NDTV Statement On Government Committee For Online News

[India]

The government move that seeks to decide new rules for online media excludes any representatives from online news publishers and reads as exclusionary and coercive.

Online publishers are perfectly capable of forming a credible organization, pairing their own leaders with eminent and independent voices, similar to those that represent broadcasters and print media.

Allow a real discussion, a genuine debate. That is the fundamental operating principle of the internet.

Source: NDTV Statement On Government Committee For Online News

I&B Ministry sets up committee to regulate online content | Hindustan Times

[India]


The information and broadcasting ministry (MIB) has formed a committee with representatives from various ministries to draft regulations for digital media companies.

According to an official aware of the development who asked not to be identified, the committee has been mandated to “frame and suggest a regulatory framework for online media, news portals, digital broadcasting and entertainment and infotainment (information and entertainment) sites and for media aggregators.”

The committee, which was announced a day after the Prime Minister ordered the reversal of the MIB’s order on regulation of fake news, is headed by the secretary of the ministry and will include officials from the ministries of home, law, telecom, the department of industrial policy and promotion.

Source: I&B Ministry sets up committee to regulate online content | india news | Hindustan Times

Government panel to regulate online news | Times of India

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Days after the government withdrew its controversial order that said journalists may lose accreditation if found to have created or circulated ‘fake news’, the I&B ministry has decided to constitute a committee to frame rules to regulate news portals and media websites.

Though an order to this effect has not been released officially, a ‘leaked’ copy of the April 4 order signed by director, broadcasting in the ministry, Amit Katoch, was widely available on the internet.

Source: Government panel to regulate online news | India News – Times of India

The simple argument for keeping nuclear power plants open | Vox


Together, the four nuclear plants produced 40 terawatt-hours of energy in 2017 — more energy than was produced by PJM’s entire fleet of wind and solar plants (30 TWh).

Here’s my question: Why aren’t climate hawks freaking out about this?

Imagine a great hurricane was forecast to strike the mid-Atlantic in four years, crushing millions of wind turbines and solar panels, wiping out all of PJM’s installed renewable energy capacity. Wouldn’t climate hawks treat that as a grave danger?

If climate change is indeed an existential threat, isn’t the loss of 40 TWh a year of carbon-free energy a four-alarm emergency?

Source: The simple argument for keeping nuclear power plants open – Vox

Big Cities Struggle to Fill School Superintendent Positions | US News


The annual school superintendent hunting season is open, and as usual, about a dozen cities are jockeying to woo an ever-shrinking pool of qualified candidates for a demanding job that requires one part managerial skills, one part political savvy and one part education-policy acumen for a tenure that, on average, lasts barely more than three years.

“These jobs are difficult. They take a real toll on people,” says Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, a coalition of the country’s largest urban public school systems. “They are extremely demanding and whoever takes them has precious little in the way of personal and family time.”

Source: Big Cities Struggle to Fill School Superintendent Positions | The Report | US News

Family Farms Pushed to Get Big or Go Bust | Best States | US News


U.S. agriculture is in some sense a fickle industry, as many crops and products are at the mercy of local and global price fluctuations, access to a particular vendor or market, unpredictable weather patterns, machine and chemical prices, consumer demand and competition around them.

Many of these pressures have been around for decades, but agriculture has undergone a considerable shift toward larger farms in recent years, leaving small- and mid-sized operations pressured to expand – in some cases by buying out their friends and neighbors – or get out of the way of the bigger enterprises.

Source: Family Farms Pushed to Get Big or Go Bust | Best States | US News

Trump faceoff with China exposes GOP weakness in rural US


If farmers are worried, so are Republican politicians, who depended on small-town America to hand them control of Congress and know how quickly those voters could take it away. Just seven months before the 2018 midterm elections, Trump’s faceoff with China over trade has exposed an unexpected political vulnerability in what was supposed to be the Republican Party’s strongest region: rural America.

The clash with China poses a direct threat to the economies in both red and blue states, from California’s central valley to eastern Washington through Minnesota’s plains and across Missouri and Indiana and into Ohio.

Source: Trump faceoff with China exposes GOP weakness in rural US

Judging Trump: Are elites disconnected or is the public in denial? | TheHill


On any given day, the media offer up rational arguments and news stories that critique Trump’s presidency and reveal everything from the confusion and dissembling about policy and personnel to the lack of personal ethics and widespread corruption to the serious concerns experts have about foreign policy threats and the Russia investigation.

Despite, and perhaps in conscious defiance of, these “elite-authored” stories, the American public hasn’t much changed its impression of President Trump.

Source: Judging Trump: Are elites disconnected or is the public in denial? | TheHill

Netflix offering more than $300 million for billboard company


The move illustrates how one of the most successful streaming media companies values physical advertising assets as it steps up its marketing efforts. Billboards are holding their own compared to other forms of traditional advertising, such as ads in newspapers or TV that are easy to skip.

Netflix is just one of the bidders for the Los Angeles-based company, called Regency Outdoor Advertising, and there is no certainty that its offer will prevail, the sources said this week, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential.

Source: Netflix offering more than $300 million for billboard company: sources

German court grants Carles Puigdemont bail as extradition for corruption considered | DW


In a heavy blow to the Spanish government, the court in northern Germany ruled that the main charge of rebellion against Puigdemont could not be used as grounds for extradition, since the comparable German charge of treason specifies violence.

The court will therefore consider his extradition on the basis of the lesser charge of misuse of public funds.

Source: German court grants Carles Puigdemont bail as extradition for corruption considered | News | DW | 05.04.2018