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    1. Solve Reader Problems with Better Book Descriptions (for Non-Fiction)

      How to draft book description?

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    1. RSF is concerned by the appointment of Eddie Cheung as the head of Radio Television Hong Kong

      RSF dissaproves the decision Eddie Cheung’s appointment as the head of Radio Televison Hong Kong (RTHK). He was a former territory’s representative to the European Union, known for his involvement in a smear campaign against international media. He is filling the role of another political commissar, Patrick Li, who was also a bureaucrat without previous media experience, with a strong pro-Beijing commitment.

      While serving as the Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the EU, he signed about 58 public letters in which he accused some of major European media of ‘unfounded allegations’ on Hong Kong’s policies.

      RSF revealed the systematic censorship and information control by the Chinese regime in Mainland China and Hong Kong in their report titled The Great Leap Backwards of Journalism in China. The analysis showed that these actions pose a great threat to press freedom and democracy on a global level.

      While once being an example of well implemented press freedom, Hong Kong had a downfall from 80th in 2021 to 148th this year according to the RSF World Press Freedom Index.

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    1. Finland parliament’s website hit by DDoS launched by Russian hackers

      Yesterday, the external websites of the Finnish parliament were inaccessible for a couple of hours due to a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack launched by pro-Russian hackers. They explained the reason for this attack as a response to Finland’s aspiration towards joining NATO. This hacker group called NoName057(16) took the responsibility for the attack on their Telegram channel.

      In the post, the hackers said that ‘We decided to pay a ‘friendly’ visit to neighboring Finland, whose authorities are so eager to join NATO.’ The DDoS attack happened on the same day US president Joe Biden signed ratification documents regarding Washington’s support for Finland and Sweden joining NATO.

      The Finnish parliament replied to this event with this statement: ‘A denial-of-service attack is directed against the Parliament’s external websites. […] The Parliament takes steps to limit the attack together with service providers and the Cybersecurity Center.’

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    1. ||minam||||viktormATdiplomacy.edu|| Ovo je dobar tekst o psihologiji 'cover page'. Objasnjava dinamiku strane, fontove, nacin citanja, itd.

      Pozdrav, Jovan

    2. But a good rule of thumb is to mimic the eye movement of reading. Because your cover can be the primer for the experience you want your will-be reader to have.

      eye movement.

    3. the non-fiction covers that perform best are nearly always simple in design, with all of the reader’s attention focused on the title and subtitle.

      We have to clearly communiate title and sbutitle.

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    1. Since the fall of Kabul Afghanistan suffers from a serious lack of press freedom and women journalists are impacted the most

      Since the fall of Kabul and the creation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the impact on media is unquestionable. During the past year, journalism in Afghanistan has been decimated. RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire emphasizes: ‘Media and journalists are being subjected to iniquitous regulations that restrict media freedom and open the way to repression and persecution. The authorities must undertake to end the violence and harassment inflicted on media workers, and must allow them to do their job unmolested.’

      When it comes to the slaughtering of press freedom in Afghanistan, women journalists are subjected to it the most. According to RSF’s survey, in the past year, they disappeared in 11 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. Out of 2,756 women journalists and media workers who were employed in 2021, only 656 are working today. This downfall resulted in the percentage of 76.19% of women journalists who are no longer working in their homeland. Statistically, 84.6% of female media workers are working in the Kabul region, while recently women TV presenters were being made to cover their faces while presenting on camera. The excuses for harassing female workers are primarily accusations of ‘immorality or conduct contrary to society’s values.’

      The overall statistical report on press freedom in Afghanistan shows that both men and women have lost their jobs since the regime change. 7098 journalists are no longer employed which includes 54.52% of men. The number of media outlets also dropped, with 39.59% of them lost.

      This media situation is a reflection of Taliban governance, with the impact of the draconian regulations and the inability to respect Afghanistan’s press freedom law.

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    1. RSF warns of violence against Iraqi reporters during protests

      Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is warning of and condemning the harassing of opposition media in Iraqi Kurdistan. RSF’s Middle East desk said that the brutality against journalists shows a complete refusal for toleration of political pluralism and a desire to suppress this popular protest.

      The violence is used as a tool for dispersing not only protesters, but also the journalists who cover it. RSF has gained the information from Metro Center, an NGO that defends journalists’ rights in Iraqi Kurdistan, that there are a total of 78 violations against 60 journalists, including searching, detaintment, prevention from covering protests, and equipment confiscation.

      These protests are called by the New Generation leader, Shaswar Abdalwahid in order to demand elections and to denounce “corruption, poverty and unemployment.” Consequently, out of the 26 journalists who were detained shortly, at least ten work for NRT, a TV channel owned by Abdalwahid.

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    1. Diplomats are also managers but they are rarely trained in management skills.

      Junior diplomats have often to manage local staff. Heads of missions have to manage complete mission from human resources to financial issues.

      This article reflects on unique role of Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) which has to manage diplomatic mission. This role becomes particularly complex and, often, difficult is the head of mission is political appointee as it is often the case in the US diplomacy.

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    1. From securing semi-conductor supply chains to regulating data flows, techno-nationalism is on the political agenda of western democracies and eastern nations alike. Over the next two years as the government seeks to put in place a comprehensive digital regulatory framework governing data, privacy, apps and algorithms, engaging the first digital generation of new voters on techno-nationalism will be crucial at every step.

      A good summary of digital governance.

    2. While China requires licences for online games by a dedicated gaming regulator, Indonesia requires formal registration to be compliant with local laws governing what are called “private electronic systems”.

      It is a very interesting regulatory system.

    3. We are already witnessing a wave of regulatory moves from Indonesia on not just controlling online gaming apps and services but also actively promoting indigenously developed gaming apps.

      More and more developments around online gaming.

    4. that online gaming has nearly five times the number of users relative to those using the internet for online education.

      More use of online gaming than online education.

    5. withdrawing the earlier proposed Personal Data Protection Bill,

      What is the status of this Bill?

    1. A new U.S. Strategy Towards Sub-Saharan Africa outlines the US priorities in the growing competition for Africa with, in particular, China.

      Digitalisation plays an important role as an 'accelerator' of sustainable development.

      The U.S. strategy focuses on a few issues on digital ecosystem aimed at building open, reliable, Interoperable, and secure Internet.

      • digitalisation of financial services and records;
      • building infrastructure: undersea cables, expanding of a number of data centres.
      • investing in digital business in Africa
      • cole for Open RAN technology for telecom infrastructure relates to Huawei monopoly and proprietary technology
      • digital democracy and fight against digital authoritarianism
      • fight against disinformation and gender-based online harassment
      • establish standards for responsible conduct in cyberspace.
      • building skills and knowledge through training and courses in science, technology, engineering, and math.
    2. digital democracy programming, defend against digital authoritarianism, fight back against disinformation, combat gender-based online harassment and abuse, and establish standards for responsible conduct in cyberspace

      Focus issues to be covered.

    3. while advocating for open technology platforms like Open RAN t

      What about open code approach on other technologies such as website, etc.

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  2. Aug 2022
    1. Belarusian journalists face threats in a repressive regime

      Since Alexander Lukashenko’s controversial reelection in August 2020, Belarusian journalists have faced various threats, which forced them to adapt in order not to be silenced.

      RSF’s partner, the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), noted that around 400 journalists have fled to neighboring countries, such as Poland, Ukraine, and Lithuania. The ones who stayed in their homeland, face difficulties on a regular basis, using the encrypting messaging app Telegram as a main tool.

      Starting from 2020 the Belarusian authorities have changed certain laws to the extent of legally infringing freedom of the press. Living in this atmosphere, Belarusian journalists have been the subjects of around 500 arrests, fines, censorship, threats, searches, prison sentences, mistreatment, torture, and reprisals against loved ones, as RSF states. Even exiled journalists live in fear of being kidnapped, thus deciding to work anonymously.

      RSF is giving Belarus 153rd place out of 180 countries in their 2022 World Press Freedom Index.

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    1. ||JovanNj|| kakav izgleda ovaj sistem za crtanje

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    1. Weareinaglobalcontestforademocraticfutureinwhichwecanallusetechnologytoreachourfullpotentialandagainstanauthoritarianfutureinwhichtechnologyisharnessedtorepressfreeexpressionanddestabilizeopen,democraticsocieties

      Value-centered digitaliaiton

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    1. Why your meetings are a waste of time

      Why your meetings are a waste of time?

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    1. RSF welcomes a series of presidential pardons in Egypt with the warning about more than 20 journalists are still detained

      RSF is praising the release of seven prisoners in Egypt at the end of last month. Nevertheless, these releases come as a government’s part of a five-year ‘National Strategy for Human Rights’ started in September 2021. Its aim is to promote reforms that should result in an increase of freedoms for Egyptians, including press freedom. The United States is donating Egypt $1.3 billion in military aid each year and another $130 million is conditioned on respect and implementation of human rights, thus encouraging the Egyptian government to give presidential pardons.

      RSF notes that despite these releases, around 20 journalists are still in jail. Some of them are the bloggers “Mohamed Oxygen” and Alaa Abdel Fattah, a freelance photographer Alia Awad, and four Al Jazeera journalists – Rabie El-Sheikh, Ahmed El-Nagdy, Bahaa Ed-Din Ibrahim, and Hesham Abdel Aziz. Fattah and several of his fellow detainees were even considering ‘group suicide’ as they were not on the list of pardoned prisoners.

      Al-Manassa, an independent Egyptian news website, has been inaccessible in Egypt since last month, while more than 500 other websites have been blocked from online access since 2017, which includes the RSF.

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    1. Five years since the launching of the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

      Five years ago, on this day, the United States have launched the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a joint project of the Press Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

      In six years of documentation, this database for press freedom violations in the United States has documented nearly 1000 assaults of journalists and 300 arrests od detainments, above 50 border stops and 250 reports of damaged equipment. More than 100 analyses regarding press freedom issues were published.

      This year, the site went through a major redesign. It has new data visualization capabilities and increased speeds for downloading data. The Traker gives both live view of aggression against the media while capturing trends over time. That is how the Tracker can give information that by the time the former president Trump was banned from Twitter, he posted 2520 tweets degrading journalists and the media.

      With Tracker as a press freedom watchdog, state of press freedom in the U.S. will be monitored and served more easily in the future.

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    1. Iraqi journalists were attacked by security while covering Baghdad protests

      On July 30, three journalists who work for the privately owned Al-Mayadeen news broadcaster were attacked and injured during protests in Baghdad’sn Green Zone by supporters of Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, according to Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) information.

      Flash-bang grenades were thrown by the security forces and they hit Al-Mayadeen’s videographer Zaid Khaled Jomaa and Baghdad bureau chief and reporter Abdulah Badran. The third victim of the attacks was videographer Abdullah Saad who was shoved to the ground by riot police officers, being left with injured leg and ankle.

      CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa senior researcher, Justin Shilad, alarms that Iraqi authorities must protect journalists that are covering protest and allow them to report about political situation in Iraq freely and safely. He also noted that Iraqi journalists are doing essential work in life threatening circumstances in order to inform the public, thus authorities need to provide them work without fear.

      CPJ has received information that the three journalists often face risks when they report and Iraqi security forces regularly fail to differentiate protesters from journalists. The Iraqi Ministry of Interior had no comment on CPJ’s email.

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    1. The island's air defense identification zone was actually the brainchild of the United States,

      A concept of establishing air defense identification zone is not based in international law. If it is used worldwide it may become international customary law. Usually customary law is either codified in formal treaty (e.g. protocol to the UNCLOS) or formalised by the advisory opinion or legal judgement of International Court of Justice in the Hague.

    2. they are unilaterally declared buffer areas that extend beyond territorial airspace

      Exactly, it is not matter of international law.

    3. China disregard international law norms left and right for decades

      Unfortunately, many other countries are doing the same. The main problem, in my view, is that by undermining the Law of the Sea could have far-reaching consequences for free navigation, trade and essentially legal pillar of our era that dates back far in the history.

    4. the five permanent members of the Security Council, including both China and the United States, have veto power, so they can block any UN attempt to enforce international law.

      It is true as we can see now in Ukraine as well where principle of territorial integrity is breached in Russia or what was the case with Kosovo in 1999.

      Here is important to make a distinction. The fact that the law is not enforced does not mean that actions is not illegal. Killing another person is illegal even if the killer is not arrested and sentenced.

      This analogy with criminal law is partial as in this case it is not a problem of finding 'killer'.

      But, apart from this weakness in analogy, the principle remain that when legal rule is breached it is illegal action even when it is not possible to enforce this rule.

    5. "It would run against international law, but international law is flimsy and open to the interpretation of every country that decides whether or not they want to follow it or enforce it,"

      It is true. Might is right as we are seeing in Ukraine for example. But, it does not mean that this, unfortunately, failure of international law, should be used to undermine logic that exists.

      It is particularly tricky in the field of law of the sea which has long legal tradition starting with Hugo Grotius Mare Liberum published back in 1609. The Law of the sea is much older than modern international law.

    6. convention

      It is more curtesy than convention.

    7. "The reality is Taiwan exists. Taiwan is autonomous. It is effectively independent of any other country. It elects its own government, collects its own taxes, defends its own borders. So for all intents and purposes, Taiwan is a country,"

      It is policy argument describing the situation. But it is not legal one.

    8. most of the world treated Taiwan as if it were an independent country

      What does it mean legally? There could be one basis for this argument. It is that countries that 'treated' Taiwan as independent country have been doing it with the understanding that Taiwan is independent country legally. They used 'opinion iuris' which is key part of international customary law. In addition, the practice has to be uniform in order to become law. It is not in the case. Thus, it is difficult to find basis in international law for applying rules on territorial waters.

    9. China is a signatory to UNCLOS, signing on December 10, 1982, and ratifying it in 1996. Taiwan is not.

      it should not be a problem since UNCLOS is considered to be codification of customary law. The rule of 12 nautical miles is established in customary law and already codified by pre-UNCLOS conventions on the law of the sea from 1958.

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    1. the Versailles Declaration

      Consult annotated text of the Versailles Declaration.

    2. Roadmap for Digital Cooperation
    3. he UN Secretary-General’s “Our Common Agenda” report,
    4. hybrid
    5. cyber
    6. the EU Cybersecurity Strategy
    7. he Strategic Compass

      Read official document on the Strategic Compass.

    8. the “2030 Digital Compass: the European Way for the Digital Decade”

      Read official document of 2030 Digital Compass.

    9. Lisbon Declaration on Digital Democracy with a Purpose

      You can learn more about Lisbon Declaration.

    10. Berlin Declaration on Digital Society and Value-based Digital Government

      You can learn more on Berlin Declaration.

    11. the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment
    12. he European Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles for the Digital Decade,

      You can read more about the European Declaration.

    13. EU-LAC Digital Alliance
    14. the Republic of Korea

      Read more about the process towards digital partnership between EU and South Korea.

    15. Singapore

      Read more about the process towards digital partnership between EU and Singapore.

    16. the Digital Partnership with Japan

      Consult the text on the EU-Japan Digital Parntership.

    17. the Digital Agenda for Western Balkans,
    18. trategic Partnership with the Gulf
    19. the EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council,

      Read more about the Pittsburg Statement.

    20. the Joint Declaration by the EU and Indo-Pacific countries on privacy and the protection of digital data
    21. he New Agenda for the Mediterranean
    22. the EU-India Trade and Technology Council,

      You can read press release on the occassion of the launch of the EU-India Trade and Technology Council.

    23. hejoint commitment to digital transformation in the EU-Africa Joint Vision for 2030,

      Read more here

    24. Global Digital Compac
    25. he Global Gateway strategy,
    26. The EU's Council Conclusions, which were published on 18 July, introduce a holistic approach in digital diplomacy. This is a significant shift away from cybersecurity being the main focus for the European External Action Service (EEAS) for a long period.

      The EEAS includes standardisation, human rights, as well as other digital policy topics, in its holistic approach. The Council's Conclusions integrate both the EU's internal and external digital policies and establish links between green diplomacy and cyber diplomacy.

      However, the Council Conclusions maintain a confusing situation in relation to the organisation and management of the EU’s digital diplomacy. Council's conclusions mention Cyber Diplomacy Networks and Digital Diplomacy Networks as the two main implementation tools of EU's Digital Diplomacy.

      The dual approach of Cyber (mainly security) as well as Digital (other elements of digital foreign policies) should be reconciled using one organisational structure as it has been done by the United States among other actors.

      The Council Conclusions of EU are technology neutral. Except for two paragraphs dealing with data, the Council Conclusions do not mention AI, Blockchain, Metaverse, or any other specific technologies.

      The conclusion barely mentions the digital economy and trade. The conclusion is timid about mentioning openness and digital commons, which are important pillars of its digitalization efforts.

      Most surprising, however, is the absence of a single reference to the Internet Governance Forum.

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    1. A digital compass for 2030: Europe marking the digital decade

      Text of a digital compass for 2030

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    1. Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment

      Text of Tallinn Declaration

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    1. The European Union and the Republic of Korea advance their strategic partnership at annual Joint Committee meeting

      The process towards building digital partnership between EU and South Korea.

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    1. Section 2.  Pittsburgh outcomes

      Main outcomes of the Pittsburgh inaugural meeting of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council.

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    1. Several Taiwanese government websites hit with cyberattack on the eve of Pelosi’s visit

      A couple of hours before U.S. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi was expected to visit Taiwan, several Taiwanese government websites were down.

      This cyberattack was reported shortly before Pelosi’s plan to visit Taiwan, with its controversial relations with China, claiming it as its own. Therefore, the Chinese government threatened to act if the visit happens.

      On Tuesday evening, the official websites of Taiwan’s government and its presidential office were blocked from use. It was confirmed by the office spokesperson that the president’s site was hit by an overseas malware attack. It was restored after 20 minutes.

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    1. Man with rifle arrested near Iranian-American journalist’s home

      An Iranian-American journalist and women's rights activist, Masih Alinejad, was a potential target to a man who was found near her home in New York with a loaded rifle. Fortunately, he was arrested and Alinejad expressed her shock to learn what happened.

      She is known for promoting videos of women violating Iran’s head covering law to her millions of social media followers. It was said that the same journalist was a target of a Tehran-backed kidnapping plot last year. What she had to say about this to Reuters was: ‘What the Iranian regime did, first trying to kidnap me and now sending someone here trying to kill me, it's a pattern. It's a continuation of their way of oppressing dissidents inside and outside Iran...I'm not scared of them and I'm going to continue my fight against gender apartheid. Because I didn't do anything wrong, I'm not a criminal, my crime is just giving voice to voiceless people.’

      Tehran has dismissed all allegations of involvement in the kidnapping.

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    1. UNICEF’s new analysis: ‘Protecting Children in Cyberconflicts’

      In this rapid analysis, UNICEF made 5 important questions: How are AI technologies and the use of cyber operations changing the nature of conflict? Who are the actors in cyberconflict? What types of risks do offensive cyber operations pose to children? What legal and other provisions exist to protect children from harm caused by cyberconflict and where are the gaps? What should organizations working for and with children do to strengthen protections in cyberconflict? The ones we will focus on in this update are the last three questions. Firstly, it is important to focus on question number 3 - What types of risks do offensive cyber operations pose to children? As UNICEF experts highlighted the most important ones are:

      Behavioral surveillance, profiling, and targeting of children during conflict operations. Behavioral engineering as a potential pathway to child recruitment into and use by armed forces and non-state armed groups. Information operations and their impact on children. Health and biotech sectors. Education sector (‘Large-scale, multi-vector attacks could increasingly infect myriad layers of schools’ digital systems…’). Critical industrial control systems in urban environments. Cyber threats to humanitarian datasets and services critical to child well-being and protection.

      Question number 4 focuses on - What legal and other provisions exist to protect children from harm caused by cyberconflict and where are the gaps? UNICEF notes that attributing responsibility for child rights violations while protecting sensitive information from digital manipulation and theft is crucial. ‘Many analysts would argue that the combination of IHL, international criminal law, human rights law, and child rights law are adequate to address the emerging issues posed by cyberconflict and the technology it involves. Nevertheless, several key challenges persist.’

      Question number 5 - What should organizations working for and with children do to strengthen protection in cyberconflict? It is necessary to engage with normative policy development processes. UNICEF sees OEWG (Open-Ended Working Group) as an important platform for dialogue for States to develop norms to strengthen children's rights protection from cyber attacks. It is important to further strengthen understanding of the potential risks to children of cyberconflict as well. What also is an obligation of States is the reinforcement of normative and legal frameworks to strengthen child protection during cyberconflict and translating them into action. The last two that were mentioned were the strengthening of monitoring and investigation mechanisms and defining corporate responsibility in cyberconflict.

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    1. Digital Economy and Society Index 2022: overall progress but digital skills, SMEs and 5G networks lag behind

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      This is the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) mentioned in the EU Digital Decade policy programme. The EU has announced the results for 2022's DESI performance.

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    1. Australian reporter left Afghanistan after Taliban forced her to withdraw reports on forced marriages

      Lynne O’Donnell, an Australian journalist for Foreign Policy Magazine, said this week that the Taliban threatened to put her in jail if she did not withdraw stories criticizing the organization.

      She spent several years in Afghanistan as a resident correspondent before the U.S. retreated her from the country last year. She then returned within the last week to report on the Taliban practices of forced marriages with teenage girls.

      After writing some tweets and articles about the topic, Taliban officials started to pressure O’Donnell, influencing what she wrote. She stated that the tweets written on Tuesday were made by the Taliban: ‘l apologize for 3 or 4 reports written by me accusing the present authorities of forcefully marrying teenage girls and using teenage girls as sexual slaves by Taliban commanders. This was a premeditated attempt at character assassination and an affront to Afghan culture.’

      The concerned journalist left Afghanistan after these happenings, claiming it was inevitable: “If I did not, they said, they’d send me to jail. At one point, they surrounded me and demanded I accompany them to prison. Throughout, a man with a gun was never far away.”

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    1. to what extent regional actors have retained their passion for showdown, revenge or expansion.

      it is good news. There is no passion for fighting any more in the Balkans.

      Namely, there are less and less young people in the Balkans. Millions left the Balkans to Germany, Ireland and Western Europe.

      Countries are run as local feuds by corrupted elites. 'Export' of young people is ideal solution for them since they benefit for remittance up to 20% of GDP. In addition, there is no energy for protest against them as a more vibrant part of society is abroad. In addition, there is no problem of unemployment.

      Paradoxically, exactly this new 'business model' could be the reason for optimism in the Balkans. But, it is always tricky to be optimistic in the Balkans!

      ||Jovan||

    2. As a result, there is no reason to expect Moscow's assistance in resolving the situation (be it Kosovo or Bosnia). Right now, the West's favorite practice of "selective interaction" (we work together with Russia where we need it, we refuse to engage on other issues) can no longer be applied. There will be no cooperation: Russia and the West will be on opposite sides of the barricades everywhere, no matter the issue at hand. We are in a systemic cold war. And this reality can greatly influence what will happen in the Balkans.

      This is probably the key arguemnt.

    3. It cannot promise membership, and more precisely – even if such a pledge were made, it doesn’t guarantee anything.

      The carrot is missing. Stick may not work anymore.

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    1. Title: Data centres need more space in Frankfurt

      Frankfurt is the major European data hub, with more than 60 data centres covering 64 hectares.

      One of the main reasons for this high concentration of data centres is the proximity of the main Internet exchange hub in Frankfurt, which processes most of the European internet traffic.

      Fast expansion of data hubs triggered reaction of local authorities. In the new urbanist plan, they would like to restrict space for data centres. As you can see from the enclosed article, this proposal triggered a reaction from the German Datacenter Association arguing, among others, that the restriction for the growth of data centres could endanger digitalisation processes in Germany.

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  3. Jul 2022
    1. Internet business model based on advertising is under the strain after 'golden' time during the shift to online at pandemics time. In 2021, online advertising growth was 38% compared to average growth of 21%.

      There are the following reasons why online advertising growth won't continue:

      • online advertising is becoming mature industry with saturated offer.
      • growing pressure on privacy and data protection reduces use of tools for targeted advergising.
      • Apple's change to the privacy setting on Iphones that prevents tracing of effect of advertising compaign affected many companies. For example it reduced Meta/Facebook annual revenue for $20 billion (8%).

      Meta/Facebook and smaller companies are most affected by slow down in online advartising. Google is doing well as it builds advertising around search engine, more traditional approach to online advertising.

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    1. Ultimately an open standard prevailed, the Internet Protocol, because a common format created a bigger market.

      It is not true that market led towards adoption of TCP/IP.

    2. The word was coined in 1992 by Neal Stephenson in his novel “Snow Crash”. Mr Ball traces the concept of a parallel, synthetic reality back to “Pygmalion’s Spectacles”, a short story of 1935 by Stanley Weinbaum, and later tales by Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov and William Gibson. Strikingly, all their synthetic worlds are dystopias—a detail modern tech bosses have failed to notice, or chosen to ignore.

      Origins of metavrse are distopian

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    1. This is in-depth analysis of Putin's role, including control of society, framing of narratives, etc.

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    1. Here is an interesting interview with the head of AI at SalesForce. I compare with our efforts.

      A good and solid data is essential. We are getting good data via two main sources:

      • structured data organised via geography (countries). Later on we can introduce time component. In this way we will have two main determinants for any phenomenon: space and time.
      • semi- and un-structured data: textus annotations

      He also higlightes the question of classification which we have ready with taxonomies. There is also an importance of conversation where we are also doing well via Textus and event analysis.

      All in all, we seem to be on the right track to having well-designed AI system.

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    2. t’s a little bit more self-explanatory,because we’re also introducing a template system.

      We need to put more efforts in user interface.

    3. f I use the DMV’s chatbotand say, “I lost my license” and it says, “Fill out this form and you’ll geta replacement,” well, that’s what I was asking for.

      Important to avoid these type of answers.

    4. if you don’t have the data, then you have a problem.

      we have data.

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    1. The enormous economic power of tech companies that threatens market competition triggered the US Congress initaitive on the American Innovation and Choice Online Act. This act is proposed in bi-partisan mode, but it does not enjoy, yet, overwhelming support.

      The Act is championed by Senator Amy Kobuchar from the Democratic Party.

      The main provision of the proposed act is that online platforms with more than 50 million monthly active users or 100,000 U.S.-based monthly active users would be blocked from putting their products and services ahead of a different business if it materially harms competition.

      In this respect, the Act aims to 'mimic' approach from the EU's Digital Market Act.

      The voting on this Act will be also test of the power of tech companies to block the US Congres legislation that may harm their interests.

    2. the American Innovation and Choice Online Act.

      There is a new act in the US aimed at tech companies.

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    1. New pressure on EU development funding for Africa due to the cost of the Ukraine war

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    1. Title: DeepMind uses AI to predict the structure of almost all proteins. Text: DeepMind, in partnership with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute, has released predicted structures for nearly all catalogued proteins known to science. The announcement comes a year after the two partners released and open-sourced AlphaFold – an artificial intelligence (AI) system used to predict the 3D structure of a protein – and created the AlphaFold Protein Structure Database to share this scientific knowledge with the researchers. The database now contains over 200 million predicted protein structures, covering plants, bacteria, animals, and other organisms. It is expected to help researchers advance work on issues such as neglected diseases, food insecurity, and sustainability.

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