After 18 deaths, Ireland changes cervical cancer screenings

Irene Teap was still bleeding. It had been 18 weeks since she had given birth to her youngest son, Oscar, but the blood kept coming.


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Cyber Saturday—When Ireland Rebooted Civilization

Happy Bloomsday, Cyber Saturday readers.

I had the pleasure of spending the week in Dublin, where Bloomsday festivities–the annual celebration of Ulysses, that modernist masterstroke of a novel by 20th century literary luminary James Joyce–are taking place. While I did not stay through the weekend, I did explore the city, retrace some of Bloom’s fictional footsteps, and generally ponder the Irish literary tradition–including the peculiarly essential role the Celtic island played in stewarding and disseminating a body of scholarship that would eventually serve as a foundation for western civilization.

Ireland’s importance to the world of letters extends well before Joyce. Look no further than the Book of Kells. This national treasure is stored a floor beneath the Long Hall library at Trinity College, where the illuminated, bound-vellum pages lay splayed under a glass-capped dais in a darkly-lit room. The relic exemplifies the extraordinary monastic movement that in ages past swept Ireland and kept alive texts, classical and otherwise, in the face of the Roman Empire’s collapse.

Were it not for the Irish, many Latin texts might have been lost to time–or burned in barbaric bonfires. In a sense, Ireland served as a restore point, a reboot for the inherited wisdom and writings of the ancient world. One Thomas Cahill, in fact, argued just this in his two-decade-old bestseller, How the Irish Saved Civilization. (It’s an engaging read, though it admittedly lacks nuance.)

In Dublin, I could not help but consider the country’s heritage in the context of information security. What is cybersecurity but the preservation and protection of data? The safeguarding of valuable info assets? Long before computer servers and machines, there were monks and monasteries. Before hackers there were Vikings and Visigoths. Ireland and its scribes were a rare beacon at the onset of the Dark Ages.

Today devices do much of the rote work for us–replicating and reproducing our silicon-inscribed knowledge–but the ever-present threat of data loss and corruption is no less real. Raiders swarm the wires.

On this Bloomsday, we can learn a valuable lesson by Ireland’s example: Always have a backup plan.

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THREATS

We need another way in. Apple is closing a loophole that allowed law enforcement officers to retrieve data from iPhones. The tech giant is planning a software update that will force people to enter a passcode before data can be transferred to or from the phone an hour after the device has been locked–thereby cutting off a popular means of investigator access. Some cops believe Grayshift, one of the most popular iPhone-cracking startups, already has a workaround for Apple’s software fix.

If you build it they will no longer come. Palmer Luckey, the 25-year-old entrepreneur who sold his virtual reality startup Oculus Rift to Facebook and then departed amid political controversy, is back at it with a new firm, Anduril Industries. The company has been lobbying the U.S. government to revise its plans for a physical border wall with Mexico. Stephen Levy at Wired details the new firm’s plans in a feature: “It merges VR with surveillance tools to create a digital wall that is not a barrier so much as a web of all-seeing eyes, with intelligence to know what it sees.”

You down with PGP? Security researchers disclosed a flaw in email encryption software tools that allowed just about anyone to spoof the digital signature on a message. Usually, such signatures provide assurances about the provenance of an encrypted note, since “signing” must generally be done with a person’s secret, private key. The researchers found a way to fake signatures using people’s public keys. Encrypted email clients GnuPG, Enigmail, GPGTools, and python-gnupg have all patched against the critical vulnerability.

Privacy lost. How shall we balance peoples’ right to privacy with the obligations of law enforcement? The courts have been engaged in figuring out the boundaries between the two sides for decades. This expansive and timely review in the New Yorker discusses the recent history of the law in depth. What’s at stake is nothing less than liberty.

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Into the mist. “The cloud” is a pernicious computing metaphor that obscures the inner workings of the technologies that increasingly dominate our lives, argues artist James Bridle in this dazzling essay for The Guardian. Bridle draws the curtain on the world’s techno wizardry, and he urges people to scrutinize and grasp the mechanisms of power that undergird society. “We cannot unthink the network; we can only think through and within it,” he writes.

Something strange has happened to our way of thinking–and as a result, even stranger things are happening to the world. We have come to believe that everything is computable and can be resolved by the application of new technologies. But these technologies are not neutral facilitators: they embody our politics and biases, they extend beyond the boundaries of nations and legal jurisdictions and increasingly exceed the understanding of even their creators. As a result, we understand less and less about the world as these powerful technologies assume more control over our everyday lives.

ONE MORE THING

Into the mushroom cloud. What might a nuclear attack on New York City look like? That’s the question New York Magazine contemplates in this powerful, chilling thought experiment that appears in its latest magazine issue. “If nuclear war is considered ‘unthinkable,’ that is in no small part because of our refusal to think about it with any clarity or specificity,” the author writes. “In the long run, the best deterrent to nuclear war may be to understand what a single nuclear bomb is capable of doing to, say, a city like New York–and to accept that the reality would be even worse than our fears.”

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Women take abortion pills in Northern Ireland protest

LONDON (AP) — Abortion rights campaigners swallowed what they said were abortion pills outside a Belfast court on Thursday, as pressure grows to ease Northern Ireland’s strict ban on terminating pregnancies.
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UK faces calls for anti-abortion law changes in N Ireland

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s leaders are facing increasing calls to take action to loosen abortion restrictions in Northern Ireland after the Republic of Ireland’s landmark referendum in favor of doing so, but complex political realities may make quick action difficult.
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Calls for change on anti-abortion law in Northern Ireland

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Ireland Votes Yes To Abortion, Shakes Off Decades Of Church Rule

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Ireland, a once fiercely Catholic country, has voted by a landslide in favor of legalizing abortion in a referendum.

Final results gave a Yes vote of 66%, slightly less than forecast in exit polls last night. Yes won by a majority of more than 700,000 out of a total of  2,153,613 votes, winning 1,429,981 of the votes.

In some parts of Dublin, the Yes vote exceeded 75%, while only one county, the more rural region of Donegal, voted No, by a margin of 52-48. However the Donegal result appeared to be an anomaly rather than indicative of a rural – urban divide; all three of the remote Arran Islands voted in favour of repeal by 67-33.

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Make Impromptu Visit to Ireland

IRISH JAUNT: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made an impromptu visit to Northern Ireland on Friday.
The engaged couple traveled to Belfast where they met with teens and children from Amazing the Space, a youth-led initiative. The program, launched by Prince Harry last September, promotes young people as ambassadors of peace. They met with members of the organization at the Eikon Exhibition Centre and spoke with students. They also took in a tour of The Crown Liquor Saloon, a former gin palace now run by The National Trust, and the Titanic Belfast, a visitor attraction where the RMS Titanic was built.
Markle channeled inspiration from the colors of the Irish flag wearing a Mackage coat, Victoria Beckham knit top and Greta Constantine skirt in green and white hues. She accessorized her look with a Charlotte Elizabeth tote and Jimmy Choo heels.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (in Mackage and Victoria Beckham) visit Northern Ireland. 
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This trip marks the couple’s visit to the fourth U.K. nation ahead of their wedding in May. They reside in England and have recently visited Wales and Scotland.
Last week, Markle took part in her first official engagement with Queen Elizabeth and the royal family at the annual Commonwealth Day

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New Documentary Claims a British Soldier Got Away with Mass Murder in Northern Ireland

LONDON — A suspected paramilitary serial murderer active during the Troubles in Northern Ireland has been named for the first time in a film by an Oscar-winning documentary-maker who alleges that the shooter was a former British soldier and his killing spree was covered up by the authorities.

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Northern Ireland is apparently the smartest region in the UK

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This week saw the dreaded A-level results day, with thousands of students across the UK making their way into school to find out their exam results and (therefore) their University choices.

We’ve all been there – and results day never goes how we’d imagine, in fact the realities of getting your A-level results (in our experience) are pretty disappointing.

This year however, the UK fared particularly well, with 2017’s student grades at an all time high.

The A-level pass rates proved interesting showing the percentage of top grades obtained by region, with some faring a lot better than others.

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Top of the boards were students from Northern Ireland, with a 98.3% pass rate of A* to E grades, and 30.4% of the A-level students receiving As and A*s.

North-east and north-west England both came next, with a joint pass rate of 98.2%, with 24.5% of students in north-west England getting As and A*s compared to 23.3% in the North-east.

South-west and south-east England both came in with a 98.0% pass rate, with 28.9% of the south-east students getting As and A*s, over the south-west that came in with 26.8%.

Eastern England and Yorkshire and the Humber came next with a joint pass rate of 97.9%, followed by Wales and East Midlands with a joint pass rate of 97.7%.

Students in the West Midlands fared the worst, with a pass rate of 97.4%, and 22.9% of them obtaining As and A*s.

So Northern Ireland has undoubtedly come out on top, but the UK as a whole has had an excellent year, with a 97.9% pass rate and 26.3% bagging the top marks, and grades rising for the first time in six years.

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