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first_imgA new Bodleian archive of 5 million UK websites has been criticised by privacy campaigners and civil rights groups. The Bod, in association with the British Library and five other libraries from across the country, announced its participation in the Internet Archive scheme earlier in April. Over 1 billion webpages are in the process of being permanently archived by the Library to snapshot the nation’s ‘digital memory’.Some privacy campaigners have now voiced concerns about the project’s implications. Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch, warned that social media users were at risk of inadvertent exposure, opining, “While the archive cannot access private or password-protected websites, many people might not realise that what they upload to the public web would be enshrined forever.”He told Cherwell, “The danger of unintended consequences is magnified by how wide they’ve cast the net.”Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, pointed out that the main issue was with websites who failed to make their privacy policies clear to users. He told the BBC, “My concern is that a lot of Facebook comments are public and people don’t realise they’re publishing to the world. That’s Facebook’s fault, not the British Library’s – their user settings need to be changed in line with people’s expectations.”The archive cuold eventually contain every public tweet or Facebook post in the British web domain, as it moves to comply with an Act of Parliament passed over 10 years ago. The regulations, known as legal deposit, ensure that ephemeral materials like websites can be collected and preserved forever.Information hidden behind privacy walls on sites such as Facebook, eBay and Amazon will not be recorded. The archive will be limited to pages in the UK web domain and will offer a takedown procedure to remove content that has been mistakenly trawled.For centuries the Bodleian has kept a copy of every book, pamphlet, magazine and newspaper published in the UK as part of a process knownas legal deposit. New regulations from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport mean that the Bodleian’s participation in the archive scheme is compulsory.Sarah Thomas, Bodley’s Librarian, said that the project “will provide future researchers with access to information which otherwise would have been lost and which can contribute to understanding such diverse experiences as the Olympics and nutrition and taste in school dinners.”Some say that the project was long overdue. Without the archive many researchers fear a massive ‘digital black-hole’ in UK history may hinderthe investigations of scholars. Ben Sanderson from the British Librarysaid we had already lost a lot, such as “the material that was posted by thepublic during the 7/7 bombings.”One second-year Hertford historian praised the scheme saying, “You can’t really understand the early 21st century without the Internet… We need to realise as a society that things put up on the Internet are there for everyone to see, perhaps now forever.”The archive process will take three months, with another two months to process the data. The data will be available in Bodleian reading rooms.last_img read more

first_imgGermany’s pension fund association, the aba, has called for national or European bodies to support the industry’s investment in infrastructure by assessing the risk associated with individual projects.Responding to a report by the European Parliament’s committee on economic and monetary affairs (ECON) report examining the long-term financing of the Continent’s economy, the association said that bodies such as the European Investment Bank (EIB) could potentially support Germany’s occupational pensions (bAV) sector, as they so far had little experience of infrastructure investment and were unlikely to become experts in the “niche area” in the near term.The position paper said: “The new assets in the field of long-term investment require more credit analysis and greater credit-analysis skills than existing assets, such as low-risk securities.”Echoing PensionEurope’s own position paper on European Long-Term Investment Funds (ELTIF), the aba also said it would be helpful if the EIB stepped in and guaranteed certain projects. The call comes shortly after asset manager Mirova suggested that fund managers behind ELTIFs should be bound by a ‘comply or explain’ approach on their socially responsible investment strategy.The aba further called on the Parliament to accept that, if the European Commission were to introduce capital requirements for pension funds – as long proposed through the revised IORP Directive – it should also call for an investigation into the impact of the regulation on long-term investing, similar to the one underway to investigate the impact of Solvency II on insurers.The association also reiterated its dislike of the financial transaction tax, saying it “should be avoided for the bAV sector in general – and not only in regard to long-term investments”.“Reductions in the pensions payable in Germany of an estimated 3-8% as a result of the introduction of the proposed financial transaction tax are not acceptable,” it said.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to the aba’s position paper on long-term financing of the European economylast_img read more

first_imgThe Jamaican government collects millions pulling in revenue from amnesty offered to residents who have not paid fines in traffic tickets.The Jamaica government says it has collected some J$160 million from unpaid traffic ticket fines, under the Traffic Ticket Amnesty that started on August 2.National Security Minister, Robert Montague, told the Jamaican Parliament earlier this week that the three-month amnesty which will end on October 31, is pertinent to tickets issued between September 1, 2010 and July 31, 2017.Pay without incurring penaltiesUnder the amnesty, persons are given the opportunity to pay outstanding ticket fines without incurring penalties or any additional fees.“I want to use this opportunity to urge all members of the public who believe they may have any outstanding ticket or tickets to make that call before the new Road Traffic Act comes in with harsher penalties,” Montague said.Pay onlineMotorists may pay outstanding traffic tickets online, using Tax Administration Jamaica’s website – jamaicatax.gov.jm – or at any Tax Office located island-wide.According to official figures, the outstanding traffic tickets in the courts total J$2.283 billion, with the Inland Revenue Department records indicating that there is J$565.92 million in outstanding tickets as at December 31, 2016.Notorious offendersAccording to reports some Jamaican motorists are notorious for paying scan attention to traffic tickets issued to them by law enforcement officers for various traffic violations. This lax action has costed the Jamaican government significant in loss of revenue.The tax holiday is meant to correct the situation by allowing those who were given traffic tickets the opportunity to pay the fines without penalty. After, October, the penalty for ignoring payment traffic ticket fines is expected to be very stern.Several officesTax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has opened several offices on Saturdays during the three month Traffic Ticket Amnesty to facilitate members of the public paying their outstanding traffic ticket fines. The following Tax Offices operate between the hours of 10am – 4pm:Constant SpringMontego BaySpanish TownMay PenMandevilleSavanna-la-marSt. Ann’s BayThe Portmore Tax Office will continue its regular Saturday opening.last_img read more

first_imgNHL free agency 2019: Complete list of all 31 teams’ UFA, RFA players With Sebastian Aho staying in Carolina, the Canadiens looked to a familiar face to help maintain their current roster.The Habs announced on Thursday restricted free agent winger Artturi Lehkonen re-signed to a two-year deal with an AAV of $2.4 million. The 24-year-old played all 82 games for the first time in his three-year career last season recording a career-high 31 points (11-20-31) in the process. Canadiens agree to terms on a 2-year contract with forward Artturi Lehkonen (AAV of $2.4 million).DETAILS ➡ https://t.co/Y3kvBkHsZr#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/zHhzlDkxLp— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 11, 2019A second-round pick by Montreal in 2013, the Finland native should surpass 300 games played in a Canadiens uniform early into the second year of his contract if he remains healthy.Lehkonen re-signed with Montreal the same day as fellow arbitration-filer Joel Armia, who signed a two-year contract with an AAV of $2.6 million.CapFriendly projects the Canadiens have $4,844,524 remaining in cap space with only Charles Hudon left to bring back from last year’s active roster. Hudon has his arbitration hearing scheduled for Aug. 2.last_img read more