Facebook begins to shift from being a free and open platform…

first_img Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Anjana Susarla, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Michigan State University and first published on theconversation.com.When Facebook recently removed several accounts for trying to influence the 2018 midterm elections, it was the company’s latest move acknowledging the key challenge facing the social media giant: It is both an open platform for free expression of diverse viewpoints and a public utility on which huge numbers of people – and democracy itself – rely for accurate information.Under pressure from the public and lawmakers alike since 2016, Facebook responded in early 2018 by making significant changes to the algorithms it uses to deliver posts and shared items to users. The changes were intended to show more status updates from friends and family – sparking “meaningful interactions” – and fewer viral videos and news articles that don’t get people talking to each other. As a result, users have spent far less time on the site, and the company’s stock-market value has dropped.Yet the problem remains: The very features of social media that encourage participation and citizen engagement also make them vulnerable to hate speech, fake news and interference in the democratic process. This inherent contradiction is what the company must resolve as it shifts from being just one startup company in a crowded marketplace of big-data businesses to a public information utility with monopoly power and broad social influence.No longer a platformFacebook continues to struggle with the intersection or convergence of three related developments over the past few years. My own research describes the first, the rise of social media networks designed for constant interaction and engagement with users. That enabled the second, getting rid of gatekeepers for news and information: Now anyone can post or share information, whether it’s true or not. And in the third development, these systems have given companies huge amounts of detailed personal information about their users, enabling them to display information – and paid advertisements – matched to an individual’s likes, political and religious views, hobbies, marital status, drug use and sexual orientation.The company’s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is most comfortable describing his creation in terms often used for technology firms, with words like like “connections” and phrases like “bring people closer together.” And the company is still structured as a regular corporation, responsible only for maximizing value for shareholders.That mindset avoids the fact that Facebook wields societal power on an unprecedented scale. The company’s decisions about what behaviors, words and accounts it will allow govern billions of private interactions, shape public opinion and affect people’s confidence in democratic institutions.Facebook used to be about extracting profit from data about its users. Now the company is starting to realize it needs its users’ trust even more than their information.Becoming a utilityWhat the public expects from a technology company is substantially different from what people expect in, say, a water company or the landline telephone company. Utility companies need to be accountable to the public, offering transparency about their operations, providing accountability when things go wrong, allowing verification of their claims and obedience to regulations meant to protect the public interest.Facebook blue, piped directly to the user.ThomBal/Shutterstock.comI expect Facebook will face increasing pressure from politicians, government communications regulators, researchersand social commentators to go beyond filtering out fake news. Soon, the company will be asked to acknowledge what its actual role in democracy has become.Technological advances mean what used to be extra services – like internet access and social media – are now necessary parts of modern life. Internet service providers are facing similar transitions, as the net neutrality policy debate lays ground rules for the future of an open internet.Facebook has already signaled its understanding of that pressure – and not only with the algorithm changes and the shutdown of the fake accounts leading up to the midterm elections. In a recent court filing in California, Facebook claimed it was a publisher of information, protected by the First Amendment against possible government regulation.It’s true that overregulation does run the risk of censorship and limiting free expression. But the dangers of too little regulation are already clear, in the toxic hate, fake news and intentionally misleading propaganda proliferating online and poisoning democracy. In my view, taking no action is no longer an option. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! 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FIRE: Live from the U.S./Mexico border

first_imgFIRE delegation with Eddie Camales of South Texas Human Rights Center (second from left) in Falfurrias, Texas, June 30.The FIRE delegation (Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere) reported live from the U.S./Mexico border to a June 28 Workers World forum in New York City. WWP Secretariat members Sara Flounders and Monica Moorehead commented from NYC. This is a lightly edited transcript.Sara Flounders: This is a moment of crisis for millions of migrants around the world — adults and children — forced to flee their homes because of poverty, violence and wars imposed by the U.S. and European imperialists. That’s why we’re launching a new national organization to amplify the struggle of migrants and refugees: FIRE — Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere.FIRE’s goal is to connect all the issues that face workers here in the U.S, and build the greatest unity to create a broad movement that will take direct action against the horrific crimes of ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and the Border Patrol.A FIRE delegation of eleven activists is on the border tonight in Brownsville, Texas. Their goal is to mobilize activists, primarily young LGBTQ people of color and working-class organizers, to travel to the border, learn about the struggle there, do support actions and eye-witness tours, and then come back and help organize resistance.Speaking live from the Border are FIRE delegation members Teresa Gutierrez from New York City, Gloria Rubac from Houston, John Parker from Los Angeles, Joe Piette and Steph Davies from Philadelphia, and Nat Heathman from Boston.Gloria Rubac: Today, a few miles from the Mexican border, we participated in a demonstration, “Families Belong Together,” in Brownsville at the very tip of the state. It was a huge demonstration, at least by Texas standards, with 1,000 people who came on buses from Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Laredo, as well as people living here in the Rio Grande Valley.The participants and the protest’s sponsors were extremely diverse: United We Dream, the South Texas Civil Rights Project, the Children’s Defense Fund, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Rio Grande Equal Voice Network, We Belong Together, Fuerza del Valle, Proyecto Azteca, La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) and the ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union] Border Rights Center.Tonight our delegation is going to a vigil for Claudia Patricia Gómez Gonzáles, the Guatemalan Indigenous Maya-Mem woman who was murdered [May 23] by the Border Patrol. The vigil is in San Juan, about 4 miles from here. Tomorrow morning we’re speaking at a community college to a class we were invited to.Then Saturday, June 30, like everywhere, there will be demonstrations here — one in McAllen and one in Brownsville.We hope to also take our delegation to the South Texas Human Rights Center in Falfurrias, where the Border Patrol has a checkpoint. When migrants cross the border, since they know where the checkpoint is, they go inland to go around. Every year probably hundreds of people die on the inland ranches because of the heat.Until Houston activists opened this human rights center, the ranchers would find the dead, their bodies, their bones, throw them in a plastic trash bag, and then the county would put them in a cemetery, taking no information on what they were wearing, tattoos, whatever — and no DNA. We found out that was illegal, so now we have forced them to document, to take DNA. We are working with pathologists and anthropologists from one of the universities to match the people with families, wherever they might be.Families look forever to find out why they have not heard from their missing loved one — the person who has crossed the border. So this identification is important, even if the person has died.John Parker: At today’s rally a freelance journalist told me that this area of the Valley experiences some of the highest homelessness and unemployment. This is where some of the first maquiladoras [U.S.-owned, low-paying factories] started across the border in Mexico. There is a long history of repression here, and people are angry and fed up. There is a lot of humidity and heat in the air today, amplified by the heat of the rage of people fed up with the situation.Shocking things are coming to light, things that happened in previous U.S. administrations. Folks are not going to be willing to have the same old solutions. There’s a lot of talk about “we need to go vote” and sometimes organizers steer things in that direction. But a lot of people, including at this demonstration, won’t accept that. People are calling for the abolition of ICE, but the Democrats are saying they are just going to “reform immigration.” People aren’t going to accept that.I think one of the reasons our banner was so popular at the protest is that FIRE is making a militant call, including for the abolition of ICE.People know the causes of migration and immigration are U.S. economic and military wars — in Central and South America, in Libya, Iraq, Syria — that these are causing the refugee crisis. And the border is tied to the attacks by police in the U.S. on Black and Brown people. In fact, one of the chants today was “No justice, no peace, no racist police!”Nat Heathman: At the rally today, yes, there were a lot of liberals there, but also there were people with more militant politics. We can be proud of how we represented FIRE.Steph Davies: It was an impressive crowd today and a very striking event. The organizational leadership was definitely trying to keep things in a more liberal, moderate direction, with the speakers talking about voting. But once the momentum of the people built and the crowd had control of the situation, how powerful their politics were! It was a striking overture for FIRE’s launch. It showed that conditions are in place for change because people want to abolish ICE, people want to prosecute the crimes that are being committed against migrants.Joe Piette: Today, first there was a rally, and then the marchers lined up in twos and converged on the courthouse where deportation hearings were happening. The crowd surged to the doors, but the lead organizers urged them back. There is militancy here.There were some workers’ organizations, including the Fuerza del Valle and the Texas teachers’ union. Evidently, last week they organized their own rally. It’s an important development to have workers here.Yesterday, a few of us protested during the execution of Danny Bible in Huntsville, Texas. [Ed.: Since 1976, Texas has executed more than one-third of the national total of prisoners victimized by capital punishment.]Teresa Gutierrez: What FIRE aims to do is be the left flank of the movement supporting migrants who are under attack.We don’t want to leave the issue in the hands of liberals. We don’t want to fight the liberals — they are doing important work, taking cases and saving lives. What we do want to do is influence the movement, and not have the movement’s direction determined by liberal politics.Some speakers today gave militant talks, about fighting back, taking it to the next level, and got great applause — but they also got great applause when they said, “Register to vote in the November elections.”But we know that there are tens to hundreds of thousands of people fed up with the Democratic Party machine, who know that the November elections are nothing to set their sights on, that Democratic President Obama was the deporter in chief, that the Democrats always sell out the struggle.Here in the Valley is a conservative place, where it is hard to fight back, and the police are all over the place. FIRE came to a demonstration and people took our militant literature and talked to us. It really speaks to what people are ready for.FIRE can be the left flank of this movement.FIRE can expose what it means that a white supremacist, wannabe Nazi is at the head of the government. We are going to take that on.FIRE needs to continue to push the momentum that exists for abolishing ICE and link this to abolishing the police. This would make a tremendous contribution to the class struggle.FIRE should raise the death in ICE custody of Roxana Hernández, the trans sister who crossed the border in a caravan from Mexico, and link her case to that of Antwon Rose, the African-American youth who cops killed in Pittsburgh.FIRE should equally push to close both the migrant detention centers and close U.S. prisons.Monica Moorehead: This is such an important crisis that the international working class is facing. Trump as a white supremacist representative of the ruling class is attempting to divide the working class by targeting migrants. We must do everything we can to be the left flank of this movement, to show that independent fightback is the only way to fight the crisis and unite our class. To call for abolishing ICE along with the police, as part of the oppressive class apparatus, and also unite with the other people of color being targeted — Muslims, Black people, Indigenous people. We are all workers, fighting together.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Leading news website blocked in Belarus

first_img Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts News News December 15, 2017 Leading news website blocked in Belarus June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Belarus BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet May 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF_en RSF_EECA BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Organisation The Belarusian information ministry announced today that the leading news website Belaruski Partyzan is being blocked. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns this blatant act of censorship and calls on the authorities to rescind the decision.The information ministry said Belaruski Partyzan was guilty of “systematic violations of media legislation” but did not specify any content.Founded in 2005 by Pavel Sheremet, a well-known independent journalist who was murdered in Kiev in 2016, Belaruski Partyzan publishes news reports, analyses and opinion pieces. Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The information ministry has become stricter in its control of the media since President Lukashenko appointed Ales Karlyukevich as its minister at the end of September. May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Abbeyfeale undergoing a gilt edged renaissance

first_imgPopulation of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Advertisement NewsCommunityVideoAbbeyfeale undergoing a gilt edged renaissanceBy Rose Rushe – July 19, 2019 597 Linkedin Email Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat center_img The Rev William Casey memorial, Abbeyfeale.Photo: Cian ReinhardtWHAT Abbeyfeale has as its backbone is ‘the good of the people’ to haul it into this prospering era. The most signal example of this vigour is the Abbeyfeale Community Council (ACC) which works with a dozen stakeholders – State agencies, voluntary and private enterprise – to advance the town.Maurice O’Connell, a North Kerry native who put his roots down in the town 20 years ago, has served as council chairperson since this voluntary body was established in 2016.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I am very clear about being chairperson and not chairman as that brings it home that the  position is open to everyone,” Maurice jokes, hoping to clamber off this lofty perch soon enough.The Council’s hard work has brought immense reward to the hinterland and feeds into many regional bodies.“The town is going through a multi million euro transition with a new traffic plan. As part of that, Limerick City and County  Council (LCCC) have bought the building next to where the E-Hub is going to go. That will be turned into a car park and a new civic space,” he reports.“Then in about five years from now, there is a plan for a ring road from town to Newcastle West. This will take the heavy traffic off and allow people a safer, more enjoyable life.“It won’t be a full blown bypass and that’s important, to distinguish the difference. We are keeping it close to the town if people want to come in.“Last year, we were overall runners up in the JP McManus-sponsored Going for Gold competition and this year, Abbeyfeale has been shortlisted for Pride of Place. We will know later on in the year how we have done in that.”Abbeyfeale is shortlisted by LCCC for one of the categories in this 26-county competition that rewards incentivised communities.“We will go forward to the national awards of Pride of Place.“That follows through then as ACC was closely involved with a project with the City and County Council’s Healthy Limerick initiative. We were shortlisted for a national award there for a project we did around Abbeyfeale health with them.”There’s more ‘best in practice’ to report, evidence of the town’s rising profile and fortunes, with Abbeyfeale Town Park’s win this Wednesday 17 of worldwide status – the Green Flag Award for excellence in presentation.Continue reading below…The International Green Flag Award  sees this park added to a list around the world that are deemed to be of exceptional standard.“It was Abbeyfeale Community Council that helped them with the application and to source some funding to prepare for same,” Maurice confirms.“I am absolutely thrilled with Green Flag win as for me, it represents all the hard work of volunteers over the past 20 years, the committee and obviously those in the Community Employment Scheme, without whom it would not be a success.“Tidy Towns is involved with all the groups, along with ourselves. And the town is a fantastic example of the work and the effort they put in over the last number of years.”“A lot of the progress that is ongoing and planned for Abbeyfeale is down to the very good relationship between ourselves and LCCC, Innovate Limerick and West Limerick Resources. We’ve done quite well.”“Do you know about the Greenway? Because another few million is after being released for the people of Kerry.”The Greenway has been magnetising tourists for a while now. It used to be called the Great Southern railway line, the 40km that used to run from Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale.“Kerry County Council has now been awarded around €3million to extend it into Listowel, which is the next extension and eventually it will extend back to Tralee. The old railway tracks have been taken up and it is already a major tourist attraction for cyclists and walking groups but the connection to Kerry is important.” WhatsApp TAGSAbbeyfealeabbeyfeale town featureCommunitylimerick city countyNewsSpecial Featurevideo Previous articleNew folk direction for Danny VaughnNext article101 Limerick announced as Finalists for the 2019 Bar of the Year Awards Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Limerick on Covid watch list Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Print Vicky calls for right to die with dignitylast_img read more

Supervising Dentist – Dental Hygiene

first_imgReview new patient and one-year renewal medical histories afterdocumented by students. Provide required legal signature.Perform new patient intra/extra oral screening. Addressconcerns caries, compromising medical conditions, and necessaryreferral to dentist/specialist.Authorize, administer and/or supervise, when indicated, thefollowing procedures as defined in the Idaho Dental PracticeAct: Work Site Location: Lewis-Clark State College, LewistonIdahoWork Schedule: Approximately 12-19 per week. Hours vary,Mon. – Thurs. between 5pm-9pmMultiple positions availableJob Summary:North Idaho College is seeking to create a pool of candidates for apart-time position as supervising dentist in the Dental HygieneProgram Clinics (Heritage Health site or LCSC site). Duties includeevaluation of radiographs, administration and observation of localanesthesia and nitrous oxide analgesia, ability to writeprescriptions based on patient need, evaluation of soft tissueabnormalities for referral purposes, evaluation of patient medicalhistories and response to any medical emergency that mightoccur.Job Duties:This list includes but is not limited to the following: sealantssub-gingival medicaments (i.e.: Arestin)sub-gingival anesthetic (i.e.: Oraqix)local anesthesianitrous oxide/oxygen sedationimpressions for whitening traysdiode dental laser periodontal therapy Background Check:Due to contractual requirements related to teaching in regionalclinical facilities, employment is contingent on confidentialreview of National Background Check results.Drug Screening:Drug Screening may be required for some clinical facilities. Minimum QualificationsDental degree from a college or university accredited by an agencyrecognized by the U.S. Department of Education or Council forHigher Education Accreditation. Direct patient care experiencewithin the previous five (5) years.Required License and/or Certifications : Must possess anactive Idaho dental license with no disciplinary actions.Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:• Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic,socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds ofcommunity college students.• Work positively with students, staff, and the members of thecommunity.• Work as a team member to plan and accomplish program goals.• Always promote the welfare and best interest of students. Advertised: November 20, 2020 Pacific StandardTimeApplications close: Prescribe antibiotic pre-medication, prescription strengthfluoride supplements and antimicrobial mouth rinses whenindicated.Provide and include students in opportunities for differentialdiagnosis.Read radiographs and confirm pathology. Grade studentinterpretation and technique of radiographs.Assist students with radiograph techniques uponrequest/availability.Assist with recommendations for students/faculty in patientmanagement issues.Administrate emergency situations.Remain current within the specialized field of instructionthrough participation in relevant professional associations andeducational & training activities.Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.Recommend to the dental hygiene program director potentialchanges in clinic protocol.Keep current with any changes in procedure, protocol orpolicies of the dental hygiene program.Check the expiration dates of emergency medical suppliesmonthly and inform the Program Director of necessaryreplacements.Maintains a positive, helpful, constructive attitude and workrelationship with supervisor, college staff, students, and thecommunity. Marginal Duties: Perform other duties as delegated by the Dental Hygiene ProgramDirector.last_img read more