March 12, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Report handed in to “Internet Enemy” embassies on eve of Online Free Expression Day Help by sharing this information RSF_en Reporters Without Borders yesterday handed in copies of its 2009 “Internet Enemies” report at the Paris embassies of the 22 countries identified as an “enemy” or source of concern in the report, issued to mark Online Free Expression Day today. The Tunisian and Burmese embassies refused to take its copy. “Online censorship today concerns every kind of user of the Internet, from the person who posts a comment on a website to journalists and other content producers,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Any attack on this space is an offence against free expression.” News The report identifies 12 countries as “Enemies of the Internet.” They are Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. For the first time, the report also includes two democracies in the 10 other countries that are “under surveillance” for adopting or considering measures that could open the way to abuses of online freedom of information. (Download in PDF).To mark Online Free Expression Day, Reporters Without Borders today also released a film illustrating the situation that some users face when they connect to the Internet. One of the Internet’s founders, Google vice-president Vinton Cerf, also talks about the way the Internet is evolving in an interview during the LIFT 2009 Conference of new technology experts held in Geneva from 25 to 27 February.Vinton Cerf on free speechenvoyé par rsf_internet Organisation
Saint Mary’s membership to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), which provides professional development opportunities and resources for those intending to teach music, proves that without the fine arts as a part of core curriculum, students would fall flat.Visiting assistant professor of music Dawn Farmer, who initiated the Saint Mary’s chapter during the 2014-2015 school year, said the organization helps students prepare for life after graduation.“Students gain access to publications, research and teaching materials,” Farmer said. “They are also given considerable networking opportunities. We can connect with other music education students all over the country, with practicing music teachers in multiple fields and with professional musicians.”The club travels to workshops and conferences, where students refine skills from their music and education classes as they learn what exactly their future career entails, according to Farmer. She said traveling to these events benefits not only members of the club, but also the Saint Mary’s community, because it gives students the chance to demonstrate leadership qualities.“I feel that students who intend on being music teachers should start participating in the expectations for the field,” Farmer said. “Other local music education programs respect us and know us to be positive, prepared and knowledgeable. At these music events, people may know of Saint Mary’s College, but we set the bar for what Saint Mary’s is, and we represent with pride.”Junior Allie Kroehler, who serves as treasurer of the club, said she is grateful she can develop her knowledge of her future profession.“I have access to a lot of different music education journals, which I have used many times for research for my classes,” Kroehler said. “Saint Mary’s has given us a great opportunity to be able to major in this specific field, so it is important to acknowledge and appreciate that.”Kroehler said this organization gives students studying music education somewhere to belong, as it allows them to interact with like-minded peers who share similar aspirations.“We are kind of caught between two departments — music and education,” Kroehler said. “We are such a small population, and sometimes it can feel like we don’t have a place in either department. NAfME has provided us place where we can come together and have any specific music education questions answered.”Kroehler said she enjoys working with others and learning about how to effectively advance and preserve music education’s spot in the core curriculum of U.S. schools.“It is really important for teachers to collaborate and work with others in their field,” Kroehler said. “NAfME gives me the opportunity to work with other future music teachers and learn from them. We also have the opportunity to discuss how the music education field is changing and how it impacts us.”Farmer said she is happy this organization became active at Saint Mary’s last year because it plays an integral role in catapulting students careers and in promoting a sense of unity among members.“We continue to look for ways in which to bolster music education and music awareness within the community,” Farmer said. “It gives us an opportunity to bring music education into other parts of the Saint Mary’s community and beyond.” Tags: music education, NAfME
Innovate UK has launched a funding competition to encourage innovation in infrastructure systems that provide critical services for economy, environment and society, including offshore wind.Projects for the infrastructure systems strand must show significant innovation in at least one of the following areas: smart infrastructure, energy, connected transport or urban living, while offshore wind solutions should results in substantial reductions in the cost of energy, Innovate UK said.The competition also comprises a manufacturing and materials strand, which was set up for projects which cover innovation in a manufacturing system, technology, process or business model; innovation in materials development, properties, integration or reuse; or a manufacturing or materials innovation, rather than a product innovation.The funding includes up to GBP 5 million for projects lasting up to a year and GBP 14 million for projects with the duration of one to three years. The total eligible project costs equal between GBP 25,000 and GBP 3 million.The minimum duration of the project must be three months, with the maximum duration of three years.Proposals must improve business growth and productivity or create export opportunities for at least one small- and medium-sized UK enterprise involved in the project.The final deadline for bids is 31 January 2018.The applicants will be notified about the status of their projects by 20 April 2018.