Sifting data, seeking justice

first_img Related “Open source changed my life,” she said. “I learned coding and everything I know about computers and programs through open source.”Villarreal, now 32 and a fellow with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, continues to advocate for open source, but has made room for a new crusade: free access to public information. With open source, citizens can view, modify, and share source code. But they should also have access to data produced by the government, she says.Villarreal speaks from experience. During her 2004-2005 tenure as systems administrator for Mexico’s Presidency internet office, she focused on making sure servers could handle up to 20,000 simultaneous users. Working for the government helped put her on the side of wider transparency.“If the government produces information that has an impact on people’s lives, it should make it available and shouldn’t make it hard to get,” she said. “People should have access to information and data.”At the Berkman Klein Center, Villarreal has been using open source and developing data tools, including interactive maps, to explore inequality in Boston-area justice, health, education, housing, and transportation. She began the work in September 2015 as a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. At the Berkman Klein Center, she is focusing on the Data for Justice Project, which investigates stop-and-frisk practices and drug arrests by Boston police.The project features an interactive map that compares police action in white and minority neighborhoods. To build the map, Villarreal analyzed “gigabytes of data” and programmed massive amounts of code, which resulted in a data-visualization framework that might eventually be used in other cities, she said.Though the map doesn’t tell a complete story, it’s a valuable tool for social justice advocates, said Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts.“Asking these questions helps us get a little bit further in the conversation we’re having as a nation,” said Crockford. “We hope that community organizers, activists, and politicians will look at these data and hopefully start asking more difficult questions. One of them should be, do you really think white people don’t use or sell drugs? So why aren’t they being arrested? Those are questions nobody is asking right now.”Villarreal’s work with the ACLU drew the attention of the Berkman Klein Center because of its use of novel data tools to investigate racial and social inequalities, said Rebecca Tabasky, manager of community programs at the center.“We’re deeply interested in exploring issues of social justice,” said Tabasky. “Paola’s work falls in alignment with some of the things we’re exploring — looking at data, data visualization, open technology, and civic engagement, and the way in which all of these things intersect with communities.”As for Villarreal, the project is another bid to improve people’s daily lives, just as she did back home by connecting riders with bikes.“The idea is to make the information accessible to the general public to identify needs,” she said. “I believe in the power of data to help spread equality and social justice.” Growing up in Mexico City as a self-proclaimed geek, Paola Villarreal first realized the power of data after she arrived at a public bike-share station and discovered that all the bikes were taken.Villarreal, then 26 and a self-taught computer programmer, used information the bike-share program had posted online, albeit in an obscure format, to develop a mobile application. The app allowed her to check her phone for sites on the program’s citywide network that had bikes available. She shared the app with her friends, and before long it became so popular city officials sought to buy it, paying Villarreal six digits.With 17 years of experience as a programmer and software developer under her belt, Villarreal credits open source, in which software’s source code is free and available to all, as the main factor that led her to become a data scientist. With Odyssey’s expansion, Harvard and partner universities will have faster access to vast amounts of information For bigger data, more storagelast_img read more

How to Know When Your Small Business is Ready for a Server

first_imgMay is Small Business Month. Dell is celebrating Small Business month with a 4-part small business series discussing hot trends in small business. Stay tuned for next week’s piece or view last week’s virtual reality piece.I work with businesses that are just getting started or just hitting a period of growth every day and one common frustration among passionate owners is servers: what they are, when they are needed, and how to go about getting one.It doesn’t need to be overwhelming to know when your small business is ready for a server. If you use two or more computers to share scanners, information or internet access, a small business server will benefit you. Servers not only make things simpler, they boost your business security and productivity.Before servers became widely available, only large organizations were able to afford servers. Today, servers are easy to implement and affordable. Servers store, process, manage and send data 24/7.Here are signs that your business is ready for a server:You store important data and files that should be protected from unauthorized access, loss or corruption in two or more computers.Accounting programs and customer relationship management software are needed to communicate with vendors and customers.Managing several versions of a single file is necessary for business operation.More than one computer need to share internet access, fax machines and other office equipment and resources.A central communication system is needed to share information with clients, staff and vendors and organize group meetings.You want to access your computer files from anywhere without any problem, backup important files on several computers or restore previous versions of files or files that were accidentally deleted.Employees need to share software tools.Control access of employees to files and dataIf there are times when you cannot access your files or shared resources, you have trouble finding information quickly, you want to protect your files from malware and viruses or there’s not enough storage space, you should consider installing a server.How a Server Will Change your Business OperationsImproved PerformanceA server allows you to share and access information and resources anytime and anywhere with no effect on performance. It can serve as the main storage space for the latest file versions. You can configure it to arrange and manage network resources. Anyone can get the required resources whenever they need it.SecureServers can help you control your staff’s access to data. You can control who has access to what, keeping private information from unauthorized personnel. A server can manage and secure computers on the network from one location, so you can have peace of mind.It also allows you to create a backup of your files from a central location, allowing you to resume normal business activities if disaster such as storms hits your area.Centralized UpdatesA server can update every computer on the network at the same time. You do not need to open each computer and install the updates one by one. With a server, you save time and money in the long run. You can configure the server to guarantee safe, remote access to software applications and files.  This allows you and your employees to work anytime and from anywhere.A properly installed and maintained server will improve your productivity and keep your company safe and help you succeed.last_img read more

Happy Opening to the Dream Team at Bronx Bombers!

first_img Bronx Bombers Happy opening night to the Bronx Bombers! To celebrate the official opening of Eric Simonson’s Yankees-themed nostalgia-fest on February 6, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this pinstriped portrait of the dream team, led by Peter Scolari, playing ball at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre. Have a great opening, Bombers! We’re cheering you on from the stands. Related Shows View Commentscenter_img The illustration features the whole roster of stars: Scolari as Yogi Berra, Tracy Shayne as his wife Carmen Berra, Bill Dawes as Mickey Mantle, Keith Nobbs as Billy Martin, Christopher Jackson as Derek Jeter, Chris Henry Coffey as Joe DiMaggio, C.J. Wilson as Babe Ruth, John Wenke as Lou Gehrig and Francois Battiste as Reggie Jackson—with Yankees legends Thurman Munson and Elston Howard represented as well. About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 2, 2014last_img read more

It’s Confirmed! 9/11 Musical Come From Away Will Bow on B’way

first_img Related Shows It’s official! The much-buzzed about new musical Come From Away will bow on Broadway in the spring of 2017 at a theater to be announced. Prior to appearing on the Main Stem, the tuner is scheduled to run at Washington D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre September 2 through October 9 and in Toronto at a Mirvish Theatre to be announced from November 15 through January 1, 2017.Directed by Christopher Ashley, the show has a book, music and lyrics by husband-and-wife duo David Hein and Irene Sankoff. Come From Away is based on the true story of when the isolated community of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world. What started as an average day in a small town turned in to an international sleep-over when 38 planes, carrying thousands of people from across the globe, were diverted to Gander’s air strip on September 11, 2001. Undaunted by culture clashes and language barriers, the people of Gander cheered the stranded travelers with music, an open bar and the recognition that we’re all part of a global family.The production will feature choreography by Kelly Devine, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Gareth Owen and music supervision by Ian Eisendrath.Come From Away has had exceptionally strong word of mouth after previous engagements at Goodspeed, NAMT, La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre. No word yet on casting for the latest incarnation of the show, but the Seattle company included Jenn Colella as Beverley, Chad Kimball as Colin 1, Joel Hatch as Claude, Rodney Hicks as Bob, Caesar Samayoa as Colin 2, Q Smith as Lana and Sharon Wheatley as Diane. Jenn Colella in ‘Come From Away'(Photo by Kevin Berne / La Jolla Playhouse) Come From Awaycenter_img from $49.00 View Commentslast_img read more

Mountain Mama: Stuck in the Middle

first_imgMy legs shake as I contemplate the upper rock garden section on the Jim Branch trail in Dupont State Park for what seems like the hundredth time. For the past week, I announce to anyone who will listen that my summer goal is to make it to the top. Secretly I hope to conquer the climb sooner.Straddling my bike, I look up and see with perfect clarity the line I want to take –slightly to the right to avoid the biggest rock and then straight up the center, hitting the smooth part of the steepest rock up to a larger jumble of jagged grey rocks.The tips others give me about getting to the top lo0p in my head. Scoot forward on my seat when the trail steepens. Weight my front wheel. Pull my elbows in and my handlebars toward me, but not up. Scan the line I’ve committed to and then look up, scan, look further up and repeat. Keep peddling through uncertainty.I push off with my right foot. My bike wobbles until I gain momentum. I peddle ten feet up before my front while spins on the surface of a rock without traction.13041452_10153562246936299_685251550880023098_oUghh, I forgot to weight my front wheel.I go again. My every thought is about getting forward on my seat and weighting that wheel. This time I get a little further up the trail when my wheel gets stuck in a rut between two rocks.Damn, I was so focused on scooting forward that I forgot to look up at where I wanted to go and got stuck.I curse the rocks, hating the feeling of being stuck. Nothing seems to work. Self-doubt creeps in and I wonder what’s holding me back from the top. Is it my technique or fitness or mindset?I wish for a magical fast forward bottom, where my skills and muscles and thoughts all colluded to get me to the top. I consider giving up, but in the end I stay the course. I keep trying until my legs give out and I’m falling before I even start the climb. I leave with several scrapes and bruises.On the drive home I feel surprisingly good about the afternoon. I didn’t get much closer to making it to the top and I may never get there at this rate. The only way to find out is to keep trying. I promise to go back the next day and the next. Every time I return to that rock garden I’m showing up for more than just mountain biking, I’m showing up for my life.I decide on a new mantra.I ride, I fall.I ride, I climb.I ride.last_img read more

DARPA Tactical Technology Office to Host First Proposers’ Day

first_img “We envision a holistic overhaul of dismounted infantry and increasing the reach and protection of vital assets at sea,” Tousley said. “We want to push the envelope in all dimensions for air systems. We want to expand space operations while helping them become a routine, accessible and cost-effective as air operations.” DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO) creates advanced platforms, weapons and space systems to help preserve U.S. Military superiority through overwhelming technological advantage. However, constantly evolving technologies, shifting warfighter mission requirements and limited budgets mean TTO must always seek new ways to leverage innovation while fulfilling its duties. By Dialogo March 28, 2013 To help address these challenges, TTO is planning by April 15, 2013 to release a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) calling for Innovative Systems for Military Missions. Innovative systems often incorporate emerging advanced technologies and must show significant promise to revolutionize U.S. Military capabilities, significantly augment mission effectiveness or substantially reduce system costs and inefficiencies. Ground Systems: Soldier/Squad Technologies, Combat Vehicles and Tactical Operations in Urban Environments Maritime Systems: Surface and Subsurface Technologies Air Systems: Novel Air Vehicles Space Systems: Spacecraft Technologies, Space Situational Awareness, Systems for Access and Hypersonic Airframes “We’re looking for potentially huge leaps forward from the existing state of the art, not incremental improvements,” said TTO Director Brad Tousley. “We want to work with innovative risk-takers, including nontraditional and traditional, large and small contractors, and research/academic institutions. For qualified systems developers who have always wanted to work with DARPA, this is the opportunity to learn how.” TTO is particularly interested in engaging contributors with experience in systems engineering, manned-unmanned teaming and autonomous systems. Such proposals should address rapid experimentation, iteration and demonstration of prototypes in real-world situations. TTO seeks contributors in the following focus areas: The DARPA Special Notice document announcing the Proposers’ Day and describing the specific capabilities sought is available at For more information, please email [email protected]last_img read more

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Anglo directors buy out property

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Jokowi hopes Indonesians, Australians will benefit from landmark free trade deal

first_imgJokowi went on to express hopes that the trade deal could be promptly implemented through the IA-CEPA 100-day implementation program, including through Australia Business Week in Indonesia, as well as the visit of some major Australian private investors to the archipelago.Morrison, meanwhile, said the trade agreement would strengthen cooperation between Jakarta and Canberra as he hoped that the agreement would boost economic growth for the next decade.“Indonesia will become one of the biggest economic powers in the world. The mutually beneficial agreement will ensure that our economies will be integrated in the future,” Morrison said.Read also: Australia and Indonesia must be partners in Pacific development: JokowiPrior to the bilateral meeting between the two countries’ delegations, Jokowi held a tête-à-tête with Morrison at the Prime Minister’s Suite, where the President expressed his condolences and sympathy to the victims of the Australian bushfire crises.“My visit to Australia also shows that Indonesia will always stand together with the Australian people in good and bad times. A friend in need is a friend indeed,” Jokowi said.Jokowi also said that his state visit to Australia — the fourth since he took office — was also a special moment as it coincided with the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Australia.He said that while there was a lot of progress that had been achieved during the past seven decades, both countries must work hard to ensure a robust relationship between them.Jokowi and Morrison also oversaw the signing of two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on the action plan of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership as well as transportation security cooperation by the two countries’ ministers following the bilateral meeting. (mpr) President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has expressed his hopes that the ratification of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) will also have a positive impact on the peoples of both countries in addition to strengthening bilateral ties.Jokowi met with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday, during which the two leaders held a meeting and discussed the landmark trade deal and other issues as the two countries commemorated 70 years of bilateral relations.“The IA-CEPA has been ratified by both countries, which means economic relations between the two countries will improve comprehensively and the people of the two nations should also benefit from [the trade deal],” Jokowi said during a joint press statement on Monday.   The IA-CEPA, which was inked last year and ratified by the House of Representatives on Feb. 6, aims to significantly reduce tariffs on commodity exports between the two neighboring countries and offer various investment privileges, as Indonesia strives to boost exports and attract foreign investment to help spur its sluggish economic growth.Read also: Trade pact expected to boost Indonesia-Australia tiesIndonesia recorded a trade deficit of US$3.2 billion last year, marking a significant improvement over the $8.7 billion recorded in 2018.The trade deal also promises improved access for Australian cattle and sheep farmers to Indonesia’s market of 260 million people, while greater access to the Australian market is expected to help Indonesia’s textile and automotive industries and boost exports of timber, electronics and pharmaceuticals.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Bulldog Harriers Win Batesville Invitational

first_imgAlthough we had record high heat today, with the humidity still pretty high tonight, the Batesville Bulldogs fought through and were crowned champions of both the boys and the girl varsity big schools race.  The boys scored a low of 30 points beating Seymour with 43 points.  Rushville followed in 3rd at 69, East Central-83 and Franklin County with 115.  Individually, the Bulldogs captured the first two spots with Adam Moster leading the way with 16:56, followed closely by teammate Ean Loichinger in 2nd (17:01), Benjamin Moster placed 6th, Joshua Myers 10th and Dillon Murray was 11th.  The girls competed just as well, as the lady Bulldogs also finished with a 1-2 punch as well.  It was Lily Pinckley leading the way in 20:23 and Ava Hanson close behind at 20:27. Maria Lopez took 5th, then Batesville went 10-13th place with Trysta Vierling, Katie Olsen, Sarah Ripperger and Carley Pride finishing respectively. This performance led them to a victory of scoring a low 25 points, beating the field by over double this amount of points as Franklin County place 2nd with 53, Rushville 3rd with 73, Seymour 4th-83 and East Central was incomplete.There was also a small schools category.  Jac-Cen-Del boys took this victory with 28 points beating Oldenburg Academy who had 37. Damon Hughes from JCD was first in the small school category at 18:00.  On the girls side, it was the South Ripley Raiders to claim first place with 34 points beating JCD with 43. Lanie Nickolson from the Raiders was the first female in the small category at 21:12.Although they did not score the JV race, awards were given to the top 10 and Batesville’s JV claimed almost half of them as they took home 9 ribbons.  On the boys side Luke Esser was the first Bulldog to cross the line barely getting beat at 19:02 and taking 2nd place. Alex Livers, who ran a personal best on this hot night was 3rd, Nathan Villani-5th, Will Nuhring-6th and Luke Nuhring-8th. On the girls side, Batesville’s Jada Eisert won followed by Hope Kroen in 2nd, Carla Patapat in 3rd and Kali Wickersham-5th. Besides Alex Livers, Mason Enneking also ran tough and earned a personal record.  Congratulation to all!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.The Wildcats girls varsity cross country team was able to push through the hot temperatures to earn 2nd place at the Batesville Invitational. Lauren Kelley ran a strategic race, finishing 3rd place with a time of 20:59. Senior, Katelyn Meyer, has earned the nickname, The Finisher, due to her beautiful sprint finishes that are able to overtake nearby competitors. She had that kind of an all-out sprint finish at the Batesville meet and placed 6th with a time of 22:17. Sophomore, Katherine Apsley, ran a steady race and finished in 13th place with a time of 25:21. Sophomore, Emma Cabezuela, ran her best race, yet, earning He ra personal record time of 25:29 and 14th place. Junior, Josie Selm, rounded out the top 5 Franklin County finishers and earned 17th place with her time of 26:19. This is the first time that 5 girls have earned top 20 awards in a race.The Franklin County boys had mixed results at the Batesville Invitational. Junior, Drew Grant, gave a strong performance despite the heat, finishing in 12th place with a time of 18:48. Sophomore, Ben Maze, gave a consistent performance with his time of 19:04 which earned him 19th place. Senior, Harvey Marshall, continues to run strong with his time of 20:07, giving him a 27th place finish. Right behind him was sophomore, Adam Grant. Adam placed 28th with a time of 20:28. Senior, Kyle Seibert, came back from a tough race performance on Saturday to earn the 5th Wildcat team spot at Batesville. His time of 20:50 earned him 29th place. Freshmen, Harmon and Hunter Marshall, both struggled with the heat. They finished with times of 21:17 and 21:57. This is not typical of their normal performance and they will be ready to run on Thursday at Greensburg with much faster times.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Stacey Nobbe.last_img read more