FCC asked to start over the discussion between the US internet providers

first_img Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says August 6, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 FCC asked to start over the discussion between the US internet providers to go further News Receive email alerts News Organisation Help by sharing this information RSF_en Reporters Without Borders strongly disagrees with this argument.1 – It is not “OK” to discriminate across different types of Internet access. Unfortunately, different governments already use such discrimination within their own national Intranets. We know how badly it can harm freedom of expression. This is a direct threat to freedom of expression. Our organization is hoping that in a country such as the US, access to online content would not be given priority because of a commercial agreement. Once again; free speech is put at stake because of business.2 – A deal sealed between Google and Verizon would be contradictory with the Schmidt’s declaration that  “Technology is neutral “. By having this special deal, Google and Verizon would have their technologies and products subject to a system of preference over others, the very antithesis of neutrality. What would happen to independent voices online who do not fit both firms standards ? WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas center_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned by future of the Internet access in the United States. According to a front-page New York Times story published on August 4th, 2010, a deal between Google and Verizon would allow “Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege.” This will only apply for wired connexions. Both firms however denied the agreement. The day after, the Federal Communications Commission stopped broadband policy discussions with Google, Verizon, Skype and AT&T, citing too much disagreement.”This type of arrangement is putting Net Neutrality in peril. Google and Verizon would be able to decide what websites have priority over others “, said Reporters Without Borders. “We are asking the FCC to restart these discussions. It is their responsibility and duty to ensure that commercial decisions made by these providers do not endanger the free flow of information. The neutrality principle has made the Internet an open, creative and free space. It is already being threatened by the world’s authoritarian states and It would further suffer if the US allowed for such discriminatory arrangements.”However, on Wednesday August 4th, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told reporters on the sidelines of the Techonomy conference in Truckee, California, that “people get confused about Net neutrality”. According to him, “if you have one data type, like video, you don’t discriminate against one person’s video in favor of another. It’s OK to discriminate across different types…There is general agreement with Verizon and Google on this issue”. During the same conference, Schmidt also declared : “The technology of course is neutral but society is not fundamentally ready.” News June 7, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out more Last April, Reporters Without Borders asked Congress to take a stand in favor of Net neutrality after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority under existing legal framework to prevent Internet service providers from blocking or slowing specific websites. “Without any back up, the FCC won’t be able to reach a set of rules of guidelines. The companies themselves would therefore be able to reach an agreement of their own. This could be disastrous for free speech”, Reporters Without Borders concluded. United StatesAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States Newslast_img read more

Slope stabilization projects announced

first_imgSeymour, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced a series of slide correction projects that will impact Southeastern Indiana motorists. The work is part of a one-year renewable on-call contract stabilize areas along roadways.Four sites have been prioritized and work is expected to begin in mid-September:U.S. Highway 52 at the 162.8 mile marker east of Brookville in Franklin CountyState Road 250 at mile marker 67.7 near Patriot in Switzerland CountyS.R. 156 at mile marker 26.6 between Patriot and Rising SunS.R. 262 between mile markers 4.3 and 4.4 in Ohio CountyGeostablization International will use soil nails that are 20 to 70 feet in length to repair unstable embankments and eroding slopes. Wire mesh is attached and covered with shotcrete to finalize the structure facing.  Sometimes, walls are constructed or bearing plates installed.last_img read more

Amazing Amla stars in drawn ODI series

first_img6 September 2012Hashim Amla starred as South Africa beat England by 7 wickets in the fifth and final one-day international on Wednesday evening to draw the series 2-2. Frankly, though, both teams will be a little disappointed with the outcome of the series.After the first ODI was rained out, South Africa failed to fire in the third and fourth ODIs, while England were sub-standard in the second and fifth ODIs. On a positive note for the Proteas, England had not lost a 50 overs game all year until the teams met.On Wednesday at Trent Bridge, South Africa’s bowlers produced a solid all-round performance to dismiss England for only 182. Dale Steyn, with swing, and Robin Peterson, with spin, led the way with hauls of 2 for 24 and 3 for 37 respectively.Captain Alastair Cook top scored for England with 51, but only three other batsmen made more than 10 runs.Unbeaten standIn reply, South Africa were in serious early trouble after being reduced to 14 for 3, but Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers then put on an unbeaten stand of 172 to take the Proteas to a convincing victory with 93 balls remaining.Amla, the Man of the Match and Player of the Series, dealt with his own success briefly by saying in a post-match interview at the awards ceremony: “It’s been a good summer for me.”He then spoke about the team, saying: “I’m just glad we got to level the series. Obviously, it was quite an intense, low-scoring game, but we’re just glad we came out on top.”Captain AB de Villiers said his team had produced up-and-down performances in the series. “A little bit inconsistent for my liking,” he admitted.“There were a lot of positives,” he added, “especially today, the way the boys came back with a lot of character. Under pressure, we showed a lot of guts there.”‘Lots of new faces’Questioned about a line-up that showed quite a few from the side that won the test series 2-0, De Villiers said: “There were lots of new faces. We’re still trying to find our feet and various combinations, but all in all the guys handled it really well.“Some of the guys obviously didn’t get the runs they wanted to, and get the wickets they wanted to, but we’re a tight unit and we’re working towards one goal. We’ve got a great squad here and hopefully we will keep the same squad moving forward.”The most lasting impression of the series will be the brilliance of Amla. If he had (arguably) not quite made it into the elite of the world’s cricket stars before the Proteas’ tour of England, Amla has certainly now sealed his place in the top handful of global stars.His total of 335 runs was close to double the tally of the next highest run scorer, Ian Bell of England, who scored 181 runs at 45.25.Series scoresAmla scores in the series read 150, 43, 45 and 97 not out. Each one of those scores was the highest by a South African in those matches.His runs came at the astonishing average of 111.66 and by the end of the series his ODI career statistics made for spectacular reading: 60 innings, six not outs, 3 216 runs at 59.55 at a strike rate of 91.72 runs per 100 balls, with 10 centuries and 19 fifties.He is the runaway batting leader at the top of the ODI rankings at a career high of 901 points, well clear of Virat Kohli, who has 858 points in second place; 900 points is considered exceptional and not even one-day international cricket’s all-time leading scorer, Sachin Tendulkar, with a career high of 887, has reached that summit.Extreme humilityAmla’s star has risen not only on his statistical performances, but on the manner in which he has scaled the heights. At all times he has exhibited extreme humility, focusing on the team’s rather than his own performances, making him a very easy man to like and respect, regardless of a fan’s allegiance.AB de Villiers, third in the ODI batting rankings, had a mixed series by his very high standards. He managed 170 runs at 56.66, including an unbeaten 75 in the final match, but got himself out when well set for bigger things in the three of the four contests.Left-arm spinner Robin Petersen was used as an opening bowler and enjoyed success, picking up a series leading seven wickets at 21.71, whilst conceding only 4.22 runs per over.The bottom line, though, despite some top individual performances is that the Proteas will surely consider the series one of lost opportunities.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africans flying the flag for African excellence

first_imgBrand South Africa board member Thebe Ikalafeng is amongst New African magazine’s 100 Most Influential Africans. He joins a list made up of heavyweights such as Elon Musk, Trevor Noah and Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Johannesburg, Thursday 26 November 2015 – Brand South Africa salutes the 100 Most Influential Africans announced earlier this week by the New African magazine for flying the African flag of excellence. Sixteen South Africans are amongst the 100 most influential Africans.South Africans who are on the list of the 100 Most Influential Africans come from a range of categories including politics, business, civil society, arts and culture, technology and the media.NameCategoryCurrent African Union Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini ZumaPublic OfficeCurrent Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaPublic OfficeFormer South African President Thabo MbekiPublic OfficeCurrent leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius MalemaPoliticsCurrent leader of the Democratic Alliance. Mmusi MaimanePoliticsHassan Sheikh MohamudPoliticsIvan GlasenbergBusinessElon MuskBusinessIvor IchikowitzBusinessThebe IkalafengBusinessDan MatjilaBusinessStudentsCivil societyThato KgatlhanyeTechnologyTrevor NoahMediaGugu Mbatha-RawCultureAnaso JoborwanaSportsCongratulating the nominees, Brand South Africa’s CEO Mr Kingsley Makhubela said, “It takes all citizens to build South Africa’s reputation and change perceptions about our country. This applies to our continent as well. Your actions and achievements say to the world that African citizens are flying our respective national flags in a range of areas which will ultimately contribute to the implementation of Agenda 2063. You also say to other citizens of the continent that the efforts of individuals can make a difference. Brand South Africa congratulates you for playing your part,” concluded Mr Makhubela.last_img read more

Cartoon: When Life Gives You Lemons, Acquire Lemonade

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… rob cottingham 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout More Noise to Signal. Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App I’m en route to Portland, Oregon for OSCON, but here’s a little something to commemorate the newest addition to the Google family.If you’re at OSCON too, give me a wave (I’ll be the guy drawing madly on his iPad, as I’m cartoon-blogging the event). Or drop by my session on Wednesday.Or just acquire me. That seems to be the new “hello!” Tags:#Cartoons#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Film Study: Breaking Down the Play of Mason Rudolph

first_imgCMPATTYDSCMP%YPATDINT Rudolph’s stats aren’t eye-popping but they are efficient. The problem is that stats aren’t everything. If you took a person who just watched the game and another person who just looked at the stats and asked them both to tell you how Rudolph did, they would likely have very different answers.Ideally, his performance will soon start to match his stats, and when that happens, he will solidify himself as one of the best quarterbacks not only in the Big 12, but in the country as well.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 143231203961.98.83132center_img Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph has had an exceptional season so far, but he hasn’t been completely perfect. The Cowboys are headed into the back half of a tough Big 12 schedule featuring an undefeated West Virginia at home and Kansas State, TCU and Oklahoma all on the road.Rudolph’s play will be one of the most important factors in all of these games, so in anticipation for an excellent back half of the season, let’s take a look at how Rudolph has performed thus far.Rudolph has shown the ability to make the tough throws time and time again. There have been plenty of plays where he fit the ball in a small window down the field:sl_postAnd he’s proven that he can effectively lead his receivers on the deep ball to the sideline:outsideWhere Rudolph has struggled is in the short and intermediate game. Oftentimes, especially on RPO (run-pass option) throws, Rudolph’s high throws result in either killing any possible YAC for the receiver:high4Or sailing over the receiver’s head:highHe has also, on occasion, missed some wide-open receivers downfield:miss_deepOSU head coach Mike Gundy said that Rudolph’s physical limitations contributed to his lack of intermediate accuracy. “He got hit in the Texas game and wasn’t very effective, in my opinion, on some throws in the next game because he just couldn’t really rotate his body a little bit,” Gundy said. “And that caused some issues with him.”There were rumors that he was banged up in a few early games as well.Hopefully Rudolph has used the bye week to fully recover, because once he cleans up his missed throws in the short game, he becomes an elite quarterback. Rudolph is seventh in the nation in passing yards per game and he’s one of only two players in the FBS who have over 200 pass attempts and only two interceptions.last_img read more

16 days agoAgent of Real Madrid midfielder Valverde: He can play with Pogba

first_imgAgent of Real Madrid midfielder Valverde: He can play with Pogbaby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Real Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde can see him playing with Paul Pogba in the future.It’s been suggested Valverde’s emergence will see Real drop their interest in the Manchester United star.”Pogba is a fantastic player. In the future they can play together, but you have to be careful,” agent Gerardo Rabajda told Radio Marca.”The future is promising but Fede must keep his feet on the ground. He knows he got this chance but he has to stay calm and keep growing. He has proved on the pitch that he has status. He knows when to talk and when to be quiet. We are talking about a future Ballon d’Or winner.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Tom Izzo Pulled Away From Yelling At Referee While Michigan State Struggles With Oakland

first_imgA closeup of Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo.ST LOUIS, MO – MARCH 18: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts in the second half against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 18, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Michigan State is playing its first game without player of the year candidate Denzel Valentine, and things could be going better. The Spartans lead Oakland 80-78, but the game has been a struggle. Tom Izzo has had an interesting night as well. He has loudly disagreed with a few calls, and at one point, actually had to be pulled away from one referee.Tom Izzo is about to loose his mind after Bryn Forbes got fouled then called for a technical. What did he do? Fist pump?— Mike Wilson (@MikeWilson247) December 23, 2015Tom Izzo restrained from the official. Oakland tech shots to tie here…— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) December 23, 2015Izzo for President! #POTUS #SpartanNation pic.twitter.com/RICr6tAax5— Dana (@DanaMonstah) December 23, 2015IZZO MAD pic.twitter.com/lxvJ5vDfNA— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) December 23, 2015There is less than a minute left in the game, which is live on ESPNU. We may have a great finish on our hands, involving the nation’s No. 1 team.last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw Might Might Not Be The Best Pitcher In Baseball Anymore

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been the presumptive Best Pitcher In Baseball for so long that it might as well be printed on the front of his baseball card. Since his debut during the 2008 season, Kershaw has over 10 more wins above replacement than any other pitcher in the game — his former Dodgers teammate Zack Greinke is a distant No. 2 — and he has consistently managed to fend off any challenger to his crown as the game’s greatest.But this season, Kershaw has shown a few surprising cracks. (Yes, this is basically akin to saying, “some of Mozart’s concertos were just great, not brilliant.”) Despite throwing six (only six?) shutout innings on Saturday, Kershaw’s earned run average is the highest it’s been since 2012, and his fielding independent pitching, which measures a pitcher’s dominance in the factors he directly controls (strikeouts, walks and home runs), is at its worst since Kershaw’s rookie year. He’s been giving up an uncharacteristic number of home runs (a career-worst 17, and it’s not even July), perhaps having been swept up in the juiced-ball power surge that’s jolted so many pitchers over the past few seasons. Two starts ago, he let the lowly New York Mets take him deep four times, the only four-homer game he’d ever suffered in his entire career. As a result of all this, Kershaw’s status as the game’s unquestioned top ace is in danger for the first time in a while.FiveThirtyEight’s MLB Elo ratings have a component that assigns each starting pitcher a grade, reflecting how much influence he wields over his team’s chances of winning. Kershaw usually has the top mark in baseball; up until the past two weeks, he’d held it for 37 of the previous 38 weeks of MLB action, including 31 consecutive weeks between mid-May 2016 and late April 2017. But Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals passed Kershaw a few weeks ago, thanks to his ongoing run of six consecutive starts with double-digit strikeouts, and Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has edged ahead of Kershaw as well. (Sale passed Kershaw as No. 1 for a week in April, but Kershaw quickly reclaimed the top spot and held it for six more weeks.)Now, Kershaw ranks “only” third in our starting-pitcher ratings. The last time Kershaw sat so low was midway through the 2015 season, when for one week in July he dropped behind Sale, Scherzer and then-Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto, who’d just finished spinning an 11-strikeout complete-game shutout. But within two weeks, Kershaw had climbed back to No. 1, the place he’s spent 106 total weeks (out of a possible 142) since early in the 2013 season. Only three pitchers in the expansion era (since 1961) — Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens and fellow Dodger Sandy Koufax — have logged more weeks in the top slot than the 29-year-old Kershaw has in his career.Since Kershaw first rose to No. 1 in 2013, the most consistent assault on his top ranking has come from Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs. For 13 straight weeks between the 2015 stretch run and the first month of the 2016 season, Arrieta ranked first in Elo as part of his stunning ascent from washout to Cy Young winner. That’s the most weeks (consecutive or not) anybody has stood between Kershaw and the No. 1 slot since 2013; the Rangers’ Yu Darvish ranks second with six weeks of sporadic challenges.Right now, Scherzer is in his third week (second in this particular bid) atop Kershaw’s throne. His peripheral stats — and, even more so, Sale’s — have been superior to Kershaw’s on the season so far. Maybe this is the season Kershaw’s grip on best-pitcher status loosens.Given how much Kershaw’s dominated that distinction over the past half-decade, though, I’ll believe it when I see it.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Instate matchup brings out best in sibling rivalry

It’s a sibling’s dream come true: little brother getting the opportunity to beat up big brother. The Posey sibling rivalry was in full force during Ohio State’s 43-7 win over its “little brother” school, Ohio University. “It’s always been our dream and now it’s kind of our reality,” DeVier Posey said. The Buckeyes took home the win, and wide receiver DeVier took home bragging rights from big brother Julian, a Bobcat cornerback. Julian might have two years on his little brother, but on Saturday, that’s all he had. DeVier remembered the last time the two teams faced off against one another in 2008, when Julian promised a beat down. The Buckeyes edged their way to a 26-14 victory that day. Saturday’s game wasn’t as close. Early in the game on his first catch, DeVier offered Julian a stiff arm to the face mask and a little bit of trash talk. “I just told him, ‘you better get in the weight room,’” DeVier said. In the first quarter, Julian escaped for a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown before a penalty called it back. “I was happy for him. At first I was like, ‘Oh man, I’m not gonna hear the end of this,’” DeVier said. “It’s hard to stop a guy with the last name Posey,” Julian said. The brothers caught up with one another after the game. “He says he got robbed on that kickoff return but you know he’s going to think that the rest of his life,” DeVier said. Growing up, Julian wasn’t always the bully. The loss of their father in 1999 made the two extremely close. Julian took the big brother role seriously and served as a role model, DeVier said. They are best friends and don’t go a day without talking, but this week DeVier said they hadn’t spoken since Wednesday. There wasn’t much trash talk on the field. DeVier had a different strategy to rattle his brother. “I was trying to steal all of his accessories,” DeVier said. “I think there was one time I stole his towel.” More than 40 family members donned T-shirts that boasted “Posey Bowl II” in support of both teams. Proud mother Julie Posey had a colorful jersey, split scarlet and gray on one side and green on the other. “I am really, really glad it’s over and I’m ready to party with my babies now,” Julie said. “It was a good time and kind of crazy to go against him, but it really wasn’t as emotional as I thought,” DeVier said. Looking down the road, DeVier knows what he’s going to tell his family. “The first thing I’m going to say is like, ‘Dang do you remember that score? We like whooped ya’ll man,’ and it’s just gonna silence all talk after that,” DeVier said. Julian’s prepared to hear it. “Man, I gotta live with this the rest of my life,” Julian said. At the end of the day, who got the best of whom? “I mean, you saw the scoreboard,” DeVier said. read more