The president needs to stay out of this debate.The Internet and politics have always had an awkward relationship. There have been numerous attempts to bring the Internet into mainstream politics over the years, most of which have been unsuccessful. The main reason is that the Internet is not a static thing, but a model for how networks and computers can interconnect through voluntary collaboration. A key characteristic of this model is that it s decentralized, which means it doesn t have a central point of control that dictates how the Internet should evolve. There is no switch that one can turn on and off, and as soon as policymakers or regulators try to impose one they inevitably chip away at the Internet itself. This characteristic has always been its most powerful asset, and the reason it has been an infinite source of innovation and growth from the Web to ever evolving smart devices, homes, etc. This lack of central control is a feature of the Internet, not a bug
The decades long response to HIV AIDS fronted the following principles. First, dealing with epidemics requires placing the most marginalised and vulnerable at the forefront of any strategy. If their needs are met whether in the form of access to information and services, or respect for their bodily, social and economic integrity not only are their health outcomes more promising, but in all likelihood, the needs and health of others who are higher in the socio economic ladder will also be met through such a thoughtful approach.Shaping inclusive and nurturing health systems and social environments means that those delivering health are attuned to the realities of the vulnerable and marginalised, and can better serve their needs. It means fostering an environment of health and governance that those at the margins feel encouraged and safe to engage with. As a queer man who was vulnerable to HIV, I know how very distant a health system that shunned me and my ilk felt like in the 1990s. As a lawyer who has long worked on issues related to health, I saw how transformative it was to work with government bureaucrats, physicians, nurses, police, employers, and NGOs, who were open to conversations on sex, sexuality, illness and law, and how, over time, these dialogues fostered an enabling environment in the health sector, which began to reflect in policy, and in wider societal efforts to counter HIV.
Lion, tiger, peacock and pangolin are now off the menu after the municipal government in Wuhan announced this week that a new policy has come into effect banning breeding, hunting and consumption of wild animals. The new law will be in place for five years.Read:Inside the horrific, inhumane animal markets behind pandemics like coronavirus
The point behind the idea was simple. How could pornographic websites like Pornhub incite people to respect lockdown rules and stay indoors? Give them free porn By announcing its premium accounts would be free for 30 days, Pornhub aimed to encourage people to stay home in order to flatten the curve. And while that could have been true, many were quick to criticise the website s initiative and point out that it might just be another way to snag those recurring credit card payments and automatically bill users when the free trial is over.Although regular Pornhub users gladly accepted the offer and spread the word, right wingers were not as open minded. In the US, the Christian Broadcasting Network s (CBN) chief political analyst David Brody spoke to conservative Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a self described Christian conservative policy and lobbying organisation, about Pornhub s attempt to make its content free of charge.
On the face of it, the proposition requires little justification. The toll exacted by the war in Ukraine has been onerous, and whilst there has been no major fighting in five years, the economic and humanitarian burdens remain considerable, and the risk of wider conflict persists. Moreover, recrimination and pressure now characterise the relationship between Russia and those whom its leadership acidly calls our Western partners . In the political establishment, the most eminent figure determined to break the mould is France s president, Emmanuel Macron, who has spoken eloquently about the need to tie Russia and Europe back together .1 But examples of restlessness can also be found within the expert community, where some have turned the search for compromise into a duty bordering on obsession. The latest report of the International Crisis Group (ICG) is an elaborately even handed example of this genre.2 It is hardly incidental that Ukraine s not so experienced president, Volodymyr Zelensky, believes that ending the war with Russia is his most urgent task.More or less explicit in these approaches are three premises. The first is that the risks of compromise which must by definition entail some modification of Western (and Ukrainian) policy pose fewer dangers than the indefinite prolongation of the status quo. The second is that such a prolongation is not in Russia s interests. The third, which does not necessarily follow from the second, is that negotiation of a mutually beneficial compromise is within the bounds of realism. The second proposition is the key one, because Russia s interests are the fulcrum upon which these calculations turn. Unless Russia is willing to end the war on terms that others can accept, these approaches are most unlikely to produce the results intended.
Not entirely. While the PM did not give the details, he did specify that this calculation of Rs 20 lakh crore includes what the government has already announced and the steps taken by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). This means the total amount of additional money that is over and above what the government would have spent even in the absence of a Covid crisis will not be Rs 20 lakh crore. It would be substantially less.That s because the PM has included the actions of RBI, India s central bank, as part of the government s fiscal package, even though only the government controls the fiscal policy and not the RBI (which controls the monetary policy). Government expenditure and RBI s actions are neither the same nor can they be added in this manner. Nowhere in the world is this done, clarifies Prof NR Bhanumurthy of NIPFP.
Online education is not entirely novel in several universities, with courses already attached to digital learning modules. However, against the current backdrop, those digital platforms may soon become a permanent virtual reality, albeit in divergent formats. Apex bodies like the University Grants Commission, and managements and private bodies across the country, have been seeking for a long time to introduce online learning platforms and stabilise their operation; the Covid 19 lockdown is definitely an opportunity for them.In India, where policymaking is a monopoly of management and economics experts, the social costs involved in introducing new technologies are often overlooked. Innovative technology is a necessity to realise our developmental ambitions. However, a blind endorsement of technology may further aggravate existing social inequalities. One recent example, out of many, is the instance of starvation deaths in states like Jharkhand when ration cards were linked to the new biometric identity system called Aadhaar.
Clothing and nudity has always been a controversial topic for Twitch.tv, with its policies and Terms of Service (TOS) acting as strict rules to follow, lest a streamer wants their account to be banned or reported. However, the website''s Nudity Policy has always been unfair to certain groups of streamers, especially as it''s unforgiving of different body types and mostly targeted at clothing. Furthermore, the Nudity and Attire policy has long lacked clarity regarding what is OK to wear in streams but a revision to Twitch''s TOS aims to change that.With the revision, Twitch hopes to lessen the gender disparity in its Nudity and Attire Policy, as well as lessen confusion and create a fairer streaming platform for all. This is a positive step forward to make the platform safer, more professional, and fair for streamers and viewers especially younger viewers. The platform also promises to keep revising the policy as needed for its ever growing community.
Google and Facebook have told most employees to keep working from home for the rest of the year as part of a response by the tech giants to the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Chief executive Sundar Pichai told Google staff at an all hands meeting that its remote work policy will be extended until 2021, the Silicon Valley giant confirmed Friday. Any return to offices was expected to be incremental and staggered, according to the company.The news came along with US media reports that Facebook is also letting workers tend to their jobs remotely for the rest of this year.
The road transport and highways minister also said that his ministry has fixed a target to build highways worth Rs 15 lakh crore in the next two years."The scrapping policy will be finalised soon. It is going to boost the industry. It is going to reduce the production cost. Yesterday also, I had a discussion with the Secretary and we will make it as early as possible," Gadkari said in a video conference with the members of SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) Institute over impact of Covid 19 on the automobile sector.