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Google is more likely to show ads for so-called crisis pregnancy centers to lower-income users in two major U.S. cities, helping organizations that critics call “fake abortion clinics” reach underprivileged women, a Tech Transparency Project investigation found.
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Workers describe a peak production season marred by labor protests and Covid-19 chaos, right as Apple reconsiders its China supply chain. "I feel we have no rights and dignity inside the workshops,” one of them says.
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Carine Smith Ihenacho, the chief governance and compliance officer of Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages more than 13tn Norwegian kroner (£1tn) on behalf of the Norwegian people, said the fund was preparing to vote against the re-election of at least 80 company boards for failing to set or hit environmental or social targets.
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The vote builds on a February 2021 move by Canadian lawmakers to label Beijing’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in its Xinjiang territory as genocide.
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Investigation revealed potential bias and transparency issues surrounding the increasing use of algorithms within the troubled child welfare system in the US. While some see these tools as a promising way to help overwhelmed social workers predict which children may face harm, others say their reliance on historical data risks automating past inequalities.
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The applicants flagged to the Court that, if returned, they would face a real risk of being subjected to serious violations of their human rights on account of their ethnicity and religion.
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The proposed Chat control EU law will not only seize totalitarian control of all private communication. It will also ban open source operating systems as an unintended consequence, the VPN provider says.
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Despite knowing of “very serious failings”, MI5 continued to handle the data of millions of people unlawfully, according to a landmark judgment, handed down by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. The ruling shows that surveillance laws “are not fit for purpose and fail to protect our fundamental privacy rights”, say activits.
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A heavily edited video commenting on US pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer’s research on the COVID vaccine produced by Project Veritas, a controversial far-right media outlet that spreads conspiracy theories, has gone viral in mainland China with additional claims that the COVID-19 virus was mutated and spread by Pfizer. Without verifying the content, China propagandists and spokespeople cited the source and urged the US government to reveal the “truth.”
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China refused to allow envoy to visit Uyghur region, Turkish Foreign Minister says
Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has revealed that China has refused to allow the Turkish ambassador to visit the Uyghur region in the north-western Xinjiang province. Meanwhile, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council found that mass detentions in Xinjiang were marked by torture, sexual violence, forced labour, and forced abortions and sterilisations.
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I’d agree with @jabberati here that ChatGPT is not (yet?) a threat to software engineers. Although these tools are impressive, they appear to produce inefficient (though not necessarily incorrect) code. This means that you still need human coders when you want to build something really complex. Having that said, I’m wondering whether this tech has the potential to make a programmer’s work a bit easier.


After three years of lockdowns, the country was ill prepared for its abrupt ‘freedom’. Now, with some estimating 1m deaths, public anger is growing.
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I was not aware of this. They have similar investment vehicles in Europe, though.


The Musk Foundation received a gift of Tesla shares valued at $5.7 billion from Elon Musk at the end of 2021, Bloomberg News reports. This made the charity instantly one of the largest foundations in the United States, with $9.4 billion in assets.
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The disappearances – arrests and detentions mostly of young women – are drawing criticism and condemnation from various human rights groups such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
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Georgia police are invoking a 2017 terrorism law against activists accused of little more than trespassing.
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Recognizing and demarcating Indigenous lands leads to reduced deforestation and increased reforestation, according to a new study that looked at more than 100 Indigenous territories in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. Here is the study: https://academic.oup.com/pnasnexus/article/2/1/pgac287/7005261?login=false
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"The ensuing conversations about the role of monarchy and especially the way the British Empire profited at the expense (and death) of indigenous peoples across the world really opened my eyes", says Cumming who was awarded the OBE - 'Officer of the Order of the British Empire' - in 2009 as part of the Queen's birthday honours list.
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Ciba-Geigy Chemical Corp., the town's largest employer, has been flushing chemicals into the Toms River and the Atlantic Ocean, burying 47,000 drums of toxic waste in the ground. This created a plume of polluted water that has spread beyond the site into residential neighborhoods.
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Yes, it’s also mentioned in the article. I found it interesting as it gives some background information on Brazil and the circumstances to those who don’t know the country well (such as me).


Severe malnutrition and disease are decimating the Yanomami population in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and on Jan. 20 the federal government declared a public health emergency. It didn’t come as a surprise to those familiar with the circumstances, who have issued warnings for several years.
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After receiving advertising payments from Novo Nordisk, CBS’s 60 Minutes aired a 13-minute promotion of Wegovy, the Novo Nordisk weight loss drug, during its Jan. 1 broadcast, making it appear to be a news story. The segment violates the FDA’s “fair balance” requirement for ads, according to a complaint filed today by the Physicians Committee, a nonprofit public health advocacy organization.
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'I can't afford to spend any more time here, I don't have the money', says the man whose leg was shattered by the gunfire. The man's mother and son are "worried he's going to lose his job at a warehouse the next day unless he can go back to work."
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New guidelines tighten longstanding restrictions, threatening to make it even harder for Palestinians in the West Bank, who already face severe Israeli-imposed movement restrictions, to be with family members who lack a West Bank ID and to engage with foreign students, academics, experts, and others.
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Women are being targeted by new forms of harassment including online violence, verbal abuse on social media and pornography with “barbaric” content, it said.
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The Indian government seeks to block a BBC documentary examining the role of the prime minister, Narendra Modi, during riots in the western state of Gujarat in 2002. Modi has been haunted for decades by allegations of complicity in the violence.
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"Children are literally being picked up from outside the building, disappearing and not being found. They’re being taken from the street by traffickers,” a whistleblower says.
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After a week that saw the conviction of elite Metropolitan police officer David Carrick, who abused his power to commit 48 rapes over two decades, women from police forces across England come forward to tell the abuse they have suffered at the hands of serving officers.
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MI5 repeatedly refused to investigate evidence that an alleged Russian spy was attempting to cultivate influence with senior Conservative politicians and channel illegal Russian funds into the party, a Tory member has alleged in a new complaint lodged with the investigatory powers tribunal (IPT).
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'Justice', a secretly made documentary expanding on allegations of sexual assault against supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh, has premiered at this year’s Sundance film festival. It aims to shine a light not only on the women who have accused Kavanaugh, a Donald Trump nominee, but also the failed FBI investigation into the allegations.
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The Supreme Court has upheld the prison sentence of a teen for playing Minecraft.
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A sizable majority voted in August to reject a ballot measure that would have paved the way for a statewide abortion ban—but that isn't stopping Republicans from attempting to force residents to continue unwanted pregnancies by imposing city-by-city bans.
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More than a year after the legislation was first tabled in Sierra Leone's Parliament, lawmakers voted unanimously to pass the Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Act in November. Now, Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio has signed the bill into law.
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The state of Arizona was sending at least 140 illegal subpoenas to money transfer companies to compel them to turn over private financial data of 145 million individuals, amassing it in a huge database and giving virtually unfettered access to thousands of officers from hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country.
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“There are all kinds of problems in the intelligence service which by and large never get corrected for the same reasons: group conformity, pride and an unwillingness to admit mistakes so systemic problems are covered up and never fixed,” said ex-agent Coleen Rowley, a 9/11 whistleblower who also testified to the Senate about FBI failures in the terrorist attacks.
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China decided not to include Paxlovid, an effective COVID-19 drug, in its list of medicines covered by basic medical insurance schemes. The move would effectively block millions of poor people from accessing Paxlovid after the temporary insurance arrangement expires at the end of March 2023. The wealthy and the middle class in China will still manage to get the antiviral drug as they can pay without insurance.
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A very small step in the right direction. Would be great if, though, if other countries would follow. China, US, Australia, …


"There was so much expectation and excitement when we got GDPR passed in Europe. Now the law has been applied for almost five years, and nothing is substantially different" - human rights activist says.
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Keenan Anderson, a 31-year-old high school English teacher, suffered cardiac arrest after police repeatedly used a Taser on him following a traffic accident.
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Beijing seeks to extend its influence on the country’s star tech firms and its most powerful and wealthy business people.
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Private services offering Chinese travellers access to mRNA vaccines are attracting droves of mainlanders to Hong Kong and Macau seeking a booster shot that their government has refused to approve.
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On Matrix (as suggested already) there is a room called “Redecentralize” with some competent people imho.


As for a privacy-respecting website builder, you may consider b2evolution, although their themes could be better.




Register an account and click “Make a contribution” (although you don’t). You should receive an email confirming that you successfully booked a ticket. (The only thing I don’t understand is that a site like opencollective.com is using Cloudflare if I may say so.)


is it creating more racism than diamonds extraction in africa or oil extraction in lands which previously were property of indian people?

It may not be worse than what they do in mining diamonds and other stuff, but it’s racism and therefore bad enough I would say.





Microsoft has also been using its Purview classifier algorithm for some time, which doesn’t create a good culture I would say.




The German article says the Swedish prime minister REJECTS media reports claiming that her country blocks a joint investigation. This is a wrong translation.

The correct headline must be “Sweden does not block joint investigations”.

Edit: Downvotes are disable here. Guess why? lol


I respectfully disagree with the notion of a “strong” central bank. The vast majority of the total money supply (~90%) is created by commercial banks by lending money to companies and individuals. Central banks can influence the total amount lent by reserve ratio requirements, but in our fractional reserve banking system where commercial banks hold only a small fraction of their deposits in reserves, each commercial bank loan creates about 10 times more money than its initial volume. This is just book money literally created out of thin air, it “exists” only as the sum of agreements between the commercial banks and their debitors rather than as notes and coins, and the central bank is by no means involved in this process.

So don’t get me wrong, I don’t say we should get rid of fiat money. I just argue that we need much more complementary currency systems that we have now. Whether or not these systems are blockchain-based is a different question altogether (that doesn’t really matter imo, although I consider blockchain a good technology for this). Communities should be free to create new means of exchange. Each of these new systems will have their own drawbacks, too. So let different systems compete with each other.


Yes, Briar is aiming at special use cases, e.g., investigative journalists and activists. It offers features such as communicating with peers even if the internet is down. This can be essential in high-risk and war-torn areas or in case of a natural desaster, but it’s certainly not aiming at the average user.

Cwtch is a great project, too, imho, but still in early development. They’ll need time (and funds), but I do hope they continue their good work.

Have been using Jami for some time, and it works great.


The bubble is made by humans. I feel that complementary currency systems could have a huge positive impact on local and regional societies (as it was often the case in history), and the blockchain technology could help us to get there. The vast majority of crypto projects appear to aim at something else, unfortunately.


It would be interestibg to see how BTC mining compares to the large data centres of big tech. There’s not much reliable data on that.


Neither me. Maybe I’m a bot 😅


https://www.bbc.com/news/business-37348016

Scroll down a bit, it’s under the subtitle “Federal interest”.