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14
Oct
2020
Posted in internet

Internet freedom in India declined for a third year: Report



a close up of a box: Internet freedom in India declined for a third year: Report


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Internet freedom in India declined for a third year: Report

Internet freedom in India declined for a third straight year, as government authorities increasingly shut off connectivity to suppress anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests, said a report.

The Freedom House report said spyware campaigns targeting human rights defenders added to the already restrictive environment for privacy.

“Meanwhile, both the CAA protests and the COVID-19 pandemic led to an information environment plagued by disinformation, often pushed by political leaders themselves. Within this environment, women, religious, and marginalized communities, in particular, experienced online harassment and trolling,” the report said.

The report said despite the Supreme Court establishing certain safeguards to be followed by the government before ordering internet shutdowns, India still registered to be home to more government-imposed internet shutdowns than anywhere else in the world.

The move was justified by authorities for reasons including the need to counter disinformation, protests, communal violence, and cheating on exams.

According to the report, more political, social, and cultural content was either removed or blocked for India-based users during the coverage period, including information on Twitter about Kashmir and criticism of the government on streaming platforms.

It also said government officials attempted to control the online narrative around the COVID-19 pandemic by issuing restrictions on reporting, arresting and detaining numerous people for their online speech. This also included, reportedly forcing users to remove content from their social media accounts.

According to the report, digital monitoring during the COVID-19 pandemic using apps, like Aarogya Setu, raised concerns over a lack of transparency, oversight, and other protections for fundamental freedoms.

The report found two separate coordinated spyware campaigns targeting journalists, activists, lawyers, and other human rights defenders.

However, internet penetration continues to improve in the country.

“However, inadequate infrastructure still remains an obstacle to

13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

League Of Legends: Wild Rift Releases For iOS This Year, Uses iPhone 12 A14 Chip And 5G

Riot Games appeared on stage during Apple’s iPhone 12 event to announce that League of Legends: Wild Rift will arrive on iPhone devices later this year. The mobile adaptation of the wildly popular MOBA League of Legends comes at a time when another hit multiplayer game–Fortnite–remains unavailable on iOS devices.

An official release date for League of Legends: Wild Rift was not confirmed; we just know it will release sometime in 2020. The announcement was made while Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 12, the company’s latest flagship phone. The exact phones that support Wild Rift were not shared, but we do know it’ll take advantage of the iPhone 12’s new A14 Bionic chip and 5G functionality. How exactly it will utilize the new chip was not shared in great detail, but Riot touted the “fast speeds” that the new line of iPhones will allow for when playing Wild Rift.

An Android version of Wild Rift is also planned for release. You can sign up for an iOS beta now or pre-register for the Android beta on the Wild Rift website.

League of Legends: Wild Rift was first announced last year and is an abridged version of the traditional PC League of Legends experience, with a simpler, more streamlined user interface designed for specifically for mobile devices. Development on the game continues, with new 0.5 patch notes having just been released on October 10. Along with reworking characters, that introduced a new Practice mode that should make it

13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

NASA efforts had a $65 billion economic impact last year, agency report shows

NASA’s first economic impact report suggests that the agency generated nearly $65 billion in economic impact during fiscal year 2019, with much of that activity coming from the Artemis program to return astronauts to the moon by 2024.



NASA's Space Launch System rocket, or SLS, is just one piece of the agency's "moon to Mars" initiative.


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NASA’s Space Launch System rocket, or SLS, is just one piece of the agency’s “moon to Mars” initiative.

The agency released the report (which covers the period between Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019) as it continues negotiations for its fiscal 2021 budget. That 2021 budget request by the Trump administration calls for a 12% increase for the agency to $25 billion, including a substantial contribution to Artemis for a planned 2024 astronaut landing on the moon. That budget has not been approved yet, as both the House and Senate continue markups of their versions of the bill. On Sept. 30, the Senate averted a government shutdown by passing a stopgap measure that will keep the government running until Dec. 11, according to The Hill.

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The new study, which you can read on NASA’s website, was conducted by the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

“In this new era of human spaceflight, NASA is contributing to economies locally and nationally, fueling growth in industries that will define the future, and supporting tens of thousands of new jobs in America,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. “With an investment of just one-half of 1% of the federal budget, NASA generates significant total economic output annually.”

The report estimates that NASA supported more than 312,000 jobs across the U.S., including 69,000 jobs in the agency’s “moon to Mars” initiative, which includes Artemis.

13
Oct
2020
Posted in internet

Lower Richland County can expect high speed internet next year

People who live in Lower Richland should expect to have high-speed internet access at their fingertips sometime next year.

HOPKINS, S.C. — If you’re driving down Lower Richland Boulevard or Camp Creek Road, you’ll see orange wiring going through the ground. That’s because Richland County Council contracted a private company, TruVista Telecom, to lay 55 miles of fiber optic cables. The project will provide Lower Richland residents access to high-speed internet over broadband.

“The projects are transformative in the sense that the community will have world class services in a rural setting,” said Richland County Vice-Chair, Dalhi Myers. “That is what the best rural communities offer. I think we will be able to attract people who want to be in a rural environment and want to live in the modern world.”

Myers said nearly almost all the children who grow up in Lower Richland and become adults move somewhere else because there is no access to world-class services. She believes this project allows for growth without interrupting the rural lifestyle.

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“What I would like to see is a return to a level of commerce and community growth that allows the community to remain livable for the next 100 years,” Myers explained. “Hopefully, it will not result in the kind of year over year population decline that we have consistently seen.”

People who live in Lower Richland should expect to have high-speed internet access at their fingertips sometime next year.

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12
Oct
2020
Posted in software

Global Geomechanics Software and Services Markets, 2018-2028 with 2019 as the Base Year

The “Geomechanics Software And Services Market By Component, By Solution, By Application – Growth, Future Prospects And Competitive Analysis, 2020 – 2028” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

This research report presents the analysis of each segment from 2018 to 2028 considering 2019 as the base year for the research. Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for each respective segment calculated for the forecast period from 2020 to 2028.

The Increasing Demand Among Oil & Gas Industry to Enhance the Performance is Driving the Growth of Geomechanics Software & Services Market

Globally, the geomechanics software & services market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 15.7% during the forecast period from 2020 to 2028. The market is driven by the growing demand among the oil & gas industry to enhance the performance of the drilling, reduce non productive time, and optimize wellbore contact. Due to the uncertain prices of the oil & gas commodities and increasing competition, the oil & gas companies are looking for more advance ways to reduce the cost of operation and gain operational efficiency. This is augmenting the demand of geomechanics software and services among the organizations to provide advance tools and service for optimizing the operational performance.

The geomechanics software and services enables organization to analyze the subsurface pressure, optimize refinement of fluids, and casing of fracture design. Furthermore, the solutions allow the geoscientists and engineers to enhance the operational safety, increase drilling efficiency and complete the design. These are the major factors that are augmenting the demand for geomechanics software and solutions among the organizations. However, the lack of skilled professionals in the oil & gas industry is acting as a major inhibitor for the growth of the market.

Services is Estimated to Grow Significantly During the Forecast Period

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