Tag Archives: 20 January

Ex-MI6 Chief Calls For New ‘Spy Pact’ With Internet Firms – 20 January 2015

RT logoFormer head of MI6 Sir John Sawers, says intelligence agencies and tech companies need to begin data sharing in order to prevent terrorist attacks.

Sawers, who stepped down as the head of MI6 last November, said trust between spy agencies and internet companies needed to be rebuilt following the Snowden revelations.

In his first public address since standing down last year, Sawers believes such cooperation would help prevent attacks like those in Paris earlier this month. The ex-MI6 Chief, who will begin a new career in the private sector, said the internet could not have “no-go areas” which the government cannot access.

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ZeroHedge – The “Deflationary Vortex”: Global Dollar Economy Suffers Biggest Plunge Since Lehman, Down $4 Trillion – 20 January 2015

ZeroHedgeOne of the macroeconomic observations that has gotten absolutely no mention in recent months is the curious fact that while global economic growth has not imploded in recent quarters, it is because GDP has been represented, as is customary, in local currency terms. Of course, this comes as a time when local currencies (at least those which are not the USD) have been plunging against the greenback on the back of the expectations that the Fed will hike rates some time in the summer or later in 2015. Which also means that in “dollar economy” terms, i.e., converted in USD, things are not nearly as good.

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Web Founder Berners-Lee Slams UK Online Surveillance – 20 January 2015

RT logoThe internet’s founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee says the UK government is the best in the world for making data open, but the worst for spying on its own citizens online.

Speaking to the BBC on its ‘Democracy Day’, Berners-Lee said the UK was doing well in “getting people connected,” but it was also “getting famous” for its surveillance of citizens.

Last month, the UK scored poorly on the Web Index produced by Berners-Lee, although it scored above other countries, notorious for their free speech restrictions.

When Berners Lee released the index in December, he said the internet was “less free, safe and equal than ever.” He claimed to be wary of the web being used to “further concentrate economic and political power in the hands of the few.”

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Eric Garner Memorial Burns Down In NYC – 20 January 2015

RT logoA makeshift memorial built in the Staten Island, New York at the spot where Eric Garner died at the hands of law enforcement last year, burned down on Monday evening. Preliminary reports suggest a candle started the blaze.

According to the New York Post, the Staten Island memorial caught fire late on Monday, which was also Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Police sources told the paper that a candle was believed to have accidentally fallen and burned down the memorial.

“Evil set my dad’s memorial on fire tonight, but cant erase his legacy,” Erica Garner, the daughter of the late New Yorker, wrote on Twitter. “Rebuild 2morrow.”

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ZeroHedge – Mr. “QE4” Tells Hilsenrath He Now Wants To “Get Going” With Rate Hikes Soon – 20 January 2015

ZeroHedgeHaving saved the world markets from a 10% correction fate worse than death (or recession) in October with ‘hints’ of reigniting QE4, The Fed’s Jim Bullard is back to his jawboning best. Blaming The ECB’s looming unconventional policy move for the global bond market rally (as opposed to collapsing growth and disinflation), Bullard proclaims the domestic US economy is doing well with tailwinds from low rates and oil prices (just don’t tell the 7,000 Baker Hughes workers this morning) and tells WSJ’s Jon Hilsenrath that he wants to “get going” with rate increases warning that the funds rate is 400bps below normal.

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Chinese Firm 3D-Prints 5-Story House Using Construction Waste ‘Ink’ – 20 January 2015

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A Chinese company has used 3D printers to create five-story homes using construction waste. The project architects say this is the world’s tallest building constructed using this technology.

The new project is the brainchild of Shanghai-based WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co, who also managed to use 3D printing technology to create a 1,100 square meters villa in the Suzhou industrial park of China’s Jiangsu Province. It is not known how comfortable the buildings will be to live in, but one cannot argue with the cost, the villa complete with interior decoration cost a little over $160,000.

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New Illinois Cyber Bully Law Lets Teachers Access Students’ Social Media – 20 January 2015

RT logoStudents in the state of Illinois can now be legally compelled to give their teachers access to their social media accounts through a new law that’s intended to crack down on cyber bullying, but it raises concerns about personal privacy.

Thelaw— signed by then-Governor Pat Quinn in August and officially added to the books on January 1 — is reportedly now making waves after letters were sent to the parents of students last week outlining the rules.

According to school and state officials, the new cyber bullying legislation gives educators the ability to access the social media accounts of their students, if it’s pertinent to preventing any hostile online behavior, including cyber bullying outside the classroom and school hours.

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