“The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favour of the state and away from the rights of the individual – rights that are enshrined in our constitution,” urges the letter signed by the eight US-based internet giants. “This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for change.”Several of the companies claim the revelations have shaken public faith in the internet and blamed spy agencies for the resulting threat to their business interests. “People won’t use technology they don’t trust,” said Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel. “Governments have put this trust at risk, and governments need to help restore it.”
NSA surveillance: tech companies demand sweeping changes to US laws
Lately, Fouad Faris spends most of his time on the computer, scrolling and clicking on Facebook pages that offer news from Syria. He video-chats with friends and family who are now far-flung: some are in Syria, others are sheltered in places like Turkey and Jordan.
This is important. Stop big cat hunting. This literally is making me cry.
The way the lion tries to shut out the light…
:Why would you shoot it?
"In both her tweets, and her Glamour article, Rashida points to sex workers – "whores" – as the problem. They are the women that we should not act like, who we should distance ourselves, who we should cry for and then castigate. This is hardly new for sex workers; feminist have been calling sex workers traitors and pointing to them as the enemy for decades. But for a wave of feminism that has supposedly improved dramatically upon the sins of the past, it is rather shocking not just to see Rashida base her feminism on whorephobia, but to see such support for that whorephobia."
How to Improve your Self Esteem
1. Stop comparing yourself to others.
2. Stop putting yourself down, and attacking yourself with your own thoughts and words.
3. Don’t reject compliments. Instead of automatically brushing them off, recognise that what has been said is true.
4. Deliberately affirm yourself throughout the day…
"When checks and balances break down, all society can rely on are the whistleblowers," Tim Berners-Lee told reporters, in response to a question on Snowden, who is a fugitive because of the US intelligence files he leaked.
“And because they have been performing this important function of saving society when it is in its most desperate state, therefore we need, I think, to have a form of international recognition for whistleblowers,” added Berners-Lee.
“I don’t think an automatic Nobel prize is necessarily part of that, but some way of generating an amnesty,” Berners-Lee explained, saying countries should band together to protect those whose leaks “really help humanity and not hurt humanity”.