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Thales, Peking University and Ecole Polytechnique sign a strategic cooperation agreement in Physics to further advance scientific research in China

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Nov 06, 2019

Thales is greatly honored to sign a strategic Cooperation Agreement with Peking University and Ecole Polytechnique for future cooperation on scientific research.

This agreement aims to promote trilateral R&D and joint facility collaborations in areas such as high energy, high density and laser physics.

These ambitious projects are linked to the discoveries of Gerard Mourou, professor at Ecole Polytechnique, and in particular the CPA (Chirped Pulse Amplification) technique, for which the professor was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018.

BEIJING, Nov. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Thales, Peking University and Ecole Polytechnique signed a strategic agreement for future cooperation in scientific research in the area of Physics. The signature took place today in Beijing at the Great Hall of the People.

In support of Peking University's ambitions to fulfill China's "National Major Science and Technology Infrastructure Project" and develop "Laser-Driven Multi-Beam Facilities" at Beijing Huairou Science City, this agreement aims to promote trilateral R&D and joint facility collaborations in areas such as high energy, high density and laser physics, setting a solid foundation for future cooperation in scientific research between France and China.

These ambitious projects are linked to the discoveries of Gerard Mourou, professor at Ecole Polytechnique, and in particular the CPA (Chirped Pulse Amplification) technique, for which the professor was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018. Gerard Mourou's work is the fruit of a longstanding laser research partnership between his laboratory, the Applied Optics Laboratory (LOA)[1], and Thales, whose leading laser technology expands the use of CPA to new boundaries each and every day.

"Thales has a strong experience in fostering cooperation with internationally renowned research laboratories and institutions. We are therefore delighted to develop this collaboration and help scientific research in China. As a trusted partner to Chinese industries in aerospace, transportation and digital identity and security, Thales actively supports the strengthening cooperation on scientific research in physics with Peking University and Ecole Polytechnique."

Pascale Sourisse, President, Thales International

Thales is a leader in laser technologies thanks to three decades of collaboration experience with ninety research teams across the world. This includes the world's most powerful laser facility, Extreme Light Infrastructure for Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP), developed and commissioned in Romania through an EU project for a two time 10 petawatt (1 PW = 1015 W) laser system.

[1] Applied Optics Laboratory (LOA – a joint research unit operated under the supervision of Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancees (ENSTA), the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Ecole Polytechnique) – LOA research activity covers a broad spectrum in ultrafast laser-plasma science.

About Thales

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global technology leader shaping the world of tomorrow today. The Group provides solutions, services and products to customers in the aeronautics, space, transport, digital identity and security, and defence markets. With 80,000 employees in 68 countries, Thales generated sales of EUR19 billion in 2018 (on a pro forma basis including Gemalto).

Thales is investing in particular in digital innovations -- connectivity, Big Data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity -- technologies that support businesses, organisations and governments in their decisive moments

About Thales in China

Thales provides innovative solutions for the infrastructure that forms the backbone of China's growth. The Group has been present in China for more than 30 years and is the trusted partner for the Chinese aviation and urban rail transportation industries. In the meanwhile, from secure software to biometrics and encryption, Thales has successfully applied its advanced technology to mobile communication, banking, IoT and software monetization etc. Thales has 3 JVs and employs 2,300 people with offices located in 8 cities in China. Thales established R&D centers and Innovation Hubs in Beijing, Dalian and Hong Kong to provide innovative solutions for both China and international market.

About Peking University

Peking University is a comprehensive and national key university. Its outstanding faculty includes 48 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 9 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and 21 members of the Third World Academy of Sciences.

Peking University has become a center for teaching and research and a university of a new type, embracing diverse branches of learning. It aims for one of the world's best universities in the future.

About Ecole Polytechnique

Ecole Polytechnique, also known as L'X, is the leading French institution combining top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. As a widely internationalized university, Ecole Polytechnique offers a variety of international programs and attracts a growing number of foreign students and researchers from around the globe (currently 40% of students and 40% of faculty members). With its 23 laboratories, 22 of which are joint research units with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Ecole Polytechnique Research Center explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society. Ecole Polytechnique is a founding member of Institut Polytechnique de Paris.

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New comment by pastorhudson in "Biometric YubiKey"

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It works fine currently in Linux. I can’t imagine this would be any different.


          

New comment by psanford in "Biometric YubiKey"

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Yeah, it works for me with Chrome on linux but not Firefox (yet).


          

New comment by tialaramex in "Biometric YubiKey"

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Thanks. So that‡ works on my Windows gaming laptop with Chrome, but not (with the same FIDO2 token) with Firefox including on any of my Linux systems (I don't run Chrome on Linux so did not test). Plenty of work to be done there apparently. Good to know.

‡ Referring to "Go usernameless too" which is the mode where a PIN is needed. All the other modes are just plain FIDO and don't need any further verification, and they work just fine on all my systems with any of my tokens.


          

New comment by xienze in "Biometric YubiKey"

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I’d be very surprised if anything, including the enrollment, happened off the device. Likely all it involves is sending a “register my fingerprint now” message being sent to the YK, you touch it, then the YK works as expected. They already provide a Linux-native “YK management” program, presumably it just needs to be updated.


          

New comment by jolmg in "Biometric YubiKey"

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> I /presume/ that no Linux desktop setups today actually support this workflow for user login,

I login to my Linux desktops with a Yubikey and its PIN. I have it configured as a OpenPGP smartcard, and to authenticate (for login, raising privileges with sudo, or unlocking the screen, etc.), I use the poldi[1] PAM module.

[1] http://git.gnupg.org/cgi-bin/gitweb.cgi?p=poldi.git


          

New comment by tialaramex in "Biometric YubiKey"

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I /presume/ that no Linux desktop setups today actually support this workflow for user login, which is one of the things touted for Windows.

For Firefox since they advertise support for WebAuthn I /presume/ that the browser will do all the PIN prompts and so on to make this work, but again I have never seen this even _demonstrated_ let alone used in anger. The browser feature doesn't help you if the PC has booted and is at the login screen though, no browser there (yet?).

I own a device (Yubico's own "Security Key 2") which supports this workflow and I've played with it on a demo Windows setup, and though I'd probably never use it to sign into my Linux PCs I'd try it out because I'm a nerd. This device works fine as a FIDO key for my WebAuthn accounts and is enrolled at GitHub etcetera for that purpose but then so does my much cheaper Key-ID FIDO key.

Edited to add: There are a couple of replies now talking about non-FIDO flows like Smartcards or whatever. Some of Yubico's other devices can do these, but we're talking about FIDO2 like this new Yubikey, those flows aren't relevant.


          

New comment by xaduha in "Biometric YubiKey"

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> Linux system doesn't need to arrange to read a PIN from the user

Is that a problem now?


          

New comment by tialaramex in "Biometric YubiKey"

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This is a FIDO2 device.

It's actually easier to support this in Linux than a "conventional" PIN-based FIDO2 token because the Linux system doesn't need to arrange to read a PIN from the user and send that to the token, the token is going to read the user's fingerprint instead.

If you just want a second factor, it'll work like an old FIDO device, which you might be familiar with for U2F - everything is already in place, loads of people are doing this including with Yubico's existing FIDO2 (pin-based) product.

If you want this to be the sole factor (as in the Windows demos or for a site where the convenience of one touch login is good but you don't need MFA security) that ought to work with WebAuthn out of the box, but I actually haven't seen a demo, so I can't say this from personal experience even though I own a FIDO2 token.


          

New comment by jolmg in "Yubico Reveals First Biometric YubiKey at Microsoft Ignite"

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> by the key itself

I think the concern is how would you tell the key that you want to enroll a fingerprint with it? On Windows, you'd use Windows software, but Linux has no such biometric management software as far as I know.


          

New comment by mrlambchop in "Yubico Reveals First Biometric YubiKey at Microsoft Ignite"

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Yubikey's use the standard keyboard USB driver so they should be hot pluggable on any linux system that is configured to enable hotplug.


          

New comment by vzaliva in "Yubico Reveals First Biometric YubiKey at Microsoft Ignite"

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Any word how this will be supported on Linux? The article states:

"In keeping with Yubico’s design philosophy, the YubiKey Bio will not require any batteries, drivers, or associated software."


          

QUALITY ASSURANCE ANALYST I

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This is an AbilityOne contract which requires most work hours must be performed by a Team Member with Significant Disabilities. Due to the program requirements, this requisition needs to be filled by a person that meets the AbilityOne criteria.

GCE - Global Connections to Employment is excited to offer career opportunities within our fast growing organization. Our mission - "Helping people throughout life's journey" and the vision to be the trusted partner for improving the quality of life in the communities we serve. We are a "Top 25" non-profit provider under the AbilityOne Program. GCE serves to help people with disabilities find meaningful employment in multiple business service lines in 14 states, including internationally. GCEs IT teams maintains government and commercial contracts and we have been honored with numerous awards for service excellence and supporting employee morale. Our IT team is a primary federal contractor for DMDC for DoD, where our focus is on identity management and software development credentialing, and personnel security and benefits. We offer competitive compensation and benefits package.

Position Summary

Performs quality assurance activities for one or more software development projects. Provides development of project Software Quality Assurance Plan and the implementation of procedures that conforms to the requirements of the contract. Provides an independent assessment of how the project's software development process is being implemented relative to the defined process and recommends methods to optimize the organization's process.

Job Qualifications

  • Degree Requirement: Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field. May substitute equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Years of Experience: 0-1+ year in software development.
  • Degree and experience requirement may be waived for GCE Information Technology Trainee if all other job requirements are met.
  • Interest in obtaining ISQTB Foundation Level Core Certification. One year of experience may be substituted for certification.
  • Must demonstrate ability to perform all requirements and show continued progress on job functions in a client environment.
  •  Ability to understand different software development cycles (i.e. waterfall, iterative, agile, etc.).
  • Ability to learn how to develop and document test plans and create/update test scenarios and cases based on functional/technical specifications.
  • Ability to learn both manual and automated testing methodologies, processes and testing metrics.
  • Learn to test .Net and Java client/server software suites with multiple independent components.
  • Ability to learn application testing on the Windows platform, Client/Server .Net and Java applications, data synchronization, Global Platform and Biometrics, and/or XML/SOAP applications.
  • Ability to learn to create, edit and update SQL statements.
  • Ability to learn to use automated testing tools.
  • Learn to use version control systems (i.e. CVS, VSS, or TFS).
  • Ability to use issue tracking software (i.e. JIRA, BugZilla, or TestTrack Pro).
  • Time management skills.
  • Basic analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Proficiency Level Required with MS Office Products: intermediate.
  • Experience with the following software languages: PL/SQL, C++, Java, JavaScript, Java
  • Framework (ie Strut 2 and Spring), Apache Tomcat, Linux (Red Hat), GenEdit.
  • Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for a public trust clearance or higher.
  • U. S. Citizenship required per government contract.

Travel Requirements

Infrequent travel may be required, less than 5% of the time.

To Apply

Interested applicants please visit www.gce.org and complete the on-line application. If you require additional assistance, call 866-236-3981.

Global Connections to Employment, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Drug Free Workplace Employer, DRUG TESTING REQUIRED

  


          

Fingerprint Biometrics Market Growth with top key vendors like Anviz Global, FUJITSU, Fingerprint Cards AB - Market Expert

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The Common Law History of Section 230 with Brent Skorup (Ep. 208)

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The Common Law History of Section 230 with Brent Skorup (Ep. 208)

 

Bio

Brent Skorup (@bskorup) is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research areas include transportation technology, telecommunications, aviation, and wireless policy.

He serves on the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee and on the Texas DOT’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Task Force. He is also a member of the Federalist Society’s Regulatory Transparency Project.

The White House, the FCC, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and a dissenting opinion at the Illinois Supreme Court have cited his research. In addition to economics and law journal publication, he has authored pieces for National Affairs, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wired, Air Traffic Management magazine, Regulation magazine, and elsewhere. He’s appeared as a TV and radio interview guest for news outlets like C-SPAN, NPR, CBS News, ABC News, and CNBC Asia.

Brent has a BA in economics from Wheaton College and a law degree from the George Mason University School of Law, where he was articles editor for the Civil Rights Law Journal. He was a legal clerk at the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and at the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Before joining Mercatus, he was the Director of Research at the Information Economy Project, a law and economics university research center.

Resources

 

Mercatus Center

 

The Erosion of Publisher Liability in American Law by Brent Skorup and Jennifer Huddleston (Mercatus Center, 2019)

 

News Roundup

 

Zuckerberg, Facebook under mounting pressure over political ads

 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to meet with civil rights leaders this week after his company has maintained its policy to leave up political ads containing false statements by politicians. The company has applied the policy unevenly, first allowing Donald Trump to maliciously post an ad with false information about Joe Biden; then leaving up an Elizabeth Warren ad containing false information designed to illustrate the absurdity of Facebook’s ad policy.  During a hearing, Zuckerberg also admitted to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that if she were to place a false political ad, that the company would probably leave it up. 

 

But Facebook is inexplicably removing false ads placed by Political  Action Committees. One notable example is an ad placed the Really Online Lefty League – ROLL – a Political Action Committee co-founded by Adriel Hampton – which falsely claimed that Lindsey Graham supports the New Green Deal. Hampton, an experienced marketing and political strategist, responded by filing to run for governor of California. Then gubernatorial candidate Hampton posted a false political ad and Facebook took it down, saying his campaign wasn’t legit—that it was just a ploy to place a false ad to see what Facebook would do. Even though Hampton says he fully expects to win the governorship, Facebook hasn’t reinstated the ad.

 

It’s a mess.

 

Top officials from the NAACP, National Urban League, and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights are scheduled to meet with Zuckerberg this week to express their concerns with Facebook’s political ad policy, which the company now says has been extended to the UK.

 

Facebook sued for age, gender bias in financial services ads

 

A plaintiff in San Francisco filed a potential class action federal lawsuit last week claiming that Facebook discriminates against users based on age and gender in determining who can see financial services ads.  The lawsuit comes 7-months after Facebook agreed to tailor its platform to avoid discrimination on the basis of age, gender and zip code for job, credit, and housing ads.

 

US launches Tik Tok investigation

 

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has launched a national security investigation into Tik Tok, which is owned by the Chinese firm Bytedance. A bipartisan cohort of lawmakers including Democrat Chuck Schumer, Republican Marco Rubio, and Tennessee Democratic Congressman Bart Gordon have all expressed concern about how the Chinese government uses TikTok’s data. TikTok’s growth has been outpacing the growth of incumbent social media companies in the U.S.

 

 

Snowden: Facebook as untrustworthy as the NSA

 

Whistleblower Edward Snowden, who is exiled in Russia for blowing the lid off the National Security Agency’s mass data collection practices six years ago, told ReCode’s Kara Swisher last week that Facebook is as untrustworthy as the NSA when it comes to privacy. But he didn’t limit his remarks to Facebook. He said that all tech companies are looking to exploit our personal data no matter the consequences. He also said that, on the surface, users may appear not to be concerned about how big tech companies handle their data but that, in reality, users are very concerned but feel powerless.

 

Five people shot and killed at Airbnb rental

 

Five people were shot and killed at an Airbnb rental Northern California during a Halloween party on Thursday. The rental listing on Airbnb prohibited parties and the renter claimed it was renting the space for family members who were suffering from smoke inhalation from the fires in the Los Angeles area. A witness reported to Buzzfeed that the shooting occurred with apparently no provocation. Airbnb has banned the renter from the platform.

 

China launches 5G network

 

Chinese officials announced last week that it would roll out 5G to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou 2 months ahead of schedule. The country also announced plans to roll out 5G to over 50 cities by the end of this year. While U.S. telecom companies have begun their 5G roll-out, it’s largely been rolled out on higher frequency bands than the 5G service that’s being rolled out in China. The lower frequency bands that China’s using cover a larger surface area, while the higher frequency bands U.S. companies are using are more powerful but cover less ground.

 

Corey Booker introduces bill to ban facial recognition in public housing

 

Senator Corey Booker has introduced a bill to ban facial recognition in public housing. The Senator cites the disproportionate impact that facial recognition technology threatens to have on the nation’s most vulnerable communities. The No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act targets public housing that receives funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

Apple pledges $2.5 billion for California affordable housing

 

Apple announced that it will invest $2.5 billion to address California’s affordable housing shortage. Some of those funds will be applied statewide. Others will be allocated for projects in the Bay Area. Three hundred million dollars will go towards affordable housing on Apple-owned property.

 

Following Katie Hill’s resignation, Democrats push for revenge porn law

 

Thirty-five democrats in Congress sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee to pass a federal revenge porn law that would criminalize the nonconsensual posting of sexually explicit images online. The letter followed Congresswoman Katie Hill’s resignation from Congress after someone posted nude images depicting her and others as well as accusations that she was having inappropriate relations with campaign and congressional staffers. Hill blames her husband, whom she is in the process of divorcing, for posting the photos.

 

 

MIT president acknowledges discrimination against minorities and women on campus

 

Finally, Massachusetts Institute of Technology president Rafael Reif acknowledged last week that women and people of color often face exclusion and belittlement on campus and that it’s something the university is trying to improve. The development follows revelations of Jeffrey Epstein’s ties to the university.


          

The Devil Is in the Details

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A rape victim participates in a sit-in protest in New Delhi, May 10, 2016.

© 2016 Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

In response to “stranger danger” fears, India has become the ninth country to adopt a sex offenders’ database, with personal details of those convicted for rape and sexual assault. The year-old database contains 500,000 names and will be used for “regular monitoring and tracking” by the police, the government says.

Strong efforts at every government level are critical to prevent sexual abuse and prosecute culprits-and officials cited a serial offender to justify this database. But latest crime figures show that in almost 95 per cent of the 38,947 rapes recorded in 2016, the accused was known to the victim. In the absence of better law enforcement and adequate safeguards, the database will do little to advance change.

The government is under pressure from public demands to better address rampant sexual violence. But instead of populist or short-term technological solutions, it needs to do the hard work of breaking entrenched structural barriers that survivors face in reporting these crimes and obtaining justice.

In my 2017 report for Human Rights Watch, “‘Everyone Blames Me’: Barriers to Justice and Support Services for Sexual Assault Survivors in India,” I found that sexual assault survivors, particularly from marginalised communities, still face formidable obstacles when reporting to police. They often suffer humiliation at police stations and hospitals, are subjected to degrading medical exams, such as the “two-finger test,” and have little protection from retaliation by the accused. They face significant barriers to obtain healthcare, counselling and legal aid. The government has yet to put in place effective mechanisms to prevent child sexual abuse. The challenges are even greater for women and girls with disabilities.

Studies by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union show public sex offender registries in the US have done more harm than good. They frequently lead to harassment, ostracism and violence against former offenders and impede their rehabilitation.

The Indian database for each entry includes the name, address, photograph, fingerprints and details of Aadhaar card, which carries biometric data. For now, the government says, only law enforcement officials will have access. However, officials confirm that in future, the database will include people who were charged, but never convicted. Making this database public has not been ruled out.

The government’s invite of bids from companies to develop this database said it would include details of all those arrested, charged or convicted of sexual offences, including children. Information on the convicted offenders would be public while law enforcement agencies would have access to the rest. It proposed categorising the individuals as “low,” “moderate,” or “high risk.” Whether or not a person gets added can depend on archaic laws open to misuse. The government’s recent move to acquire an automated facial recognition system to identify criminals-and ostensibly improve policing-exacerbates concerns regarding privacy, surveillance and civil liberties.

Rape is under-reported in India, largely because of social stigma, victim-blaming, poor response by the criminal justice system, and the lack of any national victim and witness protection law. Rape survivors are highly vulnerable to pressure from the accused and police not to report. Child victims are even more vulnerable to family and societal pressure.

The government says the database will not compromise privacy, but the absence of laws to protect privacy and data in India raise further concerns. With vigilante violence on the rise, a data breach or rumours of inclusion in the registry is especially dangerous. Little is known about the dissemination of database information and whether it could perpetuate discrimination. Would a private employer seeking a background check on a prospective employee get this information?

To address sexual abuse, the government should work closely with women’s and children’s rights groups to reform the criminal justice system and promote a survivor-centred approach, focusing on evidence-based solutions. A sex offender registry is not the answer.


          

Biometrics in BFSI Market In-Depth Analysis including key players FUJITSU, Hitachi, M2SYS Technology, NEC - Market Expert

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Phlebotomy Service Rep I

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Phlebotomy Service Rep I Diagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma - Hours and locations may vary Main Duties: - Show up for work, on time and prepared to perform all tasks and processes, each and every scheduled work day and to remain performing those duties throughout the entire assigned work schedule for that day. - Perform all tasks and processes assigned by your immediate supervisor including all tasks and processes you are fully qualified to perform and all tasks and processes assigned that you may be over-qualified to perform. - Perform the previous two job duties/functions as a collaborative member of your work team and with a personal disposition that is positive and supportive of your fellow team members. - Collection of blood and urine specimens using various techniques and devices. Accession patient information and tests into the Care 360 system. Process all types of specimens collected. Obtain billing information from patients and ICD-10 information from clients when necessary. Communicate effectively and politely with internal and external customers. Required Knowledge: Knowledge of Venipuncture techniques using vacutainer needles and hubs, butterfly devices, safety needle and syringes. Required Experience: Proficiency in collecting blood specimens from all age groups including pediatrics and geriatrics. Ability to handle large volumes of patients in a timely manner. Ability to successfully interact with all DLO departments and DLO clients. Ability to use a computer and keyboard. Special Requirement: May need to meet the client's needs by coming in early or staying late when necessary. May be relocated as business needs require. Go the extra mile. Patients and Physicians rely on our diagnostic testing, information and services to help them make better healthcare decisions. These are often serious decisions with far reaching consequences, and require sensitivity, tact and a clear dedication to service. It's about providing clarity and hope. In Patient Services you will work for the world leader in the industry, with a career where you can expand your skills and knowledge. You'll have a role where you can act with professionalism, you can inspire colleagues, and you can care about the work we do and the people we serve. At Quest, Patient Service roles are tremendously important - it is a patient-focused role where it is essential to remember that there is a life and person behind every test tube. Your skills are critical, as is your ability to work with the patients. The role is varied and offers a developing career in Phlebotomy due to the scale and reach of Quest. You can grow and improve your skills in a fast-moving, supportive team environment. Most importantly, you can help us make a real difference. Job Summary The Patient Services Representative I (PSR I) represents the face of our company to patients who come to Quest Diagnostics, both as part of their health routine or for insights into life-defining health decisions. The PSR I draws quality blood samples from patients and prepares those specimens for lab testing while following established practices and procedures. The PSR I has direct contact with patients and creates an atmosphere of trust and confidence while explaining procedures to patients and drawing blood specimens in a skillful, safe and accurate manner. The PSR I will demonstrate Quest Leadership Behaviors while focusing on process excellence skills and sensitivity to confidentiality and accuracy to patient information. Successful applicants may be assigned to work in a doctor's office, a patient service center, in a house call environment, or as business needs dictate. Job Accountabilities (Responsibilities) 1.Collect specimens according to established procedures. This includes, but not limited to: drug screens, biometric screening and insurance exams. 2.Administer oral solutions according to established training. 3.Research test/client information and confirm and verify all written and electronic orders by utilizing lab technology systems or directory of services. 4.Responsible for completing all data entry requirements accurately including data entry of patient registration; entry of test order from requisition or pulling order from database; managing Standing Orders. 5.Enter billing information and collect payments when required, including the safeguarding of assets and credit card information. 6.Data entry and processing specimens including: labeling, centrifuging, splitting, and freezing specimens as required by test order. 7.Perform departmental-related clerical duties when assigned such as data entry, inventory, stock supplies, and answer phones when needed. 8.Read, understand and comply with departmental policies, protocols and procedures: (i.e. Procedure Manuals, Safety Manual, Compliance Manual, Automobile Policies and Procedures, Employee Handbook, Quality Assurance Manual); and ensure that all staff members follow instructions. 9.Perform verification of patient demographic info / initials including patient signature post-venipuncture to verify tubes were labeled in their presence and that the name on the label is correct. 10.Assist with compilation and submission of monthly statistics and data. 11.Maintain all appropriate phlebotomy logs in a timely manner and based on frequency, such as maintenance logs and temperature logs. 12.Complete training courses and keep up-to-date with the latest phlebotomy techniques. ********* to Territory Manager meeting if held off-site or off normal shift. 14.Participate on special projects and teams. 15.Stay up-to-date on company communications. Job Requirements 1.Ability to provide quality, error free work in a fast-paced environment. 2.Ability to work independently with minimal on-site supervision. 3.Excellent phlebotomy skills to include pediatric and geriatric. 4.Flexible and available based on staffing needs, which includes weekends, holidays, on-call and overtime. 5.Committed to all Quest Diagnostics policies and procedures including company dress code, Employee Health & Safety, and Quest Diagnostics Everyday Excellence Guiding Principles. 6.Must have reliable transportation, valid driver license, and clean driving record, if applicable. 7.Must demonstrate superior customer focus; ability to communicate openly and transparently with peers, supervisors and patients; ability to accelerate and embrace change throughout Quest; and knowledge of our business. Physical Requirements 1.Lift light to moderately heavy objects. The normal performance of duties may require lifting and carrying objects. Objects in the weight range of 1 to 15 pounds are lifted and carried frequently; objects in the weight range of 16 to 25 pounds are lifted and carried occasionally and objects in the weight range of 26 to 40 pounds are seldom lifted and carried. Objects exceeding 41 pounds are not to be lifted or carried without assistance. 2.Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time; requires long hours of eye and hand coordination. 3.Must be able to perform repetitive tasks with dominant hand frequently to constantly throughout the day. 4.Position requires travel. 5.Extensive use of phone and PC. 6.Fine dexterity with hands/steadiness. 7.Talking. 8.Walking. 9.Balancing. 10.Bending/kneeling. 11.Pushing/pulling. 12.Reaching/twisting. [All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. All duties and requirements are essential job functions.] Required Education 1.High school diploma or equivalent. 2.Medical training: medical assistant or paramedic training preferred. 3.Phlebotomy certification preferred. Required in California, Nevada, and Washington. Work Experience 1.One year phlebotomy experience preferred. 2.Customer service in a retail or service environment preferred. 3.Keyboard/data entry experience. *cb* All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Quest Diagnostics is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Women / Minorities / Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity or Citizenship.
          

Fitness Expert (experience required)

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Seeking talented Fitness Experts for Stone Oak location.

PURPOSE OF JOB

To assist clients in personalized and specific goals based on personal and group fitness training purchased. Maintain an exceptionally high level of customer service skills and presentation to each individual client. Increase client retention and engagement with high levels of customer service and marketing.

JOB DUTIES
--- Assists in the development of specialized fitness plans for each individual client based on personal or group fitness training purchased.
--- Promotes and maintains exceptional public relations and customer service for all clients seen as well as staff.
--- Actively promotes client engagement through marketing to ensure continual growth of business and customer satisfaction.
--- Works in conjunction with the other facets of the business by providing appropriate referrals to other professional staff to include Nutritionists and Licensed Professional Counselors.
--- Collaborates with management to resolve issues.

Minimum Requirements
--- Bachelor's degree in Health, Fitness, Exercise Science or multiple fitness/health certifications and/or 5 or more years experience in fitness and recreation.
--- Two or more years of relevant experience developing personalized fitness plans with a variety of different client's and multiple health conditions.
--- Complete progress notes detailing client's goals to include biometrics and consultation progression.
--- CPR/AED/First Aid certifications.
--- Intermediate written, verbal, presentation, and interpersonal skill

Experience

Personal training experience preferred
Program design experience preferred
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Business Operations Analyst - Job ID #: 17457 - Job Category: Finance & Accounting - Employment Type: Experienced Professionals - Division: Research - Department: Research - Primary Country: USA - Primary Location: Austin (TX) We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.Job Description Arm Research is growing to tackle the world's leading technological challenges. Arm is looking for a highly motivated and innovative business operations analyst to join the Research Operations team to drive the financial management of engagements with standards organizations, governments, research agencies, industry partners, industry associations, and Universities around the world. 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Problematising the dominant discourse around children, youth and the internet

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Introduction

This report is framed as a challenge to the dominant discourse on children online – a discourse that characterises children in online spaces as vulnerable victims rather than people with agency and risk-management capacity. The current discourse on child victimisation draws from 21st century human trafficking policy, which has generally taken an enforcement- and prosecution-driven approach to problems of exploitation. Global agendas against child exploitation have predominantly replicated anti-trafficking discourse, making assumptions about violence, risk and vulnerability online.

In this report, I will describe the dominant discourse on children online as one of victimisation, and then describe three common digital methods being used against child exploitation: text detection, image detection, and online sting operations. I argue that the discourse of victimisation does not actually uphold victim rights, and that in fact many predominant anti-exploitation methods threaten the privacy rights and sexuality rights of young people. Rights to privacy are in jeopardy as the dominant anti-exploitation approach relies on state enforcement and policing, following in the footsteps of older surveillance techniques by monitoring citizens’ internet behaviour and increasing government regulation of online traffic. Additionally, the sexuality rights of young people, while perhaps a controversial subject, are also fundamentally threatened by a dominant discourse that positions all children as victims and does not recognise the sexual agency of young people. Under the supposed goal of safety, many anti-exploitation measures by states have veered toward censorship, limiting young people’s access to all forms of sexual content online, including sexual identity, sexuality and reproductive health resources.

Recognising that problems of violence, sexual exploitation, misogyny and harassment online are very real, I conclude by imagining what a more feminist and sustainable approach to address these issues might look like. Dominant anti-exploitation efforts centralise technocratic expertise in the hands of states and large technology companies. I suggest an alternative approach that uses participatory ethnographic research and youth input to influence technology design that honours young people’s lived experiences and supports their already ongoing practices of risk management.

The dominant discourse of victimisation

Who gets to be a victim? Are children automatically assumed to be victims by dominant legislative agendas? Which children, and where? Such questions help us understand and critique the current global discourse on child exploitation and victimisation, which takes its cues from the soaring rise in attention to “trafficking” in the past few decades. Much of the language and ideology of the current anti-trafficking movement is rooted in the drafting process for what would become the UN protocol on human trafficking. Human trafficking is defined under the 2000 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish the Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception (…),” and expressly prohibits the trafficking of children for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation. 1 Feminist scholars 2 have noted that the protocol drafting process brought together a peculiar constellation of religious advocates, anti-prostitution feminist activists, bureaucrats, and law enforcement; the rubrics under which they found common agreement have resonance for current child exploitation policy. It is telling that the UN protocol on trafficking, one that had been suggested and discussed for years in various UN agencies, was eventually pushed through by the agency handling transnational drugs and crime control.

Perhaps the most striking point for agreement between these disparate advocacy groups is a shared ideology of punishment for trafficking as a crime. Bernstein 3 argues that, in constructing legislation for the criminalisation of trafficking, a conservative Christian sense of penalty and retribution met a second-wave feminist aim to prosecute perpetrators of sexual violence and exploitation of women and girls. This shared ideology of “carceral feminism” advocates for state- and law enforcement-based solutions for addressing crimes of interpersonal violence and exploitation, and glosses over how many marginalised people are in fact often subjected to violence at the hands of the state itself, through structures of policing, environmental law, and economic policy. This point on structural violence and state violence is replicated, I argue, with online policies as well.

Many countries have used the protocol to model their own laws on trafficking, forced migration, labour exploitation and sexual exploitation, including vague definitions of “trafficking victim”, consent and migration. The United States' (US) domestic commitment, especially, to carceral paradigms of justice has expanded into similar policies abroad with state-based interventions into cases of trafficking, through practices of what Bernstein⁠ calls “militarized humanitarianism” – the US financing of enforcement-heavy policing and raids of brothels, settlements and urban spaces where cases of exploitation and trafficking have been purported. This point is perhaps best exemplified by the US State Department’s Trafficking In Persons Report, a country-by-country ranking of the US’s assessment of governmental efforts to prevent and prosecute trafficking. As Pardis Mahdavi notes, lower rankings correspond to sanctions or reductions in foreign aid.4 Additionally, “anti-trafficking” has become a hugely marketable and profitable awareness campaign for numerous activist groups, which use the images and metaphor of “modern-day slavery” to generate millions of dollars in foreign aid and donations. I argue, along with other feminist scholars, 5 that this new “abolitionist” movement has become another rationale for the neo-imperialist rescue of people in the global South, especially those identified as “prostitutes”, replicating a pattern of humanitarian intervention that has frequently been critiqued by post-colonial activists. The UN protocol title, for example, explicitly calls attention to “Especially Women and Children”, a phrasing that feminist activists have criticised as contributing to the assumption of the feminising of victimhood and the masculinising of rescue. Agustín 6 suggests that the specific focus on sex trafficking (as opposed to, for example, issues of education, poverty or environmental justice) in global South countries has produced its own veritable “rescue industry” of professionalised humanitarians, journalists, bureaucrats and corporate representatives seeking to stake their claim on anti-trafficking turf. Children’s charities, especially, many of which have been working on issues of youth education, nutrition, sexual health and child labour for decades, have begun switching their primary focus to trafficking and exploitation as a signal of their commitment to this latest humanitarian agenda.

Digital strategies against child exploitation

Additionally, most trafficking and exploitation policies do not explicitly deal with technology, and in this current moment software development far outpaces legislative policy. Abuses offline have their parallels online, and children’s advocacy organisations have taken to digital methods for finding and preventing child exploitation, including digital forensics, biometric software, and image detection technologies. In recent years, an unprecedented level of alliances have been forged between technology companies, researchers, activists and law enforcement strategising to detect cyber crime and to collect digital data as evidence. In addition, we have seen a rise in cross-border police partnerships, as virtual crimes often implicate multiple countries or anonymous locations in law enforcement attempts to locate victims, abusers and downloaders alike.

Three strategies for countering trafficking and exploitation online that I would like to highlight are:

Text and financial transaction detection:

    Data mining algorithms are designed and used in criminal investigations to rapidly search large databases. Text analysis can assist with analysing language patterns in online advertisements, for example to detect advertisements suggesting the offer of sexual services by under-age minors. Text detection can also assist police working with social media companies on existing investigations, to trawl through data for key phrases, dates and locations; and with financial transaction analysis, detecting potentially fraudulent transactions, as well as other indicators that may serve as evidence for prosecutions.

Image and video detection:

  • Image analysis – the detection, filtering, categorisation and recognition of digital photos – is a common tool in conducting anti-exploitation cases. Digital forensics tools automate the process of searching through photo data collected from computers and hard drives confiscated by police during investigations. Interpol manages the International Child Sexual Exploitation image database, 7 which can be used for image-matching with photos of missing children, victims, abusers and geographic locales. Other technologies can determine if images have been digitally altered or tampered with – for instance, converting an innocent image of a child edited into sexually explicit content. Image analysis can also identify images from surveillance systems.

Digital sting operations:

  • In the US, as well as other countries, undercover law enforcement “stings” have long been used to entrap potential child exploiters. However, in many parts of the world, stings are unlawful, and the data produced by sting operations are considered null evidence in courts. Recently, NGO Terre Des Hommes, based in the Netherlands, took the unprecedented step of designing a photo-realistic video avatar of a child to conduct video chats with potential exploiters on chat room sites. Dubbing the operation “Project Sweetie” 8,
  • the NGO claimed that over six months they collected the names and emails of 1,000 people who solicited the avatar. The campaign has been controversially received, with some lauding it as the innovative next step in preventing sexual exploitation of young people, and others raising alarms over privacy infringement issues.

Rights to privacy

My concern with these digital methods’ infringements on privacy rights echoes the protests by groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier Foundation, 9 on the grounds of protecting free speech online and protecting online identities. Many of the innovative techniques that law enforcement must use for thorough digital investigations involve biometric surveillance and identification techniques on proprietary websites. Personal privacy online can be absolutely critical for political dissidents and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) activists, for example, seeking anonymity to avoid discrimination, harassment or punishment from repressive governments. These groups may see the denial of privacy as a form of political control, and use encrypted websites and email and other darkweb technologies for their own personal safety.

In addition, current digital strategies echo the dominant discourse on victimisation by failing to acknowledge and uphold children’s rights. Many have argued that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child applies to the internet space: children “shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds.”10 Unfortunately, in the name of child safety, internet governance legislation and advocates in many countries have chosen to move in the direction of censoring children’s access to social media. While online censorship models vary between countries (e.g. the censorship of “adult pornography” websites where illegal), sometimes censorship may veer too far and limit children’s access to educational and communication sites.

Sexuality rights

Concerns over privacy rights and surveillance have strong implications for the upholding of sexual rights. As many ethnographic studies have demonstrated, young people already constantly experiment with new internet platforms for expressing sexuality and desire and conducting relationships. To deny these cultural practices in internet safety education is to deny the reality of healthy youth sexuality and forces sexual practices to become more “invisible” and out of the oversight of guardian communities. Heather Horst 11 describes how both US youth in the Digital Youth Project, 12 for example, and Indonesian teenagers in Barendregt 13 and Boellstorff’s 14 research, experimented and played with their online profile photos and identities in ways that they deemed sexy for their intended audiences, but expressed surprise and bewilderment that these photos could be accessed by people outside their peer groups. Horst indicates that what would be needed in these contexts would be greater education around privacy settings and filters so that youth can better conceptualise that internet sites are potentially permanent and accessible by multiple publics.

Rather than filter and block all content related to sex, sexuality and sexual interactions, internet safety measures must encourage age-appropriate explorations of sexuality for teenaged youth. Especially in countries where state policies limit access to resources and public spaces for LGBT youth, it is imperative that young people have access to digital chat rooms, forums and sites that ensure their safety, community building, and interpersonal growth. Research studies by both Hasinoff 15 and Gray 16 illustrate the perils of sexually repressive policies seeping into moral panics that limit the networking and relationship-building of marginalised youth. A victimisation model furthers the policing of youth sexuality, as young people are literally punished and criminalised for the distribution of sexually suggestive images. Panics over “sexting” stem from long-standing moral panics over youth sexuality – online or offline – and further the false narrative that young people are innocent, always already victims. A protective model is unsustainable, and ultimately furthers a culture of policing and repression.

Conclusion: Feminist technology design and resisting techno-panics

I am intrigued by the rapid and unprecedented rise in global alliances between law enforcement agencies and technology companies, as well as the forging of cross-border police partnerships, to design cyber crime detection software and to share data. But I am deeply concerned that the current model for anti-trafficking design centres technocratic expertise in the hands of wealthy states and multinational tech companies, at the exclusion of grassroots-level NGOs, activists and youth who have long been organising on issues of exploitation.

A feminist approach means moving toward youth-centric technologies that recognise different forms of expertise in producing sustainable models of safety. For example, Streetwise and Safe’s pathbreaking research report 17 on youth engaged in the sex trades provides deeply nuanced insight into young people’s own experiences with safety, consent, victimisation, empowerment and the police. The report is an exemplary resource for a feminist anti-trafficking technology able to recognise young people’s ongoing negotiations of risk and safety. The approach would use this knowledge to create technologies that can more sustainably and accurately – and powerfully – end abuse and exploitation.

A feminist design approach values all relevant forms of expertise and input in understanding what “sex trafficking” and “technology” mean in the lived experiences of young people; child protection services; sex workers aiming to end exploitation without punishing prostitution itself; survivors of trafficking, forced migration and human smuggling; and advocates for free speech and network neutrality and against censorship. A feminist design approach, emphasising harm reduction rather than policing, would be more effective because it takes into account the forms of structural violence – global poverty, rape culture, racism, labour exploitation, restrictive and dangerous immigration policies – that make online child exploitation and trafficking a reality in the first place.

The common narrative spun by many children’s advocacy organisations about child exploitation online frames the internet as a space of risk, vulnerability, harm and entrapment. The narrative usually goes like this: exploiters can use various digital platforms to locate, communicate with and groom victims; send text messages and email to conduct their affairs; use various financial transaction sites to conduct monetary exchanges; and trade and distribute photos and videos of trafficked or exploited victims. Such a narrative frames young people as the passive recipients of harm, rather than active agents who already engage in risk mitigation and rely on each other for support networks online. I urge child safety specialists to think through online safety in a pragmatic manner that respects the vast benefits and opportunities of internet connectivity and to avoid “techno-panics” by focusing instead on harm-reduction approaches to youth safety. Many global feminist internet activists have organised against misogynistic, homophobic and racist harassment online; government interpretations of these issues could certainly take note from this legacy of grassroots organising in addressing sexual exploitation and violence in the digital space. In a sense, online sex trafficking and exploitation only magnify existing structural violence and social inequities: Sustainable problem solving therefore means resisting a “quick-fix” technological solution to a problem that is so much more than digital.

References

1 United Nations General Assembly. (2000). Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. UN Doc. A/55/383 at 25. https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=XVIII-12-a&chapter=18&lang=en%7Ctitle=UNTC%7Cwork=un.org-title=UNTC-work=un.org

2 See, for example, Soderlund, G. (2005). Running from the rescuers: New U.S. crusades against sex trafficking and the rhetoric of abolition. NWSA Journal, 17(3), 64-87; Musto, J. (2009). What's in a name? Conflations and contradictions in contemporary U.S. discourses of human trafficking. Women's Studies International Forum, 32, 281-287; Bernstein, E. (2007). The Sexual Politics of the “New Abolitionism”. Differences: Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies,18(3), 128-151.

3 Bernstein, E. (2010). Militarized Humanitarianism Meets Carceral Feminism: The Politics of Sex, Rights, and Freedom in Contemporary Anti-Trafficking Campaigns. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 36(1), 45-71.

4 Mahdavi, P. (2011). Gridlock: Labor, Migration, and Human Trafficking in Dubai. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

5 See, for example, Kempadoo, K., & Doezema, J. (1998). Global Sex Workers: Rights, Resistance, and Redefinition. New York: Psychology Press; Desyllas, M. C. (2007). A Critique of the Global Trafficking Discourse and U.S. Policy. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 34(4), 57-79.

6 Augustin, L. (2007). Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry. London: Zed Books.

7 www.interpol.int/Crime-areas/Crimes-against-children/Internet-crimes

8 International Federation Terre Des Hommes. (2013). Stop Webcam Child Sex Tourism. www.terredeshommes.org/webcam-child-sex-tourism

9 For example, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, ACLU, and seven other privacy advocacy organisations issued a joint statement in June 2015 expressing concern with governmental facial recognition and face databases. Lynch, J. (2015, 16 June). EFF and Eight Other Privacy Organizations Back Out of NTIA Face Recognition Multi-Stakeholder Process. Electronic Frontier Foundation. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/06/eff-and-eight-other-privacy-organizations-back-out-ntia-face-recognition-multi

10 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/crc.aspx

11 Horst, H. (n/d). Commentary on Bart Barendregt's Between m-governance and mobile anarchies: Pornoaski and the fear of new media in present day Indonesia. www.media-anthropology.net/horst_comment.pdf

12 Ito, M., et al. (2008). Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project. Chicago: MacArthur Foundation.

13 Barendregt, B. (2006). Between m-governance and mobile anarchies: Pornoaksi and the fear of new media in present day Indonesia. www.media-anthropology.net/barendregt_mgovernance.pdf.

14 Boellstorff, T. (2005). The Gay Archipelago: Sexuality and Nation in Indonesia. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

15 Hasinoff, A. A.. (2014). Sexting Panic: Rethinking Crimininalisation, Privacy, and Consent. Champagne, IL: University of Illinois Press.

16 Gray, M. (2009). Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America. New York: NYU Press.

17 Dank, M., et al. (2015). Surviving the Streets of New York: Experiences of LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Engaged in Survival Sex. New York: Urban Institute, with Streetwise and Safe NYC.

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The global automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) market is set to witness a higher CAGR during the forecast period. Automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) is a type of biometric that encompasses digital imaging to register a fingerprint for records to match with central dat ...
          

CULedger and Autonomous Lending Partner to Provide Credit Unions and Members with Advanced Identification Methods and Data Protection

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To address the rapidly evolving, tech-focused demands from members, CULedger and Autonomous Lending’s partnership is designed to help credit unions remain competitive, relevant and technologically advanced. According to research from MarketWatch, global fintech growth will exceed 22% year-over-year through 2023. These fintech companies have leveraged “AI, blockchain, cryptography, biometrics and identity management,” which allow them to engage customers without brick and mortar locations. Additionally, the Credit Union Tracker, a monthly resource by PSCU and PYMNTS that monitors credit union industry trends and changes, earlier this year found that 79% of credit union members reported that they would stray from their credit unions to access fast, convenient services from a fintech provider.
          

Experienced CMA

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At Gem State Family Health Care we strive to meet the needs of patients ? whether it is seeing a 2 month old for a well child checkup, a 16 year old with a sore throat, or a 50 year old with diabetes. We see everyone in the aging process for all of their health care needs. We are now hiring an: Experienced CMA. The Medical Assistant is responsible for providing technical, clinical, and clerical support to provider. The MA performs to the level of clinical skill and preparation for delivering efficient patient care including but not limited to: Obtaining vitals and performing patient intake to include necessary medical history, reconciliation of medication biometric screening and any other finding pertinent to patient care. Obtaining outside records and other documentation for Electronic Health Record (EHR) update. Responsible for order-entry as needed or directed by the provider for medication refills, labs, injections, diagnostic imaging etc. and all results. Documenting all patient care in EHR to ensure proper records, coding and patient charges. Requirements: Must be a certified medical assistant, and maintain current CMA certification. Certified in the State of Idaho, if applicable. Ability and willingness to exhibit behaviors consistent with our principles for service excellence. Position is full time and wage DOE is $12-$16 per hour. We offer retirement and cafeteria accounts.? Gem State Family Health Care
          

Phlebotomist I (P/T) (255007)

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Hours (P/T): Monday-Friday every other weekend 1:00 pm 5:00 pmPay: $13.82 16.00 In Patient Services you will work for the world leader inthe industry, with a career where you can expand your skills and knowledge.You ll have a role where you can act with professionalism, you can inspirecolleagues, and you can care about the work we do and the people we serve. At Quest, Patient Service roles are tremendously important it is a patient-focused role where it is essential to remember that there is alife and person behind every test tube. Your skills are critical, as is yourability to work with the patients. The role is varied and offers a developingcareer in Phlebotomy due to the scale and reach of Quest. You can grow andimprove your skills in a fast-moving, supportive team environment. Mostimportantly, you can help us make a real difference. Job Accountabilities (Responsibilities) Collect specimens according to establishedprocedures. This includes, but not limited to: drug screens, biometricscreening and insurance exams. Research test/client information and confirm andverify all written and electronic orders by utilizing lab technology systems ordirectory of services. Responsible for completing all data entryrequirements accurately including data entry of patient registration; entry oftest order from requisition or pulling order from database; managing StandingOrders. Enter billing information and collect paymentswhen required, including the safeguarding of assets and credit cardinformation. Perform verification of patient demographic info/ initials including patient signature post-venipuncture to verify tubes werelabeled in their presence and that the name on the label is correct. Complete training courses and keep up-to-datewith the latest phlebotomy techniques. Travel to Territory Manager meeting if heldoff-site or off normal shift. Job Requirements 0-3 years experience Ability to provide quality, error free work in afast-paced environment. Ability to work independently with minimalon-site supervision. Excellent phlebotomy skills to include pediatricand geriatric. Flexible and available based on staffing needs,which includes weekends, holidays, on-call and overtime. Committed to all Quest Diagnostics policies andprocedures including company dress code, Employee Health & Safety, andQuest Diagnostics Everyday Excellence Guiding Principles. Must have reliable transportation, valid driverlicense, and clean driving record, if applicable. Must demonstrate superior customer focus;ability to communicate openly and transparently with peers, supervisors andpatients; ability to accelerate and embrace change throughout Quest; and knowledgeof our business. Physical Requirements Lift light to moderately heavy objects. Thenormal performance of duties may require lifting
          

Screen Protectors Circumvent Fingerprint Security On Samsung Devices

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Do you own a Samsung Galaxy S10?  If so, one of the reasons you bought it may be because of its cutting-edge biometric technology. It utilizes ultrasounds to create a detailed 3D ...
          

TRAVEL E VISAS

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SAfm — South Africa’s new e-visa system is launching in November – here’s what you need to know South Africa will trial a new e-visa system in November, making it easier for tourists to enter the country thanks to the online capture of visa applications and biometric information. Speaking to BusinessTech, Department of Home Affairs spokesperson Siya Qoza said that the pilot aims to test the resilience of the system, with the department already holding successful trials in a controlled environment. Guest: Minister Aaron Motsoaledi – Minister of Home Affairs
          

System Cybersecurity Engineer II - SEWS Program*

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Title: System Cybersecurity II

Location: Peterson Air Force Base (PAFB)

Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, Ltd. is an innovative small business committed to providing world class technical, management, and training support services to government and public sector clients. We focus on people, processes, and performance to deliver superior results. Since our inception in 1997, our commitment to mission success and customer satisfaction has been recognized with exponential growth and exceptional past performance ratings. We accept challenging assignments and drive projects from the planning stages, through implementation, and into operations and support.

Program:Shared Early Warning System (SEWS/HBQS): The SEWS Program Office supports partner nations, but providing capabilities for timely and accurate Theater and Strategic space-based Ballistic Missile Early Warning Information. The SEWS Program enhances the United States' strategic and regional stability objectives. Combatant Commands and Foreign Military Sales Customer Nations receive real-time situational awareness of missile launch information, projected impact information, and general missile-type.

Job Responsibilities:

Duties include, but not limited to:

* Ensure that, as a minimum, 50% of the total labor provided to deliver cybersecurity services are certified in accordance with DoD 8570.01-M standards. (CDRL A001)

* Ensure that all system deliverables comply with DoD and Air Force cybersecurity policy, specifically DoDI 8500.01, Cybersecurity, and AFI 33-200, Air Force Cybersecurity Program Management.

* Ensure that cybersecurity policy is implemented correctly on systems

* Ensure compliance with DoD and Air Force Certification and Accreditation policies, specifically Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 8510.01, Risk Management Framework (RMF) for DoD Information Technology, and AFI 33-210, The Risk Management Framework (RMF) for Air Force Information Technology.

* Support activities and meet the requirements of DoDI 8520.02, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and Public Key (PK) Enabling, in order to achieve standardized, PKI-supported capabilities for biometrics, digital signatures, encryption, identification and authentication.

Qualifications:

* Valid DOD Top Secret clearance

* US Citizenship

* Has the knowledge, experience and demonstrated the ability to perform tasks related to the technical/professional discipline they are performing.

* Has the ability to work independently and apply the proper procedures and process related to their area of expertise.

* Shall also have the ability to problem solve and troubleshoot various situations to develop successful outcomes within established program/project guidelines. (Program Office and Staff Level Support interface)

Education and Experience:

* BA/BS, 10 years of experience in the respective technical/professional discipline being performed, 3 of which must be in the DoD OR, 15 years of directly related experience with proper certifications as described in the Functionally Aligned Job Descriptions, 5 of which must be in the DoD

Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, LTD. Is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All Qualified Applicants Will Receive Consideration For Employment Without Regard To Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Pregnancy, National Origin, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Or Expression, Marital Status, Genetic Information, Protected Veteran Status, Or Other Factors Protected By Federal, State, And/or Local Law. This Policy Applies To All Terms And Conditions Of Employment, including recruiting; Hiring; Placement; Promotion; Termination; Layoff; Recall; Transfer; Leaves Of Absence; Compensation; And Training.

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Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
          

Web Developer 6

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Job Description
Important Note: During the application process, ensure your contact information (email and phone number) is up to date and upload your current resume prior to submitting your application for consideration. To participate in some selection activities you will need to respond to an invitation. The invitation can be sent by both email and text message. - In order to receive text message invitations, your profile must include a mobile phone number designated as "Personal Cell" or "Cellular" in the contact information of your application.At Wells Fargo, we want to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. We're looking for talented people who will put our customers at the center of everything we do. Join our diverse and inclusive team where you'll feel valued and inspired to contribute your unique skills and experience.Help us build a better Wells Fargo. It all begins with outstanding talent. It all begins with you.Wells Fargo Technology sets IT strategy; enhances the design, development, and operations of our systems; optimizes the Wells Fargo infrastructure footprint; provides information security; and enables continuous banking access through in-store, online, ATM, and other channels to Wells Fargo's more than 70 million global customers.Wells Fargo Digital technologies team mission is to deliver world class engineering for the digital channel and create products that serve our customers' online & mobile financial needs. - The Wells Fargo Digital Technology group is seeking a talented Web Developer 6 to design and develop complex software solutions for key portal and mobile applications in the area. - The CEO Portal and Mobile applications are customer facing portals built using Java, Spring, React, Weblogic, and oracle DB. The platform provides single sign on portal and mobile capabilities for our commercial and corporate business customers to access a wide array of online business services.KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
  • Creates designs and technical specifications for web and mobile applications by analyzing highly complex business requirements while continuously focused on optimal performance and scalability.
  • Always determines and implements the most efficient and cost-effective software/package solution.
  • Developing application enhancements or development for new projects and interfaces including customer facing portals, biometric authentication and service integrations.
  • He or she will participate in troubleshooting of customer issues and production incidents.
  • Provides training and guidance to less experienced developers. - -
  • Leads both onshore and offshore teams(FTE's and Contractors) to implement complex initiatives and enhancements while minimizing risk to end customers.
  • Performs code reviews to ensure requested functionality is implemented to meet both functional and performance expectations.
  • Helps or participate in performance/load tests.
  • Verify program logic by overseeing the preparation of test data, unit testing and debugging of programs.
  • Oversee overall systems testing and the migration of platforms and applications to production.
  • Develop new documentation, departmental technical procedures and user guides.
  • Assures quality, security and compliance requirements are met for supported areas and they meed established business SLA's.
  • Acts as an expert technical resource in building mature and maintable software using tools such as React Js with Redux, mutual authentication, and cloud technologies.
  • Provide team with significant working knowledge of Jira, Git, Artifactory, Jenkins, uDeploy and experience operating within an agile environment.You've got the passion. You've got the skills. - At Wells Fargo, you'll have the chance to join a team of smart and talented people who share the same values. - Our goal is to attract, develop, retain and motivate the most talented people - those who care and who work together as one team to deliver innovative top quality solutions. -

    Required Qualifications
    • 10+ years of web development experience; including programming and developing web applications
    • 10 + years of experience providing technical support or development for banking customer-facing portals
    • 10+ years of Java experience
    • 5+ years of experience with Biometric Authentication
    • 5+ years of Mutual Authentication experience
    • 3 + years of experience in developing enterprise web applications using React JS with Redux
    • 3+ years of experience with Cloud technologies

      Desired Qualifications
      • Programming and development of web applications experience
      • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
      • 10+ years of Weblogic experience
      • 5+ years of leadership experience
      • 5+ years of Spring experience
      • 5+ years of RESTful or SOAP web services
      • 5+ years of experience working with middleware vendor messaging technologies
      • 5+ years of secure SDLC (System Development Life Cycle) methodologies experience
      • 2+ years of Agile experience
      • 2+ years of mobile banking experience

        Other Desired Qualifications
        • Experience in implementation of secure web applications on Enterprise - solutions with high touch technical support.
        • Should have the ability to establish a strong relationship with various Channel Business Managers.
        • Experience with highly available multi data center infrastructure topologies. Should have experience to understand and over see troubleshooting of multi tier infrastructure issues.
        • Uses expert knowledge of Banking combined with web technologies. Should have knowledge of industry trends and ability to interface with service groups to understand customer requirements.
        • Experience with Micro Services, API
        • PKI and application servers(WebLogic,WebSphere and WebMethod),Windows Admin, Unix Admin,TransactionMinder, Java,Perl, Oracle or MS SQL
        • Working knowledge of CA SiteMinder or similar Authentication solutions.
        • Experience with Enterprise Portal solutions and previous Banking experience.

          Job Expectations
          • Ability to work on call as assigned
          • Flexibility to work in a 24/7 environment, including weekends and holidays

            Street Address
            CA-SF-Financial District: 333 Market St - San Francisco, CA


            Disclaimer

            All offers for employment with Wells Fargo are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check. Wells Fargo will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal law, including Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.

            Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women.
            Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.

          

Phlebotomist II Float (256021)

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Hours :Monday - Friday 4:30 am - 6:30 pm, Saturday rotationPay: $15.20- $17.57 In Patient Services you will work for the world leader inthe industry, with a career where you can expand your skills and knowledge.You ll have a role where you can act with professionalism, you can inspirecolleagues, and you can care about the work we do and the people we serve. At Quest, Patient Service roles are tremendously important it is a patient-focused role where it is essential to remember that there is alife and person behind every test tube. Your skills are critical, as is yourability to work with the patients. The role is varied and offers a developingcareer in Phlebotomy due to the scale and reach of Quest. You can grow andimprove your skills in a fast-moving, supportive team environment. Mostimportantly, you can help us make a real difference. Job Accountabilities (Responsibilities) Collect specimens according to establishedprocedures. This includes, but not limited to: drug screens, biometricscreening and insurance exams. Research test/client information and confirm andverify all written and electronic orders by utilizing lab technology systems ordirectory of services. Responsible for completing all data entryrequirements accurately including data entry of patient registration; entry oftest order from requisition or pulling order from database; managing StandingOrders. Enter billing information and collect paymentswhen required, including the safeguarding of assets and credit cardinformation. Perform verification of patient demographic info/ initials including patient signature post-venipuncture to verify tubes werelabeled in their presence and that the name on the label is correct. Complete training courses and keep up-to-datewith the latest phlebotomy techniques. Travel to Territory Manager meeting if heldoff-site or off normal shift. Job Requirements 3+ years experience Valid Driver s License Ability to provide quality, error free work in afast-paced environment. Ability to work independently with minimalon-site supervision. Excellent phlebotomy skills to include pediatricand geriatric. Flexible and available based on staffing needs,which includes weekends, holidays, on-call and overtime. Committed to all Quest Diagnostics policies andprocedures including company dress code, Employee Health & Safety, andQuest Diagnostics Everyday Excellence Guiding Principles. Must have reliable transportation, valid driverlicense, and clean driving record, if applicable. Must demonstrate superior customer focus;ability to communicate openly and transparently with peers, supervisors andpatients; ability to accelerate and embrace change throughout Quest; and knowledgeof our business. Physical Requirements Lift light to moderately heavy objects. Thenormal performance of duties may require lifting
          

တာချီလိတ်ရှိ နှစ်နိုင်ငံချစ်ကြည်ရေးတံတား မြန်မာဘက်ခြမ်းတွင် လုံခြုံရေးစနစ်မြှင့်တင်နေစဉ် အချိန်အတိုင်းအတာတစ်ခုအတွင်း ထိုင်းနိုင်ငံသားများ နယ်စပ်ဖြတ်သန်းခွင့်လက်မှတ်၏ မိတ္တ

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တာချီလိတ်ရှိ နှစ်နိုင်ငံချစ်ကြည်ရေးတံတား မြန်မာဘက်ခြမ်းတွင် လုံခြုံရေးစနစ်မြှင့်တင်နေစဉ် အချိန်အတိုင်းအတာတစ်ခုအတွင်း ထိုင်းနိုင်ငံသားများ နယ်စပ်ဖြတ်သန်းခွင့်လက်မှတ်၏ မိတ္တူ ယူဆောင်လာရန် နှစ်နိုင်ငံ ဌာနချင်း ညှိနှိုင်းထား

ရှမ်းပြည်နယ် (အရှေ့ပိုင်း) တာချီလိတ်မြို့ရှိ မြန်မာ - ထိုင်း ချစ်ကြည်ရေး တံတားအမှတ်(၁)၏ မြန်မာ ဘက်ခြမ်းတွင် လုံခြုံရေးစနစ်မြှင့်တင်ရန် စက်များ တပ်ဆင်နေစဉ်အချိန် အတိုင်းအတာအတွင်း ထိုင်းနိုင်ငံသားများ နယ်စပ်ဖြတ်သန်းခွင့်လက်မှတ် မိတ္တူ ယူဆောင်လာပေးရန် နှစ်နိုင်ငံဌာနချင်း ချိတ်ဆက်ညှိနှိုင်းသဘောတူထားကြောင်း သိရသည်။

နှစ်နိုင်ငံ အဝင်အထွက်များတွင် လူ့ခန္ဓာကိုယ်အား မှတ်တမ်းယူသည့်စနစ် ( Biometric Enrollment System ) ဖြင့် ပြောင်းလဲအသုံးပြုရန် မြန်မာနိုင်ငံဘက်ခြမ်းတွင် ၂၀၁၉ ခုနှစ်၊ နိုဝင်ဘာလ (၄) ရက်နေ့ကစပြီး စက်ပစ္စည်းတပ်ဆင်မှုများ ဆောင်ရွက်နေချိန်အတွင်း လူဝင်မှုကြီးကြပ်ရေးလုပ်ငန်းများ ပုံမှန်အတိုင်း လည်ပတ်နိုင်စေရေးအတွက် ယင်းကဲ့သို့ညှိနှိုင်းဆောင်ရွက်ထားခြင်းဖြစ်သည်ဟု သိရသည်။


ထိုင်းနိုင်ငံဘက်မှ မြန်မာနိုင်ငံသို့ နယ်စပ်ဖြတ်သန်းခွင့် လက်မှတ် ( Border Pass ) နှင့် ယာယီနယ်စပ်ဖြတ်သန်းခွင့်လက်မှတ်(Temporary Border Pass) ဝင်ရောက်လာသည့် ထိုင်းနိုင်ငံသားများအနဖြေင့် ၂၀၁၉ ခုနှစ် နိုဝင်ဘာလ (၇) ရက်နေ့မှစတင်ကာ BP၊ TBP လက်မှတ်များ၏ မိတ္တူ ယူဆောင်လာရန်အတွက် ထိုင်းနိုင်ငံ၊ မယ်ဆိုင်မြို့ရှိ လူဝင်မှုကြီးကြပ်ရေးဦးစီးဌာနသို့ ၂၀၁၉ ခုနှစ် နိုဝင်ဘာ (၅)ရက်နေ့ရက်စွဲဖြင့် မြန်မာဘက်က ပေးပို့ အကြောင်းကြားခဲ့ခြင်းဖြစ်သည်။


"ကျွန်တော်တို့ ရှင်းပြထားပါတယ်။ ကျွန်တော်တို့ဘက်မှာ ဆာဗာကြိုးတွေက မတပ်ရသေးဘူး။ နိုင်ငံခြားသား ဝင်လာရင် အချက်အလက်ကို မသိရဘူး။ မိတ္တူ (၂) စောင်ယူလာပါ။ ဝင်လာတဲ့သူတွေကို သူတို့အချက်အလက်ကို မေးလို့ အဆင်မပြေလို့ သူတို့ဘက်ကိုညှိနှိုင်းတာ။ ကြိုးတွေက မတပ်ရသေးတော့ ကွန်ပျူတာထဲကို ထည့်လို့ မရသေးဘူး။ သူတို့ စာရွက်တွေကို ဓာတ်ပုံရိုက်ပြီး ကွန်ပျူတာထဲ သိမ်းထားမှာ။ ဆာဗာတွေတပ်ပြီးရင် မလိုအပ်တော့တဲ့အတွက် ထပ်မတောင်းတော့ဘူး။ ထိုင်းလဝကနဲ့ညှိနှိုင်းပြီး ဆောင်ရွက်ထားတာပေါ့"ဟု တာချီလိတ်ခရိုင် လူဝင်မှုကြီးကြပ်ရေးဦးစီးဌာနမှ တာဝန်ရှိသူတစ်ဦးက တာချီလိတ်သတင်းအေဂျင်စီသို့ နိုဝင်ဘာလ(၆)ရက်နေ့တွင် ပြောသည်။


တာချီလိတ်မှ မယ်ဆိုင်ဘက်သို့ ဖြတ်သန်းသွားလာသူများအား နယ်စပ်ဖြတ်သန်းခွင့်ထုတ်ပေးခြင်းကို လက်ဗွေ စနစ်ဖြင့် အချက်အလက်မှတ်တမ်းတင်ခြင်းကို ဆောင်ရွက်ခဲ့ပြီးနောက် အဝင်အထွက်များတွင် လူ့ခန္ဓာကိုယ်အား မှတ်တမ်းယူသည့်စနစ် ( ( Biometric Enrollment System ) )ဖြင့် မှတ်တမ်းယူသည့်စနစ်ကို ပြောင်းလဲရန် ပြင်ဆင်နခြေင်းဖြစ်သည်။

မြန်မာ - ထိုင်းနှစ်နိုင်ငံ ဖြတ်သန်းသွားလာနေသည့် ချစ်ကြည်ရေးတံတားမှ နှစ်နိုင်ငံ တရားခံပြေးများ ဖြတ်သန်းသွားလာမှုကို တားမြစ်နိုင်ရန်အတွက် ယင်းကဲ့သို့ လုံခြုံရေးစနစ် တိုးမြှင့်ခြင်းကို ဆောင်ရွက်လာခြင်း ဖြစ်ပြီး ထိုင်းနိုင်ငံဘက်ကလည်း နယ်စပ်ဖြတ်သန်းသည့်လက်မှတ်များ လုံခြုံရေးအဆင့် မြှင့်တင်မှုအဖြစ် တစ်နိုင်ငံလုံး ဆာဗာချိတ်ဆက်ပြီး အချက်အလက်ရယူသည့်စနစ်ကို ဇူလိုင်လ (၆)ရက်နေ့က ဆောင်ရွက်ခဲ့ခြင်း ဖြစ်သည်။

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ဆက်စပ်သတင်းတာချီလိတ်မြို့ မြန်မာ - ထိုင်း ချစ်ကြည်ရေး အမှတ်(၁)တံတားပေါ် နယ်စပ်အဝင်အထွက်တွင် လူ့ခန္ဓာကိုယ် မှတ်တမ်းယူသည့် စနစ်ဖြင့် ဆောင်ရွက်တော့မည်

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တာချီလိတ်မြို့ မြန်မာ - ထိုင်းချစ်ကြည်ရေး အမှတ်(၁)တံတား ထိပ်တွင် အန္တရာယ်ရှိ သစ်ပင်အိုကြီး နှစ်ပင်အား ရှင်းလင်းဖယ်ရှားရန် စီစဉ်

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တာချီလိတ်မြို့ မြန်မာ - ထိုင်းချစ်ကြည်ရေး အမှတ်(၁)တံတား ထိပ်တွင် အန္တရာယ်ရှိ 
သစ်ပင်အိုကြီး နှစ်ပင်အား ရှင်းလင်းဖယ်ရှားရန် စီစဉ် 

ရှမ်းပြည်နယ်(အရှေ့ပိုင်း)၊ တာချီလိတ်မြို့ မြန်မာ - ထိုင်းချစ်ကြည်ရေး အမှတ်(၁)တံတား ထိပ်ရှိ သစ်ပင်အို (၂)ပင်မှာ ခြောက်သွေ့နပြေီး ဖြတ်သန်းသွားလာသူများအတွက် အန္တရာယ်ရှိနေသည့်အတွက် ဖယ်ရှားရှင်းလင်းသွားရန် စီစဉ်ထားကြောင်း သိရသည်။

"(၁၇) ရက်နေ့ခုတ်ဖို့ အကြမ်းဖျင်းရာထားတယ်။ မီးဖြတ်ရမှာဆိုတော့ အချိန်နဲ့ အစီအမံကို ကျွန်တော်တို့ ပြန်ပြောပေးပါမယ်။ တနင်္ဂေနွနေ့ဆိုတော့ လူသွားလူလာများတဲ့ရက်ဖြစ်နေလို့။ ယာဉ်သွားလာမှုတွေကိုလည်း ခေတ္တပိတ်ရမှာပေါ့။ တံတား (၁) ပေါ်မှာ သွားလာခွင့် ခေတ္တပိတ်ရမှာပေါ့။ အစိုးရအဖွဲ့တင်ပြပြီးတော့ လုပ်ရမှာပေါ့။ အချိန်ဘယ်လောက်ကြာမလဲဆိုတဲ့ အချိန်ကိုကြည့်ပြီးတော့ အချိန်အရမ်းကြာမယ်ဆို (၁) နာရီလောက်ခုတ်ပြီးတော့ လမ်းပြန်ဖွင့် နောက် (၁) နာရီလောက်ထပ်ခုတ် ဒီလိုလုပ်ဖို့တော့ စီမံထားတယ်။ အခုကအကြမ်းဖျင်း သတ်မှတ်ထားတာပေါ့။ ရက်သေချာသတ်မှတ်ပြီးသွားရင် မီးလည်းဖြတ်မှာဖြစ်တဲ့အတွက် တံတားကလည်း ယာဉ်သွားယာဉ်လာ ခေတ္တပိတ်မှာဖြစ်တဲ့အတွက် ပြည်သူတွေကို သေချာအသိပေးဆောင်ရွက်သွားမှာဖြစ်ပါတယ်"ဟု တာချီလိတ်မြို့နယ်အုပ်ချုပ်ရေးမှူး ဦးချမ်းမြေ့စောက တာချီလိတ်သတင်းအေဂျင်စီသို့ ပြောသည်။

သစ်ပင်သစ်ကိုင်းကျိုးကျပါက ထိခိုက်အန္တရာယ်ဖြစ်စေနိုင်သည့်အတွက် ရှမ်းပြည်နယ်အစိုးရအဖွဲ့၏ လမ်းညွှန်မှုဖြင့် အဆိုပါ သစ်ပင်အား ခုတ်ထွင်ရှင်းလင်းရန် တာချီလိတ်ခရိုင်အုပ်ချုပ်ရေးမှူး ဦးမြင့်နိုင်နှင့် ခရိုင်အဆင့်၊ မြို့နယ်အဆင့်ဌာနဆိုင်ရာများက နိုဝင်ဘာ (၅) ရက်နေ့ နံနက်ပိုင်းက မြန်မာ - ထိုင်းချစ်ကြည်ရေး အမှတ်(၁)တံတားပေါ်တွင် သွားရောက်စစ်ဆေးခဲ့ပြီး နှစ်နိုင်ငံအဝင်အထွက်ကို လုံခြုံရေးမြှင့်တင်မှုအဖြစ် လူ့ခန္ဓာကိုယ်အား မှတ်တမ်းယူသည့်စနစ် ( Biometric Enrollment System ) တပ်ဆင်နေမှုများနှင့် တံတားပေါ်ရှိ ဌာနဆိုင်ရာများ၏ လုပ်ငန်းများကို သွားရောက်စစ်ဆေးခဲ့ကြောင်း သိရသည်။

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ဆက်စပ်သတင်း

  1. တာချီလိတ်ရှိ မြန်မာ - ထိုင်း နှစ်နိုင်ငံချစ်ကြည်ရေးတံတားမှ နယ်စပ်ဖြတ်သန်းခွင့်လက်မှတ် ထုတ်ပေးခြင်းကို လက်ဗွေစနစ်ဖြင့် ပြောင်းလဲအသုံးပြု
  2. ( ရုပ်သံ )တာချီလိတ်ရှိ ချစ်ကြည်ရေးတံတား(၁)၌ နယ်စပ်လက်မှတ်ပြုလုပ်ရာတွင် လက်ဗွေစနစ် စတင်
  3. တာချီလိတ်မြို့ မြန်မာ - ထိုင်း ချစ်ကြည်ရေး အမှတ်(၁)တံတားပေါ် နယ်စပ်အဝင်အထွက်တွင် လူ့ခန္ဓာကိုယ် မှတ်တမ်းယူသည့် စနစ်ဖြင့် ဆောင်ရွက်တော့မည်














 
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တာချီလိတ်မြို့ မြန်မာ - ထိုင်း ချစ်ကြည်ရေး အမှတ်(၁)တံတားပေါ် နယ်စပ်အဝင်အထွက်တွင် လူ့ခန္ဓာကိုယ် မှတ်တမ်းယူသည့် စနစ်ဖြင့် ဆောင်ရွက်တော့မည်

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တာချီလိတ်မြို့ မြန်မာ - ထိုင်း ချစ်ကြည်ရေး အမှတ်(၁)တံတားပေါ် နယ်စပ်အဝင်အထွက်တွင် လူ့ခန္ဓာကိုယ် မှတ်တမ်းယူသည့် စနစ်ဖြင့် ဆောင်ရွက်တော့မည်


မြန်မာ - ထိုင်းနယ်စပ် တာချီလိတ်မြို့ရှိ မြန်မာ - ထိုင်း ချစ်ကြည်ရေးတံတားအမှတ်(၁) မှ နှစ်နိုင်ငံ အဝင်အထွက်ကို လုံခြုံရေးမြှင့်တင်မှုအဖြစ် လူ့ခန္ဓာကိုယ်အား မှတ်တမ်းယူသည့်စနစ် ( Biometric Enrollment System ) ဖြင့် ၂၀၁၉ ခုနှစ်၊ နိုဝင်ဘာလအတွင်း စတင်ဆောင်ရွက်တော့မည်ဖြစ်သည်။

နယ်စပ်တံတားပေါ်တွင် မြန်မာဘက်အဝင်နှင့် ထိုင်းဘက်အထွက် နေရာ (၂)ခု၌ Biometric Enrollment System စနစ်အသုံးပြုနိုင်ရေး စက်များတပ်ဆင်ခြင်းကို နိုဝင်ဘာလ (၅)ရက်နေ့တွင် သက်ဆိုင်ရာ နည်းပညာကုမ္ပဏီက စတင်တပ်ဆင်ပေးနပြေီဖြစ်သည်။

"စက်တွေကို မြန်မာဘက်အဝင်မှာ (၁) လုံး၊ ထိုင်းဘက်အထွက်မှာ (၁) လုံးတပ်မယ်"ဟု တာချီလိတ်ခရိုင် လူဝင်မှုကြီးကြပ်ရေးဦးစီးဌာနမှ တာဝန်ရှိသူတစ်ဦးက တာချီလိတ်သတင်းအေဂျင်စီသို့ ပြောသည်။

Biometric Enrollment System ဆိုင်ရာ ဆက်စပ်ပစ္စည်းများမှာ အောက်တိုဘာ (၂၆) ရက်နေ့နှင့် နိုဝင်ဘာလ (၂) ရက်နေ့များ၌ ရောက်ရှိလာခဲ့ခြင်းဖြစ်သည်။

နှစ်နိုင်ငံချစ်ကြည်ရေးတံတားမှ နယ်စပ်ဖြတ်သန်းခွင့် လက်မှတ်ထုတ်ပေးခြင်းအား လုံခြုံရေးစနစ် တိုးမြှင့်သည့် အနဖြေင့် လက်ဗွေမှတ်တမ်းဖြင့် ထုတ်ပေးခြင်းကို ၂၀၁၉ ခုနှစ်၊ အောက်တိုဘာလ (၁)ရက်နေ့မှ စတင်အသုံးပြုနပြေီဖြစ်သည်။

မြန်မာ - ထိုင်းနှစ်နိုင်ငံ ဖြတ်သန်းသွားလာနေသည့် ချစ်ကြည်ရေးတံတားမှ နှစ်နိုင်ငံ တရားခံပြေးများ ဖြတ်သန်းသွားလာမှုကို တားမြစ်နိုင်ရန်အတွက် ယင်းကဲ့သို့ လုံခြုံရေးစနစ် တိုးမြှင့်ခြင်းကို ဆောင်ရွက်လာခြင်း ဖြစ်ပြီး ထိုင်းနိုင်ငံဘက်ကလည်း နယ်စပ်ဖြတ်သန်းသည့်လက်မှတ်များ လုံခြုံရေးအဆင့် မြှင့်တင်မှုအဖြစ် တစ်နိုင်ငံလုံး ဆာဗာချိတ်ဆက်ပြီး အချက်အလက်ရယူသည့်စနစ်ကို ဇူလိုင်လ (၆)ရက်နေ့က ဆောင်ရွက်ခဲ့ခြင်း ဖြစ်သည်။

တာချီလိတ်ရှိ မြန်မာ - ထိုင်း နှစ်နိုင်ငံချစ်ကြည်ရေးတံတားမှ နယ်စပ်ဖြတ်သန်းခွင့်လက်မှတ် ထုတ်ပေးခြင်းကို လက်ဗွေစနစ်ဖြင့် ပြောင်းလဲအသုံးပြု

မြန်မာနိုင်ငံက ထိုင်း၊ အိန္ဒိယနှင့် တရုတ်နိုင်ငံ နယ်စပ်ဝင်ထွက်ပေါက်များတွင် မြန်မာနိုင်ငံသားများ နယ်စပ်ဖြတ်သန်းခွင့် လက်မှတ်များထုတ်ပေးခြင်းအား လုံခြုံရေး အဆင့်မြှင့်တင်ခြင်းကို အလုပ်သမား၊ လူဝင်မှုကြီးကြပ်ရေးနှင့် ပြည်သူ့အင်အားဝန်ကြီးဌာနက ၂၀၁၈ ခုနှစ်၊ နိုဝင်ဘာလတွင် စတင်ဆောင်ရွက်လာခြင်း ဖြစ်သည်။

မြန်မာဘက်မှ လုံခြုံရေးအဆင့်မြှင့်တင်လိုက်သည့် ယာယီနယ်စပ်ဖြတ်သန်းခွင့်လက်မှတ်များတွင် လုံခြုံရေးကြိုး၊ လိုဂိုရေစာများအပြင် QR Code တို့ ထည့်သွင်းအသုံးပြုလာခဲ့ခြင်းဖြစ်သည်။

နယ်စပ်ဒေသများတွင် ဖြတ်သန်းသွားလာသည့် နိုင်ငံသားများအား ယာယီနယ်စပ်ဖြတ်သန်းခွင့် လက်မှတ် (တံတားကူးလက်မှတ်)နှင့် နယ်စပ်ဒေသများတွင် နေထိုင်သူများကို သက်ဆိုင်ရာအိမ်နီးချင်းနိုင်ငံများနှင့် သဘောတူညီချက်အရ နယ်စပ်ဖြတ်သန်းခွင့်လက်မှတ်(တံတားကူးစာအုပ်)တို့ကို လူဝင်မှုကြီးကြပ်ရေး ဦးစီးဌာနက စိစစ်ထုတ်ပေးနခြေင်းဖြစ်သည်။

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4 Hot Mobile Banking Security Developments

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Integrated biometrics and specialized mobile banking apps are working in tandem to bring two major benefits to financial institutions and their customers.
          

YubiKey adds biometric security to hardware-based authentication keys

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The latest addition to the YubiKey range of hardware is the YubiKey Bio, announced at Microsoft Ignite this week. The device adds fingerprint authentication to the already high level security offered by previous versions of the Yubikey hardware. Despite the key storing user fingerprints on the device itself, you don’t need to worry about running …

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Yubico unveils security key with built-in fingerprint reader

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Yubico is showing off an upgraded security key that requires your fingerprint to activate the device.

The YubiKey Bio marks the first time the company will offer a security key with built-in fingerprint authentication. Yubico has been previewing the device at Microsoft's Ignite conference as a way for enterprise customers to unlock access to their Azure Active Directory accounts.

Although security keys are pricey ($20 to $50), they offer the best protection to stop hackers from hijacking your online accounts. Anyone logging in will need to supply both the password and insert the hardware-based security key into the computer's USB port to gain access. Read more...

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Screen Protectors Circumvent Fingerprint Security On Samsung Devices

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PVcomBank gia tăng trải nghiệm Mobile Banking

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This Is How the US Military's Massive Facial Recognition System Works

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Over the last 15 years, the United States military has developed a new addition to its arsenal. The weapon is deployed around the world, largely invisible, and grows more powerful by the day. From a report: That weapon is a vast database, packed with millions of images of faces, irises, fingerprints, and DNA data -- a biometric dragnet of anyone who has come in contact with the U.S. military abroad. The 7.4 million identities in the database range from suspected terrorists in active military zones to allied soldiers training with U.S. forces. "Denying our adversaries anonymity allows us to focus our lethality. It's like ripping the camouflage netting off the enemy ammunition dump," wrote Glenn Krizay, director of the Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency, in notes obtained by OneZero. The Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency (DFBA) is tasked with overseeing the database, known officially as the Automated Biometric Information System (ABIS). DFBA and its ABIS database have received little scrutiny or press given the central role they play in U.S. military's intelligence operations. But a newly obtained presentation and notes written by the DFBA's director, Krizay, reveals how the organization functions and how biometric identification has been used to identify non-U.S. citizens on the battlefield thousands of times in the first half of 2019 alone. ABIS also allows military branches to flag individuals of interest, putting them on a so-called "Biometrically Enabled Watch List" (BEWL). Once flagged, these individuals can be identified through surveillance systems on battlefields, near borders around the world, and on military bases. The presentation also sheds light on how military, state, and local law enforcement biometrics systems are linked. According to Krizay's presentation, ABIS is connected to the FBI's biometric database, which is in turn connected to databases used by state and local law enforcement.

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„Работниците в складовете се превръщат в биороботи“

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Роботите в складовете на бъдещето засега са рядкост. Но американските компании започнаха максимално много да използват „биороботи“ – хора, чието движение с проследява с помощта на биометрични системи и по този начин се пресмята човешката производителност. А по този начин се подготвя почвата за бъдещите масови уволнения. Неотдавна Amazon показа своите нови роботи за работа […]

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ACLU Sues DOJ Over Facial Recognition Documents

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It's no secret the federal government is using facial recognition tech. The DHS wants to use it at all ports of entry (including airports) on pretty much every traveler. Amazon wants every government agency possible to buy its version of the tech, even as the company (and the agencies it hopes to supply) undergo Congressional investigations. And the FBI's facial recognition database has been growing steadily since 2014, outpacing required Privacy Impact Assessments and the FBI's willingness to vet the accuracy of its search tools.

The public would definitely like to know more about the government's use of biometric tracking, but the government's way less interested in talking about it. The ACLU filed a FOIA request in January seeking biometric/facial recognition documents held by the FBI and DEA. Those requests have been ignored for 10 months.

The ACLU is now suing these federal agencies. The feds' deafening silence echoes against a backdrop of enacted facial recognition bans in a handful of cities and one statewide ban on use of the tech in police body cameras. The lawsuit [PDF] points out both agencies refused to give the ACLU's request expedited processing and the DEA went so far as to grant itself a 10-day extension to respond. That 10-day period stretched into 60 days before the DEA sent its second response -- one that stated none-too-believably that the ACLU's request was "being handled as expeditiously as possible."

The complaint asks for a judge to order the immediate release of responsive records, an injunction preventing the agencies from charging the ACLU processing fees, and attorney fees in the event the ACLU wins its suit.

The attached FOIA request shows how much information is already in the public domain, which will make it very difficult for the feds to claim they don't have responsive documents. Facial recognition is the government's new kudzu. It's everywhere and it just keeps growing.

The FBI… operates the Next Generation Identification-Interstate Photo System, which a 2016 Government Accountability Office report described as “a face recognition service that allows law enforcement agencies to search a database of over 30 million photos to support criminal investigations.”

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides cloud services for all 17 United States intelligence agencies, including the DOJ and its component agencies the FBI and DEA.5 According to recent media reporting, the FBI is testing Amazon’s Rekognition face recognition product, which is part of the suite of software products available on AWS, in a pilot program. In May 2018, the intelligence community awarded Microsoft a contract enabling all 17 agencies to use Azure Government, Microsoft’s cloud service for public entities. Microsoft, like Amazon, offers its customers a face surveillance product that runs on its own cloud service; Microsoft’s face surveillance product is called Face API. Additionally, as of 2015, the FBI has utilized NEC Corporation of America’s “Integra ID 5 biometric solution software,” which provides facial recognition capabilities, in conjunction with the agency’s NGI system.

Hopefully, the ACLU will succeed. Public records requests are pretty much the only way the public can access details about the government's surveillance plans and tech tools. The FBI and DEA aren't willing to discuss these openly but they're more than willing to deploy them against the same public these agencies insist have no business asking what the government's up to.



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Biometric Access Control System New York

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Invixium agrees new partnership in Saudi Arabia

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Invixium, a manufacturer of modern IP-based biometric solutions has agreed a joint distribution partnership with ZMR – Zone of Multi Resources, a key supplier of security, communications and technology solutions servicing Saudi Arabia.


          

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World: U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green's Remarks at a "Celebrating World Humanitarian Day" Event

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Source: US Agency for International Development
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, United States of America, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

For Immediate Release
Monday, August 20, 2018 Office of Press Relations
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov

Center for Strategic and International Studies
Washington, DC
August 20, 2018

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Dan, for that kind introduction and thanks to all of you for being here to help mark this very important occasion.

As we begin, as we call it in Congress, I'd like to start with a point of personal privilege. I'd like to take this opportunity this morning to express our sadness over the death of Kofi Annan. He was a giant who has spent his entire life advocating for peace, and the for the protection of humanitarian workers, something that we'll be talking about today. As he so often said, "People, not states, should be at the center of what we do." His passing makes this World Humanitarian Day even more poignant.

This morning, on behalf of USAID, I hope to convey two important messages to all of you. The first is, as Dan was alluding to, relates to the rapidly-evolving nature of humanitarian relief and assistance.

The second, as we mark this day, is simply our deep, deep admiration and gratitude for the many heroes of our humanitarian work. They, and many of you, are truly extraordinary and heroic.

I have to say that before I joined USAID, I didn't really appreciate the scope and range of what it is that we do in our humanitarian work. You can see it in some of the numbers. In 2017, USAID responded to 53 crises in 51 countries. For only the second time in our agency's history, we had six DART teams, Disaster Assistance Response Teams, deployed simultaneously around the world. The first time that happened was the preceding year.

At this very moment, we have pre-positioned resources and experts in just about every part of the world. We have seven emergency stockpiles in places like Djibouti, South Africa, and Malaysia. We have full-time response staff in 30 countries. We have six regional offices and 11 adviser offices, located with partners like the military's combatant commands.

One of my most vivid memories from my first year as Administrator was, essentially, a crash course in how some of this works. One day, during last year's UN General Assembly meetings, we received word of a terrible earthquake, the second one that had struck Mexico City. One evening that week, I was walking down the street between back-to-back dinners with two different mobile phones: one with the White House, one with the DART team leader.

I was dodging pedestrians, I'm sure looking ridiculous, while the disaster professionals were helping me navigate something much more serious: how to rapidly mobilize an emergency response team to Mexico City to help our neighbors to the South respond to its second earthquake in just a few weeks' time.

The government said to us that they'd welcome the assistance of a highly-specialized type of international search and rescue team, something really hard to find, especially in a hurry. But, thanks to the White House, our talented team here in D.C., our network of first responders, and the DOD, we were able to transport and stand up just such a team in Mexico City before breakfast the next morning. I'm honored to be part of a network, which includes many of you, that can make something like that happen.

But, as we gather to mark World Humanitarian Day this year, we have to acknowledge that natural disaster responses no longer epitomizes today's humanitarian work. We still do that, to be sure, and I think we do it well. But, these days, we face vast other challenges all around the world.

Our humanitarian resources are increasingly being deployed, not for storms and quakes and the like, but for man-made disasters, from conflict-driven displacement to tyranny-driven economic collapse.

Our DARTs are more likely to be deployed for those types of crises, and by far, most of our humanitarian assistance dollars are being allocated for those kinds of needs. There's the ongoing tragedy in Syria, a horrific conflict in its seventh year and one of the most complex crises of our time. Over 13 million people, more than 80 percent of the current population, need humanitarian assistance. There's the ongoing struggle in Afghanistan, where 3.3 million people need humanitarian assistance. A recent upturn in violence has claimed 1,700 civilian lives this year alone.

A dozen or so years ago, I travelled to Afghanistan as a congressman. And, in those days, our presence was measured by the tens of thousands of military boots on the ground. These days, we still have some troops there, but our boots on the ground are increasingly humanitarian and development workers, some of whom have been back to work in Afghanistan two, three, and even four times.

Nine hundred aid workers have been killed in Afghanistan in the last decade.

There's South Sudan, the most dangerous place of all for humanitarian workers. Seven million people in South Sudan, including 1 million living on the brink of famine, depend on international assistance just to survive.

Then there are the man-made crises far closer to home. One of the most underreported catastrophes in the world today is what's happening in and around Venezuela. More than 2.3 million Venezuelans have already fled. It's the largest single mass exodus in the history of the Western Hemisphere. And it's ongoing. I saw this first hand when I visited Cucuta, in Colombia, and the Bolivar Bridge last month. Five thousand new migrants enter Colombia each and every day. They're desperately seeking food and emergency medical care. They're seeking survival.

This isn't merely Colombia's challenge. Venezuelans are fleeing to places like Brazil and Ecuador, as we read over the weekend, and northward to the Caribbean. The list of man-made, conflict-caused, and regime-driven humanitarian crises goes on and on. After all, there are roughly 70,000,000 displaced people in the world today.

Since humanitarian needs and crises are changing, we're doing our best our to change and to respond to them, with the best tools and ideas that we can find. We're applying lessons learned over and over again. And we're fostering innovation.

This past February, USAID and our British cousins, DFID, joined in launching the first-ever Humanitarian Grand Challenge. The Grand Challenge mechanism is a way for the world's best thinkers, from organizations large and small, for-profit and non-profit, business, academia, to offer new ideas in helping (inaudible) relief to the most vulnerable, hardest to reach communities in the world.

It's a chance for us to identify and invest in the best and the brightest. We've already received 615 applications from 86 different countries, including a third from women and nearly half from lower and middle income countries. We're excited to see and mobilize the results, and they're due out this fall.

Given how much of our humanitarian response is in conflict zones and fragile states, we're paying more attention than ever to the obstacles and challenges that factions, gangs, militias, and corrupt officials are throwing at relief teams. Case in point. In April of this year, a leading humanitarian agency reported that it had encountered no fewer than 70 checkpoints on the 300-mile trip from Aden to Sanaa, in Yemen. I'm sure those were just helpful citizens offering directions along the way.

But it's the kind of situation that caused us to launch the Strengthening Field Level Capacity on Humanitarian Access and Negotiations program last August.

It's aimed at helping relief team members better understand practical negotiation techniques and safe, effective field-level decision making.

Because there is nothing more important to us, nothing more important to me, than the safety and security of our humanitarian network, that's the area that we're especially focusing on. We must stay ahead of threats and potential threats. So we're supporting organizations dedicated to improving security standards and training for NGO staff. We're modifying our policy so that security, costs for equipment, staff, training and site enhancements can be more easily built into your contracts and grant budgets.

We're investing in new tools to help us map and minimize risk to operations at the most basic level, the level of, for example, moving food from a plane to a truck, to a warehouse and distribution center. But, let's face it: we can take every possible step to minimize risk. We can't make it go away.

And many of you here know that all too well. One of the most inspiring and humbling parts of my job is getting to meet the heroes who know the risks but carry on just because they care.

I saw firsthand, when I visited IDP camps just outside of Raqqa. I heard stories of challenges that humanitarian heroes face each day, as they strive to bring water and food and medical care to those who've been victimized by the years of conflict. With Assad's regime still holding sway in parts of the country, there's no real, legitimate government partner with whom to work. And their path is riddled with unexploded ordinance, which is going off at the rate of, roughly, three dozen per day.

The shelters they sleep in at night shake with the dropping of bombs each and every day. And yet, somehow, because of their commitment to others, they wake up the next morning and they do it all over again. These are the heroes that we hold high this World Humanitarian Day.

People like Iraq's Salam Muhammad. When Anbar and Kirkuk were liberated from ISIS at the end of last year, humanitarians were the first ones on the ground, providing food, water, and medical care. Iraq staff with the U.S.-funded NGO spend their days clearing mines and educating their neighbors about the dangers the ordinance poses.

Salam decided to joint this particular NGO after witnessing several tragedies that left some of his relatives and friends injured, or killed. He was one of the NGO's first recruits in Iraq. Every day is challenging for the de-miners; any accident can be fatal. But Salam and his staff love their jobs and show up for work every day filled with passion because they know what they're doing matters.

There's Jay Nash, a regional adviser who has lived and worked for USAID in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the past 20 years. The DRC is, as you know, no stranger to aid worker attacks, with 210 people being killed, wounded, or kidnapped since 2000.

In 1999, while visiting a university in the DRC, Jay was ambushed by a mob of students who thought he was a spy for neighboring Rwanda. The mob torched the U.S. embassy vehicle he had been driving, but Jay escaped after a group of brave students made a ring around him, guarding him until they were able to duck him into the girls' dormitory.

Sitting in that dorm, trapped for hours with a mob threatening to break down the doors, Jay said he had one thought: he thought of the children with disabilities that he was helping in his free time. DRC has a higher than average rate of disability. And he thought to himself, if he died in that girls' dorm, who would take care of those kids?

After eight hours, he made a run for it, and he didn't look back. Not only did he stay in DRC working for USAID, in 2001, he started his own NGO called StandProud. It provides treatment and equipment to young people with disabilities, helping them gain dignity, mobility, and independence.

There's Fareed Noori, one of the victims of last month's attack on a government building in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The blast killed 15 people. Fareed had been working in Afghanistan since 2010 for a USAID partner the International Rescue Committee, as a water, sanitation, and hygiene engineer. As his colleagues noted, whenever there was an emergency, Fareed was the first in the field to help with whatever was needed.

Fareed was in an emergency meeting at the time of the attack. He was killed doing the work of helping others, to which he had committed his life. Fareed leaves behind four children, two girls, two boys, all under the age of 9.

Another victim of that attack was Bakhtawara; it's a pseudonym, a bright and impressive 22-year-old woman. She was working for the International Organization for Migration, another USAID partner. She had married very early and had a child by the age of 16. But, despite being a young mother in a conservative community, she fought for her education and learned English. After school, she knew she wanted to help people. She convinced her family to let her, not just get job, but get a career as a humanitarian.

When her husband was killed in a bombing three years ago, she continued working as a 19-year-old single mother. Her job took her to the very government offices that were often targeted by insurgents. On the day she was killed, she was attending one of the meetings that she had hoped would help her find better ways to deliver aid to people in need. The building was bombed and then overrun with gunfire. She died doing what she focused her life on, helping people build a brighter future.

Extremist insurgents in Afghanistan like to target these workers. There's a special place in hell...

There's the story of the seven aid workers killed in South Sudan in March of this year. They were killed when their car was ambushed along the 185-mile route of the badly rutted roads in South Sudan's remote east. Their vehicle had been labeled as belonging to an NGO right down to the license plates. It didn't matter. Six of the seven worked for a small Sudanese NGO called the Grass Roots Empowerment and Development Organization, GREDO, which is supported by USAID and worked to promote sustainable development at the grassroots level.

Three of the victims were helping to build a youth center. Two taught English. One was also a driver and the father of a newborn. Three were new recruits. Humanitarian heroes, one and all. And there were thousands of others. And I stand in awe of what they do.

Final thoughts. Why do they do it? What causes them to go out and take these risks? I learned the answer, and (inaudible), when I visited Bangladesh and Burma with Secretary Pompeo earlier this year. In Bangladesh, I went to a Cox's Bazaar, and I saw the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who are barely surviving in that camp.

They are vulnerable to monsoons and cyclones and without the humanitarian workers, life would be very different. It's bad enough already.

And then I went to Burma, and I travelled to an IDP camp near Sittwe. And what I saw there was the most disturbing thing I have ever seen in development. I saw young families trapped. I saw young families unable to go to school and completely dependent upon the emergency food assistance that we provide.

So, those workers take the risks because they are all that is standing between an even worse catastrophe and death in these young people, these victims. Today we celebrate them. Thank you.

MODERATOR: Thank you. (inaudible) I'm also the director of the Humanitarian Agenda, as Dan mentioned, which is what this event is a part of, it's a new partnership as as we have this conversation. Firstly, I want to ask you -- well, one, congratulations; it's been about a year now since you've been appointed, and you've been back one year? So, happy anniversary.

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Pretty close. Thank you -- ask my staff.

MODERATOR: (inaudible) We're all very happy that you were chosen to be in this position because, as Dan alluded to, your deep background in international developments. One of the things that you said a lot in this position is talking about, "The purpose of foreign aid is to end the need for its existence." It's one of your key messages that we hear time and time again. So, I want you to elaborate on sort of how that squares with humanitarian assistance. Right? There's a big difference of international developments for, you know, economic growth and being self-reliant. But humanitarian assistance is so often, as you mentioned, driven by tyranny and regimes, and it's about saving lives. So, how do you marry those two?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Well, first off you're right. What I've said since the day that I was first announced is that the purpose of our foreign assistance must be ending its need to exist. And what I mean by that is, we should look every day at ways of helping people take on their own challenges. Not because we want to do less or walk away, but because we believe in human dignity, and we believe in the innate desire of everyone -- every individual, every family, every community, every country -- to want to craft their own bright future.

In the area of humanitarian assistance, what I always say is, look, we will always stand with people when crisis strikes because that is who we are, that is in the American DNA. But at the same time we'll also look for ways to foster resilience so that we can help countries and communities withstand future shocks. And we've seen promising results in places like Ethiopia. You mentioned on the food security front, Ethiopia's a country that's had six consecutive years of drought and yet not falling into full famine. And that obviously is about much more than the work we're doing, but I think we're making a difference in helping Ethiopians build their ability to withstand consecutive years of drought.

So, I see the two as fitting very well together, and the other piece to it is, on the humanitarian front, again, we have natural disasters and man-made disasters. The man-made disasters are coming at us fast and furious. It's also about preventing the next generation of crisis and conflict. I'm often asked what it is that keeps me up at night, and what keeps me up at night are our children being born in camps, and growing up in camps, and getting educated in camps. And when, God willing, the walls come down and the gate opens up, the question is, are those young people going to be prepared to take on the challenges of the world? Are they connected to the communities around them?

And so with the humanitarian work that we do in many of these places, it's really aimed towards the future. And so I think it fits in well; it's a longer term of view, but I see them -- really is all going in the same direction.

MODERATOR: I'm actually headed out to Nigeria in a few weeks and doing some research looking at Feed the Future portfolio there, but really looking at the nexus between that humanitarian and development assistance, you know, how that would work in an unstable environment. So, I'm anxious to see what I learn from that as well. You know, the Trump administration has called for reduction, of course, of U.S. foreign assistance, but, regardless of that, the U.S. continues to be -- and dominate as the largest donor worldwide.

When you're talking to your colleagues in this administration, what is it that you talk about in terms of why it's so important for us to sustain this leadership? I mean, I could throw out numbers and I'll do a little bit.

In 2018, the U.S. pledged 29 billion foreign assistance. Five billion of that was dedicated to humanitarian assistance. I was looking this morning at how that compares to others, and, I mean, the UK -we're event twice what they do. So, you know, we're such a leader in this space. Why is that so important? Why should we dedicate American tax dollars or more importantly to cleaning up other people's wars?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Well, first off, you're correct; we're far and away the world's humanitarian leader, and, quite frankly, two or three or four of them together don't really add up to what we're doing. We need other countries to do more because, with those challenges that I laid out, those man-made challenges, I don't see an end in sight, quite frankly, in any of them. So, these are open-ended challenges, and while we are proud to be the world's leader, we need others to step up to the plate. I will tell you, what I worry about is, because these man-made disasters, man-made, often regime-driven disasters, because they are open-ended, there's a real risk that it will begin to take up so much of our budget that it threatens our ability to do some of the development investments that we all want to do, including quite frankly, some of the resilience work that we want to do.

So, we do need others to step up to the plate. But in terms of, you know, what I say to the rest of the administration, it's not a hard cell, you know, pushing them to open a door. The administration is very supportive of our humanitarian work; we continue to be the world's leader; that's not going to change. And I think it's really -- the arguments for it fall on a number of different fronts. Number one, this is an expression of American values. This is who we are and always have been. It is a projection of the American spirit, in my view. So, I think that is very much alive and well in the American psyche, in the American DNA.

But secondly, it's in our interest. Just take for a moment the assistance that we're providing to Colombians, supporting Venezuelans who have fled the border, doing the same thing in some other countries. There is great American self-interest in supporting the ability of these communities to withstand this migration, to help afford some of those costs, because the instability that results from not being able to provide support, I think, is an issue, is a diplomatic issue, is a national security issue. And, as you heard me mention, I think particularly what is happening in the Western Hemisphere is completely underreported.

When I was at the Summit of the Americas, I heard from a number of countries, including Caribbean states, that they were starting to feel the presence of Venezuelans fleeing. And while they're all supportive of their neighbors, clearly it's not without a cost. But the same thing is true in many other parts of the world. So, the investments that we make on the humanitarian front are oftentimes in our self-interest. I look at the work that we're doing on the humanitarian front with an eye towards providing a lifeline so that those who've been displaced in parts of the Middle East can return. That's in our interest. That's a stated foreign policy priority. So, you know, yes, there is certainly -- I think the morality that we -- the expression of values that we've always supported. But I also believe it's in our interest and our national security interest.

MODERATOR: And thank you for reminding us in your speech about humanitarian heroes and what World Humanitarian Day is about. You talked about the unfortunate situation that in today's crises a lot of the time aid workers are targeted specifically. So, I want to ask you whether you feel like there's an erosion of international humanitarian law over, you know, that you talked about the evolution of humanitarian assistance. And so as the world gets more and more disorderly, we see more and more protracted conflicts. Do you feel that both governments and non-state actors alike are violating this law, and is there anything that we can or should be doing more I guess, particularly from the donor or U.S. government perspective, to hold them more accountable?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Well, first off, we in the U.S. demand adherence to international law, international humanitarian law. So, we demand that unfettered access is provided, for example, in Rakhine, in Northern Rakhine in Burma. So, that's always been important for us. But if you're asking whether some non-state actors like ISIS are breaking international law, yeah. Having been to both Raqqa and Northern Iraq, what has been done there by ISIS is truly evil. There is simply no other word to describe what they've done: the desecration of graves, the desecration of churches, the disappearances of Yazidis. It's staggering and truly evil. Of course they are breaking every standard that we all know.

Yes, it is a challenge to international law; one of the best ways that we can respond is to say that, and to say it often, and to keep coming back to it. Because I do think the American opinion matters. And to say all across the political spectrum here in this country that we stand united and demand adherence to those standards and that what is happening is unacceptable.

MODERATOR: You brought up demanding unfettered access. I want to let our audience know that the Humanitarian Agenda will be going to the capitol this fall, and we're focusing specifically on the issue of humanitarian access. You brought up, of course, in Yemen, that's 70 choke hold points that David Miliband also talked about when he was here in Yemen -- in April on Yemen. I also want to say we're publishing a policy piece on Yemen here at CSIS that will come out this week.

I have many more questions, but I think we'll turn to the audience, so that we can engage them as well. So, if you have a question, please raise your hand. We will take it in rounds of threes, so announce yourself and where you're from. Please keep it concise, and at the end of it, there should be a question mark. So, who has a question? Yes, sir, right over here. Thanks, gentlemen.

QUESTION: I'll ask a real fast question, my name is Rob, I work for USAID, thank you, sir. My question is about the environment, I'm just back from the Congo, where Ebola is happening and I was just in Madagascar where there was a plague outbreak. A lot of the disasters you talked about have an environmental component, and we're doing some in the United States, but some people think we really need to do more, and that's a little bit against maybe some people in the administration, so I would love for you to talk about your thoughts about that.

MODERATOR: Great question. More? Let's do Julie Howard right there.

QUESTION: Thank you. Mr. Administrator, thank you for your comments. Could you comment on the recent story in the Washington Post about the potential pullback of $3 billion in foreign assistance funds and how that may affect our ability to respond to humanitarian as well as the resilience opportunities you described?

MODERATOR: And, Julie, will you introduce yourself for those that don't know you?

QUESTION: Sorry?

MODERATOR: Would you introduce yourself?

QUESTION: Oh, yes, okay. So, I'm a non-resident senior adviser here at CSIS, thank you.

MODERATOR: Julie and I are also going to be travel partners when I go to Nigeria. It's actually Julie that is leading that study. Let's take one more question right back here. Yes, thank you.

QUESTION: Hi, my name's (inaudible) a reporter from Voice of America. There are a number of humanitarian assistance and also food aid to North Korea spended by the United States Government. What are the key principles that all the United States Government providing assistance to North Korea and under which scenario can assistance to North Korea be resumed?

MODERATOR: Thank you.

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Sure.

MODERATOR: Easy questions, right?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: On North Korea, simply put, there have been no discussions that I'm aware of regarding assistance into North Korea. I certainly haven't been part of any such discussions.

Secondly, on the pullback, while we haven't received official notification of anything, I've heard of nothing that would change our status as the world's leader in humanitarian assistance. I haven't seen anything. Third, on -- first off, it's interesting that you visited Ebola country and you talked about conservation, because their linked, obviously.

I think that's one of the reasons we've seen the outbreak of Ebola in other formerly, entirely rare diseases in some of the areas where we've seen deforestation and such. What we're trying to do at USAID, many of you are aware, we're developing metrics that are aimed at helping us to better understand a country's capacity and commitment in a number of sectors, and conservation's one of them.

So, we're looking at things like biodiversity and how resources are managed, because we think it's important, and it's something that we hope to be able to incentivize in the future and have conversations around. I have a personal interest in the conservation front and as you know, we recently made some announcements regarding assistance to Colombia and helping them in their natural resource management. So, I think it's an important area that shouldn't be divorced from the rest of development.

We think it is one of those key areas that needs to be assessed and looked at as we help countries, in what we call, as you know, probably ad nauseam as I talk about the journey to self-reliance. One of those areas is, in fact, conservation, biodiversity, and the capacity to manage resources.

MODERATOR: Let's take another round of questions. Raise your hand high. Joel?

QUESTION: Joel (inaudible) from Norwegian Refugee Council, thank you Administrator Green for your excellent remarks. I'm afraid I have to follow up on the rescission question. We're not going to let you off so easily.

What's been reported is that there's going to be a cut of a billion to UN peacekeeping operations, and that has the potential to not only disrupt work in South Sudan and Somalia and the Congo, but it also has the potential to disrupt, through further chaos in refugee flows, neighboring countries that we care about that are our allies, such as Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, and so on.

I guess -- the argument is that, even if USAID itself doesn't lose funding or doesn't lose out through the rescission, the work will lose out, I feel, if this really goes ahead. So, if you could just offer more thought on -- I mean, you said you're pushing on an open door when it comes to international work, and, honestly, it's not always obvious to see that from the outside. Thank you.

MODERATOR: Thanks, Joel. Let's do these two right here in the front, Haley, yep.

QUESTION: Thank you. Hi, good morning. Nicole (inaudible), I'm a senior associate here at CSIS. Thank you, Administrator Green, for your great comments. You mentioned briefly -- you touched on young people and so, given the disproportionate (inaudible) of people in these countries and how often humanitarian crises can disproportionately affect children and young people, can you talk a little bit more about some of the focus that you're keeping in these initiatives and on the work that you're doing to remedy the situation for youth? Thanks.

MODERATOR: Great, and I think there was a question right behind you if there still is, yeah.

QUESTION: Hello, my name is Jessica (inaudible), and I'm a Jeane Kirkpatrick Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. You mention in your remarks about the man-made nature of a lot of the ongoing conflicts, and I was wondering if you could speak to USAID's role not only in providing humanitarian response in that context, but also the active role that the agency is taking in countering and preventing ongoing violent extremism.

MODERATOR: Great question.

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: That's a great question. Joel, on the budget front, I really don't have much more that I can provide. Part of it is I'm not attempting to duck, I just literally don't have more, I'd refer you to OMB quite frankly. But again, you know, they is simply looking at the numbers of the last year and what we're doing on the humanitarian front. There is simply no argument that we have backed away from our role as the world's leading humanitarian assistant. Just objectively, we are far and away the largest humanitarian donor.

We're the largest humanitarian donor in Syria; we're the largest humanitarian donor in conflict after conflict. I do think it is fair for all of us to talk about how it is that these resource needs can be met in the future. I don't mean just the immediate future, but the open-ended nature of these conflicts and this instability and this displacement is staggering.

It is what worries me, because these conflicts that we're seeing -- South Sudan; Yemen -- you and I have talked about Yemen a great deal in recent months. It's open-ended, and I do worry about that. I do worry about our ability to meet resource needs and, you know, the world meeting these resource needs. They're significant.

On the question of young people, particularly in displaced settings, we are looking at a number of ways of accelerating crisis situation education, conflict community education. We've received generous support from Congress, along with generous directives from Congress, in the area of education. What we've been trying to do, and Congresswoman Lowey has long been a great leader on this front, is to try to make sure that we are able to prioritize these crisis needs, and I do think that it's a crisis. It does worry me a great deal.

So, we're looking at some of the use of innovative technologies to see if that can help us in these settings, but it is a very focus and as we develop our basic education strategy going forward, I think you'll see a particular focus on those areas, because it is, as you suggest, very important for the future.

In terms of preventing violent extremism, we have, as you know, an important role under the National Security Strategy. We are investing in trying to identify the drivers of violent extremism.

One of my strong beliefs that comes, actually, from my time at International Republican Institute is that we shouldn't jump to conclusions and try to draw global assumptions and lessons. Instead, we need to look at local drivers. Experience shows us that it's often local drivers, community drivers that become flashpoints for extremism. And so, we're certainly investing research there, and some of the preventative tools that are there; from my days as an Ambassador in Tanzania, I often point out that after the terrible bombing, embassy bombing, the work that we did with our Tanzanian partners in the wake of that, to take on some of the drivers of poverty and despair, I believe was an important down payment for preventing violent extremism. So, I'm a big believer in tackling those drivers and tackling that which can lead to despair. So, that will always be a key part of our work.

MODERATOR: Mr. Green, at Davos this year, you talked about the importance of tapping into the creativity of the private sector, and how innovative financing mechanisms and other innovative technologies can really create better development outcomes. In your speech today, you talked about the Humanitarian Grand Challenges. Are there any specific companies or partnerships or technologies that you're most excited about right now. The things that you see that are happening in the field, you've been in in this career -- I mean, you've had a career for decades that are all related to development --

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Don't say decades.

MODERATOR: Okay, sorry -- you're very young. The last year that you've been an administrator, what are the -- what are the cool, new technologies that we should know about, that are out there, that the mainstream audience has no idea how we're delivering (inaudible) humanitarian assistance?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Yeah, I mean, to be honest, there are countless. During global innovation we -- which we had last fall, whenever it was, and I had a chance to walk through the marketplace at the Ronald Reagan Building, and take a look at some of the innovations. Everything from lunchbox-size solar batteries allowing us to power work in refugee and displaced persons camps to some of the weather forecasting stations that are created with 3D printers. You go through there and it's extraordinary. And it fills you with great hope for our ability to reach out and touch more people in more settings than ever before. In the area of financing -- we announced in India last fall, the world's first Development Impact Bond for maternal and child health, and the largest development impact bond of its kind. So, what we did through that is to set outcomes that we needed to see in order to repay the investment, but in terms of the means, we turn the private sector loose.

And in the follow-up conversations that we had, you can see that our partners, some of whom are based here in D.C., were terribly excited. Because for the first time they didn't have us micro-managing each step along the way, but saying, "Look, these are the outcomes that we need, you go get them." And really tapping into the private sector, nonprofit and for-profit. Also, in the area of displaced communities on World Humanitarian Day, the use of biometrics to establish identification of refugees and IDPs as well as some of the digital technologies for delivering resources -- assistance so that recipients have modest purchasing power in surrounding communities, thereby not only providing assistance, not only holding onto human dignity and allowing them to make some decisions, but also providing a tangible benefit to those host communities which are often placing a disproportionate burden by those who are there. So, it -- it's really using business principles, human nature, and I'd like to say there are new technologies, but my kids will tell me very quickly they're old technologies, just new to someone like me. Tapping into these, I think, creates enormous, enormous hope for reaching into places we haven't before.

MODERATOR: I want to continue on that "hope" trend for a minute. So, you know, when you think about the crises, many of which are located in Syria, Yemen, in South Sudan --

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Is that the whole part?

MODERATOR: Now, I know. Well, this is where I'm kind of heading with this. Is there a crisis that you have your eyes on that you do see any reversal in terms of reversal trends, or any progress? Is there a place that you do think we're going to be able to see some positive outcomes in the next -- I should say decade there, because I know it takes time. But is there one that you see not going the wrong direction?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Oh, sure. There are lots of promising stories. I think Ethiopia and Eritrea provide tremendous hope. One of the challenges, again, as an old democracy guy, one of the challenges that I saw was the enabling environment, for civil society and NGOs in a place like Ethiopia, and with the transition to a new government, we're having conversations that we didn't have before, in ways that I think will be very helpful. Also, I think that their willingness to partner with us more and more will help us make some investments in those areas -- in those resilience areas that will not only help Ethiopia and Eritrea, but also, quite frankly, I think will save us money in the long run. So, there are lots of stories like that, I think all around the continent of Africa and elsewhere. But there are -- every hopeful story is replaced by a new challenge. None of these challenges are inevitable, as problems. But they do require us to be innovative. They do require us to be engaged, they do require us to invest up front, and to be innovative in those procuring methods and how we partner. All of those things need to be done if we're going to turn -- either prevent the challenges from becoming crises, or turn problems into solutions.

MODERATOR: Thank you. I lived in Ethiopia for three years, and I have to say it's quite exciting to see the change that's happening there. I'd like to just turn it onto -- are there any more burning questions? No hands are shooting up; let's do one more right here in the front.

QUESTION: Hi, this is Chris (inaudible) with the State Department. Thank you so much for your leadership of USAID and development. I have a question regarding the nexus between humanitarian assistance, you've been mentioning the nexus with conflict development stabilization -- how does humanitarian assistance fit in, or is it just a one piece element that is disassociated from political issues?

MODERATOR: Great, and as you answer that and any other final remarks you'd like to make as well.

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Sure. Thank you and again, thanks to all of you. So I think from the National Security Strategy, you see -- also the Stabilization Assistance Review, you see, I think, a clear multi-agency, multi-department approach to many of these challenges. Our relationship with the State Department is as close as it's ever been. I've received nothing but support and affirmation from Secretary Pompeo. We are working, as you know, closely because all of these challenges touch each of us in different ways and we each have different capacities.

You know, I think it's probably never been more clear than in a place like the Burma-Bangladesh crisis. So, you know, when Rohingya in one place their IDPs and when they're in another place, they're refugees, and then of course we all look at that and say, "forget the labels, they're people who we need to help out," and invest in, and so we do. Also, I would say that both State and AID have as close of a working relationship with DoD as we've had in a very long time. As many of you know, we have a couple dozen detailees over at the Pentagon and the Combatant Commands. DoD has made it clear that they don't want to do what we do or State does, and we certainly don't want to do what they do. So, I would think those seamless teams and close communications are helping us. And going back to the budget question, they have to; there's not enough money for duplication. There's not enough money for bureaucracy. We just have to stay in constant communication.

As to (inaudible) final remarks, I really would like to leave off with where my remarks, my opening remarks left off -- or left off. On this World Humanitarian Day, I would ask that we all think of those men and women who are in places in far places in world, in conflict zones, in fragile settings, day after day, delivering emergency medical assistance, food assistance, water and hygiene under the most trying of circumstances, difficult security situations. They do it because they care. They're my heroes. I'm sure they're your heroes. They are patriots. And what a wonderful expression of values and our priorities that with what they're doing each and every day. Thank you.


          

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Seagrass meadows and the associated invertebrate fauna, are important ecological biodiversity indicators for coastal marine environments. Increasing anthropogenic stress and climate change, have made these habitats priority targets for monitoring and conservation, however, relevant information is poor for the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The present study aims at describing decapod assemblages associated with four shallow Cymodocea nodosa beds from the northern Aegean Sea (Greece). Physicochemical parameters were measured, and water samples were collected for nutrient and chlorophyll–a analyses. For the morphological study of C. nodosa, three 25 x 25 cm quadrates per site were randomly sampled. Biometric (leaf length and width, total leaf length) and structural (shoot density, above and below ground biomass and above/below ground biomass, Leaf Area Index-LAI and Leaf Area-LA) parameters were assessed, and the CymoSkew index was calculated. Finally, decapods were collected by means of a beach seine (mesh size of 2 mm), taxonomically identified and sexed with stereoscopic inspection. All examined sites were oligotrophic and exhibited similar environmental quality. The western C. nodosa meadows had a high ecological status (CymoSkew CV=1.70 and CymoSkew NP=1.86). A clear correlation between seagrass morphometry and nutrient concentrations was detected, with smallest shoot size and higher densities recorded in the less impacted areas. In total, 606 crustacean decapod specimens belonging to 14 species and eight families were collected. Hippolyte sapphica forma A (Hippolytidae) was the dominant species. Finally, higher decapod species abundance and richness were recorded in the western stations, which host meadows of high ecological quality status.
          

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Hello guys, whatsApp has finally released the fingerprint unlock feature to WhatsApp version 2.19.308 and is rolling it out to Android users. This feature is coming several months after WhatsApp made it available for iOS users.
The Facebook owned messaging service introduced this feature to iOS users which supports both Face ID and Touch ID biometric methods.

However, WhatsApp will only make available to Android users only one biometric method which is the fingerprint unlock feature, no facial recognition.

WhatsApp's reason for this is due to the lack of a wide presence of facial recognition on the Android platform.

To get this feature, head over to Google Play Store and download WhatsApp's latest version. However, you have to note that this feature is being rolled out server base which means it might not be available in your region, for now. Those who the update has reached their part of the globe will be able to make use of it.

To enable the new feature, Go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Fingerprint lock. Turn on Unlock with fingerprint, and then confirm your fingerprint.

          

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New age women: Women and their approach towards internet connectivity in rural India

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In a fast-changing world that we live in today, our lives are dominated by the internet and connected devices. Technology has revolutionized our lives bringing about far-reaching changes, impacting society and enabling bringing about economic growth. A large part of the global economy is majorly benefitted through contributions from the digital economy. However, in the midst of this, women still face challenges and constraints in accessing, using and utilising technologies to enhance their quality of life. Economic, cultural and social factors play an important role in determining how effectively women can benefit and contribute from/to this technological advancement. As women comprise half of the world’s population, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) need to address each of the SDG goals through a gendered lens. This will enable us to achieve the 2030 agenda ‘a better world for all’. One of the important ways by which this goal will be addressed is through improving access to innovative technology universally. Hence, we focus on better understanding this through women and new technologies alongside the role of gender in technology and innovation. The new technologies are an interesting paradigm that has not only broken various barriers and divides in society but has also created new barriers and divides as well. This is because there are obstacles and challenges in the acceptance of new technologies that hinders enablement and women's empowerment.

In this study, we define ‘new technologies’ as technologies that are a result of the innovation of older technologies and aim at transforming lives. These technologies are often considered as threatening and unfamiliar and are often viewed as ‘unacceptable’. However, with new sustainable innovation, technology has become an empowering agent in the lives of people, especially the rural population. This article concentrates on women and their interaction with internet connectivity which is largely accessed through mobile phones. The work bases itself on case studies of our interactions with women in community networks i.e. Janastu[1] and Gram Marg[2] and BAIF[3] and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)[4] in India. We focus on how these women use and utilise the online and offline connectivity provided by these community networks on their smartphone and contribute to the digital economy. The reasons are predominantly i) unequal access ii) differentiation in the capacity to meaningfully use and utilise connectivity and iii) insufficient digital skills. The second section of the article highlights how rural woman have used the connectivity and internet as part of their daily income source and making them independent. The last section sets out recommendations to complete the cycle of connectivity and women entrepreneurship.

 

Connectivity & Women: A road towards entrepreneurship

 

Gender plays a significant role in determining the acceptance of new technology. Two critical factors influence whether women can access the internet or not - availability and affordability (Weingarten, E. 2013). Various research studies show that adoption of new technologies is higher with men, as they generally are more technologically adept than women (Westland and Clark 2000, Goswami and Dutta 2015). A study by Kelkar and Nathan (2002) argues that IT enabled services are beneficial both to men and women with limited skill set and educational background. However (education and skill) these are not the only qualities that can assure good usage of the technology, as there are other determining factors like learning capacity, usefulness, ease of operating the technology, local language content which also plays an important role.

Gender gaps are more pronounced in developing countries than developed countries. Women in low-and middle-income countries are on average, 10% less likely to own a mobile phone than men. This means that 184 million fewer women own mobile phones, according to the Mobile Gender Gap Report 2018. An equal share of men and women in India use phones to make and receive calls, however, the gender divide is heavily noticeable for more sophisticated services such as surfing the internet or downloading the apps. Nevertheless, women in rural parts of India are defining and understanding the use of the internet in their own way. Starting with WhatsApp and Facebook, women in rural areas are searching for recipes or artwork, etc on YouTube and upgrading their skills. The usage of the internet can lead to an increase in economic capital due to enhanced opportunities for businesses or their profession. Social capital can also lead to an increase in knowledge that could further enhance economic or social status.

An equal share of men and women in India use phones to make and receive calls, however, the gender divide is heavily noticeable for more sophisticated services such as surfing the internet or downloading the apps.

Putnam (2000) defines “Social Capital” as a set of horizontal associations among community members for leveraging their existing resources embedded in the network. Yang (2007)[5] defines Social Capital as a collective property, where individuals can draw personal benefits at different levels through the social groups or networks that each individual member can access and hence Social Capital can be measured at the individual level too. Nahapiet& Ghoshal (1997)[6] considered Social Capital as i) structural that consist of the ties and relationships embedded in the network; ii) relational consisting of factors such as trust and motivation; iii) cognitive consist of shared vision, motivation. According to (Beugelsdijk and Smulders, 2003[7]; Lancee, 2010[8]; Leonard, 2004[9]; Ryan, 2011[10]) “structural capital” usefully bridges networks, creating economic capital by supporting employment and enhancing income. The community networks in India have proven that engaging women in community networks not only helped them to be economically viable but also make the women socially acceptable.

Community networks such as GramMarg& BAIF’s project and Janastu are using connectivity to not only connect these rural women but also enabling them to integrate the connectivity in their day to day lives. Such as means of accessing information, attaining health services, cashless transaction, preserving their local knowledge and culture and many other things as per their choice to meaningfully use the connectivity after being connected.

 

Case study 1: Location: Gram Marg and BAIF Community Network at Pathardi

Respondent: Anjali, Banking Correspondent at Pathardi village, Aged 26 years.

Anjali truly reflects how connectivity can be used for the purpose of improving livelihoods alongside an enterprising solution to be economically empowered. She lives in Solepada (a hamlet of Pathardi village) with her 4-year-old son. She is a single mother and financially needs to support her family. Under BAIF’s eDost programme (youth in the village who help the community to make use of the digital services), she has been trained to use digital skills and digital tools like smartphones. She studied till 10th standard and has been actively engaged as an eDost for over one year. In Pathardi, the nearest bank is 14 kms away, so if any community member wants to pay about Rs. 50 - Rs.100 (USD 70 cent to USD 1), which itself is a huge amount for local people, they have to travel that far.

As part of APC's Community Network Learning grant (Pathfinder grant), Anjali is now acting like mobile bank/ATM, also known as ‘banking correspondent’ for local members using the connectivity and her smartphone. Through the AEPS enabled biometric device, she can help the villagers withdraw money from their bank account, inform them about their bank balance and also help the villagers to fill forms related to e-Governance services, including birth certificate, death certificate, marriage certificate etc. Anjali cycles down the village going from door-to-door asking people if they would require any banking facility or e-Governance services. Being a banking correspondent, she earns Rs.2500 to Rs 3500 (USD 34 to USD 50). Anjali is the first woman entrepreneur and her work establishes that connectivity can be used in multiple ways beyond accessing entertainment.

Anjali cycles down the village going from door-to-door asking people if they would require any banking facility or e-Governance services.

Case study 2: Location Janastu Community network at Halekote village in Tumkur, Karnataka.

Respondent: Siddhavva, Master Trainer at Janastu Crafter Space in Halekote village

Siddhavva, trains other women to make baskets and other utility items with 'Rush Grass' (a variety of grass that grows on still water) – a local resource from the village. The grass is used to make beautiful bags, folders, lampshades, baskets and mats. Being a Master trainer, Siddhava innovates new designs and guides the other women who come to the Crafter Space to make products out of 'rush grass'. The crafter space provides Siddhava and the other women a safe space where they spend most of their day weaving baskets. This space is also a location where women exchange information amongst themselves, discuss, share skills and knowledge, and work together. Siddhavva's monthly income is INR 10,000 (USD 140) on an average. She uses the connectivity provided by Janastu community network to operate the smart phone received under APC's Pathfinder grant project. She uses the smartphone to see new designs for baskets and bags and to be connected with the market, to access different types of information like health- and hygiene-related information to watching songs. She also uses it to train artisans and craftsmen in other remote locations, upload and search newly made hand-woven baskets on the website. Siddhavva is illiterate, yet she uses the Internet with ease through voice search and also some help from her daughter Bhoomi and other women in the craft center. Being illiterate has not held her back in becoming an entrepreneur. She mentions that her skills in basket weaving have empowered her while the internet has helped her to innovate.

She uses the smartphone to see new designs for baskets and bags and to be connected with the market, to access different types of information like health- and hygiene-related information to watching songs.

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Case study 3: Location: Gram Marg and BAIF Community Network at Pathardi Pathardi

Respondent: Geeta's mother, Age 45 years

She identifies herself as Geeta's mother. She loves to crochet[11] and she has made beautiful patterns for plate covers and 'torans' for the door. Her family consists of 5 members living in a house which is approx. 10 sq metres. The only earning members in her family are her husband and a daughter. Geeta's mother is completely illiterate. She sits at the sidewalk of the pavement to make these beautiful crochets as there is hardly space in her small house. Using a basic phone and being illiterate, she is dependent on Geeta (her daughter) and her smartphone to see and learn new designs from YouTube. She feels safe when other women join her on the sidewalk when she is working. Moreover, she imparts her skills to local young girls and formed a group of designers and crafters who share knowledge about the latest designs of crochet, share knowledge and know-how about day to day activities. Each of the women in this group are crafters i.e. some making quilts, some making flower garlands and some others embroider. This group was initially unorganised, but slowly and steadily they have structured it and have formed a chit fund group. The chit fund enables these women to take loans and financially contribute to the family expenditure like marriage, buying utility items like a refrigerator, washing machine etc. This loan is later repaid monthly on high-interest rates.

Moreover, she imparts her skills to local young girls and formed a group of designers and crafters who share knowledge about the latest designs of crochet, share knowledge and know-how about day to day activities.

Bidywati, a young girl from Orissa from weaver family living in a small village called, Barpalli[12].

Bidya was the first few students who joined DEF’s community wireless network centre[13] in the village and soon became master trainer. In the wireless centre, the connectivity provided is used by handloom weavers to create new designs and archive the designs in digital format.  The weavers in Bidya’s village lacked knowledge about new designs, business practices and modern technologies. Most of the designs made by the weavers had not been set to paper. This restricted experimentation and innovation in designs. Bidya learnt the digital skills to archive designs, patterns in a digital format. Being a digitally literate weaver gave Bidya opportunities to introduce various digital interventions into the weaving process. Bidya is now part of a “mobilisation team” that encourages more weavers to adopt digital tools and trains scores of youth from her community in digital literacy and design[14]. She says, “Today, I’m the only woman master weaver in our cluster. People who criticised me earlier for choosing this occupation now call me ‘Lady Master Weaver’[15].

Today, I’m the only woman master weaver in our cluster. People who criticised me earlier for choosing this occupation now call me ‘Lady Master Weaver

This reflects that"social capital" can be converted to other kinds of capital as the social network may be leveraged for economic gains and knowledge enhancements (Adler and Kwon, 2002[16]). On other hand, both knowledge and economic capital could lead to development or enhancement of "social capital". Increased productivity and innovation, creation of value chain for the products, access to public services and information, reduction in transport time, timely access to education and health services are some of the major economic impacts of the internet. It has enabled growth in scope of earning and includes behavioural changes with respect to new ways of earning more by increasing scope of doing business, increasing customer/subscriber base, enhancing product portfolio, enhancing employment opportunities. Social capital is associated with job prospects, career compensation and resource exchange (Hsu and Hung, 2013[17]).The meaningful usage of connectivity not only creates spaces of access to information but also enables women to hold the ownership over their lives and sustain themselves.

 

Recommendations & solutions

Women are trying to understand connectivity as per their choice and using it for uplifting their economic viability. Yet, there are challenges these women are facing in their day-to-day lives. We recommend the following points:

  1. Need for safe spaces: All the case studies suggested that women do need a safe space where they can work without fear of being harassed. Women need such a space because they are often seen as juggling between the role of being a mother and an entrepreneur. A safe space facilitates working mothers to be accompanied by their children, enabling camaraderie with other women who also visit the space. We observe this in the Janastu Crafter Space where women spend most of their day weaving baskets and bags. This is also a space where women share their food, their day-to-day experiences, sharing knowledge and learning from each other. As Siddhava in Janastu has pointed out, the crafter space brings in equality and harmony. Geeta's mother who sits on the sidewalk to crochet along with other women from her locality does not feel safe, while Anju feels unsafe visiting hamlets in heavy rain and after dark. They express their need for safe spaces, and this need also comes about from a demand for equality.
  2. Smartphone breaking barriers and creating entrepreneurship opportunities: Digital skills are important but a smartphone and oral digital literacy give opportunities to women to explore the entrepreneurship opportunities by themselves.
  3. Need to create a value chain: There is a need to create a value chain to understand the market demand and also able to innovate the design as per market demand.
  4. Illiteracy no barrier: Women's engagement in entrepreneurship has also been associated with them being literate. However, the invasion of digital technology has made this entrepreneurship space very fluid and accepting even of illiterate and semi-literate women. This has resulted in boosting confidence level of women who do not have high literacy levels.
  5. Access to finance: For women to set up their entrepreneurship, they require an initial investment, money to procure resources to make quality products, conduct market surveys and create a value chain. Often the absence of financial backing has dissuaded women.

Geeta's mother who sits on the sidewalk to crochet along with other women from her locality does not feel safe, while Anju feels unsafe visiting hamlets in heavy rain and after dark.

Conclusion

These community networks are recognised as a catalyst for development, especially for women who have fewer opportunities to access digital tools compared to men, however when the opportunity is given to them, they are not only able to manage these wireless networks effectively and efficiently like how they manage their homes. These women who can barely read and write, but are using the technology for the betterment of their lives. They have changed the definition of ‘literacy and skills’ and it means that they are as educated as any literate person. This approach has enabled rural women to impart their skills to others in a sort of multiplier effect. Engaging women has not only given them an opportunity to learn about technology but also enabled them to find a comfortable place in an area mainly dominated by men.

 


[5] Yang, K. (2007). Individual social capital and its measurement in social surveys, Survey Research Methods, 1(1), 19-27.

[6]Nahapiet, J., and Ghoshal, S. (1998). Social Capital, Intellectual Capital, and the Organizational Advantage, The Academy of Management Review, 23(2), 242-266.

[7]Beugelsdijk, S., and Smulders, S. (2003) Bridging and Bonding Social Capital: which type is good for economic growth? 43rd Congress of the Eu- ropean Regional Science Association: “Peripheries, Centres, and Spatial Development in the New Europe”, 27th - 30th August 2003, Jyväskylä, Finland.

[8]Lancee, B. (2010). The Economic Returns of Immigrants’ Bonding and Bridging Social Capital: The Case of the Netherlands, International Migra- tion Review, 44(1).

[9] Leonard, M. (2004). Bonding and Bridging Social Capital: Reflections from Belfast, Madeleine, Sociology, 38(5), 927-944

[10] Ryan, L. (2011). Migrants’ social networks and weak ties: accessing resources and constructing relationships post-migration, The Sociological Review, 59(4), 707–724

[11]Crochet is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials using a crochet hook; Wikipedia; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crochet

[12]Barpali is famous for hand-woven ikat sarees, and the village is home to about 20,000 handloom weavers

[14] One or two weavers also received training to maintain the wireless network.

[15] Interview with Bidyawati Mehar

[16] Adler, P. S., and Kwon, S. W. (2002). Social Capital: Prospects for a New Concept, The Academy of Management Review, 27(1), 17-40, January, 2002.

[17] Hsu, J. S. C., and Hung, Y. W. (2013). Exploring the interaction effects of social capital, Information & Management, 50(7), 415–430


          

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Are Biometrics a way Forward for Payment Industry?

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Payment fraud is a major issue for the payment industry. According to a survey, the risk of fraud in the payment industry is a major concern for 44% of companies in the financial sector, a 14% increase from the last year. While faster payment processing is the second major concern for survey participants, about 37% outlined this issue. Countries or businesses that have already implemented secure payment technologies can appreciate this concern as well.

Anything that can reduce the impact of fraudulent activities, will boost confidence in the payment marketplace and ensure safe transactions. Biometrics has the potential to both fight fraud and making payment faster. Isn’t it fascinating that in the digital world where no physical presence is required, your body parts become your identity?

Passwords are Outdated: Biometrics goes Beyond

Before discussing how Biometric Authentication can benefit the payment industry, let’s look at the current security features in the payment industry. Even though businesses are adopting biometric verification as a security measure but still Two-factor authentication (2FA) and passwords/PINs are the most common security measures.

Let us have an idea about how these two work. While smartphones are most usually used for digital transactions, so two factors in 2FA are ‘something you have’ and ‘something you know’.

Something you know is bank account information including user password or PIN. And something you have is a security token normally an OTP (One Time Password), that is sent to your phone. On the other hand, passwords halt the security of your payment on a single password. It is inevitably weak, no matter how strong the password is.

While Two-Factor authentication is good and secure but there are still issues. Firstly, it requires adding credit card or bank account information, which fraudsters could easily access using man in the middle attack or some other trick like spoofing. Forgetting a password or Pin is also a concern. Then there are people who hate passwords as it is difficult to remember them.

This is where Biometric verification can bring improvement. By replacing ‘something you know’ with ‘something you are’. It uses physical characteristics to verify your information by linking it to your identity. Biometrics technology can use several physical features for recognition such as fingerprint, facial, voice, and iris. The most common are fingerprint verification and facial recognition and some insiders predict that iris will also be a common recognition type in the coming years.

Studies indicate that MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication), which includes an extra feature added to 2FA i.e. Biometric verification, can block 99.9% of malicious attacks. Using a biometric system for payment has many benefits. Particularly, biometrics are unique to each consumer so chances for forgery and frauds are close to zero. Moreover, biometrics are always available to you wherever you are. This reduces the need to remember passwords.

Biometric Security streamlines User Experience

While passwords and 2FA could only secure. Biometric verification not only enhances security but also provides a seamless user experience. It removes the need to remember passwords, which is a huge improvement in user experience. In addition, it also makes the payment process faster.

Current Status of Biometric technology in Payment Sector

Biometric verification is not new. Several banks, online businesses, and financial institutions are making use of this technology for at least five years. But it is considered as an optional choice. There are third-party service providers that offer biometric verification solutions.

Solutions such as fingerprint, facial recognition have made it easy for companies in the payment sector to easily verify customer information using accurate biometrics. Many players in the industry are using these services to gain a competitive advantage.

According to a Juniper study, biometrics will authenticate $2 trillion worth of transactions, by 2023.      

Be it facial recognition, fingerprint authentication or iris scan, Biometric verification is going to revolutionize the payment sector. Especially, the need to avoid fraud and enhance user experience is paving ways for technology like biometric verification. Experts predict that biometric authentication will be the most used method for identity verification in coming years.        

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Thales, Peking University and Ecole Polytechnique sign a strategic cooperation agreement in Physics to further advance scientific research in China

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Thales is greatly honored to sign a strategic Cooperation Agreement with Peking University and Ecole Polytechnique for future cooperation on scientific research.

This agreement aims to promote trilateral R&D and joint facility collaborations in areas such as high energy, high density and laser physics.

These ambitious projects are linked to the discoveries of Gerard Mourou, professor at Ecole Polytechnique, and in particular the CPA (Chirped Pulse Amplification) technique, for which the professor was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018.

BEIJING, Nov. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Thales, Peking University and Ecole Polytechnique signed a strategic agreement for future cooperation in scientific research in the area of Physics. The signature took place today in Beijing at the Great Hall of the People.

In support of Peking University's ambitions to fulfill China's "National Major Science and Technology Infrastructure Project" and develop "Laser-Driven Multi-Beam Facilities" at Beijing Huairou Science City, this agreement aims to promote trilateral R&D and joint facility collaborations in areas such as high energy, high density and laser physics, setting a solid foundation for future cooperation in scientific research between France and China.

These ambitious projects are linked to the discoveries of Gerard Mourou, professor at Ecole Polytechnique, and in particular the CPA (Chirped Pulse Amplification) technique, for which the professor was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018. Gerard Mourou's work is the fruit of a longstanding laser research partnership between his laboratory, the Applied Optics Laboratory (LOA)[1], and Thales, whose leading laser technology expands the use of CPA to new boundaries each and every day.

"Thales has a strong experience in fostering cooperation with internationally renowned research laboratories and institutions. We are therefore delighted to develop this collaboration and help scientific research in China. As a trusted partner to Chinese industries in aerospace, transportation and digital identity and security, Thales actively supports the strengthening cooperation on scientific research in physics with Peking University and Ecole Polytechnique."

Pascale Sourisse, President, Thales International

Thales is a leader in laser technologies thanks to three decades of collaboration experience with ninety research teams across the world. This includes the world's most powerful laser facility, Extreme Light Infrastructure for Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP), developed and commissioned in Romania through an EU project for a two time 10 petawatt (1 PW = 1015 W) laser system.

[1] Applied Optics Laboratory (LOA – a joint research unit operated under the supervision of Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancees (ENSTA), the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Ecole Polytechnique) – LOA research activity covers a broad spectrum in ultrafast laser-plasma science.

About Thales

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global technology leader shaping the world of tomorrow today. The Group provides solutions, services and products to customers in the aeronautics, space, transport, digital identity and security, and defence markets. With 80,000 employees in 68 countries, Thales generated sales of EUR19 billion in 2018 (on a pro forma basis including Gemalto).

Thales is investing in particular in digital innovations -- connectivity, Big Data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity -- technologies that support businesses, organisations and governments in their decisive moments

About Thales in China

Thales provides innovative solutions for the infrastructure that forms the backbone of China's growth. The Group has been present in China for more than 30 years and is the trusted partner for the Chinese aviation and urban rail transportation industries. In the meanwhile, from secure software to biometrics and encryption, Thales has successfully applied its advanced technology to mobile communication, banking, IoT and software monetization etc. Thales has 3 JVs and employs 2,300 people with offices located in 8 cities in China. Thales established R&D centers and Innovation Hubs in Beijing, Dalian and Hong Kong to provide innovative solutions for both China and international market.

About Peking University

Peking University is a comprehensive and national key university. Its outstanding faculty includes 48 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 9 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and 21 members of the Third World Academy of Sciences.

Peking University has become a center for teaching and research and a university of a new type, embracing diverse branches of learning. It aims for one of the world's best universities in the future.

About Ecole Polytechnique

Ecole Polytechnique, also known as L'X, is the leading French institution combining top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. As a widely internationalized university, Ecole Polytechnique offers a variety of international programs and attracts a growing number of foreign students and researchers from around the globe (currently 40% of students and 40% of faculty members). With its 23 laboratories, 22 of which are joint research units with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Ecole Polytechnique Research Center explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society. Ecole Polytechnique is a founding member of Institut Polytechnique de Paris.

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