With the increased reliance of people on web services comes a certain, necessary level of trust. The assumption is that the data sits there, unviewed by outsiders and accessible only to those with the requisite password. Recent events, like the Snowden leaks, have proven that assumption false, and have also sent tech companies scrambling to show exactly how government surveillance affects its users.
In early November, Apple released a document detailing the number of requests governments made in regard to its products, releasing the number of times (or a broad range, in the case of America) such a request was made. The document also made the claim that Apple, unlike other tech giants like Google and Facebook, has little to no interest in collecting and keeping the data of its users, saying:
The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster is still an ongoing danger to the world, despite its now marginal mainstream coverage.
U.N. nuclear experts have arrived in Japan to assess the progress of the decommissioning of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant. Officials said on Monday that the 19-member team from the International Atomic Energy Agency are on a 10-day mission to monitor the management of tons of contaminated water at the site, and to check on progress in the removal and storage of fuel rods.
The team will also look at future plans for containing the worst nuclear accident in a generation - a process that could take 40 years. The IAEA team will visit the Fukushima site and talk with government officials and management of the Tokyo Power Company (TEPCO), which operates the plant. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, 220 kilometers north of Tokyo, was destroyed by a huge earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. More than 150,000 residents were evacuated after the meltdown of three nuclear reactors.
Director Nuria Ibanez photo courtesy http://moreliafilmfest.com
El Cuarto Desnudo (The Naked Room, 2013), a documentary by Mexican director Nuria Ibanez, was screened as part of this year’s Rendezvous Film Festival during a symposium focusing on mental health and youth. In this film, Ibanez visited a children’s psychiatric hospital in Mexico City, where she filmed sessions between children, their parents and psychiatrists. It is a deeply arresting film which highlights a marginalized section of society that is not often offered the opportunity to have their voice heard.
In the film, the camera is focused on the child as they are asked questions by a psychiatrist about their feelings and actions. While parents and guardians are present in the film, they are not shown on camera. Instead the reactions of the child remains the focus as they hear their parents expressions of frustration, sadness or anger. This was a conscious decision by the director.
After years of careful study and consideration, the American National Park service completed a study into the dedication of National Park space to the memory of Latino and farm workers’ union leader Cesar Chavez.
Beginning in 2011, the study researched locations that had historic significance in the life of Chavez, finding five sites to be included in the network that would “tell the story of Cesar Chavez and the farm labor movement.”
As of the publication of the findings of the survey, the proposed sites include the following: The Forty Acres National Historic Landmark and the Filipino Community Hall in Delano, CA, Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, in Keene, CA, McDonnell Hall, in San Jose, CA, and The Santa Rita Center, Phoenix, AZ.
The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has not only caused significant damage and casualties across the country, but could also lead to a group of Filipinos leaving that part of the country, or going abroad.
With the casualty rate clocking in at over 3,600 thus far, 2.5 million in need of immediate food aid and with many of the 11 million Filipinos affected by the typhoon either homeless or displaced, the situation in the country after the typhoon is dire. So far, aid for the country has been minimal, with food, shelter and clean water not yet reaching many of those affected. However, outside aid such as that from an American military operation plan on bringing that aid to the country soon.
If we’re to take previous disasters into account, the track record of people leaving the country or into unaffected areas of the country versus those who stay post-disaster has shown that an exodus of sorts may be in the Philippines’ not-too-distant future.
Whether you love or hate it, there’s no doubt that Fifty Shades of Grey – soon to be a major motion picture – is a cultural phenomenon, even if it may rub some people the wrong way.
Featuring perhaps the most polarizing viewpoints expressed towards a series since the Twilight novels, the sexually explicit book series by E.L. James is being made into a movie set for release in August 2014; starring Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, and Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey.
The series has gained a massive share of followers, with 70 million copies of the series sold worldwide to date, as well as winning the “Popular Fiction” and “Book of the Year” awards at the 2012 UK National Book Awards.