At age 30, World Wide Web is ‘not the web we wanted’

At the ripe old age of 30 and with half the globe using it, the World Wide Web is facing growing pains with issues like hate speech, privacy concerns and state-sponsored hacking, its creator says, trumpeting a call to make it better for humanity.

Tim Berners-Lee on Tuesday joined a celebration of the Web and reminisced about his invention at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, starting with a proposal published on March 12, 1989. It opened the way to a technological revolution that has transformed the way people buy goods, share ideas, get information and much more.

It’s also become a place where tech titans scoop up personal data, rival governments spy and seek to scuttle elections, and hate speech and vitriol have thrived — taking the Web far from its roots as a space for progress-oriented minds to collaborate.

As of late 2018, half of the world was online, with the other half often struggling to secure access.

Speaking at a “Web@30” conference at CERN, Berners-Lee acknowledged that a sense among many who are already on the Web has become: “Whoops! The web is not the web we wanted in every respect.”

His World Wide Web Foundation wants to enlist governments, companies, and citizens to take a greater role in shaping the web for good under principles laid out in its “Contract for the Web.”

Under the contract, governments are called upon to make sure everyone can connect to the internet, to keep it available and to respect privacy. Companies are to make the internet affordable, respect privacy and develop technology that will put people — and the “public good” — first. Citizens are to create and to cooperate and respect “civil discourse,” among other things.

“The Contract for the Web is about sitting down in working groups with other people who signed up, and to say, ‘Ok, let’s work out what this really means,’” Berners-Lee said. It was unclear, however, how such rules would be enforced.

Berners-Lee cautioned it was important to strike a balance between oversight and freedom but difficult to agree what it should be.

“Where is the balance between leaving the tech companies to do the right thing and regulating them? Where is the balance between freedom of speech and hate speech?” he said.

The conference, which brought together Internet and tech experts, also gave CERN the chance to showcase its reputation as an open-source incubator of ideas. Berners-Lee worked there in the late 1980s, and had been determined to help bridge a communications and documentation gap among different computer platforms.


Excess body weight and the world of cancer

According to new studies, excess body weight is an established cause of cancer, currently known to be linked to 13 cancers.

A new study looking at the share of cancers related to obesity finds the proportion of cancer cases that could be attributable to excess body weight reflects variations in obesity rates in the U.S.

The burden of obesity-related cancers

Cancers related to body weight is twice as predominant in women than in men.

While differences in excess body weight is well-known across countries and cities, there is little information on the burden of obesity-related cancers.

To learn more, American Cancer Societyinvestigators led by Farhad Islami, M.D., Ph.D., Scientific Director, Surveillance Research, calculated the population attributable fraction (PAF) of incident cancer cases attributable to excess body weight among adults in all 50 states of America and the District of Columbia.

They found that in both men and women, there was at least a 1.5-fold difference between states with the highest and lowest proportions of cancers attributable to excess body weight.

Among men, the population attributable fraction (PAF) ranged from 3.9% in Montana to 6.0% in Texas. Meanwhile, the PAF for women was approximately twice as high as for men, ranging from 7.1% in Hawaii to 11.4% in the District of Columbia. States with largest PAFs were mostly located in the South and Midwest, plus Alaska and the District of Columbia.

The proportion was far greater for some individual cancer types.

“The proportion of cancers attributable to [excess body weight] varies among states, but [excess body weight] accounts for at least 1 in 17 of all incident cancers in each state.” Explained the researchers.

“Broad implementation of known community and individual-level interventions is needed to reduce access to and marketing of unhealthy foods (e.g. through a tax on sugary drinks) and to promote and increase access to healthy foods and physical activity, as well as preventive care.”


World Hijab Day Encourages All Women to Wear Veil in Solidarity with Muslims

The World Hijab Day (WHD) non-profit organization launched its 2019 campaign Wednesday, encouraging women and girls of all faiths, backgrounds, and ethnicities to “voice their choice” of wearing the headscarf for 24 hours on February 1, in solidarity with Muslim women across the world.

“#FreeInHijab is the much-needed hashtag for our current global situation where women in hijab are labeled by media as oppressed and symbolically imprisoned,” Nazma Khan told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency (AA).

“Through this hashtag, women are encouraged to voice their choice of wearing the hijab; thus dispelling common misconceptions,” Khan added.

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VIDEO: Ocasio-Cortez Says The Carbon Tax Will Impose World Government

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivered a speech at a “Climate Change Town Hall” in which she likened fighting climate change to the civil rights movement.

Alex exposes the hypocrisy of leftists that promotes higher taxes on carbon while living extravagant lifestyles that actually cause pollution.


Scientists Urge World To Share DNA In Centralized Database “For Your Protection”

Between the ever-encroaching eye of Big Brother, the imminent events of pre-crime AI, the exposure of tech behemoth privacy contempt, and the inevitable ‘hack’ of any and everything online, it is perhaps understandable that your average joe is more than a little nervous.

No matter how romantic the idea of discovering you are 1/1024th native American – to hand over their DNA to the next tom, dick or dotcom wanting to tell you if you’re lactose intolerant or when you’ll get diabetes.

But, luckily for all of us skeptics, the clever people have a solution to our plebian ignorance.

As Bloomberg reports, a group of medical researchers have a counter-intuitive proposal for shielding people’s most intimate personal data from prying eyes.


Immigration to U.S. from Third World, Islamic Nations Skyrockets Since 2010

Legal immigration from the third world and Islamic nations has skyrocketed the most since 2010, a new analysis finds.

Census Bureau data analyzed by researchers at the Center for Immigration Studies reveals that America has greatly increased immigration from the third world and Islamic regions within the last seven years.

Since 2010, foreign countries with the largest percentage increases based on the number of legal immigrants they are sending to the U.S. include:

  • Nepal – 120 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • Burma (Myanmar) – 95 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • Venezuela – 91 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • Afghanistan – 84 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • Saudi Arabia – 83 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • Syria – 75 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • Bangladesh – 62 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • Nigeria – 57 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • Kenya – 56 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • India – 47 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • Iraq – 45 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • Ethiopia – 44 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • Egypt – 34 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • Brazil – 33 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • Dominican Republic – 32 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • Ghana – 32 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • China – 31 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • Pakistan – 31 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
  • Somalia – 29 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.

In this same time frame, unlikely states like North Dakota and Wyoming saw the largest percentage increases in the number foreign-born residents resettling in the region.

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LGBT World Cup fans headed to Russia advised to be cautious

LGBT fans who are going to Russia to support England in the World Cup have been warned against displaying affection in public places. Homosexuality is not illegal in Russia, but there are no laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. The 2018 Fifa World Cup begins in Russia on 14 June. ‘Negative attention’ The Foreign Office advice to LGBT travellers reads: “Public displays of affection may attract negative attention. The republics of the North Caucasus are particularly intolerant to LGBT+ issues. Since April 2016, reports continue to be received of state persecution of the LGBT+ community in Chechnya.” In Chechnya, a Russian republic, it has been reported that more than one hundred gay men have been detained on suspicion of homosexuality. “In 2018 Russia was ranked 45th out of 49 European countries for LGBT+ rights by ILGA-Europe,” according to the advice. “There are no laws that exist to protect LGBT+ people from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.” Moscow Pride banned In 2012, Moscow Pride was banned for 100 years. The following year, the country passed a law banning the promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations” to under-18s. This has led to reports of harassment, threats and acts of violence towards the LGBT community. No foreign nationals have been charged or convicted under the law. The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) said the crackdown in Chechnya has extended to other areas of the North Caucasus and advised LGBT fans to avoid this area. No World Cup matches will take place in this region.

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Six countries planning boycotts of 2018 World Cup in Russia

They are Poland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Australia and Japan, with more expected to follow.

The communal snubs come after Theresa May’s announcement last week that Prince William and all her government ministers will refuse to play any part in the competition.

And they are another boost for the PM in her stand off against Vladimir Putin.

Polish President Andrzej Duda was the first world leader to stand alongside Mrs May by revealing he has refused to go to the tournament’s opening ceremony in Moscow on June 14.


The world keeps using more antibiotics and it’s making us sick

“As lower- and middle-income countries increase their economic growth and start to use antibiotics more, we don’t want them to fall into the same trap that higher-income countries have,” he said. “While we need to reduce consumption globally, we need to do it in a safe and effective manner that still allows low-income countries access to antibiotics.”

>> Read more: Why taking unneeded antibiotics might make you fat, and other facts to know

The U.S. total of 3.3 billion doses for 2015 was relatively unchanged from 3.4 billion doses in 2000. But the population rose during that period, so the picture looked better on a per-person basis, Klein said. Study authors calculated a rate of 28.2 doses per 1,000 U.S. residents every day in 2015, down 14 percent from 32.9 doses per 1,000 residents in 2000.

In the process, the U.S. fell from the top five countries in per-capita antibiotic use:

  • In 2000, the five highest consumption rates occurred in high-income countries: France, New Zealand, Spain, Hong Kong, and the U.S., the authors found, using sales data from the global research firm IQVIA.
  • In 2015, three of the five highest rates occurred in low- or middle-income countries: Turkey (first), Tunisia (second), and Algeria (fifth). Higher-income countries Spain and Greece were third and fourth on the list.

The results from the U.S., Japan, and some other developed nations were promising, said Jason C. Gallagher, a clinical professor and infectious diseases specialist at Temple University’s School of Pharmacy.

“But you had much of the rest of the world catching up, and that is discouraging,” said Gallagher, who was not involved in the research. That’s a concern because in a global economy, a drug-resistant pathogen can spread easily from one country to the next.

Antibiotics promote resistance in this way: Though they may be effective against a specific organism that is causing disease, they kill other microbes in the process. That means clear sailing for any remaining bacteria that were resistant to the drug, enabling them to multiply.

And contrary to popular perception, that problem can arise even when antibiotics are used appropriately, Temple’s Gallagher said.

“Any use leads to resistance,” he said. “If you’re using amoxicillin to treat someone’s strep infection, the bacteria in your gut do not care. It can still lead to a resistant infection elsewhere in the body.”

Not included in the study is another cause for concern: the overuse of antibiotics in livestock. In the U.S., the drugs are given to farm animals in far greater numbers than to human patients.

While the drugs are needed to treat sick animals, some farmers have traditionally used them as a preventive measure or even just to promote growth. Public health experts warn that such overuse may lead to the development of drug-resistant bacteria, which in turn can spread from farm animals to humans.


Global elite secretly running our world claims former DEFENCE MINISTER

Paul Hellyer, a former Canadian Minister of Defence, is believed to be the highest-ranking former politician to come out as a believer of the popular conspiracy theory.

As one of the world’s biggest conspiracy theories, the Illuminati is said to be a secretive global elite which runs governments from behind the scenes and is planning to introduce a New World Order (NWO).

Its key members are said to be drawn from Hollywood and world political and business leaders, with some even accusing its true leaders of being reptilian lizards from space.

Accusations vary in extremities from the simple implementation of the NWO as a goal at the least, to the Illuminati being a highly Satanic cult seeking to return the devil to earth.