1. From VIPPAL, an initiative of the Argentine think-tank CIPPEC.

    (Source: youtube.com)

  2. “A cinema that will unfreeze that icy and now constant experience of being addressed only as a social construct for the benefit of the market; a cinema where the tension between a world that is being illustrated and a world that is being illuminated can make us live again in that dream-state so necessary to our very breathing; a cinema, therefore, that will hurl itself against that current order of things, a cinema that is not a calling card for a career but a cinema that will march straight past this present Praetorian guard of cultural and commercial administrators and by so doing will deliver once again that wonderful surprise – that which is still possible.” – Marc Karlin 1943-1999

    — About Marc Karlin

  3. (via Werner Herzog’s favourite English footballers (excerpt from The Southbank Show) | marckarlin)

  4. AU Review: Your appearance in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 was interesting, in that you represented France and sang mainly in English and inhaled helium on stage. Looking back on that, how do you remember the time?
    Sebastien Tellier: It was fun to be in Serbia with a lot of crazy people. I never understood why Eurovision was so badly produced with all the money it costs. Anyway, weed is great in Serbia, so it was cool.

  5. From Islington’s The Bridge School.

    (Source: vimeo.com)

  6. La Agencia Antidrogas de los Estados Unidos (DEA) ha alertado este miércoles de que los cárteles del narcotráfico mexicanos están construyendo sus propios ‘drones‘ para trasladar droga al país, una tecnología que venían usando desde el año 2011 pero que ahora implementan los grupos criminales mediante la contratación de trabajadores experimentados.

    — Drugs gangs in Mexico start using drones…

  7. Replying to questions from the audience whether industrialists being allowed to own media companies would pose a danger to the functioning of the media business, [Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar] said: “Cross media ownership is being actively debated now. If that boils down to a game of 3-4 owners what happens to the state of media are some questions being raised. We will work extra time and walk the extra mile but come to decisions one these.”

    — Govt. planning to revamp DD, AIR: Javadekar - The Hindu

  8. (via The Washington Post)

    (via The Washington Post)

  9. China, supported by South Africa and others, brought a hostile oral amendment to the resolution, to include a further paragraph warning of the dangers the Internet poses for encouraging terrorism, extremism, racism, and religious intolerance. This would have introduced to agreed UN language a loophole for online censorship antithetical to the purpose of the resolution and international standards. Fortunately it was voted down by a resounding 28 votes to 15, with 4 abstentions.[1] “We are alarmed that established democracies, such as South Africa and even India, distanced themselves from consensus by supporting China’s attempt to justify State censorship” Hughes said. “The fundamental importance of open, critical and even controversial expression on the Internet is a universal value that applies in all societies. Today the HRC ultimately rejected attempts to condition the enjoyment of human rights on the Internet on ‘duties and responsibilities’ of Internet users. That is an important win, which the HRC must continue to build upon.”

    — UNHRC rejects attempts to dilute Internet freedoms · Article 19

  10. Enrique Peña Nieto fue el campeón de los bots (robots para crear mensajes) y derrochó recursos sin lograr revertir oleadas de opiniones en su contra; Andrés Manuel López Obrador con su página amlo.si acrecentó una comunidad fiel, pero le faltó tiempo para extenderla, y Josefina Vázquez Mota arrancó bien para después enredarse en los yerros de su campaña. Los investigadores Guillermo Pérezbolde, Eva Sander y Claudia Benassini ubican las fallas en que los candidatos dialogaron poco o nada con la población y reprodujeron las trampas de tierra comprando bots o escenificando artificiosas guerras tuiteras.

    — La Jornada: En las pasadas elecciones las redes sociales no fueron determinantes

  11. Bots — chunks of computer code that generate messages and replicate themselves — have been infecting political discourse around the world. They have been spotted try to influence elections in the United Kingdom, Mexico and just recently, South Korea. Politicians there have been using bots to torment their opponents, muddle political conversations, and misdirect debate. We need political leaders to pledge not to use them.

    — Let’s make candidates pledge not to use bots | The Great Debate

  12. The Media Talk podcast is just the latest orowdfunding project to celebrate success in recent months. Blogger Peter Jukes used crowdfunding to enable him to cover the eight-month hacking trial, raising more than £20,000 in total. In December, the editorial team behind a new computer magazine, Linux Voice, celebrated securing £90,000 investment on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform. And in March, via the same website, pro-independence website Wings Over Scotland crowdfunded £100,000 in the space of a couple of weeks.

    — Axed Guardian Media Talk podcast producer takes less than a month to gather year-long funding | Press Gazette

  13. In the 331-page book, we outline the background and overall vision for the Internet of Things and M2M communications and services, including major standards. We cover all relevant and key technologies including everything from sensors, actuators and devices used for instrumenting the physical world through sensor networks, wide area and cellular networks to the cloud-based infrastructures containing software to collect and process the vast amount of different data produced. We also describe how the data is the basis for deriving useful information and knowledge, and how to integrate that into enterprise processes. There are also a number of architecture activities ongoing, from ETSI M2M to more end-to-end architectures coming out as state-of-the-art from the research community, and we of course cover those as well.

    If you are looking for more technical details, these are standards that we cover and put into their right contexts: IEEE 802.15.4, 3GPP (GPRS, 3G, 4G), Bluetooth Low Energy/Smart, IETF 6LoWPAN, IETF CoAP, IETF RPL, Power Line Communication, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Sensor Web Enablement (SWE), ZigBee, 802.11, Broadband Forum TR-069, Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Device Management (DM), ETSI M2M, ISA100.11a, WirelessHART, M-BUS, Wireless M-BUS, KNX, RFID, Object Management Group (OMG) Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN).

    The enabling technologies we explain include: Embedded systems hardware and software, devices and gateways, capillary and M2M area networks, local and wide area networking, M2M Service Enablement, IoT data management and data warehousing, data analytics and big data, complex event processing and stream analytics, knowledge discovery and management, business process and enterprise integration, Software as a Service and cloud computing.

    Finally, we also describe a number of IoT use cases. As there are endless usages of IoT, we limited ourselves to the following: Asset Management like e-Maintenance; Industrial Automation; the Smart Grid including metering, smart houses, energy in a city perspective; Commercial Building Automation; Smart Cities; and lastly Participatory Sensing, also known as Urban Sensing which is a sort of crowdsourcing approach to Internet of Things.

    — Your comprehensive guide to the Internet of Things, a book by researchers at Ericsson Research

  14. The rapid global and regional uptake of smartphones has changed the way people communicate and use the internet. This will transform all other industries. A new phase of rapidly diversifying smartphone use has emerged, as consumers are increasingly able to personalize the content they access. Across society people are looking for mobile innovations to improve their everyday lives.

    Sub-Saharan mobile consumers use their devices throughout the day and in different locations and for a broad range of activities. The growing trend for anytime, anywhere access to services and features is a key driver of mobile broadband use in the region. In fact, mobile broadband is now the primary way that many Sub-Saharan consumers access the internet. 70 percent of mobile users in the countries researched in the region browse the web on their devices, in comparison to 6 percent who use desktop computers.

    As telecommunication technologies become a central part in the way
    businesses and society function, key stakeholders in the region such as government and network providers need to put resources in place that assist in dealing with consumer demand. More spectrum will need to be allocated to support networks, as their capacity is not growing as fast as the increase in data traffic.

    — Ericsson Mobility Report - Appendix on Sub-Saharan Africa

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