Tim Berners-Lee has launched a global campaign to save the web from the destructive effects of abuse and discrimination, political manipulation, and other threats that plague the online world. In a talk at the opening of the Web Summit in Lisbon on Monday, the inventor of the web called on governments, companies and individuals to back a new “Contract for the Web” that aims to protect people’s rights and freedoms on the internet. The contract outlines central principles that will be built into a full contract and published in May 2019, when half of the world’s population will be able to get online. More than 50 organisations have already signed the contract, which is published by Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web Foundation alongside a report that calls for urgent action. “For many years there was a feeling that the wonderful things on the web were going to dominate and we’d have a world with less conflict, more understanding, more and better … [Read more...] about Tim Berners-Lee launches campaign to save the web from abuse
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Social media companies should have a legal "duty of care" to children, the UK Parliament's Science and Technology Committee has recommended.The group's report said social media had helped facilitate bullying and online grooming of children.It called for a regulator to be established to take "enforcement action" if apps broke the law.A number of privacy and data scandals have led to calls for social media companies to be regulated.Facebook's new vice-president Sir Nick Clegg has already pledged to do "whatever it takes" to make the company's platforms safer for young people.Sir Nick was responding to the case of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who took her own life after viewing distressing self-harm images on Instagram in 2017.Her father said he believed Facebook-owned Instagram was partly responsible for his daughter's death.What is the report about?The committee has been looking at the effect of social media and so-called screen time on the health of children.During its inquiry, it … [Read more...] about Regulate social media to protect children, MPs urge
Walk past the endless rows of vegetables, past the dozens of stalls selling every possible part of a pig and, at the centre of Cao Lanh city's market, a woman is doing a brisk trade in selling rats for food. Two cages swarm with them on a table next to her. Live frogs are available too, and, on the floor near her stall is a box of sluggish snakes. Chickens and ducks cluck and quack nearby. A faint smell of urine thickens air that is already heavy from the previous night's rains. Rats are a staple source of meat in Vietnam, farmed and sold much like any other livestock. The stallholder butchers the animals to order. Reaching into the cage she will grab an animal by its tail, hit its head across a large stone, chop off its feet and head with a large pair of scissors, skin it, cut it into pieces and place everything into a small yellow plastic bag. Inevitably, the animal's blood ends up on her hands. Scores of people are selling and butchering live animals, breathing the same air and in … [Read more...] about A deadly disease could travel at jet speed around the world. How do we stop it in time?
Health officials must do more to prevent the spread of variant CJD, the human form of BSE, say MPs. They warn that the ongoing risks of infection are not being taken seriously enough. Some hospitals may have put patients at risk by failing to decontaminate surgical tools used on people with vCJD, and it was impossible to know if the national blood supply was clear of the infectious agent, they said. The MPs go on to accuse ministers of complacency and to call for a fresh effort to develop better sterilisation procedures and the establishment of a large blood-screening trial in the next 12 months to reveal the scale of the "silent infection". Andrew Miller, chair of the Commons science and technology committee, said that while the government took a precautionary approach to vCJD infections in the past, its recent policies were based more on "economic prudence" and "a hope that the storm has now passed". Variant CJD is a fatal neurodegenerative disease caused by the build up of abnormal … [Read more...] about Risk of infecting surgery patients with CJD not taken seriously, say MPs
A pedestrian bridge on Chua Boc street in Hanoi (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The has ordered the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam to review all pedestrian bridges nationwide to prevent further accidents. The move came after a truck driver high on drugs last week crashed into pedestrians walking along National Highway No.5 running through Kim Luong commune in Hai Duong province. Eight people were killed and seven others were injured. The deadly accident occurred just 100m from a pedestrian bridge which connects Kim Thanh commune’s villages along the highway. The area around the bridge is an accident black spot. One person was killed just last month. The stairs leading to the bridge are located right next to the highway. To reach the staircase, pedestrians have no choice but have to walk on the highway where cars travel at speeds of up to 80km per hour. Staircases leading to such bridges are supposed to be located far from the road and … [Read more...] about Transport ministry urges pedestrian bridge review