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Decentral Talk Live Ep #67: Brennen Byrne of Clef – Video

Posted: April 11, 2015 at 7:47 am



Decentral Talk Live Ep #67: Brennen Byrne of Clef
Interview with Brennen Byrne of Clef on the technology behind Clef's two-factor authentication, the role of conferences in the Bitcoin community, and the challenges in making Bitcoin easy to…

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[Audiobook] What’s the Big Deal about Bitcoin? | Steve Patterson – Video

Posted: March 31, 2015 at 10:47 pm



[Audiobook] What's the Big Deal about Bitcoin? | Steve Patterson
Get it in paperback: http://goo.gl/24rcjc Part I: Bitcoin Clearly Explained | 01:16 Part II: So What's the Big Deal? | 31:01 Part III: Common Objections, Real Challenges | 1:04:40 Check…

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Brian Fabian Crain from Epicenter Bitcoin – 2015 Inside Bitcoins Berlin – Interview by AnnaKNonE – Video

Posted: March 15, 2015 at 5:48 pm



Brian Fabian Crain from Epicenter Bitcoin – 2015 Inside Bitcoins Berlin – Interview by AnnaKNonE
Brian from Epicenter Bitcoin interviewed by Anna at the 2015 Inside Bitcoins Berlin about the change within the community and the challenges of content creators. Listen to the podcast at epicenter…

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NATO’s Achievements and Challenges in 2014 – Video

Posted: February 1, 2015 at 6:54 pm



NATO's Achievements and Challenges in 2014
NATO was busy in 2014. It saw the end of our longest mission to date, with transition to Resolute Support in Afghanistan. It also saw major changes to the se…

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Human Rights Day: what do you want to ask campaigners?

Posted: December 10, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Members of the Gulabi Gang (Pink Gang), a group of women in rural India who strive for social justice and fight for womens rights. Photograph: Manpreet Romana/AFP/Getty Images

Human rights activists often face threats of violence, intimidation and imprisonment while campaigning against injustice. Women campaigning for their rights can face further challenges as they battle against gender stereotypes and opposition to their roles as leaders. To mark Human Rights Day on Wednesday, we hosted a live chat with three human rights defenders who answered your questions on their campaigning work and the challenges they face in uncovering abuses.

Dinara Yunus, Azerbaijan

Yunus is an independent human rights activist who has lived in exile in the Netherlands for the past five years. Her parents, Arif and Leyla Yunus, are prominent human rights defenders who are imprisoned in Azerbaijan. Leyla is founder and director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy. Leyla and Arifs campaigning work included compiling and disseminating a list of political prisoners held in in Azerbaijan. Dinara is working on her parents case.

Christina Tinay Palabay, Philippines

Palabay is the secretary general of Karapatan, a human rights organisation monitoring and documenting violations in the Philippines. She is also the convenor of Tanggol Bayi (Defend Women), an association of female human rights defenders in the country.

Alejandra Ancheita, Mexico

Ancheita is founder and executive director of the Mexico City-based ProDESC (project of economic, cultural and social rights). She is a lawyer and activist focusing on the rights of migrants, workers and indigenous communities. She has dedicated more than 15 years to protecting peoples land and labour rights in the face of increasing infringements from multinational mining and energy companies.

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Readers also asked what was required for campaigners to affect change:

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NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme – Ukraine Projects – Video

Posted: December 3, 2014 at 8:02 am



NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme – Ukraine Projects
Ukraine now receives double the amount of funds from NATO's Science for Peace and Security programme. Ambassador Sorin Ducaru of NATO's Emerging Security Challenges Division and H.E. Ihor…

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Safety of Journalists in Somalia a Major Concern

Posted: December 1, 2014 at 10:45 am

MOGADISHU

U.N. agencies, the Somali government and the Somali journalists’ union are working to address the problem of censorship and the threat of violence against journalists in Somalia.

So far this year, at least three journalists have been killed and three more seriously wounded in the country.

Abdirizak Ilmi, a local TV journalist, was the latest victim.

Unknown gunmen shot Ilmi at close range outside his Mogadishu home. He survived but suffered severe wounds.

‘Become a peaceful nation’

The government said its time to address the safety of journalists.

Mustafa Duhulow, Somalia’s Minister of Information, said, As you are all aware, Somalia is moving forward to become a peaceful nation. Therefore, this is the best time to address all the challenges, such as impunity, safety of journalists and understanding the need to develop Somali media, as each countrys development depends on how free its media are.”

Journalists in Somalia have been meeting with key partners to discuss their security concerns.

Recently, representatives from the United Nations, Somali government and Somali journalists union jointly expressed their concern over attacks on the media.

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Astronauts to have coffee machine delivered to space station

Posted: November 20, 2014 at 11:46 pm

The International Space Station (ISS) is to receive a coffee machine designed for zero gravity. Photograph: NASA/Getty Images

Ristretto or lungo? Not a question astronauts on the International Space Station normally have to contemplate, but that is about to change thanks to a new zero-gravity coffee machine being delivered this weekend.

The ISSpresso machine is set to boldly go to the orbital station this weekend, carried there by Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

Astronauts on the station will finally be able to enjoy a decent brew thanks to the 20-kilogramme machine designed by famed Italian coffee makers Lavazza and engineering firm Argotec, which specialises in making space food.

Cristoforetti, 37, who is also a captain in the Italian airforce, will be not only the first female astronaut from Italy to go into space, but also the very first astronaut in the history of the conquest of space to savour an authentic Italian espresso in orbit, the two companies said in a statement.

The designers say it uses extraterrestrial capsules and can operate in microgravity conditions.

ISSpresso is a technological achievement that conforms to the technical requirements and ultra-strict security measures imposed on us by the Italian space agency, said David Avino, Argotecs director general.

Among the challenges for the engineers was figuring out how to get the liquids flowing properly in zero gravity. Its steel components also had to be able to withstand enormous pressure.

Cristoforetti will be travelling with an American, Terry Virts, and Russian Anton Shkaplerov in a Soyuz rocket launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan – and will stay there until May 2015.

They will join American astronaut American Barry Wilmore and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova, who are returning to Earth in March.

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Stanford Community Lecture with NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers – Video

Posted: November 15, 2014 at 4:46 am



Stanford Community Lecture with NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers
National Security Agency Director and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command Admiral Mike Rogers addresses the Stanford Community in an on-the-record lecture: “Moving Forward: Challenges and …

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Bitcoin: New York State Continues Its Path To Regulating Virtual Currency

Posted: November 8, 2014 at 1:45 am

New York is moving forward with its plan to regulate bitcoin, which it says will protect consumers and prevent illegal activity. But businesses and startups that have formed around the cryptocurrency are worried about how much that regulation will impact their bottom line.

New York calls its plan to deal with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin “BitLicense,” and the head of the states Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS) says that it has attempted to address the concerns brought up in the first phase of public comments, which often concerned the compliance costs of regulation on new or fledgling virtual currency enterprises.

There has to be a way for startups to start up and play by the rules without getting crushed by huge compliance costs, Benjamin Lawsky, head of the states Department of Financial Services, said Sunday at a conference in Las Vegas.

Members of the existing bitcoin industry argue that the NYSDFS has not explained the problems that many of the new rules are meant to address. Other rules, they say, are impossible to comply with.

The current proposal includes a stipulation that people must be able to identify the exact source of any funds they receive. Anonymous transfers would then need to be rejected by the recipient, according to the suggested rules.

Which is kind of fascinating, because the way bitcoin works, you cant stop someone from sending funds to you, said David Ripley, chief executive of Glidera, a bitcoin marketplace and digital wallet service. And you cant always identify them.

If the state was willing to more clearly explain to businesses the goals of each proposed regulation, companies would then be able to better comply, Ripley said. To that end, Lawsky said the state would consider a transitional BitLicense that allowed small businesses and start-ups more flexibility. The NYSDFS would then weigh potential consumer risks as well as the companys size and scope.

We are also considering designating a small group of specialized examiners… to deal with startups and their license applications, Lawsky said, to help them better understand the challenges startups face, and help the state tailor its rules to their situations.

The Federal governments Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, has already provided guidance on how bitcoin operators should operate while complying with U.S. law. Some critics of the plan argue that additional regulations at the state level are unnecessary.

The NYSDFS is now taking comments from interested parties as it enters the second 45-day phase of its plan to regulate bitcoin, with new rules it has said should be in effect by January of 2015.

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