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Johann Petrak
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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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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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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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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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Petition gegen das geplante Staatsschutzgesetz, das wohl besser Staatsueberwachungsgesetz heissen sollte und weitgehende Ueberwachung ohne richterliche Genehmigung oder konkreten Anfangsverdacht erlauben wuerde.
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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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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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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
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  • Vienna University of Technology
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  • Bundesrechenzentrum
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