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Human rights groups urge privacy protection in COVID-19 contact tracing efforts

first_imgRead also: What to know before using PeduliLindungi surveillance app, according to cybersecurity expertThe fact that Indonesia also lacks a robust personal data protection regulation in line with the best practices — such as that implemented by Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – raises concerns about privacy protection, they added.“The data collection process from all contact tracing efforts must be in line with internationally-accepted standards and best practices, particularly the World Health Organization’s ‘Ethical considerations to guide the use of digital proximity tracking technologies for COVID-19 contact tracing,” they urged.In this regard, the parties request the Indonesian government to “release the white paper and the source code of the PeduliLindungi app under an open-source license”, in which all necessary details of the system’s architecture, functions, protocols, data management and security design are placed. The Indonesian representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and various human rights organizations have sent an open letter to the Indonesian government, demanding transparency in its contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic.In an open letter to the Communications and Information Ministry, Indonesian representative to the AICHR Yuyun Wahyuningrum and 13 human rights organizations urged the government to issue a specific regulation on its contact tracing efforts, including on the data collected and how the data should be treated to protect privacy.“In April 2020, as COVID-19 spread, Indonesia rolled out the PeduliLindungi app. While other countries have released the source code of their exposure notification apps, the only available information about PeduliLindungi is from the government. The source code of the app has never been released and the privacy policy of the app has never been clearly stated at the iOS and Android app stores,” the letter’s signees said in a statement on Tuesday. “The source code should be that of the deployed system, complete, up-to-date and buildable so that the system’s security and privacy treatment can be independently verified. The white paper and the source code must be regularly updated along with the app,” they said.Furthermore, the government should “provide a clear privacy policy for PeduliLindungi at both the App Store and Google Play. All the elements of how the data is collected, processed and stored must be transparent and in line with international standards and best practices for privacy protection. Users’ informed consent must be obtained before the app can be downloaded”.Read also: Robust personal data protection critical in COVID-19 fightIn addition, the alliance urged the government to issue data privacy regulations that specifically address the PeduliLindungi app and to be transparent about the data breach that occurred in PeduliLindungi’s database.“The [Communications and Information] ministry should conduct a formal investigation and report on the incident and take steps to harden the system to prevent a reoccurrence.”“In keeping with its international commitments to protect the fundamental human right to privacy, the Indonesian government must protect the right to privacy of citizens in any upcoming contact tracing efforts,” they concluded, adding that transparency must be provided to the furthest extent possible in relation to how privacy is treated.Among the signees are various parties advocating human rights issues, including the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet), the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy, FORUM-ASIA, the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS), the Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) and the Human Rights Working Group. (asp)Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article misstated that the open letter was signed by the AICHR. The letter was only signed by the Indonesian representative to the AICHR.Topics :last_img read more

60% of Africa’s population has no access to data services

first_imgUp to 60% of Africa’s population still do not have access to data services. Around 20% of people that have smartphones do not use them for data. These were some of the revelations emerging out of the Mobile Africa 360 conference in Cape Town, South Africa. CCTV’s Travers Andrews reports.Sub -Saharan Africa’s mobile industry is a key economic driver and employment creator,that has generated over $100 billion to the region’s GDP last year.The region now has 367 million mobile subscribers but even with these encouraging numbers,the mobile ecosystem is set for decline in growth in the coming years.This is according to a newly released report on Sub Saharan Africa’s Mobile Economy released at the Mobile Africa 360 conference which paints a picture of a decrease in consumer sentiment over costs of mobile devices and data prices.Although that drop is happening in Africa,its still twice the global average and thats due to the fact that many Africans are still without access to mobile phones or the internet.South Africa’s MTN only has 19% of its consumer base on smartphones but its actively targeting higher growth by sharing infrastructure with other network providers in order to slash costs to consumers and investing in local content for its video on demand services.last_img read more

UPDATE: Sheriff’s Office need help finding missing woman

first_imgOriginal Story: The Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the publics’ assistance to find a missing endangered adult female.Jessica Ledbetter, 33, white female, 4’11”, 200 lbs, short straight blonde hair, blue eyes, was last seen on Markland Pike at approximately 4:30 AM Wednesday morning heading north on foot towards East Enterprise.  Ledbetter was wearing pajamas with a blue top and possibly barefoot at that time.If you have seen this woman or have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office immediately at (812)427-3636. Vevay, IN—UPDATE: Jessica Ledbetter has been reported as found by the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office in the late afternoon Thursday and is reported to be in stable condition.  last_img read more

Australian Open: Muguruza sets up Halep semi-final clash

first_imgRelatedPosts Halep wins Italian Open Pliskova lands in Italian Open final New South Wales offers to host Australian Open as Melbourne battles COVID-19 spike Garbine Muguruza will face Simona Halep in her first Australian Open semi-final after defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Muguruza is unseeded but has shown some of the form that brought her the French Open title in 2016 and Wimbledon a year later to put together her best run at Melbourne Park. She had only reached one slam semi-final since winning at SW19, at the French Open in 2018, and lost her first set of this tournament 6-0 to American Shelby Rogers as she recovered from illness. From there Muguruza has been inspired and she won a battle of the big hitters 7-5 6-3 against Russian Pavlyuchenkova, who has now lost all six of her slam quarter-finals. A twist to this contest saw Muguruza face her long-time coach Sam Sumyk, who is now working with Pavlyuchenkova, but it was the Spaniard who had the last laugh. She has teamed up again with Conchita Martinez, who led her to the Wimbledon title in a temporary arrangement, and it certainly appears a productive partnership. Muguruza will go into the semi-finals as the underdog, though, given the form of fourth seed Halep, who needed just 53 minutes to beat Anett Kontaveit 6-1 6-1. “I think the toughest moment is when you work hard, work like before, or even harder, and you don’t feel like results are coming fast. Athletes sometimes can get a little bit desperate, get too impatient about it,” said Muguruza. “It’s very tough to be for so many years in the top of the game, being that consistent. I feel like it’s something super hard to do. Barely few players can hold that for many, many years in a row. “You just have to be patient and go through the rough moments, just hang in there and it will come back again.” Halep is the only player left in singles yet to drop a set. “Perfection doesn’t exist, but I’m very happy with the way I played,” she said. “I felt great on court. I was moving great. I felt the ball really, really good. It was a great match.”Tags: Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaAustralian OpenGarbine MuguruzaSimona Haleplast_img read more

Clonmel RFC unbeaten run over

first_imgMeanwhile, Kilfeacle beat Waterpark on a score-line of 27-20. Clonmel RFC suffered their first defeat of the season in their Munster Junior League Division One match-up this afternoon.They lost out in their away game to St Senans on a score-line of Clonmel 19 St Senans 13.They now drop to second after Newcastlewest beat Kinsale by 27 points to 20 yesterday.last_img

Webber praises Nico Rosberg’s retirement

first_imgFormer F1 driver Mark Webber says it’s impressive Nico Rosberg’s retired from the sport at the top of his game.The German announced last week he’d called it a day at just 31 – five days after winning his first drivers’ world championship with Mercedes.Webber says Rosberg’s young family will be a factor – and that it’s not that strange he’s retired.last_img

Tipp at loss with injuries to key players

first_imgSpeaking to Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson after the match Liam Kearns said they need the strength in depth to overcome the loss of key players. Tipperary senior football manager Liam Kearns says his players need to step up to the mark when key players are injured.The Premier drew with Clare in their National Football League outing against Clare yesterday.Tipp started the game without the injured Stephen O’Brien while Michael Quinlivan went off injured in the game at Cusack Park.last_img

Ronaldo and Messi top Goal list despite early World Cup exits

first_imgShare Data from global football publisher Goal proves that despite early exists, Ronaldo and Messi were still the stars of the 2018 World Cup, with Neymar close behind.Over the course of the World Cup, more than 159 million fans engaged with Goal through a combination of its websites, mobile apps and social accounts, 111 million of which came through its 38 international websites. Using the website data, the publisher has revealed that, despite Messi’s Argentina and Ronaldo’s Portugal failure to make it beyond the round of 16, both players dominated user interest, with Neymar in third place.Highlighting the competition between the two players, Ronaldo narrowly beat Messi to be the player responsible for generating the most traffic to Goal, with 10.3 million page views attributed to the Portuguese attacker. Messi was only a half a million behind Ronaldo, with 9.8 million page views attributed to the Argentinian forward. In analysing player data, non-World Cup content is excluded (e.g. Ronaldo’s Juventus transfer).Neymar’s on-field theatrics earned him plenty of attention in Russia. However, the world’s most expensive player could only bring in just over half of the page views that both Ronaldo and Messi delivered, generating six million page views.Behind Neymar, in terms of global page views were Kylian Mbappe (3.1 million), Luka Modric (2.5 million), Antoine Griezmann (2.1 million), Harry Kane (2 million), Mohammed Salah (1.4 million), and Romelu Lukaku (1.2 million).James Dickens, Goal’s Global Editor-in-chief, said: “Being able to cater for global football fans puts us in an enviable position at Goal and presents us with data that helps us to understand them better.“Publishers and brands recognise that Ronaldo and Messi won’t last for ever and that new stars will have to take their place. Russia 2018 is regarded by many as the both players’ final World Cup, giving us four years to find their heirs.” StumbleUpon Share Paddy Power kicks off summer sports calendar with Pro-Am tournament June 4, 2020 Related Articles Favourable football results and US expansion drive Kambi Q1 growth April 24, 2020 Premier League players raise funds for NHS with #PlayersTogether initiative April 9, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Bonsignore: What The Friedman are Dodgers doing?

first_imgMore on that in a bit, but all I know is that since Friedman the wonder kid took over baseball operations for the Dodgers, they’ve traded Matt Kemp and Dee Gordon and let Greinke walk out the door.If that’s his idea of improving the team, maybe he really is some baseball genius or savant.Because his plan or vision is flying so far over my head I can’t make any sense of it.Back to Greinke.The All-Star right hander is off to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who snuck in a side door and stole the Dodgers co-ace Friday for a whopping $206 million over six years. Off to the desert he goes, in one of those baseball shockers that caught everyone by surprise. No Greinke on the Dodgers is weird — and depressing — enough.Greinke to the Diamondbacks makes it even weirder and scarier.You just know he’s going to stick it in the Dodgers’ ears for the next six years.It’s a kick to the stomach right now.Come April, it will be a reminder of what should have been. What a winter this is turning out to be.Where the Dodgers go from here is anyone’s guess. You don’t just replace a pitcher the caliber of Greinke. He was neck-and-neck with Clayton Kershaw as the Dodgers’ co-ace, gave them certainty at the top of the pitching order and the guarantee they’d essentially be in 66 or so of the games he and Kershaw started.Greinke was the major league leader with a 1.66 ERA. No one has done better in two decades. On the backs of he and Kershaw, the Dodgers won another division title and took the eventual National League champion Mets to a win-or-go-home Game 5 of the NLCS.It didn’t meet expectations. With a $300 million payroll, it’s always World Series or bust.But they never even come close to a division title without Greinke and Kershaw teaming up as one of the most dominant pitching duos in baseball history.But Batman just lost Robin, and while Kershaw remains the best pitcher in the game, he’s just one human being able to take the ball 33 to 35 times a season.Last I checked there are 162 games in a season. That’s a whole bunch of games that need to be pitched — and won — and not a lot of certainty to address them with.It’s basically just Kershaw, and, well, you know.A whole bunch of nothing.Add in the hole at second base, uncertainty in left field and right field, a young center fielder who took a swoon over the second half of the season and enters his second year a huge question mark.You have a new manager. A brand-new coaching staff. A collection of older players and young ones not yet proven.Yes, $206 million is an incredible amount of money to pat a pitcher on the north side of 30. But considering the state of the Dodgers pitching staff, and the uncertainty facing the rest of the starting lineup, it was imperative the Dodgers pony it up.The Dodgers can afford a lot of things, just not the loss of the best right-hander in the National League.So now we turn to Friedman, who was brought in last year to run the Dodgers baseball office. Considering the money the Dodgers paid him and the expectations that came with his arrival, you would think we’d be much further ahead in the process then we are right now.The Dodgers were supposed to get better under Friedman.If anything, they’ve gotten worse.It’s already a cold winter. And with that, Zack Greinke and his 19 wins walk right out the door.And just like that, the Dodgers take a dramatic step backward.But that’s OK because Andrew Friedman is on top of this, right?Right?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

As Dodgers set their rotation order, playoff starts remain ‘very interchangeable’

first_imgLOS ANGELES – The Dodgers’ starting rotation for the final week of the regular season is all but set.Clayton Kershaw will pitch Thursday in the finale of a three-game series in San Diego, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Walker Buehler and Hyun-Jin Ryu are lined up to start Friday and Saturday in San Francisco.Rich Hill will start Tuesday’s game in San Diego. That lines up the lefty to start the Dodgers’ regular-season finale Sunday in San Francisco. The only start left unaccounted for is Wednesday against the Padres – “to be determined” according to Roberts, though the Dodgers will almost certainly deploy some combination of relief pitchers in a “bullpen game.”Hill will attempt to throw two innings against the Padres after a left knee injury limited him to two-thirds of an inning in his last start, Sept. 12 in Baltimore. He tested the knee in a simulated game Friday at Dodger Stadium and reported no pain afterward. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Other than Hill, there is no predetermined innings limit for the Dodgers’ pitchers in their final starts.“I think it’s individual-based,” Roberts said. “I think Clayton versus Walker versus Hyun-Jin, they all have their own separate desires or needs to get ready for the postseason. (There) may be somewhat of an abbreviation but I don’t think it’s the 3-(inning) and 45-(pitch) exercise.”Roberts’ chosen rotation order strongly suggests Kershaw will pitch Game 1 of the National League Division Series, which begins Thursday, Oct. 3. Buehler and Ryu are lined up start games 2 and 3.For his part, Roberts was not ready to commit to that order – or any order – on Sunday.“If you look at our three guys, they’re very interchangeable even going into their last starts,” Roberts said. “Clayton on Thursday, Walker, then Hyun-Jin – we can still kind of pivot, as far as aligning them 1, 2 and 3. I don’t think we can make a bad decision.Related Articles “The way that they feel right now, I think we’re in a great spot.”Ryu (13-5) leads the National League in earned-run average at 2.45. Buehler (13-4) leads the Dodgers’ staff in innings pitched with 177 1/3. Kershaw (15-5) leads the team in victories.INJURY UPDATESFor the second straight day, Max Muncy didn’t play because of quadricep tightness. Muncy sustained the injury running the bases in the seventh inning of Friday’s win over the Rockies. Matt Beaty got the start at first base Sunday.“With a quad, that could show itself even coming out of the (batter’s) box, when you’re coming out of the box trying to get down the line,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “Where we’re at right now, it’s just not worth it. Have (Muncy) available off the bench. I feel good about it. Playoff game, he’d be in there. It’s just the right thing to do.”Pitcher Joe Kelly missed a third straight game with “general body soreness.” Neither he nor Roberts elaborated further on the location, nature or severity of Kelly’s injury.ALSOThe Dodgers drew an announced crowd of 47,948 in their final regular season home game of 2019. Their total home attendance of 3,974,309 was announced as a team record. … The Dodgers became the first team to average 49,000 fans per game, as measured by tickets sold, since the 2008 Mets (49,902) and Yankees (53,070). … The Dodgers reached 100 wins for the seventh time in franchise history. They need to win each of their six remaining games to surpass the 1953 club’s franchise record of 105 wins. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more