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Ethiopia has blocked social media sites as new Oromo protests hit the country
Ethiopia has again blocked access to the internet in the wake of violent protests in the Oromo region and throughout the East African country, Abdi Latif Dahir reports for Quartz. "In Chelenko town in Oromia region, media reports noted the killing of 16 people aged between 15 and 60 years, including family members who were harvesting sorghum on a farm. The family was reportedly not aware of the initial demonstrations in a nearby village, where locals blamed the killing of a prominent member of the community by the controversial Somali special forces known as the Liyu. This was followed by heightened ethnic tension in campuses, where students were allegedly killed at the hands of security forces.

As such, from Dec. 12, internet users in Ethiopia started mentioning that they couldn’t access several social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Moses Karanja, a doctoral candidate at University of Toronto and researcher at the Citizen Lab, said network scans on the state-owned operator Ethio Telecom confirmed that the websites were inaccessible. The government has a monopoly over the provision of mobile and internet services, and users couldn’t access these sites without using virtual private networks."
otf  ethiopia  access  shutdown  social  blackout  africa 
2 days ago by dmcdev
Artificial intelligence and accessible theater for the deaf and blind - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News
This means that over two millions deaf and blind people in Spain can, for the first time in their lives, attend an important, high-quality musical such as this.
AI  civics  democracy  access 
2 days ago by edsonm
Accessing Google Scholar under Extreme Internet Censorship: A Legal Avenue (pdf) #research
In China, sometimes sites may be ok to access in terms of legality, but end up inaccessible regardless due to a sort of collateral censorship. Google Scholar is one such example, as it is blocked along with the rest of Google's services, and accessing such sites is "a critical problem," say a group of researchers from Chinese and American institutions. They explore how such sites are accessed, and propose a new technological solution to circumvent censors and access Google Scholar: ". In this paper, we conduct a case study on how scholars from a major university of China access Google Scholar through a variety of middleware. We characterize the common solutions (including VPN, Tor, and Shadowsocks) by measuring and analyzing their performance, overhead, and robustness to censorship. Guided by the study, we deploy a novel solution (called ScholarCloud) to help Chinese scholars access Google Scholar with high performance, ease of use, and low overhead. This work provides an insider’s view of China’s Internet censorship and offers a legal avenue for coexistence with censorship." - Zhen Lu, Zhenhua Li, and Jian Yang of Tsinghua University, Tianyin Xu of UCSD, Ennan Zhai of Yale University, Yao Liu of SUNY Binghamton, and Christo Wilson of Northeastern University
otf  china  access  google  googlescholar  circumvention  gfw  asia  research 
3 days ago by dmcdev
Russia Blocks Khodorkovsky's Open Russia Website
"Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor has added the website of the Open Russia political movement, founded by exiled oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, to its registry of blocked sites.

The pro-democracy NGO was blacklisted by Russia’s Prosecutor General in April as an “undesirable organization.” After a law passed in 2015, groups handed the label are immediately banned and its employees face prison terms.

'Their activities are aimed at inciting protests and destabilizing domestic political situation, presenting a threat to Russia's constitutional foundations and the security of the state,' the Prosecutor General said after Open Russia's blacklisting in April.

Open Russia responded to the news Tuesday saying the group could 'not be silenced.'" - Moscow Times. Read Mikhail Khodorkovsky's response to the shutdown here:
otf  russia  block  censorship  openrussia  access  Khodorkovsky 
3 days ago by dmcdev
LSUC to consider changes to contingency fees | Canadian Lawyer Mag
cap on contingency fees is currently off the table for the Law Society of Upper Canada.

The provincial regulator released a number of proposed changes to contingency fee rules Friday morning in an attempt to make the fees more transparent, fair and reasonable, but a cap was not among the recommendations.

The law society’s Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues working group had been looking at a possible cap on contingency fees, but it decided against it because of concerns it might deny some victims benefits and reduce claims in some cases.
pricing  ethics  regulation  access 
4 days ago by JordanFurlong
How to Implement Conditional Formatting in a Continuous Form in MS Access
In this article, we explain the steps for applying conditional formatting to a Continuous Form
Conditional  Formatting  Continuous  Form  MS  Access  values  corruption 
5 days ago by DataNumen
8 Tips to Make Best Use of Network Attached Storage (NAS) Devices
Network Attached Storage (NAS) is beneficial to users in multiple aspects, including file sharing, data backup, etc. Due to this fact, more and more users start to use it. In this article, we will list 8 tips to help users get the most out of it.
Auto  Backup  Downloads  NAS  Network  Attached  Storage  outlook  recovery  RAID  Remote  Access  Share  Data  Uninterruptible  Power  Supply 
6 days ago by DataNumen
How to Use Temporary Tables for Negotiating Non-Updatable Queries in MS Access
In this solution, we look at a non-programmatic way to deal with non-updatable queries in MS Access using Temporary tables
Non-Updatable  Queries  MS  Access  Temporary  tables  VBA  functions  corrupt  accdb 
6 days ago by DataNumen
The Rechtwijzer Rides Again | Law, Technology and Access to Justice
The new product goes by its Dutch name: It is produced by what is effectively a tech startup company, justice42 (that is justice for two – geddit? Plus, it turns out that the founders are familiar with the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy). Shareholders include the Belgian and Dutch social impact funds bankrolling the project and The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law which hold two  originally developed the Rechtwijzer. Enough funding has been provided for three to four years of development. The fund eventually want their money back but, even more, they want to see measurable social impact. The consequent target entails persuading 5 to 10 per cent of divorcing partners to use the platform.

Compared with most startups, justice42 is in a favourable position. It has inherited a project that has attracted international acclaim and high satisfaction ratings from its admittedly too few users. In its two years of operation, 2500 people used the old system, with 900 going all the way to divorce. Thus, there has been pretty good proof of concept. The Legal Aid Board, which was invested heavily in terms of both staff time and money, has been content to allow the new administration to administer the legal aid that subsidises low income users. Otherwise, the basic cost is 425 euros per party.

The website takes the user through the same stages from free intake and assessment to the production of an agreement for lawyer approval and then forwarding to a judge for the final court consent. You pay a fixed price for additional elements like arbitration and mediation. The new site only opened for business on 8 September and, rather charmingly, a board in the company’s offices is charting referrals on a daily basis. Some of the early trade came from those whose progress on the Rechtwijzer was interrupted by its demise. Already eight couples have made it to the end but the project has yet really to get into its stride.
odr  innovation  access  family 
6 days ago by JordanFurlong
How to Quickly Create a Macro Group in MS Access
In this article, we attempt at creating a Macro Group in MS Access instead of creating several standalone macros.
Macro  Group  MS  Access  macroname  Builder  corrupted  mdb 
7 days ago by DataNumen

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