Showing posts from February, 2013

Kyoto Protocol’100 Programmes of Activities (PoAs

Dear colleagues, The Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM) has now registered more than 100 Programmes of Activities (PoAs). The milestone was passed on a day that saw the registration of seven PoAs: a small-scale solar project in Thailand (8457); small-scale hydro projects in China (8259) and Brazil (7062); a solar LED project in Kenya (7489); cookstove projects in Mexico (8521) and in eight African countries (7359); and a renewable energy project in China (8526). More than 25 per cent of all registered PoAs are located in Africa, compared to just 2 per cent of regular CDM projects. “For most LDCs, especially in Africa, single CDM projects are often too small to be viable,” said Peer Stiansen, Chair of the CDM Executive Board. “The recent growth in numbers shows that PoAs are overcoming this barrier and extending the benefits of the CDM to regions not previously able to take advantage of the mechanism.” Since the PoA procedures were adopted by the CDM Executive Board in 2

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Yahoo! Fellow in Residence

International Values, Communications Technology & the Global Internet School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Washington, D.C. The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service is pleased to invite applications for the position of Yahoo! Fellow in Residence for the academic year 2013-2014. This one academic year position is funded by the Yahoo! Fund on International Values, Communications Technology and the Global Internet, which was established at Georgetown University by a gift from Yahoo! Inc. The Yahoo! Fellow will be chosen by Georgetown University from applicants drawn from the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors. The Fellowship The Yahoo! Fellow in Residence explores the relationship between new communications technologies and international values in varying national and international contexts. Projects should address the issue of applying international values and principles (e.g., free expression, regulation, citizenship and privacy) to new communic

The Two Cow Economies: Socialism-Communism=Fascism

SOCIALISM  You have 2 cows.  You give one to your neighbour.  COMMUNISM  You have 2 cows  The State takes both and gives you some milk.  FASCISM  You have 2 cows.  The State takes both and sells you some milk.  BUREAUCRATISM  You have 2 cows.  The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other and then throws the milk away.  TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM  You have two cows.  You sell one and buy a bull.  Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.  You sell them and retire on the income.  VENTURE CAPITALISM  You have two cows.  You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows.  The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company.  The a

Sustainia in Search of Global Solutions to Ignite Sustainable Transformation

It is the second year, Sustainia will be publishing its list of 100 inspiring and groundbreaking sustainability and climate solutions. Behind the initiative is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s green initiative Regions20, UN Global Compact and the Nobel Sustainability Trust, among many others. This year to further raise awareness of the potential of existing solutions, Sustainia is teaming up with the European Commission’s campaign ‘A world you like. With a climate you like’. The campaign, Sustainia100, is open to submissions of international projects, technologies, and state-of-art innovation setting new sustainable standards in at least one of 10 categories: Buildings, food, fashion, transportation, IT, education, energy, health, cities, and resources. SUBMIT YOUR SOLUTION HERE : READ MORE ABOUT SUSTAINIA100 HERE : Best


This email is from a good friend. One to pass on to your youngsters.  I used to be on Facebook , but now do not participate in it as I find it a bit intrusive despite setting parameters so others cannot access or read details, I have found there are some who know how to bypass this, and have obtained some info that was privvy to just my friend and me, which kinda shocked me.  I also know of someone, whose identity was compromised and a credit card using all her details was used by a nefarious person, so much so she is fighting a battle with Barclays not to be laden with a £30,000 debt!.. that sure cured me of Facebook.  I prefer to stick to emails! I don't know how it works and what you can do to protect your personal info despite the parameters- but I thought this was worth sharing so you can decide for yourselves.. .  Please spare a few minutes to read this. It's an eye opener "The information people give out on Face-book, when linked up with other information freely ava

Famous URL Shortening Websites

Famous URL Shortening Websites We discussed  why you should shorten your long URLs and things to be aware of before clicking such URLs . After knowing much about it, let's see which websites we should use in order to create short URLs. There are numerous URL shortening websites offering you many features beside shortening the long URLs, but below are the websites which are quite famous because of their free and quality services. Give it a try and then use any one of them for your future works. (well you can use as many you want but I recommend to stick with any one). Note:  These websites are not arranged in any order. Secondly, in this article I am just referring you the names of best URL shortening websites. But in future article we will see how to create short URLs using some of these websites. Best And Famous URL Shortening Websites 1. 2.  TinyURL 3.  bitly   4.  Krunchd 5. 6.  BridgeURL 7.  Google URL Shorte

What Is Facebook Username, How To Change And Customize It

When you create an account at Facebook, it automatically assigns you a unique username based on your Full Name and availability. Using that username, your friends can easily search for you on Facebook and can add you, they can also type it in the browser's address bar and can see your Facebook updates directly (e.g:  Facebook gives you an option to make your own custom username and change it for one time only. Means, after changing your username, you cannot change it again (so be careful). Why To Change Facebook Username 1. Most of us login to the Facebook using our complete email address. What you don't know is that we can also login to the Facebook using our Facebook Username. So if we change it and make it more simple, it will be easy for us to quickly login to our Facebook accounts. 2. Most of the time, Facebook add randomly generated numbers in your username which makes it more complicated. That's why it's a good practice to ch

Can Hacktivists Turn Their Current Moment Into Real Change? A Future Tense Event Recap

By  Adam Sneed  | In the month since  Aaron Swartz’s death , hacking as a form of activism has gained a new level of attention. While groups like Anonymous have long made headlines for meddling with government websites, Swartz’s civil disobedience was aimed at reforming important but often overlooked parts of our digital world. But as much buzz as hacktivism has at the moment, its effectiveness and just which problems it should be applied to have yet to be determined. Participants discussed this Monday at “ Hackers + Activism ,” an event hosted by the  Center for Science and the Imagination  at Arizona State University. Author, activist, and co-editor of BoingBoing Cory Doctorow joined ASU professor Dawn Gilpin, Gangplank co-founder Jade Meskill, and Center for Science and the Imagination Director Ed Finn to discuss how hackers engage in activism and whether they can bring about genuine change. More broadly, the panelists addressed how important it is to create