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Johann Petrak
Works at University of Sheffield, Department of Computer Science
Attended Vienna University of Technology
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UK access to EU R&D programmes stimulates £billions of investment and gives the UK access to skills and technologies that it does not have. Ending our access to these programmes will weaken our economy which depends on exploitation of innovative science and technology.
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Cunning plan, Erdoğan!
In an apparent attempt to increase his popularity in Germany, Erdoğan, already well known for his fight for a free press in Turkey where he wants to give everyone complete freedom to report the government position, tried to get a satiric video produced by the brilliant "Extra3" team removed from The Internets.
The man knows how to play the Streisand-Effect: 1.3M views and counting!
Glad to help, Mr. President: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2e2yHjc_mc
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Petition gegen das geplante Staatsschutzgesetz, das wohl besser Staatsueberwachungsgesetz heissen sollte und weitgehende Ueberwachung ohne richterliche Genehmigung oder konkreten Anfangsverdacht erlauben wuerde.
https://www.staatsschutz.at/
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Österreich bekommt 10 neue Geheimdienste!
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A regime that treats women as second-class citizen, foreign workers as slaves, where people get beheaded, flogged, stoned and crucified for trivialities like supporting atheism is not just a "close ally" to the UK but a priority marked for British companies and thanks to UK intervention, member of the UN Human Rights Council.
This is not just utterly disgusting and despicable, it is also stupid and damaging to not just the UK but all our western civilized countries: by pumping money into their economy, by transferring billions of petro-dollars every week, the same people who think that stoning adulterers and beheading blasphemists is desirable will increasingly own our companies, lands and other assets, influence our media and politicians, have seats in directorates, and will go on to invest billions back into mosques, schools and other means of spreading their inhumane extremist religion-ideology within our own countries. 
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/17/uk-courts-saudi-arabia-arms-sales
Documents show that the controversial kingdom is seen as a ‘priority market’ for British companies
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Just after Valls from France ;)
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John Oliver, this time on migrants and refugees and their portrayal in the media. Brilliant as always!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umqvYhb3wf4
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Well thanks for very likely ruining the future of half a billion of people. The only way for saving European unity now is for Britain to suffer the negative consequences of this so quickly that the extreme nationalists, right wingers, Neonazis and ruthless demagogues across Europe do not have a chance to exploit that victory of the likes of Farage, Murdoch, and Gove. But given how it went in the UK, I am not sure if even that could stop them.

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One of the most important issues the referendum is about, if not the most important, is cooperation: how can people and peoples manage to get their act together and solve those issues which only can be solved by cooperation? There is no lack of such problems: climate change, environmental issues in general, dealing with the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, dealing with ever more powerful international corporations, dealing with an economy that is becoming more and more of a gambling casino for the rich while investments into the real economy are drying up, dealing with the inevitable changes in employment we will face because of automation or the economic development in China or Africa.
Not only will an isolated Britain and a Europe that breaks up into nation states again not be able to solve these problems, the way how the political climate will move back towards not only competition but also conflict will completely undermine any possibility for getting anything solved.
A Brexit will not just harm Britain, it will harm the EU and it will even more increase the likelihood of right wing extremists and nationalists to come into governments. Do we really want the political equivalent of the Daily Express to be in charge of solving the problems we are facing? The current situation is bad, the current EU has terrible shortcomings and deficits, and staying in the EU is no guarantee at all that these get solved. But leaving is a guarantee for them NOT getting solved. Staying is the only chance for one of the last chances we have got to figure out how to solve problems together. Please, do not destroy that chance.
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Tory politics: "protecting" Britain from 3000 unaccompanied children who have fled war and destruction. Should I be surprised after one of them (Theresa May) suggested to stop rescuing people from drowning because that would have a "pull effect" and the same politician suggested just recently that Britain should quit the European Convention for Human Rights?
Absolutely shameful and disgusting.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/26/im-disgusted-people-respond-to-mps-vote-against-accepting-3000-child-refugees
We asked you to send us your messages for the government after MPs voted against offering sanctuary to thousands of Syrian child refugees
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If the refugees are in europe already then they don't need to be accepted in to this country as they are already safe. If we took them direct from Syria or turkey then i would agree we should have them in. And this 100 billion argument is a drop in the ocean to the trillions that will be spent on the NHS welfare state etc over the same time period
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Regarding Saudi Arabia with its abhorrent violations of the most basic human rights a "close ally" and a "priority market" is not a problem for this government,  but adhering to the EU Convention for Human Rights apparently is. 
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-our-human-rights
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Ugh, apparently 30% votes for the extreme right in the elections in Vienna. Not quite as bad as one could have feared but the idea that nearly every third in Vienna may have voted for a right-radical, xenophobic, nationalist, populist party is simply depressing.
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See also the concept of reproducible builds, for instance here: <https://wiki.debian.org/ReproducibleBuilds>
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Supporter of open and free software, open standards and free access to information.
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  • University of Sheffield, Department of Computer Science
    Research Fellow, 2013 - present
  • Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence
    Researcher, 2013
  • University of Sheffield, Department of Computer Science
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  • Vienna University of Technology
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