REVIEW AFTER DONEGAL FARMERS REFUSED BENEFITS WIN APPEALS

first_imgDeputy PringleTHE Department of Social Protection has promised a review after 16 Donegal farmers refused benefits were later given them after an appeal.Donegal TD Thomas Pringle raised the issue in the Dáil with Minister Joan Burton who indicated a review will be carried out within her Department.The anomalies came to the attention of the Deputy when part-time farmers across Donegal from Gleann Cholmcille to Donegal Town were consistently refused Farm Assist and Jobseekers’ Benefit but were awarded payments in the appeal process. “Personally, I have dealt with 17 different appeals cases after part-time farmers came to me wondering why they were refused in the first place,” said Pringle.“All bar one have been upheld as the individual having an entitlement to Jobseekers or Farm Assist. That means something is clearly wrong in the Department but it is particularly worrying as Donegal has the second highest number of Farm Assist recipients in the country. This payment is very important for farmers here’ says Pringle.“After dealing with each case, a pattern emerged and I realised these people were wrongly labelled as self-employed at first contact with their local office, even though they are not self-employed.“I raised this with Minister Burton as an urgent matter and while she indicated that the policy has not changed, they are in the process of issuing guideline to Deciding Officers providing greater clarity in relation to who is entitled to Jobseekers’ and Farm Assist” says Pringle. “While I welcome any review, I do feel that too many people have missed out on vital income supports because of this mislabelling. Most were awarded the payment upon appeal but some farmers were seriously struggling as a result.“I wonder how many other farmers have been refused but are unaware they were affected by these anomalies” concludes Pringle. REVIEW AFTER DONEGAL FARMERS REFUSED BENEFITS WIN APPEALS was last modified: November 26th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Darwinians Accept Murder as an Evolutionary Strategy

first_imgChimps do what comes naturally: murder each other. Who’s to argue if natural selection found it to be an effective strategy?The media are abuzz with the latest “finding” of evolutionary biologists: humans don’t cause chimpanzees to act violently toward each other; it’s their natural evolved behavior.  A paper announcing the conclusion in Nature (Wilson et al., “Lethal aggresion in Pan is better explained as adaptive strategies than human impacts”) was discussed in the same issue by Joan B. Silk (Arizona State).  She draws the logical conclusion: if aggression is an adaptive strategy in our nearest evolutionary ancestors, then it must be for humans as well:In 2013, there were 33 armed state-level conflicts around the world.  Many of these had persisted for decades, killed thousands of people and thwarted international peacekeeping efforts. War is certainly a contemporary fixture, but has it always been one? There is vigorous disagreement over the answer to this question. Some argue that warfare has been a pervasive feature throughout human history and has had important effects on human nature, whereas others contend that war is rare in foraging groups, the kinds of societies that we lived in for most of our evolutionary history. Debates about the origins and prevalence of human warfare are echoed in the question of whether lethal coalitionary aggression in chimpanzees has evolved through natural selection or whether it is a non-adaptive consequence of human disturbance. In this issue, Wilson et al. (page 414) argue persuasively on the side of adaptation.With the phrase “natural selection,” Silk points directly to Darwin, who believed the same thing (see 1881 letter, last paragraph).  It’s all part of the old “struggle for existence,” he believed; the higher races of man exterminating the lower ones (like the Europeans over the Turks, the illustration he used).  He writes as if this is a necessary factor for evolutionary progress.  It cannot be considered immoral; what “convictions” could there be in a monkey’s mind, anyway?The conclusion that ape murder is natural comes from years of observations.  There’s enough evidence, the authors say, to show that human imposition did not lead to this behavior.  It is only observed in chimpanzees, apparently, although violence toward outsiders is common in other species.  How, then, can inter-group violence be explained in evolutionary terms?  The authors end their paper, “killing is a means to eliminate rivals when the costs of killing are low.”  Silk summarizes:One point of view is that natural selection has favoured the evolution of lethal coalitionary intergroup aggression in chimpanzees as a means to enhance access to valuable resources, such as food and mates. Intergroup aggression might be more deadly in chimpanzees than in most other species because chimpanzees can exploit the imbalances of power that arise from ‘fission–fusion’ social organization. Chimpanzees often fragment into temporary parties that travel and forage independently within their community’s home range. When parties of males encounter single individuals from other communities, they sometimes launch brutal assaults that leave victims gravely wounded or dead (Fig. 1).Humans can relate to this, can’t they?  Imbalances of power, political parties… war follows, with consequent mayhem and death.  We’re just like them.  It’s scientific fact: “These results should finally put an end to the idea that lethal aggression in chimpanzees is a non-adaptive by-product of anthropogenic influences,” Silk says, followed by a caveat: “but they will probably not be enough to convince everyone.”  Silk points to a number of vexing questions the interpretation raises that will require further research.  Meanwhile, can she convince her readers that human war is not determined by natural selection?Perceptions of the behaviour of non-human primates, particularly chimpanzees, are often distorted by ideology and anthropomorphism, which produce a predisposition to believe that morally desirable features, such as empathy and altruism, have deep evolutionary roots, whereas undesirable features, such as group-level violence and sexual coercion, do not. This reflects a naive form of biological determinism. Selective pressures alter traits as organisms move into new environments and confront new challenges and opportunities. The data tell us that there are some ecological and demographic circumstances in which the benefits of lethal aggression exceed the costs for chimpanzees, nothing more. Humans are not destined to be warlike because chimpanzees sometimes kill their neighbours.Convinced?  Her claim apparently didn’t reach some reporters, who accepted the comparison between chimps and humans unconditionally.  PhysOrg‘s headline, for instance, announces “Natural born killers: Chimpanzee violence is an evolutionary strategy.”  On Live Science, Laura Geggel pointed out that bonobos (another chimp relative) are not as violent, implying that natural selection does not always determine warfare as an adaptive strategy; nevertheless, the study does indicate that “chimps can shed light on the evolution of people,” she said.  Jonathan Webb acknowledged some criticisms of the paper for the BBC News, quoting one anthropologist who warned against the comparison of humans and chimps with the argument: “We have the ability to shape and alter our behaviour in ways that they can’t.”None of the reporters, though, questioned the authors’ contention that chimpanzee violence is an adaptive strategy wrought by natural selection.  In Science Magazine, lead author Michael Wilson (U of Minnesota) had the last word: “if chimpanzees kill for adaptive reasons, then perhaps other species do, too, including humans.”How can the Darwinians escape the logical conclusion that if war is adaptive for chimps, it must be for humans?  They can’t appeal to logic or reason, or to some moral standard.  Everything in their worldview is a consequence of natural selection.  Silk cannot simply assert that “Humans are not destined to be warlike because chimpanzees sometimes kill their neighbours,” slap her hands and say that’s that.  She needs to be consistent.  If the data tell her that there are circumstances for which the benefits of lethal aggression exceed the costs for chimpanzees, the data from human experience should lead to the same evolutionary interpretation.  Humans go to war because of natural selection.If that is the theory, it completely undermines any moral accountability for countries and their leaders.  Whenever the benefit exceeds the cost, a warlord is justified on evolutionary grounds for murdering fellow human beings.  Who is to say, “Thou shalt not”?  Who can question the actions of an impersonal, blind process like natural selection?  Look what Darwin wrote to his friend in that 1881 letter: “Looking to the world at no very distant date, what an endless number of the lower races will have been eliminated by the higher civilised races throughout the world.”  He speaks it with utter moral coldness, as if that is the inevitable result of the mindless process he conceived.The Western world is currently in an uproar over the barbaric actions of Muslim terrorists who post videos on social media of beheadings of innocent victims—and that’s just the tip of a huge iceberg of atrocities committed by their fellow Islamic radical groups: enslavement of girls, genocide of Christians, rockets attacks on peaceful cities.  You know how we could quickly shame the Darwin Party out of their undeserved popularity?  Have Wilson, Silk or the other Darwin apologists go on TV and tell the world that Muslim terrorism is an adaptive strategy of evolution.  It’s not  morally wrong; it’s just a way that Muslims’ selfish genes have determined a cost-benefit ratio in order to further their reproductive success in the face of limited resources.  Wouldn’t that be fun to watch!  We could put it on YouTube and Fave it all over Facebook.  We could call it our “adaptive strategy” to conquer the Darwin Party.  How could they complain?Humans are responsible for the violence of apes.  This is a fallen world because of man’s sin.  The harmonious Garden of Eden that God made had no violence or death.  Once man turned his back on God, and asserted to himself the right to be his own lord, the Creator, in effect, said, “Fine: have it your way.”  He immediately judged man with pains and sorrows, and also removed part (not all) of His preserving control, letting the ecology and the land deteriorate.  Animals have “adapted” to new equilibria not from the bottom up, but from the top down: from holiness and harmony to the priority of surviving in a world of death and self-interest.  The “instinct software” embedded in animals was corrupted by Satan.  A world running by self-interest is like a robotic city hacked and run amok.  Thus, chimpanzees can be found at one moment cooperating to remove parasites from each other’s backs, and at another time fighting to the death.  They don’t know what they are doing, because they are not moral beings created in God’s image with the power of reason and moral choice.Yet the robots still retain the marks of their intelligent design.  What’s amazing is that so many systems work at all; in His mercy, God “did not leave Himself without witness” in this sinful world (Acts 14:16-17).  He has kept alive enough marks of beauty and harmony so that man might long for a return to Eden.  The gateway back now is through the cross of Christ.  In the new creation, violence will be forgotten; there will be no more war, no more tears, no more sorrow—but an eternity of peace, truth and righteousness for those who have loved and trusted in His gracious provision for pardon and reconciliation.The Christian worldview provides the grounds for condemning aggression and violence as unnatural evils contrary to God’s will.  The Christian worldview can also define just warfare by undergirding the moral responsibility for the righteous to protect the innocent and fight evil in self-defense.  It brings moral clarity.  If you want to maintain the evolutionary adaptationist view of war as described above (including all forms of violence, like premeditated murder, rape, the “knockout game,” bank robbery, carjacking, gang violence, and slavery, in addition to organized warfare and terrorism), have it your way.  Just don’t call it evil, and don’t pretend that your cause is righteous.  Those words are undefined in the Darwin Dictionary. 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New eBay Metrics Help Save Millions in Data Center Costs

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair michael kanellos Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… As part of its Digital Service Efficiency effort to reduce power consumption in its data centers, eBay slightly changed some of its software code so that the code would require less memory. Less memory meant more operations could be performed on the same server over a given amount of time.The end result? eBay cut its power consumption by about a megawatt and took 400 servers out of its data centers, saving some $2 million in equipment costs.“The ripple effect was gratifying,” said Dean Nelson, eBay’s vice president of Global Foundation Services during a break at the annual conference of The Green Grid. “We just changed the application a bit to save power.”What Is Digital Service Efficiency (DSE)?Digital Service Efficiency (DSE) is a metric that the auction giant hopes to popularize in the industry. In a nutshell, DSC divides the work accomplished by the power consumed. In eBay’s case, it divides the number of transactions and/or listings by the energy consumed. Energy used in searches is amortized across the entire operations. It is similar to the PUE (Power Use Effectiveness) rating developed by The Green Grid a few years ago, but it arguably is more targeted toward measuring power consumption and actual operations.eBay’s figures don’t include all the crucial energy data — like how much gas gets consumed shipping a 1973-era Mattel Electronic Football game from Salt City, Mo., to a collector in San Jose, Calif. — but the numbers are still compelling. If anything, they underscore how data centers represent a more efficient way to conduct commerce than driving to the mall:eBay conducts 45,914 transactions per kilowatt hour. A medium-sized window-based air conditioner can consume a kilowatt hour in an hour.The company generates $337 million per megawatt hour.eBay has 52,075 servers that serve 112 million active users.It gets $116,716 in revenue per server.eBay racked up 7.3 trillion “transactions”, i.e. URL requests to buy or sell something, in 2012. That’s more than 1,000 transactions for every person on the planet.The numbers come from eBay, so one can take them with a grain of salt, but the overall picture is pretty clear. The company serves a lot of customers fairly efficiently. At a minimum, the company is certainly doing its homework to make it as efficient as possible.The Dell MDC server racks before the cooling unit is attached.How Can DSE Help Save Money In The Datacenter?eBay, for instance, has reduced the number of server configurations it will deploy down to two. Previously, it had 200 to 300 server configurations, with 15 of them accounting for 80% of the total population.) eBay now has a High Performance Computing (HPC) server designed to handle transactions. The HPC servers contain 72GB of memory and 4 hard drives. They are tuned, says Nelson, for rapid processing. A single rack can hold 96 of the servers, brining the total RAM per rack to 6,192GB.Complementing the HPC servers are eBay’s Big Data servers, of which 48 can fit into a rack. Each Big Data server comes with a dozen 2TB drives. The Big Data servers can fit 1.2 petabytes of storage capacity per rack. The next Big Data servers may come with 3TB or 4TB drives, which would boost the total storage capacity in a rack to between two and three petabytes. Two petabytes can hold the same amount of information contained in all of the academic research libraries in the U.S. (Unlike Google or Facebook, however, eBay is not designing its own equipment in datacenters. Instead, it will buy from computer vendors.)It has also created a showcase datacenter in Phoenix, dubbed Project Mercury, that utilizes modular containers to isolate equipment and pack it more densely along with liquid cooling. (If you can lower air conditioning bills in Arizona, you can lower them anywhere!)An HP POD being installed next to another PODThe challenge now lies in balancing efficiency with necessary growth. Storage capacity, in particular, is set to explode.“It is the storage, stupid,” Nelson said. “The volume of growth of storage is insane. We added 100 petabytes of capacity in the last 12 months.”center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Big Data#Data Centers#ebay#efficiency Related Posts last_img read more

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How the Law of Attraction Really Works

first_imgI believe deeply that the law of attraction works. With one major caveat.What the Law StatesThe law of attraction is the idea that your thoughts, positive or negative, are what bring positive or negative experiences into your life.People with a positive, optimistic, future-oriented, abundance mindset tend to experience a life and world that looks a lot like what they believe, while people with negative, pessimistic, cynical, scarcity mindsets experience a world in line with their very different belief structure.But beliefs alone aren’t enough to attract success into your life.Caveat: The Catalyst for AttractionThe catalyst for attraction is action. Having a positive, optimistic, future-oriented, abundance mindset isn’t enough by itself to generate success. Without matching your actions to those beliefs, you aren’t going to attract anything of value.Idleness attracts nothing of value. Hope isn’t enough to generate results, and neither is a strong belief that you can have what you want by simply wishing and waiting. Your beliefs structures are the foundation on which your all your results are built, but you have to do the building yourself.The real catalyst for attraction is the actions that you take. Attraction doesn’t work if you don’t.Your Actions Are Aligned with Your BeliefsPeople with positive, optimistic, future-oriented, abundance mindsets tend to take action. They tend to believe that their success is individual and not controlled by outside forces. They act in accordance with those beliefs.People with negative, pessimistic, cynical, scarcity mindsets tend to believe that the world is acting on them, and so they act from a place of fear. If there is nothing you can do to change your lot in life, why bother? And so they don’t.Yesterday I wrote a post about Success being an auditor. It looks for evidence, for proof that you are investing the time, investing the hard work, and investing in the growth necessary to produce success. Success is something you pay for in advance and something for which you have to pay in full before you can have it.Wishing, waiting, and hoping for the results you want isn’t going to produce them. The only way to attract what you want in life is to hold it firmly in your mind while applying enough effort over a long enough time that it yields to you. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now What are you attracting?What do you want badly enough that you are willing to apply enough effort and energy over a long enough period of time to attractlast_img read more

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Gins’ mission: Stop Durham

first_imgMeralco import Allen Durham is expected to create matchup problems for Ginebra coach Tim Cone (left) and import Justin Brownlee (foreground). —AUGUST DELA CRUZBarangay Ginebra has embraced the fact that Meralco has an import that cannot be silenced.The Gin Kings will have to address that matchup predicament with Meralco’s Allen Durham quickly before the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals gets off the ground on Friday at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Azkals resume Asian Cup bid “I definitely remember that shot,” said Brownlee, who dropped 28 of his career-high 46 points in the second half of their Game 4 win against TNT. “But whatever we did last year, doesn’t matter in this conference.”Kiefer, Jeron joining DraftMeanwhile, former collegiate stars Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng declared their intention to join the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft set Oct. 29.Ravena informed the Inquirer on Monday of his decision.A two-time UAAP champion and two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player from Ateneo, Ravena has also won four gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games.The two are tipped to become the top draftees along with Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger, La Salle’s Jason Perkins and Raymar Jose of Far Eastern U. —WITH REPORTS FROM CEDELF P. TUPASADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Their import is a beast and we don’t have a matchup for him,” said Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone after the Kings subdued the TNT KaTropa, 3-1, in the semifinals to set up the championship rematch with the Bolts.Durham has been Meralco’s catalyst for success this conference, having brought the Bolts back to the finals at the expense of the Star Hotshots in the other semifinal encounter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’ll try to figure something out,” said Cone. “They’re also really playing well and coach Norman (Black) has a team playing the way it should be.”Though he captured the Best Import award last year, Durham and the Bolts fell to the Gin Kings after Justin Brownlee sank the buzzer-beating trey that clinched the title in Game 6.center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

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Clutch Ravena named PBA Player of the Week for 2nd time

first_imgPBA IMAGESKiefer Ravena’s torrid start to his PBA career continues with yet another impressive week.The NLEX rookie came up clutch in the Road Warriors last two games against Meralco and Alaska to bolster his team’s chances of finishing in the top six.ADVERTISEMENT Ravena scored nine of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning jumper with one second left, in an 87-85 win over the Bolts on Friday. He also collected seven rebounds and four assists in the game.The former Ateneo star delivered anew down the stretch just two days later, this time, hitting the game-clinching free throws with 8.1 ticks left to hold off the Aces in a 96-89 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRavena displayed his versatility with 12 points, six rebounds, 10 assists and two steals.His clutch and all-around performance the past couple of outings earned him his second PBA Player of the Week citation this season. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slaughter says Ginebra not peaking yet Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES The 24-year-old guard beat the likes of LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar of Ginebra, which also went 2-0 the past week, for the award.center_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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73-year-old WWE star Terry Funk to come out of retirement

first_imgWrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk is set to come out of retirement in September when he’ll be wrestling two matches at the age of 73.Funk is known for the expansive career he has had — a career that has spanned 50 years, including multiple short-lived retirements.Terry Funk will be working the two matches for Big Time Wrestling on September 22 in Raleigh, North Carolina and September 23 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.Funk says that he doesn’t need the money but “I’m doing what I love.”He further added that the love for wrestling runs in his family with his father and brother being in the same business. He elaborated that his father died wrestling and while “I certainly don’t want to pass away, to this day, it’s what I love.”Funk has time and again come out of retirement, his most famous retirement being in 1977 when a retirement show took place in his hometown of Amarillo, Texas. Just six months after that, Funk wrestled at the WrestleMania XIV.Funk last wrestled in October 2015 in a match with Jerry Lawler for USA Championship Wrestling.last_img read more

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10 days ago​Man Utd receive positive news over Lindelof

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd receive positive news over Lindelofby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have received a boost regarding central defender Victor Lindelof.The Red Devils were concerned the Swedish centre-back would miss their key clash with Liverpool at the weekend.But it appears that Lindelof is set to start for Sweden in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Spain at home in midweek.”I haven’t heard anything other than Vigge [Lindelof] getting ready to play,” Sweden coach Janne Anderson told Aftonbladet.The news would mean that he is fit enough to play for his club as well.The Swedes face a key game against Spain tomorrow, which will go a long way towards determining their chances of qualifying for Euro 2020. last_img read more

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Commons committee calls on Liberals to subject parties to privacy laws

first_imgOTTAWA – A committee of MPs is calling on the federal government to make political parties and players subject to federal privacy laws to prevent nefarious actors from manipulating Canadian elections.Political parties are only bound by internal, voluntary policies — an issue the federal privacy commissioner has identified as a loophole in the law.How parties use data has been the subject of scrutiny on Parliament Hill and in the U.K. and the U.S. in the wake of a Facebook data scandal where users’ information may have been used without authorization and manipulated for political gain.In a report released Tuesday, the House of Commons ethics and privacy committee called on the government to move quickly to regulate parties, political organizations and other players to force them to better disclose how they use personal information, including how they target Canadians with ads.Requirements could include forcing political players to show who paid for an online ad and to authenticate their identity and showing users why they were targeted — similar to measures Facebook has already enacted.The committee report says evidence heard during hearings to date has left MPs with “grave concerns” about the electoral system.“In light of what the committee heard, it believes that Canadians would have greater confidence if they knew that their political parties were not exempt from privacy legislation,” the report said.“Any legislative amendment should obviously take the special activities of political parties into account so as not to entirely prevent the use of personal information, but rather to better regulate its collection and use and the transparency surrounding the management of such information.”Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said the government was looking at ways to strengthen the reach of the privacy commissioner and updating federal privacy laws.“We can’t have a data-driven economy and we can’t have the economic potential unleashed if we don’t have the trust of Canadians,” he said.Nearly 87 million users, including 622,161 Canadians, had their information accessed by the U.K. firm Cambridge Analytica without authorization. The company allegedly used the information for political gain in the Brexit referendum, as well as in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.A Canadian company was implicated in the scandal.Executives from B.C.-based AggregateIQ testified that they had done nothing wrong when the company helped with online advertising campaigns for groups pushing for the U.K. to leave the European Union. But the committee found the testimony from the two executives was “inconsistent, full of contradictions, and conflicts with the testimony of several other reliable witnesses,” the report said.Conservatives and New Democrats on the committee used harsher words targeting AggregateIQ chief executive Zack Massingham, who didn’t appear for scheduled testimony earlier this month due to an unspecified health issue.The Tories and NDP want the House of Commons to exact some kind of parliamentary punishment for Massingham’s failure to appear at the June 12 meeting.“Allowing Mr. Massingham’s actions to stand unchallenged would set a lasting precedent that could undermine the ability of other members of Parliament and committees to gather witness testimony from witnesses on issues of national importance,” the opposition parties wrote in their dissenting report.In an emailed statement, the company’s chief operating officer, Jeff Silvester, said the company provided “clear, consistent and honest answers to all of the questions” MPs on the committee posed. Silvester said he also voluntarily attended the most recent committee meeting to answer questions.“AggregateIQ works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where it operates and has been co-operating fully with all of the applicable investigations,” Silvester said.last_img read more

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APTN and Facebook launch new initiative to reach Aboriginal youth