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YouTube adds face blurring tool to protect anonymity

Google has incorporated a neat face blurring feature into YouTube in the hope of protecting the anonymity of protests in videos posted to the site.The video-sharing site says it is adding the tool following a recent observation from human rights campaigners WITNESS that no prominent sites offered the technology.The feature can be turned on by ticking the Blur All Faces box within the video enhancements tool on the site.YouTube uses the example of the Arab Spring protests in Egypt in a post on the YouTube blog.Protecting childrenThe company says, as well as safeguarding the identity of activists, the tool allows uploaders to avoid the potentially sensitive issue of uploading childrens’ faces for the world to see. “Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old’s basketball game without broadcasting the children’s faces to the world, our face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube,” said the blog post.YouTube points out that the tech is still in the development, so may not be 100 per cent accurate immediately and advises unsatisfied uploaders to keep their videos private.Visual anonymityThe company says it is proud to be a home for activist videos and says its new tool may encourage people to speak out against oppression without fear of reprisal.”Visual anonymity in video allows people to share personal footage more widely and to speak out when they otherwise may not,” the blog post continues.”Because human rights footage, in particular, opens up new risks to the people posting videos and to those filmed, it’s important to keep in mind other ways to protect yourself in the people in your videos.”YouTube is proud to be a destination where people worldwide come to share their stories, including activists.”

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Google has incorporated a neat face blurring feature into YouTube in the hope of protecting the anonymity of protests in videos posted to the site.The video-sharing site says it is adding the tool following a recent observation from human rights campaigners WITNESS that no prominent sites offered the technology.The feature can be turned on by ticking the Blur All Faces box within the video enhancements tool on the site.YouTube uses the example of the Arab Spring protests in Egypt in a post on the YouTube blog.Protecting childrenThe company says, as well as safeguarding the identity of activists, the tool allows uploaders to avoid the potentially sensitive issue of uploading childrens’ faces for the world to see. “Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old’s basketball game without broadcasting the children’s faces to the world, our face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube,” said the blog post.YouTube points out that the tech is still in the development, so may not be 100 per cent accurate immediately and advises unsatisfied uploaders to keep their videos private.Visual anonymityThe company says it is proud to be a home for activist videos and says its new tool may encourage people to speak out against oppression without fear of reprisal.”Visual anonymity in video allows people to share personal footage more widely and to speak out when they otherwise may not,” the blog post continues.”Because human rights footage, in particular, opens up new risks to the people posting videos and to those filmed, it’s important to keep in mind other ways to protect yourself in the people in your videos.”YouTube is proud to be a destination where people worldwide come to share their stories, including activists.”

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Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand

Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.

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Following the February 1 coup, Myanmar’s netizens became the latest to join the #MilkTeaAlliance, an online collective of pro-democracy youth across Asia.

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

– After falling significantly in 2020, oil prices have returned to pre-pandemic levels
– The rise has been driven by OPEC+ production cuts and an improving economic climate
– Higher prices are likely to support a rebound in oil-producing emerging markets
– Further virus outbreaks or increased production would pose challenges to price stability

A combination of continued production cuts and an increase in economic activity has prompted oil prices to return to pre-pandemic levels – a factor that will be crucial to the recovery of major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Brent crude prices rose above $60 a barrel in early February, the first time they had exceeded pre-Covid-19 values. They have since continued to rise, going above $66 a barrel on February 24.

The ongoing increase in oil prices, which have soared by 75% since November and around 26% since the beginning of the year, marks a dramatic change from last year.

Following the closure of many national borders and the implementation of travel-related restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, demand for oil slumped globally.

In the wake of the Saudi-Russia price war in early 2020, Brent crude prices fell from around $60 a barrel in February that year to two-decade lows of $20 a barrel in late April, as supply increased and demand plummeted. The value of WTI crude – the main benchmark for oil in the US – fell to record lows of around $40 a barrel last year on the back of a lack of storage space.

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While global demand for oil remains low, one factor credited with reversing the trend is the decision to make significant cuts to oil production, which subsequently tightened global supplies.

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