A new Online Safety Bill that extends the cyber takedown function to adults and cuts takedown response times in half has made its way into Australian Parliament. As detailed in the Online Safety Bill 2021 , the new scheme, based on the existing cyber bullying scheme for children, provides a mechanism for those experiencing the most seriously harmful online abuse to have this material removed from the internet. It empowers Australia's eSafety Commissioner to order the removal of such material when websites, social media, and other online services fail to do so after a complaint is made. The eSafety Commissioner will have the power to issue takedown notices directly to the services, and also to the end users responsible for the abusive content. "The sharing of intimate images without consent is a terrible thing to do and causes great distress to victims," Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said, introducing the Bill on Wednesday. The Bill also expands the cyberbullying … [Read more...] about Bill establishing cyber abuse takedown scheme for adults enters Parliament
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High in the Himalayas, a four-to-five-day trek from the nearest village, sits an unassuming glacial lake called Roopkund. The spot is beautiful, a dollop of jewel-toned water amid rough gravel and scree, but hardly out of the ordinary for the rugged landscape — except for the hundreds of human bones scattered within and around the lake. These bones, belonging to between 300 and 800 people, have been a mystery since a forest ranger first reported them to the broader world in 1942. Lately, though, the mystery has only deepened. In 2019, a new genetic analysis of the ancient DNA in the bones, detailed in the journal Nature Communications , found that at least 14 of the people who died at the lake probably weren't from South Asia. Instead, their genes match those of modern-day people of the eastern Mediterranean. Related: 11 famous places that are littered with dead bodies What's more, these bones were far newer than most of the others at the lake, which date to … [Read more...] about Hundreds of skeletons fill this remote Himalayan lake. How did they get there?
Coverage of the missing Malaysian airliner has boosted not only CNN's ratings, but also its digital properties, backing up recent studies that show the Internet bets out TV as the primary source for people who want to learn more about breaking news. Jeff Zucker, CNN's president, told employees in a memo that the news organization had topped its previous record for page views and video streams, as well as a record for mobile web traffic. See also: 30% of U.S. Adults Use Facebook for News, Study Says "We will likely have more unique users across our global sites than any month in our history," he wrote in a memo passed to Mashable . Zucker added that CNN didn't only see strong traffic in the U.S. International properties also experienced a bump. The memo, however, didn't outline the extent of the increase or include any figures. CNN.com saw 35.9 million visitors in February, according to comScore. "Audiences have come in record numbers to every one of our platforms: CNN … [Read more...] about CNN’s Missing Plane Coverage Sets Record Web Traffic, Too
BlizzCon 2021 has come and gone, with the eerily online-only event leaving us with a splattering of new Diablo details. There’s the long-overdue announcement of a Diablo 2 Remaster and the reveal of the Rogue class for Diablo 4 , as well as insight on the new PvP mode (maybe you’re even open to the new details surrounding mobile game Diablo Immortal , now that enough Diablo-related good news sits between us and its disastrous debut in 2018). Diablo 4’s Rogue class unveiled with its very own trailer during BlizzCon 2021 Diablo Immortal will be a mobile MMO, developers reveal at BlizzCon 2021 Hearthstone forges new expansion and takes cues from World of Warcraft with a ‘Classic’ mode But during my interview with Diablo 4 art director John Mueller and lead designer Joe Shelly at BlizzCon 2021, I wanted to find out more about the game’s oft-repeated claims to being an open-world game. We know from everything we’ve seen that in the nitty-gritty of combat, … [Read more...] about Diablo 4’s open world is as Diablo as it gets
Chimpanzees have police, too. Now, researchers are discovering what makes these simian enforcers of the peace step into conflicts, findings that could help shed light on the roots of policing in humans. Animals handle conflicts within groups in a variety of ways, such as policing, where impartial bystanders intercede when disputes crop up. Policing, which has been seen in chimps, gorillas, orangutans and other primates, differs from other forms of intervention in that such arbiters are neither biased nor aggressive — they are neither supporting allies nor punishing wrongdoers. Policing is risky, however, since it involves approaching two or more combative squabblers, which may lead to would-be arbiters becoming the targets of aggression themselves. To find out why primate policing evolved despite such risk, scientists took a closer look at pol. The researchers analyzed one group of chimpanzees in a zoo in Gossau, Switzerland, for nearly 600 hours over two years. This group … [Read more...] about Primate Police: Why Some Chimps Play the Cop