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Johann Petrak
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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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See also the concept of reproducible builds, for instance here: <https://wiki.debian.org/ReproducibleBuilds>
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Vienna, yesterday: tens of thousands demonstrate their solidarity with refugees, with estimates of more than 100.000 participating.
http://orf.at/stories/2302245/2302242/
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„Ich bin stolz auf euch, ich bin stolz auf Wien, ich bin stolz auf Österreich“: Bundespräsident Heinz Fischer hat sich am Samstagabend bei dem von über 100.000 Menschen besuchten Konzert „Voices for Refugees“ von der Solidaritätsbekundung für Flüchtlinge „überwältigt“ gezeigt. Die Veranstaltung spreche eine „deutliche Sprache“, so Fischer, der in seiner Rede auch mahnende Worte fand.
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The WWW for Europe project, an EU project with 32 partners from 12 countries is interested, among other things in exploring the trade-off between economic growth as the main benchmark measure for politics to focus on, and other issues like welfare, (full)employment, well-being, distribution of wealth, environmental concerns etc. 
They are also interested in your feedback about some questions related to these issues, so if you are interested, please look at this questionnaire:
https://survey.itkt.at/index.php?sid=45571&lang=en
If you know other people or audiences who may be interested to answer the questionnaire, please feel free to distribute the link, the more feedback the better!
You can find out more about the project and download related publications from the project website at http://www.foreurope.eu
Towards a new strategy for Europe: WWWforEurope Survey. On the next two pages you find some research questions and tentative answers for a new European strategy to be developed in the the WWWforEurope project. We want to ask how much you agree or disagree. For each of these statements, ...
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London, Marble Arch, now.
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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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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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The invisible hand of the free market at work for the greater good. Or at least for the good of some hedge-fund manager and his clients with too much money. 
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/business/a-huge-overnight-increase-in-a-drugs-price-raises-protests.html
The price of the drug, called Daraprim, a standard of care for treating a life-threatening parasitic infection, went to $750 a tablet from $13.50.
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Fantastic and moving! Must be tens of thousands who marched to Downing Street and on to Parliament Square to show their solidarity with refugees! #refugeeswelcome
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If anyone will help the homeless, the unfortunate in this country, then the people and organizations who have joined that march, not the Tories whose politics, have increased and continue to increase the divide between rich and poor. It is not an either-other, it is the general attitude towards the unfortunate, no matter who they are.
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Saturday 12 September 2015, 12pm, Assembly point Marble Arch 2pm Rally,Downing Street National day of action, Called by Stand up to Racism, BARAC, Stop the
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So many ways to err, so little time.

Supporter of open and free software, open standards and free access to information.
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Questioning stuff since 1962
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Computer Scientist and Software Engineer
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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
    Researcher
  • Vienna University of Technology
    Research Assistent
  • Bundesrechenzentrum
    Programmer, System Analyst
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Vienna, Austria - Los Angeles, US