrify you,” she said, to laughs from the crowd.She said she tweets “by committee.” She drafts a post, calls eight people, gets their input, and spell-checks and proofreads it. Then she waits a day, calls two more people, and if they think it’s a good idea, she posts it, she said.Obama also spoke about the challenges she faced as the first African-American to serve as the first lady. She said in some ways, it was like “eight years of reading horrible tweets.“I felt that sting. I felt that judgment,” she said. “They talked about what I looked like. … They called me angry.She said she was criticized “in the same way that Hillary Clinton continues to take hits, because she’s a woman trying to do things that a lot of people think women shouldn’t do.”But she said history is a bumpy road with many ups and downs.“We still live in a racist world,” she said. “(But) we’ve come a long way. There’s no way my husband would have been elected two terms if we hadn’t.”She recalled a key moment during the Obamas’ time in the White House when they crossed Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches alongside civil rights leaders of the time.“There is nothing in my life that I’ve experienced that compares with what they have,” she said.The event, co-presented by the We For She Forum, which brings together female business leaders and young women, drew many girls from local high schools. Seventeen-year-old Deanna Senko called Obama an “inspiration.”“Pretty much everything she does is just encouragement for girls and women to get more active and involved in our society, and I love it.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

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Youth filmmakers talk to survivors in Halifax

first_imgAPTN National NewsYoung filmmakers were at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in Halifax, to try and understand what happened at residential schools, why their parents and grandparents won’t talk about it, and to document the stories pouring forth.APTN National News reporter Taryn Della spoke with the camera-wielding youth, and has their story.last_img

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We cannot have Canadas commitment die on the order paper MPs hear

first_imgJeffry Nilles as he prepares to tell the committee about being taken from his parents when he was young and how that shaped his life. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTNMark BlackburnAPTN NewsIt took Jeffry Nilles a long time to come to grips with who he is and where he came from after escaping the child welfare system.The Ojibway man says he was taken from his parents when he was young.“I’ll start by telling you about my first memories before being put in foster care – my first memories is my puppy Skippy. My earliest memories are of my grandfather at bedtime when he would tell me stories about Nanabush to me and my sister.“I also remember getting my first stitches after falling off my bike – and sadly I remember my parents drinking and fighting.”Nilles lived in Winnipeg but his mother was from the Waterhen First Nation in Manitoba.“One day my teacher came to our house and we were taken away… seeing my sisters crying for my mum, I was six years old that year and spent over 45 years trying to forget my stay in foster care.”(“Nilles just after speaking to MPs on the Indigenous Affairs committee about his life in and after foster care. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN)He only started speaking of his time in foster care last year at a men’s healing circle.“Some of my first memories is being yelled at by a lady, I think it was because I wouldn’t stop crying,” he said. “I remember wanting my mum – I was put in a corner and told to get on my knees and face the wall and was told to stay there until I stopped crying.”On Thursday, Nilles addressed the MPs of the House of Commons’ Indigenous affairs committee.They’re examining the federal government’s Bill C-92 – the Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families.It’s a law that could potentially stop what Nilles, and tens of thousands of children today are going through.The Indigenous child welfare system is so broken, that nearly everyone who has spoken on the proposed law supports it even though it is missing some key elements.(“We cannot have Canada’s commitments die on the order paper,” says Ed John. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN)Many also say it needs to pass before parliament rises in June so that it becomes law before the next federal election.On Thursday, the committee sat for five hours and heard from 21 witnesses.Grand Chief Ed John was one of them.He’s with the First Nations Summit in British Columbia and also chairs a committee that advises the minister of Indigenous Services on child welfare.“Bill C-92, together with Bill C-91, the Indigenous languages law, provides a substantive framework to remedy past government pillars to kill the Indian in the child by removing the child from family, siblings, community foods, lands and territories,” he said.John recommended that the act be strengthened to add that no child can be taken from the home or community because of poverty, and that money be guaranteed in the legislation.Neither of those are sure things.According to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), there are 40,000 children in care of the state today.AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said the situation is too dire to keep the status quo, and that Canada can’t make the mistakes of the past.“It’s not a challenge that will be met by federal, provincial and territorial governments continuing to impose their jurisdiction over our children while ignoring the inherent rights of First Nations peoples.”Given the state of child welfare in every province and territory, there is a desperate need for change.The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is supporting the bill, but Bobby Narcisse, director of social services for Nishnawbe Aski Nation – an organization representing 49 communities in northern Ontario – said there needs to be additions to it.“We advocate that that this bill guarantees adequate, sustainable, equitable funding for First Nations to enable the exercise of the inherent jurisdiction in the area of child and family wellbeing,” said Narcisse.But in Manitoba, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) has been fighting against the bill at every turn.(AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas gets set to speak before the Indigenous Affairs committee Thursday. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN)Manitoba has a crushing problem with its child welfare system with 11,000 Indigenous children in care.Grand Chief Arlen Dumus told the committee he doubts the Liberal government can pass this legislation and make it work.“At this time this government is having trouble getting provinces to sign on to a carbon tax that is a federal law,” Dumas said.There are also concerns in Manitoba about how easily the province will give up control over the child and family services system.“I’m no lawyer but I’m sure you’ve heard of the not-withstanding clause, of divisions of power, and there are all those arguments and all that rhetoric that is going to happen.”If the bill passes, Indigenous nations and communities would be able to enter into negotiations with the federal and provincial or territorial governments to work out a plan for the transfer of jurisdiction of child and family services.If no agreement is reached after 12 months, and if “reasonable efforts were made to reach an agreement, the laws of the Indigenous group and community would have force of law as federal law and would prevail over federal and provincial laws,” according to a government document given to media last February.Dumas said First Nation communities have been struggling with the province that is not, in his view, working with them to fix the system – instead making arbitrary changes without consultations.Cora Morgan, a First Nations family advocate, agrees.She said she doesn’t trust the province to hand over power to First Nations and doesn’t believe this bill will make it happen.“Right now the province provides 60 per cent of the $546 million for the budget, the feds only come in with that 40 per cent and so I’m wondering, is the funding model going to be changed completely and is there going to be a need for the province to pony up dollars to make this fly? And if that is going to hold things up, then we’re never going to have Bill C-92.(Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette and Cora Morgan after her presentation to the Indigenous Affairs Committee. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN)Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, director of the Indian Residential School Centre for History and Dialogue, says like most pieces of legislation, C-92 is a work in progress.“I see this as kind of like a framework, it’s the framing of a house,” she said. “There will need to be regulations, and it discusses regulations being discussed in collaboration with Indigenous people; that alone is an innovation, that’s a very important innovation. So whether it’s chiefs in Manitoba — they want their own welfare law their way… it’s important to recognize that they can do that.”It’s also not clear how provinces will react to Bill C-92.Ontario’s Child and Family Services Minister Lisa McLeod also addressed the committee.She said she wished Canada had done more consulting.“I can say that my colleagues across the country weren’t properly consulted…. I don’t think they’ve been heard. But I wish the government great success,” she said.“I get there are constitutional issues, I get there are jurisdictions. I wrote a thesis on the constitution, but I’m thinking there’s also that seven-year-old child who doesn’t have a parent.”The committee is running out of time.At Thursday’s hearing, NDP MP Rachel Blaney asked for an extension of four hours to hear from witnesses who didn’t have a chance to speak on the issue.If that is voted down by Liberals on the committee, it will go through the bill clause by clause, then a vote will happen.The committee went behind closed doors to vote. The results will not be immediately made public.John left them with a message in the meantime: pass the legislation.“We cannot have Canada’s commitments die on the order paper, we’ve been through that before.”Meanwhile, Jeffry Nilles is a single parent of five.He’s currently enrolled in a college program.And says he’s trying to give his children a much different experience growing up.mblackburn@aptn.ca@mblackburn21last_img read more

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Najat Driouech First Moroccan Muslim Woman in Catalan Parliament

Rabat – Najat Driouech, Moroccan-Spanish woman was elected a member of the Catalan Parliament during the Catalan regional election, which took place on December 21.Thursday, December 21 marked the 12th Parliament of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, during which pro-independence parties took an absolute majority in regional elections.The thirty-six year  old Moroccan was placed 10th on the list of the Barcelona’s Republican Left Party of Catalonia, becoming  the third Muslim, and the first woman of the Catalon community, to join the legislative body of Catalonia. “It’s not my goal to be the first Muslim woman member of parliament, but the first of many,” said Driouech.“I am taking this step at such a complicated time for Catalonia because I believe it’s necessary to civilise part of society – that minority which believes that another minority is second-class,” Driouech said.Driouech, who migrated along her parents from Morocco Catalonia at the age of 9, works as an integration counselor at her town’s Town Hall.“When you are little and you speak Catalan and Spanish well, people say ‘how sweet’. Then you get older, you start to speak up and debate things, and that doesn’t go down well. Now you’re a rival,” she told the BBC.Mother of two children, Driouech said that she faces discrimination daily in her job.”“They told us that to be normal citizens we had to study, and we’ve studied. That we had to participate in society, and we are doing that. So where is the problem?”“I do not want my children to suffer half of what their grandparents have suffered, or a quarter of what I have suffered,” she said.There are 515,000 Muslims in Catalonia, making up 6.8 percent of the population.In her new position, Driouech wants to fight racism among politicians in Catalonia. read more

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Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency takes over Cape Breton Enterprise Corp

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency takes over Cape Breton Enterprise Corp. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 19, 2014 1:11 pm MDT SYDNEY, N.S. – The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency will take over all economic development programs handled by Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, the federal government announced Wednesday.Rob Moore, the minister of state responsible for both Crown agencies, said the changes will be made through legislation this spring.Moore said all employees of the development corporation in Cape Breton will keep their jobs at the agency’s Sydney office while maintaining the same rate of pay. He also said plans are in the works to employ staff again at an office in Port Hawkesbury.Ottawa will maintain the level of economic development funding delivered through the Cape Breton agency, he added.“Let me be clear: this decision in no way impacts the level and quality of service that business owners and community leaders in Cape Breton expect and are accustomed to receiving,” Moore said in the statement.Meanwhile, the agency’s property holdings and its continued work on the Sydney tar ponds cleanup project will be transferred to Public Works and Government Services Canada.“As ECBC’s role in mine remediation in Cape Breton winds down, there is an opportunity to align economic development activities throughout Atlantic Canada,” Moore said.The agency has spent more than $105 million supporting more than 700 economic development projects in Cape Breton since 2006, Moore said.Some of that funding included $900,000 for the Celtic Colours Festival, $1 million for the Membertou Business Centre in Sydney, and more than $5 million for the Destination Cape Breton Association to promote tourism.In an email, a spokeswoman for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency said while ECBC’s budget had declined between 2012 and 2013, 90 per cent of that drop — or about $18 million — was related to the completion of the mine site remediation program.Mayor Cecil Clarke of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality said the change isn’t a blow for economic development in the area.“The fact that the budgets are being maintained and the staffing levels are being maintained while the governance process has changed, I don’t see that as a negative thing,” said Clarke.Clarke said he met with Moore and the president of ACOA and received assurances that there would be no cuts to current funding levels.“I will take them at their word,” he said, adding that the move would also provide stability because it provides for direct authority and accountability to the minister.Clarke said the changes announced by the federal government are partly the result of uncertainty that was created by public and media scrutiny over the agency’s management.Liberal MP Gerry Byrne raised questions last year about the agency’s hiring practices, which led to an investigation by Mario Dion, the federal public sector integrity commissioner.NDP ACOA critic Ryan Cleary said he believes the change will hurt development because ECBC was focused solely on Cape Breton.He also questioned the timing of the announcement, given the ongoing investigation. Cleary wondered whether the government is trying to get ahead of potential bad news.“I can’t help but be cynical and say ‘OK, this decision has been made in advance of that report so what could that mean?’”, Cleary said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Canadian dollar advances amid rising oil soft American economic data

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 27, 2015 9:48 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar advances amid rising oil, soft American economic data TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Friday but well off session highs amid some disappointing U.S. economic data.The loonie rose 0.15 of a U.S. cent to 79.89 cents.U.S. gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.2 per cent in the October-December quarter, down from estimates of 2.6 per cent last month in a reflection of weaker business stockpiling and a larger trade deficit.A bigger surprise was a glum reading on the manufacturing sector in the U.S. Midwest, which fell to a 5 1/2-year low in February. The Chicago Purchasing Managers Index fell to 45.8 from 59.4 in December, a reading indicating contraction.Also, the University of Michigan’s widely watched consumer sentiment index slipped to 95.4 from 98.1 in January.Oil prices advanced after plunging almost $3 a barrel on Thursday to the lowest level in a month as data showed a continuing buildup of crude inventories in the United States that has left supplies at an 80-year high. On Friday, the April crude contract in New York closed up $1.59 at US$49.76 a barrel.Also depressing oil and other commodity prices lately has been a steadily strengthening U.S. dollar. A stronger greenback makes commodities more expensive for holders of other currencies and depresses demand.Metal prices were mixed Friday with April gold up $3 to US$1,213.10 an ounce while May copper was virtually flat at US$2.69 a pound.Meanwhile, traders are looking ahead to the next interest rate announcement from the Bank of Canada on Wednesday.There has been speculation that Canada’s central bank would follow up its surprise quarter-point cut in January with another cut next week to support the economy against the negative effects of the collapse in oil prices.But expectations for such a cut started to fade earlier this week following remarks from Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz, who said the January rate cut had given central bankers time to figure out how best to steer the country back toward stability as the effects of the plunge in crude prices ripples across the economy. read more

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Pregnant mother threatened by gang at her home in Swords

first_imgA PREGNANT MOTHER was threatened by an armed gang who broke into her home last Friday, gardaí confirmed to TheJournal.ie today.The woman’s son was in the property at the time of the aggravated burglary.The gang of three men wore balaclavas and were armed with a gun, a knife and a hammer. They broke into the house in the Applewood area Swords at around 7 pm on the evening of 17 January.They ransacked the house looking for cash but gardaí said that, in the end, they took off with jewellery, two mobile phones, a camera and some cash.The incident lasted about fifteen minutes in total.According to a report in The Herald today, the mother was told they would “kick the baby out” of her. It also reported that the men threatened to shoot her two-year-old son who was with her in the house at the time.Gardai in Swords are investigating this case but no arrests have yet been made.Thieves steal watches engraved with messages for deceased man’s sons>Man injured by teens armed with bread knife in Dublin burglary>Almost half of Irish homeowners do not have a burglar alarm>last_img read more

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Gas from a dump in Kildare to become electricity for 14000 houses

first_imgRead: 90% of construction industry insiders believe wind should be primary energy source THE GAS PRODUCED from a landfill site in Co Kildare is to be used to create ‘green power’ for 14,000 nearby homes, under plans announced today.Bord na Móna is to develop a ‘landfill gas’ power plant at the Drehid landfill near Allenwood, creating 25 construction roles and three or four permanent roles when the construction is finished.The plant will exploit the gases generated by rotting waste in the landfill site, and convert it to a cleaner form of energy which can then be used in more traditional ways.The gas generated by decomposition of organic waste is produced continually, and burned on a sporadic basis for safety reasons.Bord na Móna said it believed the plant would produce 5.6 megawatts of renewable power – less than one fifteenth of the power generating capacity of Ireland’s largest hydroelectric power plant in Ardnacrusha, but enough to supply power to 14,000 local homes.“This is a very exciting project for the company,” said Bord na Móna’s head of resource recovery, John Daly.“Apart from the economic benefits, this energy project at Drehid will substantially reduce emissions of methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas when released directly into the atmosphere,” he said.Daly said the company was particularly happy about being able to offer employment in the Allenwood community, where it has operated for nearly 80 years.last_img read more

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This Is the Worlds Smallest Record Player and You Can Get It

first_img If your vinyl collection is acting more like décor than music these days, RokBlok is about to change that. Listening to your favorite records is about to become as easy as opening up your smartphone, but with much higher quality and feel-good nostalgia.Record players and speakers are traditionally bulky, complicated, and confined to one room, which is probably why your vinyl is collecting dust. But, as Bob Dylan once said, “the times they are a’changin’.” Introducing: the world’s smallest wireless, portable record player complete with built-in speakers and wireless connection to any Bluetooth device. All you have to do is place Rokblok, coming in at just 2″ x 4″ long and 3.2 oz, on top of any record to instantly listen anywhere. (Yes, you read that right… anywhere.)As if literally placing Rokblok on your record and listening to it play at top-notch quality wasn’t mind-blowing enough, Geek readers can save an additional $10 off their order with code ROK10 bringing the total down to $89. Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Titans season 1 is now on DC Universe international Netflix release on

first_img Tags Comments The DC Comic-Con experience lets you channel Harley Quinn-levels… Netflix will stream the show globally except for in the US and China, the former of which will keep the show on DC Universe and the latter of which does not appear to have streaming plans at this time. CNET has reached out to Netflix to see if the service will debut the show at the same time as DC Universe.The DC Universe service launched in September with a variety of movies, TV shows, animated series and comics from DC’s extensive catalog, including lots of vintage Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman content. The service costs $8 per month or $75 per year.Following Titans will be shows such as Swamp Thing, Doom Patrol, Stargirl, Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders.First published Oct. 1, 2018 at 3:02 p.m. PT.Update Dec. 21 at 10:49 a.m. PT: Adds Netflix release date, reflects the full season now being available on DC Universe. A look at Dick Grayson’s Robin costume. The character is played by Brenton Thwaites in the upcoming Titans DC Universe show. Morgan Little/CNET The full first season of DC Universe’s Titans is now available on the service in the US as of Friday, and international viewers will see the show on Netflix early next year.The superhero show, whose Netflix availability was previously reported by Variety and confirmed to CNET by both Warner Bros. and Netflix, currently has 11 episodes available to binge on DC Universe in the US and will come to Netflix on Jan. 11.The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy and Anna Diop as Starfire in a darker, gritty take of the Teen Titans team previously seen in two animated series and comic books. The trailer even has explicit language, specifically in a scene showing an upset Grayson in his Robin outfit, proclaiming “F*ck Batman.” Now playing: Watch this: DC Comics Netflix Share your voice Comic-Con 2018: All things DC, from Aquaman to Wonder Woman TV and Movies 2:27 3 22 Photoslast_img read more

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Who exactly is Saw Gerrera in Rogue One A Star Wars Story

first_imgIn the deluge of Entertainment Weekly’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reveals this week, one of the most interesting details so far is who Forest Whitaker is playing.You may remember that it was reported that Forest Whitaker was playing a character named “Castro,” and due to the name, was theorized to be somewhat of a Fidel Castro-like figure in attitude or position. Today, Entertainment Weekly revealed the character is Saw Gerrera from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, who was written like Che Guevara. It’s all making sense.So, who is Saw Gerrera? He’s one of the Onderon rebels that helped lead the resistance to victory over the Confederacy of Independent Systems on Onderon.For more details on Saw, head on over to MakingStarWars.net, and check out the video below:Go and check out the extensive story about Saw on Entertainment Weekly, and do your prep for Rogue One by watching the following Star Wars: The Clone Wars season five episodes on Netflix!A War on Two FrontsFront RunnersThe Soft WarTipping Pointslast_img read more

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Tech Entrepreneurs Sign Declaration of Internet Freedom Petition

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now min read Enroll Now for Free July 3, 2012 salajean / Shutterstock.comA new effort to ward off federal internet antipiracy laws is gaining traction among technology entrepreneurs and organizations around the world.Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of social news site reddit, and Josh Levy, a campaign manager at internet and media-advocacy site Free Press, have helped create the “Declaration of Internet Freedom,” a movement against proposed legislation that threaten free sharing of information online. Examples of bills that are on the group’s radar include the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).Since it launched yesterday, more than 100 people and organizations have signed the declaration. Among them are internet pioneer Vint Cerf and Cheezburger Inc. founder Ben Huh.  Related: A SOPA About-Face for Members of CongressThe Declaration of Internet Freedom is hinged on five main principles:Expression. Don’t censor the Internet.Access. Promote universal access to fast and affordable networks.Openness. Keep the internet an open network where everyone is free to connect, communicate, write, read, watch, speak, listen, learn, create and innovate.Innovation. Protect the freedom to innovate and create without permission. Don’t block new technologies, and don’t punish innovators for their users’ actions.Privacy. Protect privacy and defend everyone’s ability to control how their data and devices are used.SOPA and PIPA, which aimed to punish “rogue” websites that publish or sell pirated content, were effectively sidelined in Congress this year after several online and in-person protests. The groups behind both bills pledged to continue their efforts to find a solution that has wider approval.Related: The Battle Against SOPA Is Far From OverSimilar proposals have also attracted the wrath of internet advocates. ACTA is a multination agreement that aims to force internet-service providers worldwide to act as “internet police.” CISPA, meanwhile, is a proposed law in the U.S. that would call for the sharing of certain online information between tech companies and the U.S. government.”These battles remind us how fragile the free and open Internet is — and make it clear that if we don’t fight to protect it, no one will,” Levy wrote in a blog post.Will you support the Declaration of Internet Freedom? Tell us why or why not in the comments below. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

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Swallowed AirPod Still Works AfterRetrieval

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. May 6, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Have you ever used Find My iPhone only to discover that AirPod you misplaced is actually in your stomach? Probably not, but that’s exactly what happened to Ben Hsu.As The Daily Mail reports, Hsu fell sleep while wearing his AirPods ($199.00 at Amazon) but woke up to discover only one remained in his ear. The other had mysteriously disappeared and he couldn’t find it anywhere near his sleeping location. That’s when he turned to Find My iPhone, which is automatically setup for locating lost AirPods.The tracking app informed Hsu that the missing AirPod was still in his room, but without a specific location he continued to struggle to find it, so he opted for an audio hint. It’s possible to have the AirPods play a sound as long as they are connected via Bluetooth, and sure enough the missing AirPod retained its wireless link as Hsu started hearing a beep coming from his stomach.Clearly, Hsu had managed to swallow the AirPod as he slept and had little in the way of options now except to wait and let nature take its course. That’s what the doctors at Kaohsiung Municipal United Hospital told him as they handed Hsu a laxative.You’d expect a journey through the hostile environment that is the human gut would render the AirPod useless, but Hsu’s experience shows otherwise. The following day, Hsu was in a train station when the laxative’s effect was felt and Hsu bravely went searching for his lost little gadget. What he recovered (and hopefully washed thoroughly) was a fully-working AirPod with 41 percent of its battery life left.It would be unwise for anyone to attempt this on purpose, but it’s reassuring to know how hard-wearing Apple’s wireless earbuds are if the worst does indeed happen.last_img read more

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