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Raiders, Paul Guenther show a willingness to blitz

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first_imgNAPA — Vanilla is out. Paul Guenther can call plays like a real defensive coordinator.There isn’t a lot to be gleaned from an exhibition game, but a 33-26 win over the Arizona Cardinals provided a window into the future that includes a willingness to send extra pass rushers.“It was fun,” Guenther said Saturday following a morning practice. “A lot more speed on the field. We can cover. We’ve got guys that can blitz, … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Unity of purpose ‘key to beating Aids’

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first_img24 July 2012South Africa’s multi-sectoral approach and partnership between government and civil society has helped the country turn the tide against HIV/Aids, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said during a panel discussion at the 19th International Aids Conference (Aids 2012) in Washington, DC on Monday.Motlanthe is addressing two special sessions at the week-long conference, the largest and most important global gathering on HIV/Aids.The first, “How do we get there? Country planning for maximum impact”, took place on Monday, while the second, “China, India, South Africa, Brazil: How will they use their leadership to advance the Aids response?” was due to take place on Tuesday.Monday’s session explored practical ways in which country plans could be shaped and efforts mobilized for maximum public health impact using both in-country resources and international resources such as the Global Fund.Other panellists included Ukraine, the United States and Rwanda. The latter has an HIV prevalence of 2.9 percent and its response to the Aids epidemic has been widely praised.Motlanthe said South Africa had come a long way since the days in which the government and civil society pulled in different directions in their responses to HIV/Aids.“As a country, we started on a shaky footing,” Motlanthe said. “Our responses were not well coordinated and often government and civil society pulled in different directions.“The multi-sectoral approach which finds expression through the South African National Aids Council (Sanac) has improved our coordination and responses.”Sanac is the official body that coordinates the South African government’s policy response to HIV/Aids through overseeing the implementation of the National Strategic Plan on HIV/Aids. It is chaired by the Deputy President and has 19 sectors represented within it.Asked what lessons South Africa can share with other countries on its approach to HIV/Aids, Motlanthe said: “There has to be unity of purpose with a clear strategy and programme behind which all sectors and citizens in general can be mobilized.”He also emphasized the importance of coordination and integration within government itself, so that responses were not “in silos”.“We have several national departments represented within Sanac and have an inter-ministerial committee led by the minister of health. We also have provincial councils on Aids which are chaired by our Premiers, and the governance and coordination structures cascade further down to our metros, local councils and wards.”This integrated approach, he said, ensured that various sources of information – such as costing, planning, research and other evidence-based decision-making tools – were used to inform the government’s response to the epidemic.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

California’s New Mobile App Privacy Guidelines Go Beyond The Law

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first_img“The mobile app industry is growing fast, but it is still in the early stages of development, with practitioners who are not all alert to privacy implications and how to address them. To help educate the industry and promote privacy best practices, the Attorney General’s Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit has prepared Privacy on the Go: Recommendations for the Mobile Ecosystem. The recommendations, which in many places offer greater protection than afforded by existing law, are intended to encourage app developers and other players in the mobile sphere to consider privacy at the outset of the design process.”  California Attorney General Kamala Harris, writing in Privacy On The Go: Recommendations for the Mobile Ecosystem.On Thursday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris released a 22-page report on mobile privacy intended to strengthen user protection and regulation. The document specifically calls for readable privacy policies, transparency when it comes to alerting users if third party vendors collect their personal information, and an end to unnecessary data collection unless it is critical for the app to function. “We are now offering this set of privacy practice recommendations to assist app developers, and others, in considering privacy early in the development process,” Harris wrote in the report, which was completed after dialogue with mobile developers, carriers, manufacturers, advertisers and privacy experts. The report was prompted both by a recent directive from President Obama to define an online strategy to fight terrorism, and by Harris’ own interest in how mobile apps collect user data.In December 2012, Harris sued Delta Air Lines for violating California’s online privacy law and not informing people how their personal data is collected. Before that she was instrumental in getting Apple and Facebook to require that apps display privacy policies. Report CardHarris’ report recommends developers make clear to users the details of just what information they are collecting, how long they store it, and what third parties the data is shared with. It also asks ad networks to do away with tracking devices in favor of “using app-specific and/or temporary device identifiers,” and create plain-language privacy policies that spell out all of the above in layman’s terms. While having app makers follow these guidelines would clearly benefit consumers, the extra red tape probably won’t sit well with most developers.“In general that report is inline with common sense and I agree that apps should be more transparent.  However, with the average price of apps being so low, developers and companies are forced to explore other monetization strategies which almost always involve selling user information to advertisers,” said Jad Meouchy, a developer and founder of Osurv, a custom mobile survey app. “While I agree with all the directives, I don’t see any way to enforce them.”Enforcement Is The IssueThat’s the key issue right now. Since Harris’ report goes above and beyond existing law, these recommendations are just that – recommendations – and are not enforceable by law. Still, they’re a step in the right direction, towards transparency and broader awareness of information. Over time, it’s likely that more states will draft their own recommendations – and even bills that could become mandates. The Future of Privacy Forum‘s director and co-chair, Jules Polonetsky, says California’s recommendations could be a guideline for app makers. “As a best practices guide, the document is very reasonable, and many app developers already comply with the key points the reports make,” he said. Polonetsky also liked the fact that the recommendations’ tone and direction mirror the President’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which calls for a push towards improved telecommunications and information policy. “The guide also supports the direction that the NTIA multi-stakeholder process has taken and will be a useful input into the national effort to come up with an enforceable code of conduct for developers,” he said. Where These Recommendations Go, The Law Is Likely To FollowWith more than half of the U.S. accessing the Internet via mobile devices, more than a million mobile apps available and roughly 1,600 new ones added every day, it’s only a matter of time until recommendations like these become regulations. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing — especially if there is full communication between legislators, developers and consumers. “Our hope is that privacy-respectful practices such as those we are recommending here will be adopted by app developers and others, enabling consumers to make informed choices from the vast array of mobile apps while maintaining the level of privacy control they desire,” the report states. “Our recommendations, which in many places offer greater protection than afforded by existing law, are intended to encourage all players in the mobile marketplace to consider privacy implications at the outset of the design process. They are also intended to encourage the alignment of architectural and functional decisions with the widely accepted Fair Information Practice Principles.”This may very well be the year that the U.S. government steps up to the plate and hammers out laws that actually make sense for all parties concerned. Harris’ plan is a good step towards that goal.Photo courtesy of Shutterstock. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … adam popescu Related Posts Tags:#apps#mobile#privacy#security center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more