Google Vice President Vinton Cerf said at a news conference after the panel’s report was officially launched that “it’s going to cost a lot of money” to end the digital divide. But without driving down costs of phones and communications, he said, “we won’t succeed in getting the other 4.5 billion, or 3.5 billion, people online.” Nonetheless, Cerf was optimistic. “I think that we’re going to see the investment made primarily out of pure, simple incentive on the business side and demand on the consumer side,” he said. He said the new cheaper cellphones won’t have all the features of a US$1000 smartphone, “but they have enough to be useful — they have enough to get access to the content of the internet and the applications that it offers.” Cerf is one of 20 members of the panel established by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in July 2018 to advance a global dialogue on how the world can work better … [Read more...] about UN panel: Connect the world, and US$20 phones can help
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SINGAPORE: In the words of police investigator Zulkiflee Mohamed, it was an attack that happened “for no reason”. And he has seen many assault cases.A tourist was entering the hotel’s service lift — the wrong lift, figured the security guard who was following him. But when the guard stepped inside to query the seemingly lost guest, the man punched and kicked him.It was not long before Station Inspector Zulkiflee was on the scene with another investigation officer (IO), reviewing the closed-circuit television footage and interviewing the victim, who tried to make light of the pain in his rib area.It was nearly 4am, “around that time when people would be drunk”, said Insp Zulkiflee. But as he discovered, this assailant — whom patrol officers had detained in a toilet of the hotel in Orchard Road — was not considerably inebriated.“He smelled of alcohol, but he wasn’t drunk. He was already sober,” the Land Division IO told … [Read more...] about Inside the world of a Singapore police investigator
LONDON: U.S. captain Megan Rapinoe knows all about taking a stance for social equality and justice, and can understand why Norway's Ada Hegerberg has turned her back on the women's World Cup.That said, she still wishes Hegerberg - the first female to be awarded the Ballon d'Or and the winner of four successive Champions League titles with Olympique Lyon - was competing in the tournament in France this month.The 23-year-old has not played for Norway since 2017 due to a dispute with her home federation about how women's football is treated."I support her in that she gets to make whatever choice she wants. I personally wouldn't ever miss out on a World Cup," Rapinoe, a World Cup winner and Olympic gold medallist, told reporters at the U.S. team's training camp on Wednesday."The World Cup is not better for her being out of it... I would have liked to see her be able to entertain on this stage," added the Californian midfielder."But I understand that's her personal decision, and for her she … [Read more...] about Absent Hegerberg would have lit up the World Cup, says Rapinoe
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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?