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BlackBerry filters out porn sites in response to government’s demand

first_img Research In motion (RIM), the Canadian company that makes the BlackBerry smartphone, announced today that it is blocking access to pornographic websites on its smartphones in Indonesia in response to the government’s demand.Without taking a position on the content of the blocked sites, Reporters Without Borders is worried by any form of content filtering, the effectiveness of which has been questioned in many expert reports. Filtering can be circumvented by those who exchange pornographic content while trials in Germany, Australia and other countries have confirmed the danger of over-blocking, in which content that is not targeted is also blocked. Once filtering mechanisms have been put in place, there is also a danger of their being used to block other kinds of content, which opens the door to more drastic forms of online controls.Tifatul Sembiring, the minister of communications and information technology, had set tomorrow as the deadline for RIM to comply with the government’s demand. “Thank God,” he posted on his Twitter site (@tifsembiring) today. “Pornography has started to be blocked.”Playboy (www.playboy.com) was one of the many sites that became unavailable to Indonesia’s 2 million BlackBerry users today following the announcement.Reporters Without Borders is meanwhile also concerned about RIM’s negotiations with the Indian government, which is demanding access to smartphone users’ encrypted emails on national security grounds. The authorities have already reached an interim arrangement with RIM for accessing its messenger services.The government has set 31 January as the deadline for a definitive agreement. Reporters Without Borders urges the parties to keep the public informed about the continuing talks.Reporters Without Borders reminds BlackBerry users that they are invited to visit Project RIM Check (http://rimcheck.org/), a website created by the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, in order to provide information that enables the project to establish the levels of control and monitoring of BlackBerry smartphones in different countries (read the article). IndonesiaAsia – Pacific November 19, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Receive email alerts IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information January 20, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 BlackBerry filters out porn sites in response to government’s demand Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua Newscenter_img Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News August 21, 2020 Find out more August 12, 2020 Find out more News News Follow the news on Indonesia On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia to go furtherlast_img read more

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Can Having Mortgage Debt be Good for You?

first_img Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Can Having Mortgage Debt be Good for You? Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Is having debt a good thing?A new study by LendingTree found a correlation between mortgage debt and life expectancy, as higher debt relative to income is linked to higher life expectancy. “That trend reaffirms the idea that homeownership is ultimately a good thing—this is despite the fact that a mortgage is one of the biggest financial decisions and burdens a person will take on in their lifetime,” LendingTree states. Of the counties studied with the highest life expediencies, California’s Marin County had the highest average mortgage debt at $273,155, but the second-highest life expectancy at 83.17 years. Island living pays off, as Hawaii’s Kauai County has the highest life expectancy of the counties surveyed at 83.39 years. Homeowners in Kauai County  have an average of $93,019 of mortgage debt. Homeowners in Madison County, New York, have an average of $45,071 of mortgage debt and a life expectancy of 82.32 years. Counties that had the lowest life expediencies, mostly in the southern region of the house, had minimal mortgage debt. Walker County, Alabama, which had the lowest life expectancy of the counties studied, 71.41 years, had an average mortgage debt of $22,226.Three others Alabama counties—Talladega, Russell, and Etowah—had among the lowest life expectancies, but had mortgage debt of $32.627, $50,888, and $29,863, respectively. Texas’ Polk County had the lowest average mortgage debt at $19,645. Life expectancy in that county is 74.24 years—lower than the national average of 80 years. LendingTree states is analysis shows that those with higher incomes tend to take on less debt that those with lower incomes, with one exception. “The major exception is mortgages, which happens to be the only debt category which has the potential for value appreciation (though student loans can be used to increase income),” the report states. “The richest counties tended to have the highest mortgage-to-income ratios, while the poorest counties tended to have the overall highest debt-to-income ratios, excluding mortgages.” Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese Tagged with: Mortgage Debt in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News  Print This Post Previous: How a Tariff Reversal Can Impact Housing Next: Gauging Millennial Homebuying Knowledge Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Mortgage Debt 2019-08-20 Mike Albanesecenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago August 20, 2019 962 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Can Having Mortgage Debt be Good for You? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more