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Newsmotion - Technology http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/39/all en Who Needs Roads? Russia Entertains Lunar Ambitions http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/who-needs-roads-russia-entertains-lunar-ambitions-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who Needs Roads? Russia Entertains Lunar Ambitions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 09/25/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_491252" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><img class="size-full wp-image-491252" alt="As Russia announces grand plans for Moon exploration, its citizens have more earthly concerns. Images mixed by Tetyana Lokot." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/russia-moon-2030.jpg" width="800" height="450" /><p class="wp-caption-text">As Russia announces grand plans for Moon exploration, its citizens have more earthly concerns. Images mixed by Tetyana Lokot.</p></div> <p>Russia is revitalizing its Moon exploration efforts, with plans to launch a full-scale lunar colonization and development program by 2030. Sounds awesome, right? The RuNet begs to differ.</p> <p>Russia&#39;s relationship with the West has soured around the growing conflict in Ukraine, likely putting to end hopes for space cooperation with Europe (like the <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/20/russia-in-talks-for-moon-base-timeshare-with-european-space-agen/">timeshare moon base </a>project) and NASA, which recently cut a new space taxi deal with <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/09/16/nasa-astronaut-spacex-boeing-iss/">Space X and Boeing</a>, presumably to replace buying seats on the Russian Soyuz rockets that currently ferry astronauts to the ISS.</p> <p>To spite the competition, Russian space agency RosKosmos recently announced a set of <a href="http://ria.ru/space/20140923/1025309339.html">new plans</a> for Earth&#39;s closest neighbor. By around 2030, RosKosmos head Oleg Ostapenko said, Russia wants to have unmanned explorer vehicles on the Moon, to scout out the surface and determine the best spots for dropping human explorer teams and building lunar settlements (there are even plans to 3-D print all the facilities!). In the course of a few dozen years, as much as <a href="http://ria.ru/infografika/20140720/1016570823.html">200 Russian settlers</a> would be living on the Moon, RosKosmos claims, fully providing for the settlement and extracting lunar resources for the Earth, such as minerals from the soil and helium from the atmosphere. &#8220;We have every reason to believe that what we are planning today can be implemented in full,&#8221; chief of RosKosmos Ostapenko said.</p> <p>In theory, these grand plans for colonizing the Moon sound great, but our readers probably know by now that RuNet users never leave a stone unturned when they decide something is worthy of ridicule. The Moon takeover strategy left most Russians online cold, as they felt the Russian state had enough &#8220;earthly business&#8221; to be getting on with. Exhibit 1: Russian roads.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Russia to direct all efforts to Moon exploration. Roads what roads. <a href="http://t.co/XcnrI4bQeH">pic.twitter.com/XcnrI4bQeH</a></p> <p>— RuNet Memes (@RuNetMemes) <a href="https://twitter.com/RuNetMemes/status/514593885084213248">September 24, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>The issues of road construction in Russia are well known, immortalized in the apocryphal quip, &#8220;There are only two woes in Russia: fools and roads,&#8221; attributed to a whole host of various Russian writers. Keeping the phrase in mind, the RuNet users quickly juxtaposed the news of space progress with images of roads across Russia, hinting that maybe, just maybe, it was a bit premature to be planning Moon colonies.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Россия потратит 321 млрд рублей на космическую программу и начнет осваивать Луну: <a href="http://t.co/44Mt9BIQRD">pic.twitter.com/44Mt9BIQRD</a></p> <p>— Мuд Роисси (@Fake_MIDRF) <a href="https://twitter.com/Fake_MIDRF/status/514530514158776320">September 23, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>Russia will spend 321 billion roubles on space program and will begin Moon exploration.</p></blockquote> <p>Incidentally, 321 billion roubles (roughly $8.3 billion, the suggested cost of the Moon colonization project) is 5 (five!) times less than what Russia spent on the Sochi Olympics. This might sound shocking to someone who is not familiar with doing business in Russia or state-financed development projects there, but investigations like FBK&#39;s <a href="http://sochi.fbk.info/en/">&#8220;Sochi 2014: Encyclopedia of Spending&#8221;</a> expose the massive scale of pilfering, kickbacks, and money laundering. Many Russians connect the dots and wonder if the lunar exploration project will also be a cover for corrupt officials stuffing their pockets.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/Fake_MIDRF">@Fake_MIDRF</a> теперь и на Луне будут плохие дороги&#8230;</p> <p>— lizzy bennet (@lethethel) <a href="https://twitter.com/lethethel/status/514531090338676736">September 23, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>Now the Moon will have bad roads as well&#8230;</p></blockquote> <p>Most of the images used by netizens criticizing the state&#39;s cosmic ambitions are those of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M56_Lena_highway_(Russia)">Federal Highway M56 Lena</a>, known as &#8220;the dirtiest road in Russia.&#8221; Officially M56 is a federal highway, but long stretches of it are essentially a dirt road, traversable in the winter frosts with a speed limit of 70 kilometres (43 miles) per hour. During summer rains though, the drivers lament that the road <a href="https://www.drive2.ru/l/3329260/">turns to mud</a> and smaller vehicles can often get stuck roof-deep. The Russian transportation agency briefly entertained plans to spend $1.7 billion on the renovation of M56 and the construction of a bridge across the Lena river, starting in 2014, but the <a href="http://www.arctic-info.ru/news/30-05-2014/stroitel_stvo-mosta-cerez-leny-ne-otmeneno---zamministra-transporta-rf">annexation of Crimea</a> put a damper in those plans, and the renovation has been postponed indefinitely.</p> <div id="attachment_491249" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><img class="size-large wp-image-491249" alt="An image search on Google for &quot;федеральная трасса Лена&quot; (Lena federal highway) brings up plenty of images." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Screen-Shot-2014-09-23-at-10.26.14-PM-800x436.png" width="800" height="436" /><p class="wp-caption-text">An image search on Google for &#8220;федеральная трасса Лена&#8221; (Lena federal highway) brings up plenty of images.</p></div> <p>The road troubles are a real, down-to-earth problem that most Russians have to deal with daily, so they&#39;re understandably snarky about RosKosmos&#8217; grand designs on the Moon. How can we be sure, they ask, that Russia won&#39;t screw up on the Moon as well? And what about dealing with issues on its own soil, like the Lena federal highway and dozens of other broken or impassable roads?</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Федеральная трасса &#8220;Луна&#8221;.</p> <p>— Госпожа Сырова (@Judge_Syrova_Ya) <a href="https://twitter.com/Judge_Syrova_Ya/status/514533432597413888">September 23, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>Federal Highway &#8220;Luna.&#8221; (Луна, Rus. Moon)</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/PaulSonne">@PaulSonne</a> and after that they will finally start exploration of Siberia</p> <p>— Хуёвый Washington DC (@ZhidoBandera) <a href="https://twitter.com/ZhidoBandera/status/514437260121767937">September 23, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>In light of the level of corruption previously exposed in most state-funded initiatives, be it the Olympics or road construction, Russian netizens mostly see the &#8220;Moon 2030&#8243; project as yet another get rich scheme for officials—and this time, it might be even harder to hold them accountable, as the Moon is somewhat out of reach for activists&#8217; camera-equipped drones and internet search skills, unlike the elite&#39;s summer palaces near Moscow or property in Miami.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Через 10 лет после начала освоения Луны чиновники Роскосмоса окончательно освоились на рынке недвижимости Нью-Йорка и Монте-Карло.</p> <p>— Мuнобороны Роисси (@FakeMORF) <a href="https://twitter.com/FakeMORF/status/514888490476384256">September 24, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>10 years after the start of lunar colonization, the RosKosmos officials are feeling quite at home in the real estate markets of New York and Monte Carlo.</p></blockquote> <p>Maybe that&#39;s why the Russian officials themselves are so eager to go to space? Deputy Prime Minister <a href="https://twitter.com/DRogozin/">Dmitry Rogozin</a>, for one, seemed stoked as he toured Star City, a training center for astronauts in Moscow Region the other day, and had only complimentary things to say about the quality of the space personnel at the facility.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Our lady-instructor for working in a space suit is far more attractive than Sandra Bullock from the film &#8220;Gravity&#8221; <a href="http://t.co/Pek7cQaDSs">pic.twitter.com/Pek7cQaDSs</a></p> <p>— Dmitry Rogozin (@DRogozin) <a href="https://twitter.com/DRogozin/status/515086557964140544">September 25, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>As ordinary Russians lament the terrible state of roads on Earth, Russian officials gear up for what could be an exciting new stage of the space race—or could turn out to be a money laundering scheme of truly cosmic proportions. Or maybe what we are seeing here is the devious work of &#8220;<a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/01/russia-dugin-ukraine-putin-conspiracy/">Lunar Putin</a>,&#8221; the dark alter ego of the Russian president that political scientist Alexandr Dugin claims is &#8220;responsible for Putin’s occasional failures to lead Russia in the right direction.&#8221; On the one hand, what better way to distract the world&#39;s attention from Russia&#39;s actions in Ukraine then to stake a claim on another celestial body? On the other hand, we know how space battles usually end. It&#39;s not pretty.</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/tetyana-lokot/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Tetyana Lokot'>Tetyana Lokot</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/26/russia-moon-space-roads-corruption/#comments" title="comments">comments (6) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F26%2Frussia-moon-space-roads-corruption%2F&#038;text=Who+Needs+Roads%3F+Russia+Entertains+Lunar+Ambitions&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F26%2Frussia-moon-space-roads-corruption%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F26%2Frussia-moon-space-roads-corruption%2F&#038;title=Who+Needs+Roads%3F+Russia+Entertains+Lunar+Ambitions' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F26%2Frussia-moon-space-roads-corruption%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/26/russia-moon-space-roads-corruption/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/26/russia-moon-space-roads-corruption/</a> </div> </div> </div> Citizen Citizen Media Eastern & Central Europe English Humor Miami New York RuNet Echo Russia Russia Russian Science Technology Tetyana Lokot Ukraine Washington Fri, 26 Sep 2014 01:06:49 +0000 feed 334633 at http://newsmotion.org Who Needs Roads? Russia Entertains Lunar Ambitions http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/who-needs-roads-russia-entertains-lunar-ambitions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who Needs Roads? Russia Entertains Lunar Ambitions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 09/25/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_491252" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><img class="size-full wp-image-491252" alt="As Russia announces grand plans for Moon exploration, its citizens have more earthly concerns. Images mixed by Tetyana Lokot." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/russia-moon-2030.jpg" width="800" height="450" /><p class="wp-caption-text">As Russia announces grand plans for Moon exploration, its citizens have more earthly concerns. Images mixed by Tetyana Lokot.</p></div> <p>Russia is revitalizing its Moon exploration efforts, with plans to launch a full-scale lunar colonization and development program by 2030. Sounds awesome, right? The RuNet begs to differ.</p> <p>Russia&#39;s relationship with the West has soured around the growing conflict in Ukraine, likely putting to end hopes for space cooperation with Europe (like the <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/20/russia-in-talks-for-moon-base-timeshare-with-european-space-agen/">timeshare moon base </a>project) and NASA, which recently cut a new space taxi deal with <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/09/16/nasa-astronaut-spacex-boeing-iss/">Space X and Boeing</a>, presumably to replace buying seats on the Russian Soyuz rockets that currently ferry astronauts to the ISS.</p> <p>To spite the competition, Russian space agency RosKosmos recently announced a set of <a href="http://ria.ru/space/20140923/1025309339.html">new plans</a> for Earth&#39;s closest neighbor. By around 2030, RosKosmos head Oleg Ostapenko said, Russia wants to have unmanned explorer vehicles on the Moon, to scout out the surface and determine the best spots for dropping human explorer teams and building lunar settlements (there are even plans to 3-D print all the facilities!). In the course of a few dozen years, as much as <a href="http://ria.ru/infografika/20140720/1016570823.html">200 Russian settlers</a> would be living on the Moon, RosKosmos claims, fully providing for the settlement and extracting lunar resources for the Earth, such as minerals from the soil and helium from the atmosphere. &#8220;We have every reason to believe that what we are planning today can be implemented in full,&#8221; chief of RosKosmos Ostapenko said.</p> <p>In theory, these grand plans for colonizing the Moon sound great, but our readers probably know by now that RuNet users never leave a stone unturned when they decide something is worthy of ridicule. The Moon takeover strategy left most Russians online cold, as they felt the Russian state had enough &#8220;earthly business&#8221; to be getting on with. Exhibit 1: Russian roads.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Russia to direct all efforts to Moon exploration. Roads what roads. <a href="http://t.co/XcnrI4bQeH">pic.twitter.com/XcnrI4bQeH</a></p> <p>— RuNet Memes (@RuNetMemes) <a href="https://twitter.com/RuNetMemes/status/514593885084213248">September 24, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>The issues of road construction in Russia are well known, immortalized in the apocryphal quip, &#8220;There are only two woes in Russia: fools and roads,&#8221; attributed to a whole host of various Russian writers. Keeping the phrase in mind, the RuNet users quickly juxtaposed the news of space progress with images of roads across Russia, hinting that maybe, just maybe, it was a bit premature to be planning Moon colonies.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Россия потратит 321 млрд рублей на космическую программу и начнет осваивать Луну: <a href="http://t.co/44Mt9BIQRD">pic.twitter.com/44Mt9BIQRD</a></p> <p>— Мuд Роисси (@Fake_MIDRF) <a href="https://twitter.com/Fake_MIDRF/status/514530514158776320">September 23, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>Russia will spend 321 billion roubles on space program and will begin Moon exploration.</p></blockquote> <p>Incidentally, 321 billion roubles (roughly $8.3 billion, the suggested cost of the Moon colonization project) is 5 (five!) times less than what Russia spent on the Sochi Olympics. This might sound shocking to someone who is not familiar with doing business in Russia or state-financed development projects there, but investigations like FBK&#39;s <a href="http://sochi.fbk.info/en/">&#8220;Sochi 2014: Encyclopedia of Spending&#8221;</a> expose the massive scale of pilfering, kickbacks, and money laundering. Many Russians connect the dots and wonder if the lunar exploration project will also be a cover for corrupt officials stuffing their pockets.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-cards="hidden" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/Fake_MIDRF">@Fake_MIDRF</a> теперь и на Луне будут плохие дороги&#8230;</p> <p>— lizzy bennet (@lethethel) <a href="https://twitter.com/lethethel/status/514531090338676736">September 23, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>Now the Moon will have bad roads as well&#8230;</p></blockquote> <p>Most of the images used by netizens criticizing the state&#39;s cosmic ambitions are those of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M56_Lena_highway_(Russia)">Federal Highway M56 Lena</a>, known as &#8220;the dirtiest road in Russia.&#8221; Officially M56 is a federal highway, but long stretches of it are essentially a dirt road, traversable in the winter frosts with a speed limit of 70 kilometres (43 miles) per hour. During summer rains though, the drivers lament that the road <a href="https://www.drive2.ru/l/3329260/">turns to mud</a> and smaller vehicles can often get stuck roof-deep. The Russian transportation agency briefly entertained plans to spend $1.7 billion on the renovation of M56 and the construction of a bridge across the Lena river, starting in 2014, but the <a href="http://www.arctic-info.ru/news/30-05-2014/stroitel_stvo-mosta-cerez-leny-ne-otmeneno---zamministra-transporta-rf">annexation of Crimea</a> put a damper in those plans, and the renovation has been postponed indefinitely.</p> <div id="attachment_491249" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><img class="size-large wp-image-491249" alt="An image search on Google for &quot;федеральная трасса Лена&quot; (Lena federal highway) brings up plenty of images." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Screen-Shot-2014-09-23-at-10.26.14-PM-800x436.png" width="800" height="436" /><p class="wp-caption-text">An image search on Google for &#8220;федеральная трасса Лена&#8221; (Lena federal highway) brings up plenty of images.</p></div> <p>The road troubles are a real, down-to-earth problem that most Russians have to deal with daily, so they&#39;re understandably snarky about RosKosmos&#8217; grand designs on the Moon. How can we be sure, they ask, that Russia won&#39;t screw up on the Moon as well? And what about dealing with issues on its own soil, like the Lena federal highway and dozens of other broken or impassable roads?</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Федеральная трасса &#8220;Луна&#8221;.</p> <p>— Госпожа Сырова (@Judge_Syrova_Ya) <a href="https://twitter.com/Judge_Syrova_Ya/status/514533432597413888">September 23, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>Federal Highway &#8220;Luna.&#8221; (Луна, Rus. Moon)</p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/PaulSonne">@PaulSonne</a> and after that they will finally start exploration of Siberia</p> <p>— Хуёвый Washington DC (@ZhidoBandera) <a href="https://twitter.com/ZhidoBandera/status/514437260121767937">September 23, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>In light of the level of corruption previously exposed in most state-funded initiatives, be it the Olympics or road construction, Russian netizens mostly see the &#8220;Moon 2030&#8243; project as yet another get rich scheme for officials—and this time, it might be even harder to hold them accountable, as the Moon is somewhat out of reach for activists&#8217; camera-equipped drones and internet search skills, unlike the elite&#39;s summer palaces near Moscow or property in Miami.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Через 10 лет после начала освоения Луны чиновники Роскосмоса окончательно освоились на рынке недвижимости Нью-Йорка и Монте-Карло.</p> <p>— Мuнобороны Роисси (@FakeMORF) <a href="https://twitter.com/FakeMORF/status/514888490476384256">September 24, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="translation"><p>10 years after the start of lunar colonization, the RosKosmos officials are feeling quite at home in the real estate markets of New York and Monte Carlo.</p></blockquote> <p>Maybe that&#39;s why the Russian officials themselves are so eager to go to space? Deputy Prime Minister <a href="https://twitter.com/DRogozin/">Dmitry Rogozin</a>, for one, seemed stoked as he toured Star City, a training center for astronauts in Moscow Region the other day, and had only complimentary things to say about the quality of the space personnel at the facility.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Our lady-instructor for working in a space suit is far more attractive than Sandra Bullock from the film &#8220;Gravity&#8221; <a href="http://t.co/Pek7cQaDSs">pic.twitter.com/Pek7cQaDSs</a></p> <p>— Dmitry Rogozin (@DRogozin) <a href="https://twitter.com/DRogozin/status/515086557964140544">September 25, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>As ordinary Russians lament the terrible state of roads on Earth, Russian officials gear up for what could be an exciting new stage of the space race—or could turn out to be a money laundering scheme of truly cosmic proportions. Or maybe what we are seeing here is the devious work of &#8220;<a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/07/01/russia-dugin-ukraine-putin-conspiracy/">Lunar Putin</a>,&#8221; the dark alter ego of the Russian president that political scientist Alexandr Dugin claims is &#8220;responsible for Putin’s occasional failures to lead Russia in the right direction.&#8221; On the one hand, what better way to distract the world&#39;s attention from Russia&#39;s actions in Ukraine then to stake a claim on another celestial body? On the other hand, we know how space battles usually end. It&#39;s not pretty.</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/tetyana-lokot/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Tetyana Lokot'>Tetyana Lokot</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/26/russia-moon-space-roads-corruption/#comments" title="comments">comments (6) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F26%2Frussia-moon-space-roads-corruption%2F&#038;text=Who+Needs+Roads%3F+Russia+Entertains+Lunar+Ambitions&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F26%2Frussia-moon-space-roads-corruption%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F26%2Frussia-moon-space-roads-corruption%2F&#038;title=Who+Needs+Roads%3F+Russia+Entertains+Lunar+Ambitions' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F26%2Frussia-moon-space-roads-corruption%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/26/russia-moon-space-roads-corruption/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/26/russia-moon-space-roads-corruption/</a> </div> </div> </div> Citizen Citizen Media Eastern & Central Europe English Humor Miami New York RuNet Echo Russia Russia Russian Science Technology Tetyana Lokot Ukraine Washington Fri, 26 Sep 2014 01:06:49 +0000 feed 334080 at http://newsmotion.org How Not to Understand the Kremlin's Internet ‘Kill Switch’ http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/how-not-understand-kremlins-internet-%E2%80%98kill-switch%E2%80%99 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How Not to Understand the Kremlin&#039;s Internet ‘Kill Switch’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 09/24/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_490713" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><img class="size-full wp-image-490713" alt="How far will the Kremlin go with its efforts to dominate the Russian Internet? Images mixed by Kevin Rothrock." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/rideemputin.jpg" width="800" height="450" /><p class="wp-caption-text">How far will the Kremlin go with its efforts to dominate the Russian Internet? Images mixed by Kevin Rothrock.</p></div> <p dir="ltr">The Kremlin is worried the West might try to shut off Russia’s access to the global Internet.&nbsp;According to a <a href="http://www.vedomosti.ru/politics/news/33610271/suverennyj-internet?full#cut">report</a> by Russian newspaper Vedomosti on Sept 19, the Kremlin might soon deploy a new set of tactics in an effort to defend the country’s “<a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/06/us-russia-internet-cut-blackout-security/">digital sovereignty</a>.”</p> <p>Vedomosti’s anonymous sources say the Kremlin may require Russian Internet service providers to install “equipment that would make it possible to sever Russia’s access to the global Internet, in the event of an emergency.” According to the newspaper, Russian ISPs might be ordered to kill access to websites hosted in outside of Russia during “military actions” or “serious domestic protests.”</p> <p>Moscow’s fears of a foreign-engineered RuNet shutdown are in part a response to Edward Snowden’s claim last month that the NSA accidentally caused a <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/11/29/syria_blackout_internet_shutdown_a_bad_sign_for_activists_assad_regime.html">national Internet outage in Syria</a> in 2012. In an interview with James Bamford, Snowden <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/08/edward-snowden">told</a> Wired magazine that NSA hackers unintentionally crashed the Syrian Web while trying to install remotely “an exploit in one of the core routers at a major Internet service provider.”</p> <p>Anastasia Golitsyna, the reporter who broke the September 19 story in Vedomosti, told RuNet Echo that some officials in Moscow might worry about American Internet hegemony the way they fear Russian aviation’s reliance on America’s space-based positioning system, GPS. Just last month, for example, 12 planes flying over Moscow reported a sudden <a href="http://top.rbc.ru/incidents/07/08/2014/941534.shtml?gps">GPS outage</a>, leading to some confusion in the air. There were no accidents or injuries, but some of Russia’s more hawkish elements <a href="http://www.politonline.ru/rssArticle/22267541.html">speculated</a> that the United States cut GPS service over Moscow on purpose, to convey to the Kremlin the might of American technology.</p> <p><strong>Claiming domains for the Motherland</strong></p> <p>Moscow also plans to push for control over the distribution system that connects domain names in Russia’s ccTLDs (Country Code Top-Level Domains)—.ru, .рф, and the discontinued .su—to the DNS (Domain Name System) of the global Internet, which forms the basis for Latin-alphabet Web addresses instead of forgettable IP addresses. In other words, Web users can visit “www.runetecho.org” instead of the far less memorable “69.163.200.55.”</p> <p>The impetus behind Moscow’s effort to wrest from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) greater control over DNS operations is nebulous. Russian officials have justified the move by demonizing ICANN as an American-controlled outfit, despite the organization’s decentralized leadership structure and the <a href="http://www.ntia.doc.gov/press-release/2014/ntia-announces-intent-transition-key-internet-domain-name-functions">US government&#39;s plans to dial down</a> its influence in the organization. <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/03/control-of-the-internet-104830.html">Key functions</a> of ICANN have fallen under the power of the US Commerce Department since the administration of Bill Clinton established the entity in the mid-1990s.</p> <p>More involvement in the Web’s domain operations would grant the Kremlin some additional capacity to disrupt how the RuNet functions, but the shift would not “surrender control of the Internet to Russia,” <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fadi-chehade/five-myths-about-the-us-i_b_5068712.html">claims</a> ICANN President Fadi Chehadé. Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain agrees, <a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117093/us-withdraws-icann-why-its-no-big-deal">saying</a> the Internet works on a “consensus,” of which “numbering and naming” is only a “tiny part.”</p> <p>Even as the US disengages from its role in Internet domain administration, there are obstacles to putting the RuNet&#39;s DNS in the hands of the Kremlin. According to a <a href="http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2572991">report</a> today by Kommersant newspaper, ICANN won&#39;t surrender control of the older and more popular .ru domain without broad agreement among Russia&#39;s Internet society and human rights authorities. Transferring .ru DNS maintenance to the Russian federal government would require &#8220;consensus across all [Russian] Internet society,&#8221; an anonymous ICANN source told Kommersant.</p> <p><strong>Does it make sense to build an Internet &#8216;kill switch’?</strong></p> <p>If we dismiss Russia’s talk about DNS sovereignty as patriotic bluster, we’re left with the Security Council’s plan to install special equipment at the ISP level, creating the so-called “Internet kill switch.” Ostensibly, this tool would protect the RuNet from malicious attacks like the one that Edward Snowden asserts brought down Syria’s Internet two years ago. A RuNet ready for total autonomy would also be better protected against theoretical “Internet sanctions” against Russia, which Putin’s press secretary has <a href="http://www.ntv.ru/novosti/1216980/">intimated</a> are a possibility, given the West’s sudden “unpredictability.” (Indeed, one of the catalysts for next week’s Security Council discussion is apparently a series of “exercises” by the Communications Ministry, Defense Ministry, and Federal Security Service, which discovered certain vulnerabilities in Russia’s Internet infrastructure.)</p> <p>The idea that America would disconnect Russia from the Internet, however, is antithetical to Moscow&#39;s own apparent understanding of US foreign policy. Indeed, Russian officials themselves have accused the West of using the Internet to orchestrate the Arab Spring. (In February 2011, for instance, Igor Sechin—perhaps the most powerful man in Russia after Putin—<a href="http://avmalgin.livejournal.com/2343057.html?thread=63720593">accused</a> Google of “manipulating the energies of the [Egyptian] people.”) Even in Syria, if Snowden is telling the truth, crashing the Web was unintentional—an “oh shit” moment, as he put it.</p> <p dir="ltr">The justifications for preparing a “self-sufficient RuNet” are weak. The tools necessary for such a feat, moreover, would empower the Russian government to restrict the country’s most vital communication network in an instant, presumably to interfere with mass protests, like the kind that swept Moscow in 2011 and 2012, or the demonstrations that recently brought about regime change in Ukraine, the Middle East, and North Africa. Yesterday, Russia’s Security Council was supposed to discuss the prospect of a RuNet shutdown “from the outside,” but the Putin Administration <a href="http://top.rbc.ru/society/22/09/2014/950515.shtml">postponed</a> the debate until at least October 1. Given the crackdown on Internet openness and online speech in Russia over the past two years, putting an “Internet kill switch” in the hands of the Kremlin should give RuNet users plenty to worry about.</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/kevin-rothrock/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Kevin Rothrock'>Kevin Rothrock</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/24/russia-usa-internet-kill-switch-dns-icann/#comments" title="comments">comments (3) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F24%2Frussia-usa-internet-kill-switch-dns-icann%2F&#038;text=How+Not+to+Understand+the+Kremlin%27s+Internet+%27Kill+Switch%27&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F24%2Frussia-usa-internet-kill-switch-dns-icann%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F24%2Frussia-usa-internet-kill-switch-dns-icann%2F&#038;title=How+Not+to+Understand+the+Kremlin%27s+Internet+%27Kill+Switch%27' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F24%2Frussia-usa-internet-kill-switch-dns-icann%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/24/russia-usa-internet-kill-switch-dns-icann/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/24/russia-usa-internet-kill-switch-dns-ica...</a> </div> </div> </div> censorship Citizen Eastern & Central Europe English Feature Global Voices Advocacy Governance International Relations Kevin Rothrock RuNet Echo Russia Russia Russian Syria Technology U.S.A. Ukraine United States Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:00:45 +0000 feed 334082 at http://newsmotion.org Happy Birthday, We the People! Marking Three Years of Online Petitions http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/happy-birthday-we-people-marking-three-years-online-petitions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Happy Birthday, We the People! Marking Three Years of Online Petitions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 09/23/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://petitions.whitehouse.gov">We the People</a>, the Obama administration&#39;s online petitions platform, turned 3 yesterday.</p> <p>On September 22, 2011, we <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/22/petition-white-house-we-people">launched We the People</a> to give Americans a new way to petition their government around issues they care about. It works like this: Start a petition, get enough signatures, and the Obama administration will work with policy experts to issue an official response.</p> <p>It&#39;s three years later, and We the People remains incredibly popular: More than 15 million users have participated, collecting more than 22 million signatures on more than 360,000 petitions. To date, we&#39;ve issued nearly 250 responses to petitions on a wide range of topics, including maintaining an open and innovative internet, reducing student loan debt, improving our economy, and even building a &quot;Death Star.&quot;</p> <p>The We the People platform has led directly to policy changes and provided new opportunities for dialogue between citizens and their government. That&#39;s part of the reason why, over the course of 2014, an average of response surveys showed a majority of signers thought it was &quot;helpful to hear the Administration&#39;s response,&quot; even if they didn&#39;t agree. Nearly 80 percent said they would use We the People again.</p> <p>To celebrate We the People&#39;s third birthday, the White House will host the first-ever social meetup for We the People users and petition creators right here at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It will be an exciting chance for users to meet with policy experts and connect with each other in person.</p> <p>Meanwhile, we continue to work to make We the People even more accessible so that people -- no matter where they are on the internet -- can use the platform to reach the White House. Beginning in October, third-party websites can submit signatures to We the People on behalf of their own signers, using our soon-to-be-released Write API (which is <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/04/write-api-we-people">currently in beta</a>). It&#39;s the result of months of hard work, and we can&#39;t wait to share it with the public.</p> <p>Check out the infographic below, and take a look at some of the platform&#39;s highlights over the last three years:</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/23/happy-birthday-we-people-marking-three-years-online-petitions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/23/happy-birthday-we-people-marking-three-years-online-petitions" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/23/happy-birthday-we-people-marking-three...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Aneesh Chopra Barack Obama Ezra Mechaber Howard Schmidt Newtown Official Patrick Leahy Pennsylvania Pete Souza Roberto Rodriguez Technology United States Victoria Espinel We the People White House Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:30:23 +0000 feed 334611 at http://newsmotion.org Iranian Judiciary Sets 1-Month Deadline to Block Viber http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/iranian-judiciary-sets-1-month-deadline-block-viber <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iranian Judiciary Sets 1-Month Deadline to Block Viber </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 09/20/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Iranian judiciary has&nbsp;<a href="http://www.radiofarda.com/content/o2-iran-social-media-judiciary/26597244.html">set</a>&nbsp;a one-month deadline for Hassan Rohani&#39;s government to block or to control messaging applications Viber, WhatsApp and TangoMe.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Iran judiciary sets 1-month deadline for communications ministry to block messaging apps <a href="https://twitter.com/Viber">@Viber</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/WhatsApp">@WhatsApp</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/TangoMe">@TangoMe</a></p> <p>— Sobhan Hassanvand (@Hassanvand) <a href="https://twitter.com/Hassanvand/status/513402186647490560">September 20, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/farid/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Farid'>Farid</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/20/iranian-judiciary-sets-1-month-deadline-to-block-viber/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F20%2Firanian-judiciary-sets-1-month-deadline-to-block-viber%2F&#038;text=Iranian+Judiciary+Sets+1-Month+Deadline+to+Block+Viber&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F20%2Firanian-judiciary-sets-1-month-deadline-to-block-viber%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F20%2Firanian-judiciary-sets-1-month-deadline-to-block-viber%2F&#038;title=Iranian+Judiciary+Sets+1-Month+Deadline+to+Block+Viber' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F20%2Firanian-judiciary-sets-1-month-deadline-to-block-viber%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/20/iranian-judiciary-sets-1-month-deadline-to-block-viber/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/20/iranian-judiciary-sets-1-month-deadline...</a> </div> </div> </div> Citizen Farid Freedom of Speech Governance Iran Iran Middle East & North Africa Quick Reads Technology Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:39:32 +0000 feed 333796 at http://newsmotion.org Strengthening Our Cyber Community http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/strengthening-our-cyber-community <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Strengthening Our Cyber Community </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 09/19/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Recently, a private-sector partner opined that it would be nice if the millions of dollars he was putting into defense wasn&rsquo;t defeated by a $500 tool easily rented online. It doesn&rsquo;t matter whether you&rsquo;re from a government agency, a contractor, or a retailer &ndash; no one seems to be immune to this problem.</p> <p class="p1">But there are some relatively simple steps that we can take to make those investments more effective against the $500 tool. Just as a neighborhood bands together to raise its collective safety, we can work as a community to strengthen our collective defenses to make it harder for those who wish to cause harm.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">First, we can broaden how we think about cybersecurity to make our defenses more effective. The Cybersecurity Framework issued earlier this year helps us do that. The Framework&rsquo;s greatest strength is that it is deeply rooted in how businesses actually manage risk in the real world. In taking a risk management approach, the Framework recognizes that no organization can or will spend unlimited amounts on cybersecurity. Instead, it enables a business to make decisions about how to prioritize and optimize its cybersecurity investments.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/18/strengthening-our-cyber-community" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/18/strengthening-our-cyber-community" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/18/strengthening-our-cyber-community</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Cybersecurity Michael Daniel Official Technology White House Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:17:00 +0000 feed 333243 at http://newsmotion.org New Executive Actions to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and Protect Public Health http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/new-executive-actions-combat-antibiotic-resistance-and-protect-public-health <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Executive Actions to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and Protect Public Health </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 09/18/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Today, the Obama administration is announcing a comprehensive set of new federal actions to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and protect public health. Additionally, the President&rsquo;s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is releasing a related report on <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/18/pcast-releases-new-report-combating-antibiotic-resistance">Combating Antibiotic Resistance</a>.</p> <p>The discovery of antibiotics in the early 20th&nbsp;century fundamentally transformed medicine; antibiotics now save millions of lives each year in the United States and around the world. Yet bacteria repeatedly exposed to the same antibiotics can become resistant to even the most potent drugs. These so-called antibiotic-resistant bacteria can present a serious threat to public health, national security, and the economy.</p> <p>In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic-resistant infections are associated with an additional 23,000 deaths and 2 million illnesses in the United States each year. The estimated annual impact of antibiotic-resistant infections on the national economy is $20 billion in excess direct health care costs, and as much as $35 billion in lost productivity from hospitalizations and sick days. Antibiotics are also critical to many modern medical interventions, including chemotherapy, surgery, dialysis, and organ transplantation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/18/new-executive-actions-combat-antibiotic-resistance-and-protect-public-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/18/new-executive-actions-combat-antibiotic-resistance-and-protect-public-health" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/18/new-executive-actions-combat-antibioti...</a> </div> </div> </div> John P. 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Holdren Official Technology The President United States United States White House Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:33:00 +0000 feed 332703 at http://newsmotion.org Using Mobile Phones to Connect Pregnant Women and Midwives in Timor Leste http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/using-mobile-phones-connect-pregnant-women-and-midwives-timor-leste <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Using Mobile Phones to Connect Pregnant Women and Midwives in Timor Leste </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 09/17/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.ligainan.org/"><img src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ligainan.png" alt="ligainan" width="588" height="497" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-490219" /></a>Liga Inan is using mobile phones to <a href="http://www.ligainan.org/">connect</a> pregnant women and health workers in Timor Leste. The innovative program provides mothers with vital information and health advice to ensure the safe delivery of babies. Since its launch, almost 2,000 mothers have been already enrolled in the program.</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/mong/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Mong Palatino'>Mong Palatino</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/18/using-mobile-phones-to-connect-pregnant-women-and-midwives-in-timor-leste/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F18%2Fusing-mobile-phones-to-connect-pregnant-women-and-midwives-in-timor-leste%2F&#038;text=Using+Mobile+Phones+to+Connect+Pregnant+Women+and+Midwives+in+Timor+Leste&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F18%2Fusing-mobile-phones-to-connect-pregnant-women-and-midwives-in-timor-leste%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F18%2Fusing-mobile-phones-to-connect-pregnant-women-and-midwives-in-timor-leste%2F&#038;title=Using+Mobile+Phones+to+Connect+Pregnant+Women+and+Midwives+in+Timor+Leste' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F09%2F18%2Fusing-mobile-phones-to-connect-pregnant-women-and-midwives-in-timor-leste%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/18/using-mobile-phones-to-connect-pregnant-women-and-midwives-in-timor-leste/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/09/18/using-mobile-phones-to-connect-pregnant...</a> </div> </div> </div> Citizen East Asia East Timor English Good News Health Ideas Mong Palatino Quick Reads Technology Women & Gender Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:36:20 +0000 feed 332676 at http://newsmotion.org Uber's mission? 'Transportation as reliable as running water' http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/ubers-mission-transportation-reliable-running-water <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Uber&#039;s mission? &#039;Transportation as reliable as running water&#039; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 09/17/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="cnn_first"><strong><em>Watch &#034;Fareed Zakaria GPS,&#034; Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN</em></strong></p> <p>Travis Kalanick – You may not know his name, but you probably are well aware of the company he founded and runs, Uber. The company is a tech darling with an astounding valuation of $18 billion. That company has changed the way people get around cities from Raleigh-Durham to Rio to Riyadh, from Stockholm to Sydney to Seoul.</p> <p>In all, Uber is in 200 cities in 45 countries on six continents and counting. But not everybody loves Uber or the disruption in the transportation market. Germany, for one, just banned Uber from operating anywhere on its soil. 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