Storytelling — Mamet’s Conflict Airing Theory

One of the big questions to which I have yet to find a satisfying answer is what stories are, in the set of things that includes various other kinds of speech. David Mamet has what I think is a partial answer in Three Uses of a Knife, a short, stream-of-consciousness…

IRAN: PRESIDENCY OF EBRAHIM RAISI A GRIM REMINDER OF THE CRISIS OF IMPUNITY

The announcement that Ebrahim Raisi will assume the presidency of Iran, instead of being investigated for crimes under international law, is a grim reminder of the international failure to address a crisis of systematic impunity in Iran.

Op-ed: Canada Should Get on the Path to Abolishing Immigration Detention

“I felt like the world was ending for me,” an asylum seeker told us, describing her experience in immigration detention after fleeing her home country in Africa. “I thought, ‘Maybe I should have stayed back home and died there.’” She is only one of the hundreds of thousands of uprooted people who…

Hong Kong: Apple Daily raid, arrests a brazen attack on press freedom

Responding to the arrest of five senior executives and the seizing of journalistic material during a police raid on Hong Kong media outlet Apple Daily this morning, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Regional Director Yamini Mishra said: “With this latest brazen attack on one of its fiercest media critics, the Hong Kong…

Myanmar: As Aung San Suu Kyi goes on trial, ASEAN’s indecision is enabling military rampage

• Aung San Suu Kyi faces seven charges and decades in prison as the UN General Assembly sets to vote on a landmark resolution on Myanmar. • Since the coup, more than 800 civilians including 58 children were killed, more than 4800 people were detained and more than 100,000 displaced…

Hungary: Dark day for LGBTI rights as homophobic and transphobic law adopted

Responding to the adoption of an anti-LGBTI proposal that bans education and advertising that is deemed to “popularize” or even depict, consensual same-sex conduct or the affirming of one’s gender to children, Director of Amnesty International Hungary, David Vig said: “This is a dark day for LGBTI rights and for Hungary.…

Counterfeiting – the underworld threat to beating COVID-19

Counterfeit vaccines are undermining the global effort to stop COVID-19. Why are they so prevalent, and how can we stop them?

The GDPR, Privacy and Monopoly

In Privacy Without Monopoly: Data Protection and Interoperability, we took a thorough look at the privacy implications of various kinds of interoperability. We examined the potential privacy risks of interoperability mandates, such as those contemplated by 2020’s ACCESS Act (USA), the Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act (EU), and…

Tracking Global Online Censorship: What EFF Is Doing Next

As the world stays home to slow the spread of COVID-19, communities are rapidly transitioning to digital meeting spaces. This highlights a trend EFF has tracked for years: discussions in virtual spaces shape and reflect societal freedoms, and censorship online replicates repression offline. As most of us spend increasing amounts…

Arctic coastal sea ice thinning twice as fast than thought

Research based on ice-thickness data from ESA’s CryoSat and Envisat missions along with a new model of snow has revealed that sea ice in the coastal regions of the Arctic may be thinning twice as fast as thought.

Four mission ideas to compete for Earth Explorer 11

As part of ESA’s commitment to develop and build satellite missions that push the boundaries of satellite technology and Earth science, four new mission ideas – Cairt, Nitrosat, Seastar and Wivern – have been selected to enter pre-feasibility study and compete to be the eleventh Earth Explorer mission.

Maryland and Montana Pass the Nation’s First Laws Restricting Law Enforcement Access to Genetic Genealogy Databases

Last week, Maryland and Montana passed laws requiring judicial authorization to search consumer DNA databases in criminal investigations. These are welcome and important restrictions on forensic genetic genealogy searching (FGGS)—a law enforcement technique that has become increasingly common and impacts the genetic privacy of millions of Americans. Consumer personal genetics…

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