RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa April 6, 2020 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders voiced delight today at the release of Paul Kamara, the founder and editor of the independent daily For Di People, after 14 months in prison, and urged the government to keep it promises of democracy and put an end to its repression of the news media.“After more than a year of waiting and suffering, Paul Kamara is finally being reunited with his family and his newspaper,” the press freedom organisation said. “We hope this day will mark the end of a dark era for Sierra Leone’s press and that President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah’s promise in early October to amend the press law will be carried out.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Any further serious press freedom violations such as the imprisonment of one of the country’s most respected journalists would cause irreversible harm to Sierra Leone.”Kamara was released yesterday by the Freetown appeal court, which overturned his 5 October 2004 conviction by judge Bankole Rachid, who had sentenced him to two 24-month sentences for “seditious defamation.” He left the court smiling, accompanied by his wife and daughter, the staff of his newspaper, other journalists and his lawyer.Reporters Without Borders had from the outset issued repeated calls for the release of Kamara, who had filed an appeal on 23 October 2004 from Freetown’s Pademba Road prison where he was incarcerated immediately after his conviction.Kamara was convicted under a draconian 1965 law known as the Public Order Act as a result of an action brought by President Kabbah over an article published in For Di People on 3 October 2003 headlined, “Speaker of Parliament challenge! Kabbah is a true convict!” The article said a commission of enquiry had found Kabbah guilty of fraud in 1968 when he was permanent secretary in the ministry of Trade, and argued that it was unconstitutional of the parliamentary spokesman to claim that Kabbah now had immunity as president. Sierra LeoneAfrica Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Reports Reporters Without Borders voiced delight today at the release of Paul Kamara, the founder and editor of the independent daily For Di People, after 14 months in prison, and urged the government to keep it promises of democracy and put an end to its repression of the news media. November 30, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 For Di People editor Paul Kamara freed after 14 months in prison to go further News Follow the news on Sierra Leone Help by sharing this information March 29, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more Sierra LeoneAfrica News Receive email alerts News Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa
Senior Breanna Stachowski placed third in an international competition for her design of an infant highchair. Stachowski utilized knowledge gained from her internship during summer 2012 at Fisher-Price to help her design her product. The International Housewares Association Student Design Competition awarded Stachowski third place for her design of an infant highchair that incorporated the needs of mothers. “I knew I wanted to design something for a child’s early eating experience,” Stachowski said. “After interviewing several moms, reading a ton of Amazon reviews and mom blogs and even doing some more observational research, I was able to pinpoint a specific design direction targeting the top themes I saw develop.” Stachowski said she entered the design contest at the end of the fall semester as a requirement for one of her Industrial Design courses. She said she worked on the project during the second half of the semester. “The research phase took the longest,” Stachowski said. “I had to spend a lot of time benchmarking and getting an idea of what parents were looking for when they were buying highchairs.” Although the idea for the highchair came easily, Stachowski said she struggled the most when developing a form for the highchair. She said her professor, Ann Marie Conrado, was instrumental in the process. “I actually ended up staying the week after school ended to finish and change some aspects of the process book before I submitted mostly because I didn’t have time during the semester to put as much attention towards this being in 21 credit hours and working a freelance job,” she said. Designing a product is an extremely lengthy project, Stachowski, said. The senior was in the same Industrial Design course during the last academic year, and said she nearly did not take it in the fall because of time constraints. “My professor convinced me to join last minute and I am glad she did,” she said. Stachowski was notified of her third-place prize at the end of January, and she said she was shocked when she received the phone call. “I lost part of my file the night before it was due for the competition deadline, and threw together everything I could to make up for what I lost just in time to submit it,” she said. “I never imagined I’d place after something like that.” Stachowski will present her idea at the International Housewares Association Show during the first week in March. Senior Sunoh Daniel Choe received an honorable mention for his design of a towel rack, bathroom-organizer combination. He said his idea his and his roommates’ need for more drying space encouraged him to create his product. “I chose to design an elegant, hassle-free towel rack extension and bathroom organizer,” Choe said. “I was motivated to design something for towels initially because my roommate and I had the problem of not having enough space to dry our towels in the bathroom we shared. We had to resort to using work-around alternatives to dry our towels and I thought there should be an easier way to extend a pre-existing towel rack without having to drill any new holes into an apartment we only rent.” Choe said his design eventually shifted towards a primarily female target demographic. “After a bunch of interviews and short surveys, I quickly found out most guys don’t care about how well their towels dry and women were frequently dealing with the problem of storing their curling irons, straighteners and towels in their bathrooms,” Choe said. Choe said the weeks he spent working on their respective projects with Stachowski after the 2012 fall semester ended were crucial to the successful design of their products. “The extra hours that [Stachowski] and I put in eventually paid off as we both received recognition,” Choe said.
2012 was a weirdly quiet year for gaming. With aging consoles, there was a predictable trend toward buying blockbuster titles and some expansion in digital sales.Tablet gaming is still mostly Angry Birds, the big titles are incremental improvements – nothing earth-shattering. And E3 was pretty dull, too.2013 promises to be more interesting. It will still be a transitional year for the industry, but those transitions will come faster and be a lot more obvious. Here’s what to look for: 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming#predictions Related Posts cormac foster 1. Sony Will Continue To FlounderNintendo’s 3DS outsold the Playstation Vita 46-to-1 from November 5 to November 11. One more time: 46-to-1.There are plenty of reasons for that (the game catalog being the biggest), but the upshot is that Nintendo is crushing Sony in an already-brutal handheld market. Sony’s PS3 lineup isn’t doing much better, failing to generate any mojo in its later years.The PS4 is still far, far away, and despite a predicted return to profitability, Sony as a whole is still in pretty rough shape. Beyond the usual franchise previews at E3 and some teasers about the PS4, don’t expect to hear a lot from Sony next year. 2013 is about regrouping for one last big shot.2. Free-to-Play (F2P) – And Some High-Profile FailuresThe trend of Free-to-Play games is inevitable, but it’s going to force developers to think – and build – differently. The frontloaded revenue of unit sales allows developers to go nuts in ways that Free-to-Play doesn’t. That’s fine for an indie shop building a small game and trying to make money on in-game sales, but the AAA publishers used to gorgeous cutscenes, pristine graphics and endless hours of linear content available at launch could find themselves in a bind. Creating Call of Duty isn’t cheap.It’s guaranteed that someone will fail to learn from the Star Wars: The Old Republic flop (and that was with retail sales) and will overbuild a F2P ghost town.The good side is that, by the end of the year, we’ll see a renewed focus on storytelling, with nonlinear narratives that encourage multiplayer cooperation and replay – the kinds of behavior that forgive corner-cutting elsewhere and ultimately lead to the in-game purchases the F2P model requires. 3. The Ouya Changes Everything, Even If It FizzlesThe Ouya, Kickstarter’s darling, will launch on schedule, with a host of titles, a great price point and a ton of fan support. While the GameStop, in the short term.4. The Resale Market Lives Another YearDigital downloads are already having an effect on the market for used games, but with no new XBox or Playstation on the horizon, there will still be plenty of low-cost playthrough on existing systems. That means a lot of swapping through back catalogs and playing the games you missed the first time around. That’s good news for a banged-up GameStop, in the short term at least.5. Augmented Reality Takes OffBack in 2009, ReadWrite readers already knew Augmented Reality would be a big deal. Sony’s Wonderbook was an interesting (if limited) foray into AR gaming in 2012, but the real push will be on the mobile side. 2012’s AR Defender 2 (trailer video below) was a cool new take on tower defense, but 2013 will be focused on getting us outdoors.Plan to see a slew of location-based mobile games like Ingress that also add full AR via smartphone cameras. Primitive-but-cool combat and cooperative mechanics will show up, as well. Just don’t step into traffic while you’re playing, and look out for the cops. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
Mozilla announced funding for the seven projects of its 2018 Creative Media Awards, earlier this week. These projects aimed at promoting art and advocacy to highlight the unintended and indirect consequences of artificial intelligence in our everyday lives. Mozilla’s Creative Media Awards is an initiative taken by Mozilla to support and promote a healthy internet ecosystem. Mozilla announced, in June this year, that it will be awarding $225,000 to the winner technologists and media makers. “We’re seeking projects that explore artificial intelligence and machine learning. In a world where biased algorithms, skewed data sets, and broken recommendation engines can radicalize YouTube users, promote racism, and spread fake news, it’s more important than ever to support artwork and advocacy work that educates and engages internet users”, reads the Mozilla awards page. The creative media awards are a part of the NetGain Partnership. NetGain Partnership is a collaboration between Mozilla, Ford Foundation, Knight Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and the Open Society Foundation. The winners of the seven projects come from five different countries, namely, the U.S, the U.K, Netherlands, India, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The winners used science fiction, short documentaries, games, and other media to make the” impact of Artificial Intelligence on the society understandable”. These seven projects will be launched by June 2019. Let’s have a look at these projects. Stealing Ur Feelings Stealing Ur Feelings will be an interactive documentary by Noah Levenson in the U.S. Levenson, has been awarded $50,000 as a prize. The documentary will be exploring how an emotion recognition AI tracks whether you’re happy or sad. It will also reveal how companies use that data to influence your behavior. Do Not Draw a Penis Do Not Draw a Penis by Moniker in the Netherlands aims at addressing automated censorship and algorithmic content moderation. Moniker has also been awarded $50,000 as a prize. In Do Not Draw a Penis, users will have to visit a web page and will be met with a blank canvas. On that blank canvas, users can draw whatever they want, and an AI voice will comment on their drawings ( such as “nice landscape!”). However, in case the drawing resembles a penis or other explicit content, the AI will scold the user and destroy the image. A Week With Wanda A week with Wanda by Joe Hall from the UK will be a web-based simulation of risks and rewards attached to Artificial Intelligence. Hall has been awarded $25,000 as a prize. Wanda is an AI assistant that interacts with users over the course of one week to “improve” their lives. So, Wanda might send “uncouth” messages to Facebook friends or order you anti-depressants. It might even freeze your bank account, however, Wanda’s actions are simulated, not real. Survival of the Best Fit Survival of the Best Fit by Alia ElKattan in the United Arab Emirates is a web-based simulation of how blinding use of AI during the hiring process reinforces workplace inequality. ElKattan has been awarded $25000 as a prize. Survival of the Best Fit presents users with an algorithm to experience how white-sounding names are prioritized, among other related biases. The Training Commission The Training Commission is a web-based fiction by Ingrid Burrington and Brendan Byrne in the U.S. This team was awarded $25,000 as a prize. The Training Commission tells stories of AI’s unintended consequences and harms to public life. What Do You See? What do you see| by Suchana Seth from India highlights and explores how differently humans and algorithms “see” the same image, and how easily bias can kick in. Seth has been awarded $25,000 as a prize. What do you see involves humans having to visit a website and describe an image in their own words, without the help of prompts. Then, humans will see how an image captioning algorithm explaining the same image. Mate Me or Eat Me Mate Me or Eat Me is a dating simulator by Benjamin Berman in the U.S. Berman has also been awarded $25,000 as the prize. Mate Me or Eat Me examines how exclusionary real dating apps can be. Users will have to create a monster and mingle with others, swiping right and left to either mate with or eat others. Users are also presented with an insight on how their choice impacts who they see next as well as who all have been excluded from their pool of potential paramours. These seven awardees were selected depending on the quantitative scoring of their applications by a review committee. Committee members comprise the Mozilla staff, current, and alumni Mozilla Fellows, as well as the outside experts. Diversity in applicant background, past work, and medium were also considered during the selection process. For more information, read the official Mozilla Blog. Read Next Mozilla announces $3.5 million award for ‘Responsible Computer Science Challenge’ to encourage teaching ethical coding to CS graduates Is Mozilla the most progressive tech organization on the planet right now? To bring focus on the impact of tech on society, an education in humanities is just as important as STEM for budding engineers, says Mozilla co-founder
Tags: Drones, Gatwick Share By: The Associated Press Thursday, December 20, 2018 Travellers face chaos as drones shut London’s Gatwick airport LONDON – Tens of thousands of passengers were delayed, diverted or stuck on planes Thursday as the only runway at Britain’s Gatwick Airport remained closed into a second day after drones were spotted over the airfield.The airport south of London – Britain’s second-busiest by passenger numbers – closed its runway Wednesday evening after two drones were spotted.It reopened briefly at about 3 a.m. Thursday, but shut 45 minutes later after further sighting and remained closed at midday – 15 hours after the first sighting.Police said the “devices used are of an industrial specification,” an indication that the drones weren’t small, inexpensive machines. A police helicopter was hovering near the airfield as officers from two nearby forces hunted the drone operators.“The police advice is that it would be dangerous to seek to shoot the drone down because of what may happen to the stray bullets,” said Chris Woodroofe, Gatwick’s chief operating officer.Eurocontrol, an international organization devoted to air safety across Europe, said on its website that the airport was expected to stay shut until at least 1800 GMT (1 p.m. EST).Woodroofe said sightings of at least one drone were continuing, and “I cannot tell you what time we will reopen.”He said the vast majority of the 110,000 passengers due to pass through Gatwick on Thursday – one of the busiest travel days of the year – would experience disruption.All incoming and outgoing flights were suspended, and the airport’s two terminals were jammed with thousands of weary travellers, many of whom had spent the night on benches and floors.More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Police said the drone flights were a “deliberate act to disrupt the airport,” but that there were “absolutely no indications to suggest this is terror-related.”There were 20 police units from two forces searching for the elusive drone operator.Superintendent Justin Burtenshaw, of Sussex Police, said the search was daunting.“Each time we believe we get close to the operator, the drone disappears; when we look to reopen the airfield, the drone reappears,” he said.Burtenshaw said new and bigger drones have more reach, making it harder for police to locate the personal control the flying device.“It’s a difficult and challenging thing to locate them, but I’ve got teams now and I’ve got investigators looking at how we do that, and I’m confident we will,” he said.Gatwick, about 30 miles (45 kilometres) south of London, sees more than 43 million passengers a year to short and long-haul destinations and serves as a major hub for the budget carrier easyJet.Any problem at Gatwick causes a ripple effect throughout Britain and continental Europe, particularly during a holiday period when air traffic control systems are under strain.Passengers complained on Twitter that their Gatwick-bound flights had landed at London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and other cities.Luke McComiskie, who landed in Manchester – more than 160 miles (260 kilometres) from London _ said the situation “was just chaos, and they had only two coaches (buses) and taxis charging people 600 pounds ($760) to get to Gatwick.”Andri Kyprianou, from Cyprus, described “freezing” conditions for passengers who spent the night at Gatwick’s South Terminal. Her flight to Kyiv had been cancelled.More news: Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish Steps“I haven’t slept since yesterday morning. We are very tired. It’s freezing, we are cold, having to wear all of these coats for extra blankets,” she said.“There were pregnant women, one of them was sleeping on the floor. There were people with small babies in here overnight. We saw disabled people on chairs. There were young children sleeping on the floor.”Gatwick briefly closed its runway last year when a drone was spotted in the area. An errant drone also briefly led to the shutdown of Dubai International Airport in October 2016.Pilots have reported numerous near-misses with drones in recent years in Britain, and aviation authorities have warned there is a growing risk that a midair collision could cause a major disaster.Strong sales of small consumer drones have led to repeated warnings about a possible threat to commercial aviation.Britain has toughened its laws on drones, and flying one within 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) of an airport carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.But opposition politicians accused the government of failing to do enough, pointing out that a registration system with safety checks for drone operators wouldn’t take effect until November.Christopher Lister, whose flight from Kyiv, Ukraine, to Gatwick was diverted to Birmingham in central England, said the scale of the disruption was “a little bit scary.”“We feel grateful it’s not a worse story this morning about an aircraft (that has) come down,” he told the BBC. << Previous PostNext Post >>
December 11, 2017Here are most photos from the Symposium at Taliesin West: