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REPORT: The Organization of American States on Friday published a report calling for decriminalization

REPORT: The Organization of American States on Friday published a report calling for decriminalization | Technology | Scoop.it

In the first part, he said, "we follow the entire process of drugs in the region, the only part of the world in which all of its stages are present in a dominant way: cultivation, production, distribution and the final sale of controlled substances. In each stage we review the various forms this activity assumes, as well as its environmental impact and the reaction of the State, its implications and its limitations." He said this part of the Report examined "the consumption of the different drugs in our countries, their effects on social exclusion and the exercise of human rights, the possible forms of treatment and prevention practiced today and, again, the reaction of our States.”


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A commonsense solution or, are we going down a slippery slope?

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, May 17, 2013 6:51 PM

Given the institutional and national damage South America have experienced from fiercely imposed drug prohibition it is understandable that they should be the countries to lead the way for change - so desperately needed for them and for us all.

Grant Hall's comment, May 17, 2013 9:25 PM
Excellent article . . . common sense at last!
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YouTube accounts for 24% of European web traffic »

YouTube accounts for 24% of European web traffic » | Technology | Scoop.it

YouTube makes up 24.25% of all downstream internet traffic in Europe, with file sharing is tipped to decline due to the rise of legal OTT video services, according to a new report.

The Sandvine Global Intenet Phenomena Report claims that among the European countries examined, web users had a thirst for streaming audio and video, making real-time entertainment the top traffic category with 40.4% of peak downstream traffic in the region. However, this fluctuated between 35% and 50% in different countries dependant on the availability of over-the-top services.

“Countries with access to paid services like Netflix or BBC iPlayer typically had real-time entertainment as a higher share of traffic. In Europe, countries with lower real-time entertainment share typically have higher filesharing traffic, which leads us to believe that subscribers are likely using applications like BitTorrent to procure audio and video content not available in their region,” said Sandvine.

At 24.25%, YouTube’s share of downstream internet traffic was double that of BitTorrent, which accounted for 12.22%. By comparison, Facebook was responsible for 3.97% of this traffic and Skype 1.65%.

“We believe that filesharing’s share of traffic may have finally reached its peak in terms of traffic share and will begin to experience a steady and significant decline, as paid OTT video services continue to expand their availability throughout the region,” said the study.

Sandvine added that European networks generally have a consistent set of dominant applications and services that are available in each region which account for 80-85% of all traffic, and then a set of very local websites and region-restricted applications that make up the remainder.

Europe’s mean monthly fixed internet usage of 13.4 GB and median monthly usage of 6.0 GB is significantly lower than that observed in North America, said Sandvine.


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Google Play Music.. everything is new

Google Play Music.. everything is new | Technology | Scoop.it

"As you know, Google I/O is underway. During the conference’s first keynote, the search giant has said out with the old and in with the new. Welcome to the new, vastly improved Play Music app — now a rival to Spotify and other similar services.

During the opening keynote at Google I/O, Play Music got a massive update that changed a lot of things around, and we're hear to tell you all about it!"

 

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Sony Xperia ZR.. can shoot HD video underwater

Sony Xperia ZR.. can shoot HD video underwater | Technology | Scoop.it
Sony unveiled a new smartphone to the Xperia line. The Sony Xperia ZR is an Android 4.1 phone that can be submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes. It has a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM.

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