Why Reporters Without Borders is not endorsing the Global Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy for ICT companies operating in Internet-restricting countries

first_img– 3 – Companies could still enter into business relationships (joint ventures, mergers) with local partners that do not follow the principles, then bypass the restrictions imposed by the principles and blame the local entity (such as Alibaba for Yahoo!) in case of violations of freedom of expression or collaboration for the arrest of dissidents. October 28, 2008 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Why Reporters Without Borders is not endorsing the Global Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy for ICT companies operating in Internet-restricting countries News Reporters Without Borders is concerned by several loopholes and weak language on the central points that may threaten the very implementation of these principles and justify the status quo. It also regrets the fact that some sensitive issues related to the monitoring process remain yet to be addressed. Here is an overview of the organization’s main concerns: – 2 – The extent to which companies are expected to challenge governments’ requests remains unclear. Requests in writing are sought but not mandatory. – 1 – Local law remains the reference even if it violates international human rights standards. Thus, participating companies will comply with repressive regimes who have at their disposal an arsenal of legal provisions aimed at silencing dissidents. The international press freedom organization recognizes the important work done by the participants of this multi-stakeholder initiative that gathers companies, academics, investors and NGOs. Nevertheless, after participating in the discussions for almost two years, Reporters Without Borders decided last September to withdraw from the discussions and to not endorse those principles. “Under these principles, another Shi Tao case is still possible” stated Reporters Without Borders referring to the jailed Chinese reporter whose verdict revealed that Yahoo ! gave some personal identifying information to the Chinese authorities. “We believe that, as of today, the best option to prevent IT companies from being forced to collaborate with the Web-censors in repressive countries remains to provide a legal framework for companies willing to resist governments’ requests that violate the international free speech standards, as the Global Online Freedom Act, introduced by Representative Chris Smith does for American IT firms”, commented the press freedom organization. “We will follow the implementation of the principles and are willing to continue to take part in this interesting collaboration and exchange of ideas, but in a different capacity. We stand ready to be, as a third party, of any assistance to the Initiative should our expertise or input be needed. We have been monitoring the free flow of online information for years and we will continue to denounce the obstacle to online free speech”, added Reporters Without Borders. The organization believes these principles are one step in the right direction, but they do not go far enough to provide a sufficient protection to freedom of expression on the Internet. – 5 – The assessors’ independence and impartiality as well as the extent to which companies’ will provide them with the necessary information to monitor developments remains uncertain.center_img – 4 – Disclosure to users and transparency regarding the type of personal information retained by ITC companies’ remains unsatisfactory.. Users have no assurances that companies will try to minimize data collection, nor do they know how long this data will be saved. The bill would ban companies from locating the servers containing this data and from providing information that identifies users, except in cases in which the law is being legitimately applied, to be decided by the US justice department. The US companies would also have to act transparently and transmit information about the type of censorship they apply to an interagency-staffed Office of Global Internet Freedom, which would have the job of defining US government policy for the promotion of the free flow of online information and monitoring violations. A feasibility study of technologies and equipment’s export control would also be made. The bill also promotes the idea of a voluntary code of conduct to be established for companies working in countries with repressive regimes. GOFA was approved by the House’s Foreign Affairs Committee in October 2007 and is now awaiting a floor vote. In July 2008, MEP Jules Maaten, initiated the European Global Online Freedom Act (EU GOFA), which was drafted out of the American GOFA, and whose goal is to protect European ICT firms doing business with répressive regimes. Organisation More on the GOFARead the EU-GOFA Reporters Without Borders has supported the Global Online Freedom Act (GOFA) since its birth. Introduced by Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) in February 2006, it would protect American IT companies from being forced to collaborate with repressive regimes. The Act would prevent repressive governments – those that punish dissidents and human rights activists who exercise their right to online free expression – from accessing personal data through US companies. RSF_en Reporters Without Borders welcomes the adoption of the Global Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy as a first step towards ICT companies’ recognition of the importance of free expression while operating in Internet-restricting countries. The international press freedom organization recognizes the important work done by the participants of this multi-stakeholder initiative that gathers companies, academics, investors and NGOs. Nevertheless, after participating in the discussions for almost two years, Reporters Without Borders decided last September to withdraw from the discussions and to not endorse those principles. Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Ben Folds, Violent Femmes Announce 2019 Co-Headlining Tour

first_imgViolent Femmes and Ben Folds have announced a late-summer co-headlining tour, set to begin at the end of July and run through the first half of August.The 14-date swing will kick off at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena on July 28th before making its way to Washington, D.C. (7/30); New York, NY (8/1); Asbury Park, NJ (8/2); Boston, MA (8/3); East Providence, RI (8/4); Pittsburgh, PA (8/6); Charlotte, NC (8/8); Nashville, TN (8/9); Indianapolis, IN (8/10); Detroit, MI (8/11); Minneapolis, MN (8/14); Des Moines, IA (8/15); and Kansas City, CO (8/16).This new tour will follow Violent Femmes’ previously announced May co-headlining tour with first-wave American punk heroes X. The busy 2019 touring schedule comes as Violent Femmes continues to promote last year’s release of 2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America, a collection of unprecedented live recordings.For Ben Folds, this tour will take place in the wake of the release of his memoir, A Dream About Lightning Bugs – A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons, due out in July.Artist pre-sale for the upcoming dates begins on Tuesday, March 5th at 110 a.m. local time. All remaining tickets will be released to the general public on Friday, March 8th at 10 a.m. local time. V.I.P. packages featuring a Meet & Greet and Q&A with Folds and a signed copy of A Dream About Lightning Bugs will be available for each show.You can check out a list of Ben Folds/Violent Femmes co-headlining tour dates below. For more details and ticketing information, head to either Violent Femmes or Ben Folds‘ websites.Ben Folds & Violent Femmes 2019 Co-Headlining TourBEN FOLDS & VIOLENT FEMMES DATESJuly28 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena30 – Washington, DC – The AnthemAugust1 – New York, NY – The Rooftop at Pier 172 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage3 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion4 – East Providence, RI – Bold Point Park6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE Outdoors8 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre9 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater10 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park11 – Detroit, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre14 – Minneapolis, MN – Surly Brewing Company15 – Des Moines, IA – Water Works Park Amphitheater16 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre**Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 11 at 10 a.m. CST in Kansas CityExpandlast_img read more

Weekend Wrap-Up

first_imgCongratulations to all of the individuals and teams who advanced in the IHSAA tournament series this past week.  Two individuals–Brenner Hanna (Greensburg) and Meghan Cole (South Ripley)–will compete in the state cross country meet this Saturday at Terre Haute.  No area teams advanced.In football Batesville, East Central, Lawrenceburg, North Decatur, and South Dearborn all advanced to the next level in their sectionals.  Unfortunately, the 4 EIAC teams must face each other.  Lawrenceburg goes to Batesville and South Dearborn travels to East Central.The World Series teams are now set.  Representing the American League will be the Boston Red Sox, and the Dodgers will again represent the National League.  Unfortunately for the middle of the country, Houston and Milwaukee were eliminated.last_img read more

Spanish World Cup winner Casillas calls time on career, aged 39

first_img(REUTERS) – Spain’s World Cup-winning captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas announced his retirement from the professional game yesterday, ending a career that spanned over two decades in which he captured the game’s biggest prizes.The former Real Madrid skipper had called time on his five-year spell with Portuguese side Porto last month after his contract with the club expired.Casillas, 39, has not played any competitive football since he suffered a heart attack during a training session last year.“The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not where it takes you, because that comes with work and effort alone,” Casillas said on Twitter here.“I think I can say, without hesitation, that the path I have taken is the one I dreamt about.” Casillas was given a role on Porto’s technical staff at the start of last season and was included in the first-team squad, although he was never named in a match-day squad.He captained Spain’s ‘golden generation’ that won a maiden World Cup title in 2010 as well as two consecutive European Championships in 2008 and 2012. The shot-stopper, who came through Real Madrid’s youth system, made his senior club debut in 1999 at the age of 18 and went on to make 725 appearances over 16 seasons, winning five La Liga titles and the Champions League three times.However, he made a tearful exit without any fanfare in 2015 when he announced his departure from his boyhood club at a news conference, a move for which Real were heavily criticised and led to fans chanting for club president Florentino Perez to resign.“The best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish football joined us at the age of 9,” Real Madrid said in a statement here yesterday. “He was formed here and defended our shirt for 25 years, becoming one of our most emblematic captains of all-time. Iker Casillas earned the love of madridismo and is a symbol of the values that Real Madrid represents.”Casillas holds the record for most appearances in the Champions League, featuring 177 times – 150 of which came with Real Madrid – as well as the most clean-sheets in the history of the competition (57).last_img read more

Experts say passing a tax is necessary

first_imgIn November, California voters will have the opportunity to choose between two seemingly similar measures, Proposition 30 and Proposition 38, in order to raise revenue for the state’s public schools.Though both propositions include tax increases as a means to increase education funding, their supporters have opposing views about which is the most effective tax to implement. As a result, support for each bill to generally be mutually exclusive.Prop. 30 would increase the sales tax rate by one-quarter cent per dollar for four years and the personal income tax rate for individuals with incomes of over $250,000 for seven years. Prop. 38 would increase personal income taxes at a marginal rate of 0.4 percent at low-income levels and increase in steps to a marginal rate of 2.2 percent for individual taxable incomes above $2.5 million.“We are in a tough situation here because the state is facing such a huge deficit and we are just so broke,” said Tania Mercado, a junior majoring in policy, planning and development. “But I honestly believe we have lacked responsible administrators and elected people that have failed to allocate our limited resources wisely.”The 2012-13 California budget increased K-12 education funding by $6.6 billion to $53.5 billion, a move that assumes an increase in state revenue.“Virtually all of this increase is contingent on the passage of Proposition 30, Gov. Brown’s proposal, which establishes temporary tax increases to fund schools and balance the state budget,” said Dr. Lawrence Picus, vice dean for faculty affairs at the Rossier School of Education, in a statement. “Proposition 38, authored by advocate Molly Munger, which temporarily raises taxes but places limits on how the money can be used, will also appear on the ballot in November.”The primary purpose of Prop. 30 is to raise approximately $6 billion annually and balance the California budget. Brown proposed the measure as an initiated constitutional amendment.“If Prop. 30 fails, trigger cuts enacted in the budget would reduce funding by nearly $6 billion, most of it falling on education,” Picus said. “Schools and community colleges would lose $5.35 billion midyear, while both the UC and CSU systems would see their revenues reduced by $250 million each. The remaining reductions, which are comparatively small, would come from other state services.”Prop. 30 is currently outperforming Prop. 38 in the polls, and many analysts predict it is unlikely that Prop. 38 passes and Prop. 30 fails, as Prop. 30 offers a lower tax increase. It is more likely that Prop. 30 will pass and Prop. 38 will fail, both propositions will fail, or both propositions will pass. The state constitution specifies that if two conflicting measures on the same ballot pass, the one that received more votes would prevail.“If both measures fail, approximately $5.5 billion in scheduled cuts, mostly from education, would take place,” said Dr. Morgan Polikoff, assistant professor of education at Rossier. “These cuts would probably include teacher layoffs and furlough days, among other things. The cuts would be very severe on top of the already sustained cuts that have faced California schools in the past few years.”Because of the severity of budget cuts schools have already seen, Polikoff recommended that voters look favorably on the propositions.“What I would say about the two measures is that folks who care about school funding should absolutely vote yes on 30,” Polikoff said. “Whether they also want to vote yes on 38 is another choice.”Regardless of which measure voters choose, many students felt that at least one needed to pass.“Cutting funding to education should never be an issue because education is key to everything: to the economy, to healthcare, to technology and innovation,” Mercado said. “It’s a terrible mistake what we have allowed to happen within our state. It’s irresponsible and it’s a shame.”last_img read more

Donegal housing estates given top awards

first_imgResidents from both St. Eunan’s Terrace in Raphoe and Deele View Park in Convoy were honoured in the Best Kept Council Housing Estate Competition for Stranorlar Municipal District earlier this week.At the Stranorlar Municipal District meeting on Monday 8th April 2019, Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan Cathaoirleach of the Stranorlar MD and the Elected Members made a presentation to the winners of the Best Kept Council Housing Estate Competition 2018.This competition takes place every year in each Municipal District and includes three categories. In the Stranorlar Municipal District, St. Eunan’s Terrace, Raphoe received a prize of €600 as winners of the Large Estate category (51 houses or more) and Deele View Park Convoy received a prize of €300 as winners in the Small Estate Category (20 houses or less).Speaking at the meeting Cathaoirleach Cllr. Patrick McGowan congratulated all the residents who took part in the competition and commended them for their hard work, dedication and pride in their estates. These sentiments were echoed by the other elected members of Stranorlar Municipal District and they highlighted their commitment to continuing to support the Residents Associations in all their efforts.Cllr. Patrick McGowan, Cathaoirleach of Stranorlar Municipal District presenting the winner of the 2018 Small Estate category to Mary Kilpatrick representing from the Residents Association of Deele View Park, ConvoyIt was noted that there were no entries in the Medium Estate Category (21-50 houses) in 2018. Cllr McGowan urged all Council Housing Estates to get involved in the competition.He said “It is a great way for communities to come together to make their own estate a great place to live in and to bring up their families. The work that has been done by both the residents in St. Eunan’s Terrace and Deele View Park is a great example to everyone and of course there are many other estates where people are working together creating a sense of pride and community spirit in their own areas.”Application Forms and details will be available in June 2019 and further information on this competition and setting up Residents Associations is available by calling into the Housing Section in any Council Office or by calling (074) 91 53900.Cllr. Patrick McGowan, Cathaoirleach of Stranorlar Municipal District presenting the winner of the 2018 Large Estate category to representatives from the Residents Association of St. Eunan’s Terrace, Raphoe, Danny Martin, Sadie Martin and Shirley McBreartyDonegal housing estates given top awards was last modified: April 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cllr patrick McGowandonegalEstatesStranorlartidylast_img read more

Letterkenny businesses call for roadworks to stop as jobs threatened

first_imgBusinesses in Letterkenny have called on Irish Water to suspend works at the Lower Main Street as a number of job losses are threatened because of the disruption being caused.In a letter released through the Letterkenny Chamber, businesses say an alternative to the current works must be found.Businesses say they met with Irish Water and Donegal County Council officials to allay their fears but nothing was nothing to ease their worries. In recent weeks traffic in the area has been so bad that people have been voting with their feet and staying away from some parts of the town.Some businesses report a downturn of up to 30% in overall trade.A spokesman for the businesses said “Quite simply, the current works programme is unacceptable.”The following is the letter released this morning by the Letterkenny Chamber explaining the position of businesses. On 3rd December 2018, local businesses, supported by the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, engaged in discussions with Irish Water, Donegal County Council and the project contractor Cleantech. At that meeting, we sought clarification on the works and the schedule for same.On 21st February 2019, some 11 weeks prior to commencement of works, we made the following proposals to Irish Water:1. To put a left turn in place at the junction affected by the works. This would negate the need for a diversion and avoid additional congestion on Pearse road and Main Street;2. To ensure that the traffic management plan included full daytime cover on all necessary junctions on Pearse road, Main Street, and in the Old Town area and have provision to deal with unexpected spikes in traffic;3. To employ a works plan that allows for additional teams to carry out works in the evenings and at the weekends to shorten the length of the 21 week project considerably; 4. To carry out the daytime works on the dual carriageway from the Dry Arch roundabout to the Polestar roundabout at a different time to these works.In response, Irish Water stated that:• They would explore our proposals;• That a left turn was not an option;• That the Dry Arch to Polestar works would not have a significant impact on Letterkenny;• That they would take immediate action if any issues arose during the works.We again met with the contract parties on 11th April 2019 and we were disheartened to learn that no formal review of our proposals was carried out.We reiterated our concerns and told Irish Water and Donegal County Council that the current plan will cause severe traffic issues and lead to significant damage to business and loss of jobs. We again met on 2nd May 2019 and again asked them to take our proposals on board and implement them. It became obvious, however, after one week that the works were having a significant impact on Letterkenny.• We immediately contacted Irish Water and Donegal County Council to voice our concerns;• We then issued a letter on 24th May 2019 calling for the works to cease until an appropriate solution is found;• We contacted An Garda Síochana immediately and they offered to assist with traffic management and we are thankful for their ongoing commitment to provide necessary resources.At a meeting with Irish Water and Donegal County Council on Thursday 6th June, some two weeks after our letter request, we were informed that:• They were considering our proposals and would revert within a few days. This is despite the fact that we made the proposals 16 weeks prior to this meeting;• They believe traffic flow has improved – we have told them that this is because traffic numbers have decreased significantly.We note that as of today, 12th June 2019, neither Irish Water nor Donegal County Council have proposed any solutions and they have refused to suspend the works until one if found. At present:• Businesses, across Letterkenny, are suffering losses of up to 30%;• Businesses cannot sustain this level of loss and job losses are likely unless a solution is found;• We have proposed the only real solution to the issue and it has been ignored to date.We are once again calling on Irish Water, Donegal County Council and Cleantech to agree to:• Suspend the works with immediate effect;• Take the time needed to find an appropriate solution.The spokesman added “Finally, we would like to remind everyone that Letterkenny is open for business and your support is crucial. At peak times, allow a little extra time and please continue to support local business and jobs.”Letterkenny businesses call for roadworks to stop as jobs threatened was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ChamberDelaysdonegalIrish Waterjobsletterkennyroadworkslast_img read more

Opening up SA’s heritage

first_imgThe eye-catching Open SA! logo. (Image: Open SA!) Documents such as this 1949 immigration form belonging to a Dutch immigrant, are an important part of South Africa’s history. (Image: Wikimedia)Janine ErasmusA new project titled Open SA! aims to make South African historical and cultural material widely accessible, by allowing ordinary people as well as professionals to share their heritage online and make it available for republishing and remixing, for the benefit of all.“We believe that getting ordinary people involved in sharing their history on the internet with artists, historians, students and researchers is a great way to keep local history alive and accessible,” said the Open SA! team in a statement.The Open SA! project is an initiative of popular positive-themed blog SA Rocks and the African Commons Project, a Johannesburg-based non-profit organisation that works to empower communities towards innovation, creativity and wisdom through the internet and other new technologies.African Commons is working closely with the Alexandria Archive Institute, which is building a collection of open access, internet-based resources for archaeology and world history.Using the principle of public domain – those works that the public may copy, adapt and share without limitation – Open SA! gathers, tags and manages relevant submissions from contributors from all facets of society, and makes them freely available online.The Open SA! team has another mission, and that is to reach out to young creative voices in South Africa, with a view to teaching them how to find open content that they may freely and legally adapt and share.Finally, for those whose material needs to be digitised first, Open SA! plans to arrange digitisation drives, with the help of volunteers, to transfer collections into the correct format.Shared heritageSouth Africa’s national Department of Arts and Culture, the custodian of the country’s rich and diverse heritage, has long held that shared heritage is an important tool in social cohesion and nation building.The Encyclopaedia of South African Arts and Culture, currently in beta testing, defines nation-building as the fostering of a sense of pride and knowledge in all aspects of South African culture, heritage and the arts.An additional aspect of nation building is the encouragement of mutual respect and tolerance and inter-cultural exchange between various cultures and art disciplines, which in turn facilitates the emergence of a shared cultural identity based on diversity.  Open SA! takes advantage of new developments and publishing platforms, such as blogging and citizen journalism, and online publishing of photographs, videos and music, which it views as vital components of a new form of democratic speech. This, it says, should be nurtured, and one of the best ways to do that is to provide easy access to quality resources and materials.Citing examples such as the speech former president Nelson Mandela delivered on his release from prison in 1990, or his successor Thabo Mbeki’s rousing “I am an African” speech, the Open SA! project says that these priceless resources should be available to more than just the professional journalists, filmmakers and researchers who were traditionally authorised to re-publish them.To this end, the public is encouraged to submit their material or material belonging to friends or family, provided that contributors either own the copyright to the materials or have written permission from the copyright holder.Leading the field One of the first contributors to Open SA! is new media specialist and photographer Gregor Rohrig, who has made available a classy selection of his photos taken around Johannesburg.All photos are licensed under the Creative Commons concept and may freely be shared and remixed, provided that proper attribution is given, images are used for non-commercial purposes, and any adaptation of the works is distributed under the same or a similar licence. These conditions may be waived with permission from Rohrig.Commenting on the wealth of historical and cultural material held by South Africans, Rohrig asked, “What good are these materials if they cannot be used and reused creatively?”The talented photographer expects the local creative industry to be even more inspired and encouraged with the unlocking of local resources that have previously been inaccessible.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksOpen SA!Open SA! photo collection on FlickrDepartment of Arts and CultureEncyclopaedia of South African Arts and Culture (beta)SA RocksAfrican Commons ProjectGregor RohrigAlexandria Archive Institutelast_img read more

USDA Moves PP Haying Date

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — Farmers who plant cover crops on prevented planting acres will be able to hay or graze that ground starting Sept. 1 without facing a penalty on their crop insurance indemnity.USDA’s Risk Management Agency on Thursday announced it changed the haying and grazing restrictions on prevented planting acres. The change allows farmers who plant cover crops on prevented planting acres to hay, graze or chop those fields on Sept. 1, rather than the traditional restriction date of Nov. 1.Haying or grazing on or after Sept. 1 will not affect a farmer’s eligibility for the full 2019 prevented planting indemnity, RMA stated.“We recognize farmers were greatly impacted by some of the unprecedented flooding and excessive rain this spring, and we made this one-year adjustment to help farmers with the tough decisions they are facing this year,” said Bill Northey, USDA’s undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “This change will make good stewardship of the land easier to accomplish while also providing an opportunity to ensure quality forage is available for livestock this fall.”RMA reiterated that the agency was just making this change for 2019 and would announce any possible permanent adjustments later.USDA has tried to encourage farmers to plant cover crops on prevented planting acres. On June 10, USDA released a question-and-answer on trade aid and disaster aid. A farmer who plants a cover crop on prevented planting acres will be eligible for a Market Facilitation Program payment on those acres, but land left bare on a prevented planting claim would not be eligible for an MFP payment.Several lawmakers from both parties pushed for the change, as did state Farm Bureau and cattle organizations in upper Midwest states. They had argued Nov. 1 is too late in the year to get quality hay or pasture out of those cover-cropped fields.Cover crop seed right now is in high demand and in short supply because of the high volume of acres that moved into prevented planting this spring. As DTN reported earlier this week, seed supplies are getting tight (https://www.dtnpf.com/… ).Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., posted a video on Twitter saying he got a call early Thursday that USDA was making this common sense move.“You don’t have to talk to more than two producers in South Dakota to realize that waiting until Nov. 1 to allow them to either graze or mechanically harvest cover crops without an indemnity reduction on their prevent-plant acres is far too late, particularly with South Dakota’s uncertain fall and winter weather,” Thune said. “It’s arbitrary and it sets an inequitable standard that puts some states at a greater advantage than others based simply on their geographical location.”Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., had introduced legislation last week with Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., that would have created an emergency waiver and had 27 co-sponsors. “I’m glad to see the administration announce this critical decision that will give farmers and ranchers the flexibility they need during this wet planting season,” Craig said. “Minnesota farmers and ranchers deserve security in their feed supply, and I am grateful that the USDA has taken this step to ensure they have the relief they need.”Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sunlight Brings Congress to Your iPhone

first_imgThe nonprofit Sunlight Foundation announced today the availability of its Real Time Congress iPhone app. The app displays an up-to-the-minute feed of updates from the House and Senate floors, Whip notices, hearings scheduled and key government documents as they are released. Unfortunately all this information is displayed quite simply; there is as of yet no deep personalization as in Sunlight’s years-old and fabulous OpenCongress project, there’s no search and the app doesn’t make use of the iPhone’s push capabilities. It’s not a bad start, but there is a lot of potential for an iPhone app to make Congressional activity a much more engaging part of peoples’ day-to-day lives.Asked about push notifications, Josh Ruihley, Sunlight’s Technical Program Officer told us. “It’s definitely on the road map. Currently, every document, hearing and floor update you see in the app is tagged by the piece of legislation it is related to. Our next phase is to actually represent those relationships in the UI.” Related Posts Tags:#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img marshall kirkpatrick Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more