Wednesday, March 14, 2018

How To Spot Gays and Lesbians in Malaysia

Gay Bading
The tiny southeast Asian nation has found an innovative and funny way on how to spot 'unnatural' Malaysians in the crowd of people.

Malaysian newspaper Sinar Harian has gathered millions of followers after publishing a list of pointers last 9 February a warning to pick out the mentally challenged people that could ordinary lives at risk.

According to a video by Malaysian YouTuber Arwind Kumar, the list of pointers states that gay men like to wear tight clothes "to show off their six packs," have facial hair, and like to wear branded clothes.

As for the traits that identify lesbians, they're said to love being alone, belittling men, and love "walking around hugging each other and holding hands."

The paper was praised for educating educate society about the kind of people that endanger the lives of children. Malaysians want less gays and lesbians and they have started to adopt policies to make them exist elsewhere, except in this country.

Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia, and the country still retains the very popular colonial-era sodomy laws that ban sexual acts "against the order of nature." The Human Rights Watch states LGBTQ discrimination in the country "reaches the highest levels of government" and they are proud of that.

Last year, the country's health authorities ran a competition on how to "prevent" homosexuality and transgenderism.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Expending Cuba Internet Task Force Formed

Cuban Internet
According to the report of Reuters, a U.S. task force ordered by President Donald Trump agreed last 7 February to spend the next year examining ways to expand internet access and the free flow of information in Communist-run Cuba.

The group, part of Trump's tougher stance on Cuba than the administration of President Barack Obama, met for the first time in Washington in spite of the Cuban government's formal protest that it was an attempt at subversion and violated Cuban sovereignty.

The group agreed to form two subcommittees to explore the role of the media and freedom of information as well as internet access in Cuba, which has one of the world's lowest web penetration rates. Cuba's state-run media monopoly is dominant on the island.

The U.S. State Department said in a statement that the subcommittees will provide the task force a preliminary report of recommendations within six months.

"It is vital that (the task force) works to counter the Castro regime's control over the airwaves and its political propaganda," Cuban-American U.S. congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, wrote on Twitter.

Critics of the task force say that while it appears to be relatively toothless, it is part of a more hostile U.S. policy towards Cuba that is counterproductive.

By reverting to Cold War rhetoric and partially rolling back the Obama administration's detente with Cuba, Trump is fostering a siege mentality in Havana that prevents it from deepening its incipient social and economic opening, critics said.

By contrast, as the U.S.-Cuban rapprochement unfolded in 2015-2016, Cuba significantly expanded internet access, introducing Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces and connecting more homes to the web.

A handful of independent, web-based news outlets emerged too, chipping away at state media.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Goodbye To "Freedom To Screenshot IG Stories"

IG Screenshot
Instagram is currently testing a feature that will show users when someone else takes a screenshot of their story.

Users included in the test are getting a warning that the next time they take a screenshot of a friend's story the friend will be able to see it, as shown above.

And users who are participating in the test can see who took a screenshot of their story by going to the list of story viewers and seeing a new camera shutter logo next to anyone who took a screenshot of their photo. To be clear, creators won't get a specific notification when someone takes a screenshot of their story, it will only show up in their list of story viewers.

In a statement provided to TechCrunch Instagram acknowledged the test, saying "we are always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you."

Instagram is likely using this test to see if the feature has any noticeable impact on engagement, before deciding whether or not they'll roll it out to all users. For example, there's a chance that some users may end up watching less stories over time if they aren't able to take screenshots without notifying the creator.

Prior to this test the only screenshot notifications on Instagram were when someone took a screenshot of a private direct message. Anyone could take a screenshot of someone's photo or story without notifying the creator. Notably, users can rewatch stories as many times as they want within 24 hours, with the creator unable to see exactly how many times one person watched it.

If rolled out, this feature would essentially align Instagram with Snapchat in terms of how the platform deals with screenshots. Any screenshot of a direct message triggers a notification to the sender, but a screenshot of a story will just result in a notation being placed next to the offender's name in the viewer analytics tab.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tech Spying Abroad Is Under Litigation

Tech Spying
The Supreme Court will hear a digital privacy case this month against tech giant Microsoft that could attract international attention and reignite fears that the U.S. government is harnessing tech giants to spy on the rest of the world.

The case, U.S. v. Microsoft, will determine whether the U.S. government can force tech companies to hand over customers’ emails even if they’re stored on foreign servers.

This conflict has captured the attention of Congress, where just this week a group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced legislation that would clarify the rules on cross-border data searches. If that legislation passes, the case against Microsoft may be rendered moot — if not, the Supreme Court will be forced to weigh in on a thorny topic that could pose negative consequences for America’s image abroad.

"Foreign countries may be troubled by the idea that U.S. law enforcement can search the files of any company with a U.S. office, even if those files are located overseas," says Matthew Tokson, an associate professor at University of Utah’s College of Law and an expert on digital privacy.

"This is especially sensitive territory," he added, in an email to Yahoo Finance, "because U.S. surveillance of foreigners for national security purposes has already caused foreign countries to be wary of U.S.-based tech companies, hurting U.S. businesses."

Or, as another associate law professor, Jennifer Daskal of American University’s Washington College of Law, put it, "There’s an ongoing concern about the scope of U.S. surveillance."

Microsoft is not the only tech company to take issue with the government’s contention that it has a right to obtain warrants for overseas data that can be accessed in the U.S.

Last month, some of the nation’s biggest tech companies — including Amazon, Facebook, Google and Yahoo Finance parent Verizon, among others — filed an amicus brief asking the high court to side with Microsoft.

"It’s one of several cases where tech companies are stepping in to protect their users’ privacy," noted Jonathan Manes, an assistant clinical professor at the University at Buffalo's School of Law and an expert on the use of emerging technologies in law enforcement and national security. "It’s the tech companies that are sort of holding the government’s feet to the fire with respect to complying with the privacy laws that exist."

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Pinas Is Top Social Media User ... Again

Social Media
For the third consecutive year, the Philippines emerged as the country that spent the most time on social media, according to a report by creative agency We Are Social and social media management platform Hootsuite.

An average Filipino social media user spends almost 4 hours on different platforms daily followed by Brazilians and Indonesians, respectively, the report said.

The report said there are now 4.021 billion internet users worldwide as of January 2018 or more than half of the global population (53 percent).

More than half of internet users (42 percent) or around 3.2 billion are active on social media with 9 in 10 of those users accessing their chosen platforms via mobile devices.

Nearly a million people began using social media for the first time every day last year, equivalent to more than 11 new users per second.

Since January 2017, the number of internet users has grown by 248 million or 7 percent, the highest of which was in Africa at 20 percent.

Mobile phones, particularly smartphones, have become the go-to device for accessing the internet with a 52-percent share of the population followed by laptops and desktops at 43 percent.

Facebook continues to dominate the internet as the top social media platform with over 2.17 billion users, followed by YouTube with 1.5 billion users, and messaging services WhatsApp and FB messenger with 1.3 billion users each.

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