ISLAMABAD: Threats, arrests, blocked accounts and restricted posts - Big Brother is watching more closely than ever in Pakistan as authorities accelerate efforts to censor social networks, further reducing an already shrunken space for dissent.In the past 18 months, a slew of journalists, activists, and government opponents - both at home and overseas - have faced intimidation or the threat of legal action for their online posts.Censorship is already rife among Pakistan's mainstream media, with the Committee to Protect Journalists noting last year that the military had "quietly but effectively" imposed strict limits on the scope of general news reporting.Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter were regarded as the last holdouts of dissenting voices, but now that has changed.In February, authorities announced the creation of a new enforcement arm to root out social media users accused of spreading "hate speech and violence" as part of the crackdown.Gul Bukhari, a columnist and … [Read more...] about Social networks under intense surveillance in Pakistan
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If you’re like many people, you may have decided that you want to spend less time staring at your phone. It’s a good idea: An increasing body of evidence suggests that the time we spend on our smartphones is interfering with our sleep, self-esteem, relationships, memory, attention spans, creativity, productivity and problem-solving and decision-making skills. But there is another reason for us to rethink our relationships with our devices. By chronically raising levels of cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone, our phones may be threatening our health and shortening our lives. Marie Kondo for smartphones? Google's digital detox helps users reclaim joy Updated Apple system takes on smartphone addiction Until now, most discussions of phones’ biochemical effects have focused on dopamine, a brain chemical that helps us form habits — and addictions. Like slot machines, smartphones and apps are explicitly designed to trigger dopamine’s release, with … [Read more...] about News Want to live longer? Try putting down your phone
By Perrin Grauer Star Vancouver Mon., April 29, 2019 VANCOUVER—Online hatred is fuelling a rise in anti-Semitism that saw a record-breaking number of Jewish Canadians harassed and assaulted in 2018, according to a new report from B’nai Brith Canada. Western Canada, in particular, saw anti-Semitic incidents skyrocket last year. The number of incidents in British Columbia more than doubled to 374 from 165 in 2017, just behind Saskatchewan and Manitoba, which together had a 142.6 per cent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2018 compared to 2017, to 131 from 54. “We are experiencing a disturbing new normal when it comes to anti-Semitism in this country, with expressions of anti-Jewish hatred surfacing in regions that are typically less prone to such prejudices,” said Michael Mostyn, chief executive officer of B’nai Brith Canada. British Columbia had the third highest total number of anti-Semitic incidents behind Quebec, with 709, and … [Read more...] about Record number of anti-Semitic incidents in Canada fuelled by online hate: B’nai Brith
By Emma Teitel National Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 Marcella Zoia — aka “Chair Girl” — aka the woman recorded throwing a chair off a high-rise balcony onto an expressway in February (miraculously killing no one) is back in the news again. Zoia’s lawyer, Gregory Leslie, appeared in court last week and went to bat for the 19-year-old who stands charged with mischief endangering life, mischief damaging property, and common nuisance. Leslie told the press he’s hoping his client gets a second chance in the form of a discharge. Why might she deserve one? “She’s a young lady that was put under a lot of peer pressure and made a mistake,” Leslie told reporters in February about what might have compelled Zoia to hurl a chair into the air one grey Toronto morning. Article Continued Below As to her less-than-repentant demeanor when she appeared in court (Zoia was filmed smiling for the cameras in February), … [Read more...] about ‘Chair Girl’ doesn’t seem to shy away from her bad reputation on Instagram
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?