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India Becomes an Associate Member of European Organisation for Nuclear Research

The CERN has 22 member states, four associate member states while observer status is given to four states and three international organisations

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New Delhi, November 21, 2016: India and the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) signed an agreement on Monday on making India an associate member state of the research organisation that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.

This follows CERN Council’s adoption of the resolution to this effect on September 15, 2016, an official release issued here said.

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The agreement was signed by Sekhar Basu, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy and CERN Director General Fabiola Gianotti in Mumbai, it said.

CERN, based in Geneva on the French-Swiss border, is the world’s largest nuclear and particle physics laboratory, where scientists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the Universe by using the most sophisticated scientific instruments and advanced computing systems.

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In recent years, Indian scientists have been involved in all pioneering activities at CERN.

India has made significant contributions to the construction of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), in the areas of design, development and supply of hardware accelerator components/systems and its commissioning and software development and deployment in the machine, it said.

The discovery of the Higgs Boson at the LHC is the most talked about scientific discovery in recent memory.

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Indian scientists have played a significant role in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiments, which is one of the two large experiments that have led to the discovery of the Higgs Boson. They have been named as part of this historic discovery.

The CERN has 22 member states, four associate member states while observer status is given to four states and three international organisations. (IANS)

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CERN Decides to Shun Workplace by Facebook

CERN shuns Facebook's Workplace app over data privacy

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The European Organisation for Nuclear Research has decided to shun enterprise connectivity platform Workplace by Facebook. Pixabay

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research or CERN has decided to shun enterprise connectivity platform Workplace by Facebook, citing concerns around the management of user data by the social networking and technology giant.

Announcing that CERN’s presence on Workplace ended on January 31, the organisation said the decision was taken because of a lack of usage by CERN members and concerns about data privacy.

“Reactions were not always positive. Many people preferred not to use a tool from a company that they did not trust in terms of data privacy. To date, about 1,000 members of the CERN community have created a Workplace account and there are roughly 150 active users of the platform per week,” CERN said in a statement.

In October 2016, Facebook made Workplace available to any company or organisation.

“In particular, for CERN, they made the enticing offer of waiving the fees and so we took the opportunity to test the platform. Representatives from HR, IT and IR worked together to carry out dedicated trials within their department/sector to gather feedback,” said the organization.

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In October 2016, Facebook made Workplace available to any company or organisation. Pixabay

In July 2019, Workplace announced new account plans and, in October, announced that there were three million paid users.

CERN was then given a choice of either paying to continue with the initially free set-up or downgrading to a free version that would remove administrative rights and CERN single sign-on access and send all data to Facebook.

“Losing control of our data was unacceptable, as was paying for a tool that was not part of our core offering for the CERN community; therefore, we will end the trial of this platform,” said CERN.

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To replace key Workplace functionalities, a suite of alternative solutions has been made available to the CERN community.

Workplace is an enterprise connectivity platform developed by Facebook, Inc. and featuring tools like groups, instant messaging and News Feed. (IANS)