Facebook’s oversight board is an important first step, but questions abound

first_imgWith more than 2 billion Facebook users worldwide, selecting a board that reflects the globe’s diversity will be a challenging feat. The board is expected to be composed of up to 40 experts, free from commercial influence, who specialize in human rights, technology, and journalism, among others. They will be charged with solving difficult calls pertaining to harassment, incitement to violence and how to rein in misinformation while respecting freedom of expression. News Organisation JOSH EDELSON / AFP Receive email alerts RSF_en February 1, 2019 Facebook’s oversight board is an important first step, but questions abound Follow the news on United States A challenging task News United StatesAmericas Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence InternetFreedom of expression Finally, one wonders what will happen to the millions of significant but low profile cases of contested content removal? This is something RSF has been dealing with in recent years as it relates to journalists, cartoonists and citizen bloggers across the world. Will this oversight effort ultimately promote greater checks and balances throughout Facebook’s content moderation policies? “We feel this is an important first step, however, many essential questions remain. Much about the mechanics of this body needs to be specified. We need guarantees of real independence, as well as decision-making that conforms to international legal standards for freedom of speech,” said RSF San Francisco office director Sabine Dolan. to go further Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence InternetFreedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) takes notes of Facebook’s plans for an oversight board tasked with reviewing tough content moderation issues from around the world. Announced last November, Facebook this week unveiled the draft of the charter but essential, and problematic, questions remain. What about content removed because it does not conform to Facebook’s community standards, even if it conforms to the law?  From that angle, Facebook community standards take precedence over the law and international standards of freedom of expression. Newscenter_img WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists The draft seems to indicate that content removed because of non-conformity to a national law could not be reintroduced by the board, even if it adhered to Facebook’s community standards. News June 7, 2021 Find out more According to the draft, the board would operate within the framework of Facebook’s community standards, Facebook norms would therefore be applied. But for now, the charter draft published by Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and communications, Nick Clegg, raises more important questions than it answers. How will the cases presented to the board be selected? How will the independence of its members be guaranteed? How to guarantee transparency in the decision-making process? And how to ensure the coherent jurisprudence of this board? It’s unclear who will speak on behalf of conformity to the law.  Would it suffice for an authoritarian government, for example, to state that content is contrary to its law, for content to be removed, without the board being able to have a say against this decision? Here’s hoping for greater transparency and accountability; RSF will be following progress closely. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say The world’s largest social media platform says it will spend the next six months addressing these difficult questions, with the help of feedback from workshops held in Singapore, Delhi, Nairobi, Berlin, New York, Mexico City and other cities, along with submitted proposals. Troubling unanswered questions Furthermore, without more precision, national laws seem to take precedence no matter what — the board cannot decide against a national law, be it in a totalitarian regime or a democratic state. Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says June 3, 2021 Find out more The draft charter also indicates that Facebook would preserve the final say. If the board makes a decision that is not “consistent” with its own case law, the company could decide to not take it into account, as suggested in the draft charter’s question 11: “Facebook is ultimately responsible for making decisions related to policy, operations and enforcement.” The creation of an institution designed to tackle Facebook’s most challenging and contested cases marks an important step forward for the company, but it’s insufficient. Here are a few preliminary points from the draft charter that caught RSF’s attention: April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Mayor Kiely could be in hat for second term

first_imgPrint “I’m not ruling anything in or out” was Mayor Kevin Kiely’s comment this Wednesday on political speculation that he will be seeking the mayoralty for a second successive term.He is already on record as saying he requires a second year to fulfil his programme of goals.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to insiders, however, he is keen to further his political career, with his sights possibly set on entering Leinster House as a TD for Limerick East.A source inside the Fine Gael party told the Limerick Post that he believes that the holder of the office could seek the support of councillors outside his own party to give him sufficient votes for a second term in office.It has been hinted that Cllr Jim Long, a close friend, could lend his support, but such a scenario is deemed unlikely.Predicted one source: “Kevin Kiely will go on his own – that way he will have something for everyone in the audience – he will have the next mayoralty for himself and three further mayoralties for his supporters, as well as four deputy mayorship to offer for the remainder of this council”.On Wednesday morning, Cllr Marie Byrne told the Limerick Post she was unanimously endorsed by her FG colleagues some weeks ago.“I haven’t heard anything to the contrary,” she said.Stating that he will be nominating Cllr Byrne for the mayoralty, Cllr Long said: “ While I don’t anticipate any other nominee, I don’t rule it out”.However, it is seen as not beyond a possibility that Cllr Long will cross the floor to support Kiely.Meanwhile, voicing his “unease” at Mayor Kiely’s recently declared support for a return of capital punishment, a party colleague said he should remember that as first citizen, he should be seen to speak on behalf of all of the people”. NewsLocal NewsMayor Kiely could be in hat for second termBy admin – June 10, 2010 541 Email Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Twitter Facebook Previous article15,000 signing on in the cityNext articleTourist trail ‘a disgrace’ adminlast_img read more

Latest: QPR 0 Liverpool 0 – Better from Rangers as Austin goes close

first_imgCharlie Austin almost put QPR ahead in the opening minutes at Loftus Road.With his team bottom of the table and his position under scrutiny, Rangers manager Harry Redknapp made major changes.He switched to a 4-4-2 formation with Leroy Fer playing from the left, while Richard Dunne replaced Rio Ferdinand, Mauricio Isla was deployed on the right flank, Yun Suk-Young was given a Premier League debut and Bobby Zamora started up front alongside Charlie Austin.There was also a debut for summer signing Alex McCarthy, with the goalkeeper coming in for Rob Green, who has tonsillitis.Redknapp called for more energy from his team and they responded early on, pressing Liverpool with an intensity that was sorely lacking in previous matches this season.And they came close to scoring when Austin bundled his way past two challenges and was denied by keeper Simon Mignolet before shooting into the side netting from an awkward angle as he tried to bury the resulting loose ball. QPR (4-4-2): McCarthy; Onuoha, Dunne, Caulker, Yun; Isla, Henry; Sandro, Fer; Austin, Zamora. Subs: Murphy, Traore, Ferdinand, Phillips, Kranjcar, Hoilett, Vargas.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ray Ratto: Sharks rediscover themselves, but is it too late?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — ​Well, that was easy, and predictable, and so very San Jose Sharks. They probably just waited one game too long to reprise their best selves.But they did, 5-2 winners over the Vegas Golden Knights in a game that was theirs in every way that Games 3 or 4 of this Western Conference first round series were not. They established control early, they maintained it through the few moments when the …last_img read more

Fredericks beats the best in Glasgow

first_img1 August 2014Cornel Fredericks beat a world-class field that included the reigning world champion to claim gold in the 400 metres hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday, while the country’s lawn bowlers continued to shine.By day’s end, South Africa had won 11 gold, 10 silver and 15 bronze medals, bringing their total to 36 medals, already three more than the team won in Delhi in 2010, but with one gold medal less. Those figures could improve over the next few days.400m hurdles winnerFredericks defeated a line-up featuring reigning world champion Jehue Gordon to take the title in the 400 metres hurdles. He stopped the clock in 48.50 seconds, with Trinidad and Tobago’s Gordon placing second in 48.75 and Jeffrey Gibson of the Bahamas third in 48.78.Describing his title-winning effort, Fredericks said: “As I ran round the final bend I remembered my former coach from the UK, Bruce Longden, tell me to ‘stay tall and run fast’, and that came into my mind. I just stayed tall and gave my everything.“Yesterday I told myself I needed a good lane draw, so ensured I won the semi,” he continued. “This season I have raced well against top athletes and I trained hard in the off-season. Today it paid off in the major championships.”800m bronzeAndre Olivier added a bronze medal to the South African haul when he finished third in a tactical final to the 800 metres. Olivier’s training partner, Nijel Amos of Botswana, outsprinted world record holder David Rudisha to win the gold.“I wasn’t wanting to get tangled with Nijel, so moved wide to get space. Over the last 50m, I just closed my eyes and went for the line, as I saw Nijel and Rudisha racing for gold,” Olivier said, after clocking 1:46.03.“We knew Rudisha would not take it out too quick, around 51, 52 seconds, so we just had to get ourselves into a good position for the last 100 and just go for it.“The goal since we started training in December was Commonwealth Games,” he added. “The coach was saying we want medals, medals and it’s been about medals at the Commonwealth since then.”Personal best in 200mAkani Simbine qualified for the final of the 200 metres, but Wayde van Niekerk, after his efforts in winning silver in the 400 metres the previous evening, missed out. In the medal race, Simbine finished fifth in a personal best of 20.37 seconds as Jamaica took a 1-2-3, with Rasheed Dwyer claiming the title.Wenda Theron contested the final of the women’s 400 metres hurdles but was disqualified, while Victor “Hulk” Hogan had a disappointing discus competition in the cold and wet conditions.He had two no-throws and a poor third throw of 56.42m, which meant he didn’t qualify for the final three throws. Hogan had topped his qualifying group with a distance of 64.16 metres, which was better than Vikas Shive Gowda’s gold medal winning distance.Lawn bowls team’s golden recordThe bowlers gave Team South Africa an early boost when they won the Open Triples B6/7/8 title, defeating New Zealand 13-11 in the final. That victory gave South Africa a record fourth gold medal in a single Commonwealth Games and bettered their table-topping haul of three golds in India four years ago.Playing in testing conditions that changed back and forth from drizzle to sun, the combination of Deon van der Vyver, Roger Hagerty and skip Derrick Lobban, took an early lead out to 7-1 after four ends, but conceded shots back to even pegging at 7-7 with 8 ends remaining. The South Africans, however, picked up their game and came away with the win.“It was a ding-dong battle from midway to the end,” Hagerty said afterwards. “It’s got to be the pinnacle of my bowls career in both able-bodied and disabled,” he added.“Hopefully they can build off this to get a higher profile [for bowls]. It’s a game of skill, and we need to use the [gold] medals of the visually impaired and disabled side to raise the profile of para-bowls.”Bowls’ bronzeSusan Nel, Santjie Steyn and Esme Steyn won bronze in the women’s trips by beating Wales. The teams were level at 10-10 when the Welsh picked up four shots, but from that point on it was all South Africa as they coped well with the rain to run out 23-14 winners.There is a possibility of a further gold medal for Team South Africa in the bowls’ competition after the ladies pairs’ duo of Colleen Piketh and Tracy Lee Botha defeated Wales and Jersey to secure a place in the final.Wrestling medalIn the wrestling arena, meanwhile, Armando Hietbrink seemed almost stunned by the suddenness of it all after he claimed a bronze medal in the 86kg class by pinning Kenya’s Peter Onyango Omenda in just 42 seconds.Hockey semi-finals missOn the hockey pitch, the South African men’s team missed out on the semi-finals when they were beaten 5-2 by India. With Andrew Cronje and Jonty Robinson sidelined by injuries, coach Fabian Gregory had only three players on his bench.The Indians were at their best in the first half, tearing South Africa apart to race into a 4-0 halftime lead. Showing impressive character, Austin Smith and company hit back with two goals after the break, scored by Taine Paton and Smith, but India found a fifth goal with 13 minutes left to secure their passage into the final four.Time trial disappointmentCyclists Ashleigh Moolman Pasio and Heidi Dalton finished well out of the running in the time trial, with Moolman Pasio placing 15th and Dalton 20th. New Zealand’s Linda Villumsen took victory to win the 600th medal for New Zealand in the history of the Commonwealth Games.“It was a tough course. I really hadn’t focused on this event. It’s the road race where I have the medal potential,” Moolman told reporters. “It was good to get on the road, but it was not a good result for me.”MedalsAt the close of competition on Thursday, England topped the table with 44 gold, 40 silver, and 39 bronze medals, for a total of 123 medals in all.Australia was in second place with 36 gold, 36 silver and 41 bronze medals and 113 medals overall.Canada, with 27 gold, 13 silver and 25 bronze medals, was in third, having won a total of 65 medals.Scotland was in fourth, India fifth, New Zealand sixth and South Africa remained in seventh place.last_img read more

Tips for storing moldy grain

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Moldy corn caused by plant diseases like diplodia ear rot along with stalk quality issues reported in many parts of the Midwest this season mean farmers need to dry corn properly and be especially proactive in protecting the quality of their stored grain, according to GSI (Grain Systems, Inc.).Gary Woodruff, GSI conditioning applications manager, recommends that harvest be completed soon for corn infected with mold or stalk quality issues. Drying with a high temperature dryer at 180 degrees plenum temperature or higher will help extend storage life, he said, but even that cannot eliminate a reduction in how long the corn can be stored.Woodruff also advises:Discoloration and low test weight are good indicators of grain with a limited storage life.Dry any affected corn to one point lower than normal moisture content, preferably at 14% or below, to reduce water which can promote additional mold growth.Maintain a bin inside temperature in the 30s or below. Temperatures below 50 degrees reduce mold and insect activity, and colder temperatures further reduce the chance of corn going out of condition.Monitor the stored corn carefully each week to detect any smell, crusting or increase in the moisture content at the surface of the stored grain and take action immediately if detected.It’s best to leave the grain cold until sold, rather than increase aeration. Aeration is only for changing the temperature of the grain. High aeration airflow will not extend storage life, and as static pressure rises above four inches, it may create issues resulting from air temperature rise from the heat of pressurization.Market any mold-affected corn early, before the temperature begins to warm up next spring. “Mold-affected corn has a shorter storage life, even with careful management, and should be used early and first, leaving higher quality corn for longer storage,” Woodruff said.Always consult your local ag university and Extension Services for recommendations best suited for your area as they vary depending on local climate and conditions.“Through these management steps, farmers will be better able to protect grain quality, reduce discounts and maximize their profit potential,” Woodruff said.last_img read more

Gambhir has to decide whether he’ll play in Champions League: SRK

first_imgFilm star Shah Rukh Khan, who is also a co-owner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), on Friday said that it depended on the injured captain — Gautam Gambhir — whether he would be playing in the Champions League Twenty-20, which starts on September 19. Gambhir, who returned from the England tour after suffering from a mild concussion, was included in the 15-member KKR squad, announced on September 4. Asked to clear the uncertainties whether Gambhir, who for the first time led KKR to the top three in the IPL, would be playing in the Champions League, Shah Rukh said it was unfortunate that he was injured. “He is suffering from so many injuries. We are in touch with him. But final decision to play will be his. If he is not there, we will ask him to come and cheer us in one of the games,” Shah Rukh said. “Professional players have to take their own decisions. In sports, there are injuries. Injuries have to be carefully handled by team managements as well. We try to do it at KKR,” he added.last_img read more

a month ago​Hudson-Odoi reveals Mount & Tomori vouched for Chelsea boss Lampard

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Hudson-Odoi reveals Mount & Tomori vouched for Chelsea boss Lampardby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi admits to asking youngsters Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomoroi about Frank Lampard.Hudson-Odoi may have known about Lampard the club legend, but he wanted to get more information about him as a manager.And by speaking with fellow youth team players Mount and Tomoroi, who were on loan at Derby County where Lampard managed last season, Hudson-Odoi learned of Lampard’s approach to the game.He said in an interview with the club’s website: “The first thing I asked them was how he is as a manager, what he does and how he works. “They told me he’s very good and obviously a past legend at Chelsea. “It was good for me to hear from those boys who’d already worked under him that they had enjoyed it so much.” last_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid hero Guti: Mourinho return? Why not?

first_imgReal Madrid hero Guti: Mourinho return? Why not?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid hero Guti would be happy to see former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho in charge.While insisting Zinedine Zidane is doing a good job, Guti says he’d also be happy if Mourinho was to return.Guti told Cadena SER: “I believe that Real Madrid has a very great coach with Zidane who, if I’m not mistaken, did something that no one will ever be able to repeat (the Champions League treble). “Mourinho? Why not?! I believe that Mourinho did good things at Real Madrid, while the club was going through a bad time in Spain as in Europe. It was a time when FC Barcelona reigned everywhere and it started a revolution that changed things. I think he’s a very great coach.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Peyton Manning Had The Worst Season Of Any Super Bowl Quarterback Ever

With a few notable exceptions, one being Brother Eli on the 2007 Giants, even the dumpier quarterbacks who get to the Super Bowl tend to play at about a league-average level. But Manning has blazed a new trail for ineffective passers with eyes on the Super Bowl, so long as they play in front of a superlative defense and cobble together a few decent playoff starts. There’s a reason the 2015 Broncos’ most similar team was the 2009 New York Jets.Funny thing, however: Manning playing poorly doesn’t seem to matter very much for Denver’s chances of winning the game. Based on regular-season value over average, Cam Newton and the Panthers have a huge advantage in the passing game over the Broncos — the sixth-biggest in any Super Bowl since the merger, in fact2The biggest passing mismatch was the aforementioned 2007 Eli against the record-setting Tom Brady. — but that hasn’t mattered much in past Super Bowls. Whether you look at total or per-attempt measures of value, there’s essentially zero correlation between the disparity in regular-season QB performance for the Super Bowl opponents and the eventual point margin of the game itself. This makes sense, as the equilibrium of a successful team will account for poor play from any given position (even QB) if the rest of the team is strong enough. And given the importance of quarterbacks to modern NFL play, the Broncos’ compensation for Manning’s play is just about the most impressive thing we’ve seen out of a unit leading up to a Super Bowl. Peyton Manning, The Sheriff, is back in the Super Bowl saddle. Good for him; we’ve written many paeans to Manning over the years, for the simple reason that he’s the greatest statistical quarterback of all time. But let’s face it: 2015 was also far — faaaaaar — from Manning’s best season, and in the context of a Super Bowl appearance, Manning’s standard of play pales even in comparison to “game managers” like Trent Dilfer. In a lot of ways, Peyton’s 2015 was worst regular-season performance ever by a QB who would eventually start the Super Bowl.During the regular season, Denver had the NFL’s eighth-worst passing offense according to Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average, with a mark one full standard deviation worse than average. That’s really bad by Super Bowl standards: If we index the Broncos’ DVOA relative to the league, the only post-merger Super Bowl team to throw the ball less effectively were the Vince Ferragamo-led 1979 Los Angeles Rams.Now, Manning was injured during the regular season and missed six games, so you might think others share in the blame over the Broncos’ lousy aerial attack. But you can’t pin this on Brock Osweiler — he was mediocre in Manning’s stead, not outright horrible. Manning, on the other hand, was the league’s worst QB (on a per-drop-back basis) according to adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A), and its second-worst according to DVOA. He ranked among the bottom 15 percent of NFL passers in not just conventional categories such as touchdown and interception rate, but also fancier numbers like the percentage of his throws that were on-target.1In the estimation of ESPN’s Stats & Information group. Plain and simple, he stank.Let’s compare Manning’s overall season to those of other Super Bowl starting QBs over the years. If we judge by ANY/A compared to the league average from the season in question, Manning’s 2015 ranks second-worst, again ahead of only Ferragamo’s catastrophic 1979 numbers. And Ferragamo’s damage was at least limited: He started only five of the Rams’ 16 games, and played in an age when teams passed less, so a poor QB wasn’t as harmful to his team’s chances as today. (Not that it mattered for Ferragamo; his Rams lost the Super Bowl to the Steelers 31-19.)Manning, by contrast, plays in a pass-crazed era and threw the ball about as often per game as his peers, despite his horrible passing efficiency rates. The result, according to Football Perspective founder Chase Stuart’s method of judging QB value versus league average (which considers both passing and rushing value) was by far the worst regular season by a Super Bowl starter since the merger. read more