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Shimla’s most famous promenade Ridge goes WiFi

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Shimla: You can now log on to a free Wi-Fi facility while strolling on the historic Ridge, Shimla’s most famous promenade.

The Shimla Municipal Corporation, as a pilot project, on Sunday launched this facility for residents as well as tourists, Deputy Mayor Tikender Panwar said.

The facility, which can be accessed from Scandal Point to the Anglican Christ Church, will be available till June 7, he said.

To avail of the service, people need to register their mobile numbers, and a passkey will be sent.

The facility can be used by each user for two hours every day and the speed would be 1 Mbps with data storage of 7 GB.

The free Wi-Fi service will cover some parts of Mall Road, which was once a ‘British only’ street for strolling.

Seven routers (access points) have been installed to provide Wi-Fi service and the range of each router would be approximately 150 metres.

Users are also requested to give their feedback about the facility on the Shimla Municipal Corporation’s Facebook page.

The state capital remains chock-a-block with tourists, especially during the peak tourist seasons — May-June and November-January.

According to tourism industry representatives, Shimla gets 20,000 to 30,000 tourists on an average every weekend during the peak season. ‘(IANS)

 

 

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Australia Proposes To Strengthen Regulations of Facebook, Google

Facebook has 17 million monthly users in Australia -- 68 per cent of its population -- while Instagram, second most popular site in terms of users - which is owned by Facebook, has 11 million users

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Monday proposed measures to counter the dominant market positions of Google and Facebook and strengthen monitoring on their access to information, advertising and consumers personal data.

The regulatory body, which recommended 11 preliminary measures in the report, was directed to conduct a public inquiry into the impact of digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content in 2017 by then treasurer and current Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“Acting as an intermediary between consumers and news outlets, platforms are inherently influential in shaping consumers’ choices of digital journalism,” said the report cited by Efe news.

This influential position and filtration of news items could place the consumer in a so-called filter bubble, increasing the risk of consumers being exposed to unreliable news, according to the report.

“The algorithms operated by each of Google and Facebook, as well as other policies, determine which content is surfaced and displayed to consumers in news feed and search results,” it said.

“The ACCC considers that the strong market position of digital platforms like Google and Facebook justifies a greater level of regulatory oversight,” Chair Rod Sims said.

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The commission called for the creation of a regulatory authority with powers to monitor these digital platforms and recommended establishing an automatic mechanism to take down content that violates copyright.

The ACCC said consumers should be informed about the manner in which these platforms collect and use their data to create personalized advertising.

This would include a reform of privacy laws to require the user’s express consent to data collection and “enable consumers to require erasure of their personal information where they have withdrawn their consent”.

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ACCC said that it found that “competition may have been distorted in multiple sectors where consumer data is used”.

Facebook has 17 million monthly users in Australia — 68 per cent of its population — while Instagram, second most popular site in terms of users – which is owned by Facebook, has 11 million users.

In 2017, Google registered 90 per cent of search traffic originating from Australian desktops and 98 per cent from mobile phones. (IANS)