Net neutrality fight is about to come roaring back

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Activists gather in Washington DC outside FCC headquarters in December 2017 to protest the repeal of Obama-era net neutrality protections.  

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An old battle over who governs the internet will likely reignite as Democrats take control of the Federal Communications Commission following the inauguration of Joe Biden. Reinstating Obama-era net neutrality rules thrown out under the Trump administration will likely be a top priority for the agency, experts say. 

Earlier this week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, an appointee of President Donald Trump, announced he’ll be stepping down from his post on Jan. 20 — the day Biden is sworn in. That paves the way for a Democrat to lead the agency and reestablish the FCC’s authority to impose rules of the road for the internet. 

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Qwake Technologies Funded To Fight Fires With AR Tech

The Department of Homeland security awarded Qwake Technologies a $1.4 million contract to accelerate the commercialization of the C-THRU Visual Communication platform, an augmented reality helmet targeted at firefighters which uses computer vision and augmented reality (AR) to boost situational awareness when lives are on the line. 

Qwake was co-founded in 2015 by Sam Cossman (CEO), John Long (CTO), Mike Ralston (COO), and Omer Haciomeroglu (Head of Design), who have a background in scientific exploration, neuroscience, firefighting, and product design respectively. 

“Over the last 30 years, firefighting technology has been incrementally improving, but now we have a real paradigm shift in how information is collected, shared and acted on – promising dramatic improvements in safety and efficiency,” noted Cossman. By creating a better tool for firefighters, resources can be used much more efficiently to put fires out thereby protecting more

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What time is the Fortnite live event? Here’s when you can fight Galactus in Fortnite

If you’ve seen the recent hype building around it, you may be asking what time is the Fortnite live event – and the answer is soon my friend, very soon. During the current season the pending arrival of Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, to engage in the Nexus War has been an ever-present threat, and now the latest Fortnite live event is here to realise that danger before we move on to Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5. Will Thor be able to rally the cast of superheroes and defeat this intergalactic menace, or is the world of Fortnite doomed to destruction? You can get involved to decide the island’s fate, so here’s everything you need to know about when the Fortnite live event is and how you can take part.

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Here’s how to fight back against anti-maskers, climate deniers and anti-vaxxers, according to scientists

Here's how to fight back against anti-maskers, climate deniers and anti-vaxxers, according to scientists
Teaching researchers and scientists communication skills — including social media proficiency — will help inform the public about new discoveries and research. Credit: Shutterstock

“If we cannot talk about sex, then we cannot talk about good sex,” proclaimed gynecologist Jennifer Gunter on a trailer for Jensplaining, her show on female reproductive health. Gunter is an example of a scientist using non-traditional platforms to communicate research.

The shift to online science communication from conventional news platforms has been going on for a while. There is a need for credible and accurate science reporting because the miscommunication of science in the media is causing lasting damage to the public’s understanding of science.

Misinformation has consequences, as seen during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Ignoring public health advice to wear masks and physically distance has cost thousands of lives and livelihoods in countries such as the United States, Brazil and Russia. Yet, resources

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Africa’s public-private approach to tech bolsters fight against COVID

A combination of legacy and emerging technology, along with public-private partnerships, has been a major force in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic throughout sub-Saharan Africa, say a wide range of IT leaders and government officials.

The pace of technology innovation throughout Africa is often hampered by infrastructure issues, as well as financial and bureaucratic constraints. But reaction to the pandemic in Africa shows that when faced with a massive disruptive event, like a global pandemic, there is a drive to overcome these stumbling blocks and a renewed vigour to put new technologies to the test, particularly for healthcare, according to a number of industry, government speakers at AfricaCom earlier this month.

Countries across Africa have been particularly strategic about combining the “old” with the new, according to Dr. Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, deputy director at Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

For example, the Africa CDC decided to partner with rural

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Delta 9 Develops Proprietary Decontamination Technology to Help Fight COVID-19 Pandemic

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Nov. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DELTA 9 CANNABIS INC. (TSX: DN) (OTCQX: VRNDF) (“Delta 9” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that it has developed and validated new proprietary decontamination equipment, branded the “Decontamination Pod” (or “D-Pod”), which can be used to decontaminate medical supplies, personal protective equipment (“PPE”), and other equipment.

Canadian and US patent applications have been filed on behalf of the Company for the D-Pod, which is a standard shipping container retrofitted to include heating and ultraviolet light technologies. When PPE or other materials are placed inside the treatment area of the D-Pod, the combination of heat and UVC is sufficient to kill the COVID-19 virus.

“This technology could be a game changer for governments, hospitals, and care-facilities in the fight against COVID-19, allowing them to decontaminate large amounts of PPE and other equipment, increasing the availability of existing PPE inventories and preventing

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Hannity: Transparency, integrity at heart of Team Trump’s legal fight

This is a rush transcript from “Hannity” November 19, 2020. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: I thought I lost you for a second. It went blank. I said, wait a minute, what happened?

All right, Tucker, thank you.

Welcome to “Hannity.”

All right. Tonight, the Trump campaign vowing to investigate — by the way, wouldn’t every American want to have faith and confidence in your elections? Every election irregularity, legitimate claim of fraud and abuse, these are American people, sworn affidavits, so that every legal vote can be counted in a fair, verifiable way, and we need a system we can all have confidence in, don’t we? So, yeah, it’s worth it.

Coming up, we are going to have more on the recount developments in Wisconsin. Reince Priebus has an update. Ronna McDaniel

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400 Years After the ‘First Thanksgiving,’ the Tribe Who Fed the Pilgrims Continues to Fight for Their Land Amid Another Epidemic

When Paula Peters was in second grade in Philadelphia in the mid-1960s, listening to a teacher talk about Plymouth colony and the Mayflower, a student asked what happened to the Native Americans who helped the Pilgrims settle, the Wampanoag. The teacher said they were all dead.

a person standing next to a body of water: Weetoomoo Carey, 8, left, and Jackolynn Carey, 5, Wampanoag Nipmucs from Mashpee, look across to the Mayflower replica anchored near Plymouth Rock on Nov. 26, 1991. They were with a group of Native Americans gathered for a day of mourning in response to the Pilgrims' Thanksgiving

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Weetoomoo Carey, 8, left, and Jackolynn Carey, 5, Wampanoag Nipmucs from Mashpee, look across to the Mayflower replica anchored near Plymouth Rock on Nov. 26, 1991. They were with a group of Native Americans gathered for a day of mourning in response to the Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving

“When she mentioned we’re all dead, that was devastating,” Peters, 61, recalled to TIME. “I raised my hand, and I said no that’s not true, I’m a Wampanoag, and I’m still here. I didn’t know enough then as a second grader that I could challenge her, but I think that I’ve challenged

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Trump’s FCC nominee sought to enlist Fox’s Laura Ingraham in anti-tech fight

Simington, who works for the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, wrote the email months before Trump nominated him for a five-year term on the FCC.

Trump has spent the final months of his reelection campaign and presidency feuding with the dominant social media platforms after they started fact-checking his posts on topics such as the pandemic and alleged election fraud. In a May executive order, Trump asked the FCC to reexamine a congressionally created liability shield that protects online companies from suits over how they handle user-posted content.

Ingraham, whom Trump frequently has cited favorably, has echoed the GOP’s attacks on the tech industry and years earlier had eyed joining the administration. Fellow Fox News host Tucker Carlson publicly backed Simington’s FCC nomination in an October segment where he pressured Senate Republicans to speed up.

Simington, the NTIA and a Fox News spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to requests

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Biden to Name Kerry as U.S. Climate Czar, Emphasizing Diplomacy’s Role in the Fight | Top News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team said on Monday former Secretary of State John Kerry will be named climate czar, a sign that Biden views diplomatic skills as vital to the job.

As Biden’s special envoy for climate, Kerry will have a seat on the National Security Council in the White House, marking the first time an official will be dedicated to the issue in that organization, Biden’s transition team said in a statement.

The NSC has played a powerful foreign policy role since it was created in 1947 under President Harry Truman.

Biden has pledged to reverse course on climate from President Donald Trump who doubts mainstream climate science. He yanked the United States out of the 2015 Paris agreement on climate, and dismantled Obama-era climate and environment regulations to boost drilling, mining and manufacturing.

Kerry, 76, called climate change “the world’s most fearsome weapon of

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