These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
Financing progress independently: taxation and illicit flows
“With less than two years to go before the deadline for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it is time to take stock of what the goals have achieved and, just as importantly, what the goals have overlooked – including finance.
The debate on what follows the MDGs – the post-2015 framework – is a chance to focus on two major finance themes that are not reflected in the goals themselves. First, that taxation is the central source of development finance; and second, that illicit financial flows undermine effective taxation and require international action. If this chance is not to be wasted, we need a consensus – and soon – on targets in these interlinked areas.” READ MORE
Mobile App Tracks Emergency Volunteers
“Community emergency response teams (CERT) have a new mobile app at their disposal to help track the locations of fellow volunteers and key points of interest during a deployment.
Called Deploy Pro, the app uses a GPS-based interactive map to display the positions of team members using color-coded pins. In addition, the program contains a triage victim counter and CERT reference guide for use in the field.
The program’s design is based off the Rowlett CERT app created by Mike Ross, president of 91 Media, in Rockwall, Texas. Ross put together the original app specifically for Rowlett CERT members in May. But Deploy Pro will be usable by all CERT teams in the U.S. Ross said it should be available early next month.” READ MORE
Google's Eric Schmidt thinks government censorship will be wiped out in ten years
The Next Web
“Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt is highly optimistic — he thinks that government censorship can be ended within a decade, Bloomberg reports.
The key to that? Encryption. Schmidt said in a speech, hosted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, that “the solution to government surveillance is to encrypt everything.”
He acknowledges that the NSA and other countries have probably broken some of the encryption standards used today, but “it’s always a cat-and-mouse game” and in the race for stronger protection over Internet traffic, he thinks the censors will lose. As of now, Google and other Internet companies have already made their networks more secure in response to the NSA revelations.” READ MORE
Study Says Social Movements "Should Never Be Called a Twitter or Facebook Revolution"
“A report on Digital Activism and Non-Violent Conflict was released this month by the Digital Activism Research Project. It found that the role of hacking and cybercrime in digital activism is grossly overstated by the media and that while Facebook and Twitter are the leading platforms for activism on a global scale, other tools do well on a smaller, regional scale. The study found no causation or correlation between specific tools and positive outcomes.” READ MORE
GOPAC Initiates Efforts to Prosecute Grand Corruption as a Crime Against Humanity
“The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) has released Prosecuting Grand Corruption as an International Crime to frame options for international prosecution of the perpetrators of the worst crimes of corruption.
The document will serve as the centrepiece of deliberations amongst the world's parliamentarians, at the fifth Forum of Parliamentarians on 27 November 2013, held during the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption, in Panama City.” READ MORE
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