#SamKnows #Yellowknife Broadband Measurement Project #NWT #CRTC #Whitebox

SamKnows #Yellowknife Broadband Measurement Project #NWT #CRTC #Whitebox
https://youtu.be/st8OX9ihAUM


“… Dear GEORGE
Thank you for participating in the Canadian Broadband Measurement Project.
Unfortunately, your unit has not reported any data since 10-Dec-16, and we are wondering if the unit is still connected.
To resolve the problem: Ensure your Whitebox is connected to your modem/router. Reboot the Whitebox by either switching the power off and on or briefly unplugging the device.
Please send us an email to […] and we will confirm if the problem is fixed.
We really do need your consistent support for the long term, so please switch your test box back on today. As part of the SamKnows panel, we give you access to your own data via an online reporting system, and also a monthly email report card to allow you to compare performance and communicate with your ISP.
Thank you for your support.
Kind regards,
SamKnows …”
“… Join our Canadian campaign… Sign up with us today to accurately measure your broadband performance
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and SamKnows have established the ‘Measuring Broadband Canada’ program in order to provide Canadian citizens with reliable and accurate data concerning broadband provision across the country.
Anyone who would like to be part of this project just needs to sign up. It might be worth reading the requirements before doing so just to make sure you’re eligible to join!
On signing up, volunteers will receive a purpose-built broadband measurement unit, also known as a SamKnows Whitebox. The Whitebox is easy to install; once it has been plugged into the existing modem / router then it is good to go. Volunteers will also be able to see their own data from their broadband connection using a purpose-built SamKnows dashboard.
Please note, not everyone who registers will necessarily receive a SamKnows Whitebox. We do want to thank everyone for signing up and for working together to make Canadian broadband better!…”
https://www.measuringbroadbandcanada.com/

“…What is the Broadband Measurement Project?
In 2015, the CRTC launched a project to objectively measure broadband Internet performance, including actual connection speeds, in Canadian homes. It collaborated in this innovative project, a first for Canada, with major Canadian Internet service providers (ISPs) and SamKnows, a UK-based company that has built a global Internet measurement platform that spans five continents.
The data, collected from approximately 5,000 Canadian volunteers, from across the country, will inform the CRTC’s future broadband policy-making.
The data will also provide Canadians with a greater understanding of whether Internet services from participating ISPs are delivered at the advertised speeds and allow ISPs to improve their networks to better serve existing customers, and promote products to potential new customers.
The key output of the project is the annual report, developed and reviewed by all participants.
How is data collected for the Broadband Measurement Project?
A device known as a Whitebox is connected to a volunteer’s home modem or router and monitors the broadband performance when no one is using the Internet connection. This performance data is made available to the volunteer via a Web portal and is also available to the CRTC and the ISP providing the service. …”
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/internet/proj.htm

Becky Qilavvaq’s “Feel the Inukness” 230,634 hit #video “… u know u wanna dance; don’t fight the feeling!…”

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Feel the Inukness #BexxStudio #video “… u know u wanna dance; don’t fight the feeling! (made by Becky Qilavvaq / starring Anguti Johnston)…” 230,634 views

 

Becky Kilabuk
Artist, Throatsinger, Short Filmmaker at BexxStudio
Nunavut, Canada
https://www.linkedin.com/in/becky-kilabuk-a5193135

“Everyone is waking up”: Tanya Tagaq on fighting for justice and singing for Björk

“….Protest music has found an avant-garde champion in the formidable grunts and howls of Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq. April Clare Welsh finds out how the First Nations activist and Björk collaborator is using her platform to shine a light on Canada’s dark history […]Tagaq believes that online activism like the virtual mob that flocked to Standing Rock has become “absolutely crucial” in the global fight for Indigenous rights. “Indigenous people have been fighting for the planet for a very, very long time,” she says, “but everyone is waking up to it now. You see these elders engaging in peaceful protests and getting pepper-sprayed by billionaire companies that just want more money – in 2016 that’s just unacceptable. Too many people are awake to accept that behaviour.”[…] Tagaq herself is a survivor of Canada’s notorious Residential School System, a forced assimilation programme which operated from the late 19th century right until 1996, taking Indigenous children away from their communities and placing them in boarding schools around the country. Around 6,000 students died during the residential schools’ existence, and sexual and physical abuse was endemic – though Tagaq emphasises that she doesn’t carry personal pain from her time at high school: “I wouldn’t want to take anything away from the people who suffered the massive indignities themselves.”….”
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution

Tanya Tagaq “Uja” and “Umingmak” (live) — Polaris Music Prize 2014

Are you a journalist? Download this free guide for verifying photos and videos

“…Did a migrant document his journey to Europe on Instagram? Did a young Syrian boy save a friend from danger under a hail of bullets? Did a pair of magicians pull off the ultimate photobomb by performing a trick in the background of a news report outside the Houses of Parliament?
The answer to all of these questions is — as great as the stories are — an unequivocal no. Did large, revered news organisations fall for the hoaxes? Unfortunately, yes. http://bit.ly/2aMUgD5 …”
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What’s up with NWT Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart’s Facebook page eh?

Why is it that the Facebook page for Kam Lake #NWT #MLA Kieron #Testart seems to have no “message”, “follow” or “like” options on it? I’ve never seen what appears to be a “one way” page for a politician like that..
Or is it just me that is blocked from following, messaging or liking him?
Check it out and let me know, please.. especially if, like me, you’ve not yet done it and are interested in the attitudes, actions and behaviour of our MLAs.
https://www.facebook.com/kierontestart/timeline
Add to that.. the last entry on his website http://www.kierontestart.ca/ was posted by Kieron Testart on November 25, 2015 6:48 PM
What kind of “mock” communication with the public is this?
Aft all, communication is a two way process.. a one way process is dictation, not communication.

His “Official” MLA page http://www.assembly.gov.nt.ca/meet-members/mla/kieron-testart

Facebook page for Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart

Facebook page for Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart

FOXY seeks a Female Digital Storytelling Facilitator only

FOXY seeks Female applicants only
for a Digital Storytelling Facilitator
for our 2016 Peer Leader Retreats!
FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) is an arts-based sexual/mental health and leadership organization with an office located in Yellowknife. We offer programming for Northern and Indigenous young women (and soon, young men!) across the Canadian North. Our focus is on the process of learning through the arts, rather than producing artistic masterpieces. We are recruiting a Digital Storytelling Facilitator for two FOXY Peer Leader Retreats that will be offered to Northern youth who identify as female in summer 2016. These Retreats will occur at beautiful Blachford Lake Lodge, NWT, which is a 20-minute floatplane flight from Yellowknife.

The ideal FOXY Digital Storytelling Facilitator:
·       LOVES working with youth (aged 13-17 years)
·       Thinks creatively and outside the box
·       Enjoys being challenged
·       Works well within a diverse team
·       Has experience with producing short films and facilitating film workshops with youth
·       Has interest/experience in comprehensive sexual health education, mental health, health promotion, leadership education with youth, the North
·       Is adaptable and flexible as the Retreat is a constantly evolving environment
·       Is available July 26-August 5 and/or August 10-19, 2016 and can be at Blachford Lake Lodge with little or no Internet/phone access for a week at a time
·       Can provide a clean criminal records check (including vulnerable sector)
·       Should have valid First Aid/CPR
·       Female applicants only for this position; preference will be given to long-time Northerners and/or those who identify as Indigenous

This is a contract position; honoraria will be provided (as well as airfare and travel expenses for an individual who resides outside Yellowknife). All accommodation/food expenses are covered while at Blachford Lake Lodge.

For more information about FOXY, please check out our website at http://www.arcticfoxy.com, find us on Facebook at facebook.com/arcticfoxyNWT, or on Twitter @Arctic_FOXY.

Interested applicants please submit a resume and cover letter to FOXY Executive Director Candice Lys at Candice@arcticfoxy.com. This position will remain open until filled.
http://arcticfoxy.com/facilitatorjob/

Candice Lys, MA, PhD Candidate
Executive Director, FOXY
Ashoka Canada Affiliate
Research Associate, Institute for Circumpolar Health Research
FOXY; 240 Borden Drive, Yellowknife, NT  X1A 3R4
Tel: +1.867.444.9108 | Fax: +1.888.518.4945
Web: http://www.arcticfoxy.com
Email: candice@arcticfoxy.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArcticFoxyNWT
Twitter: @Arctic_Foxy

ENCOURAGING ABORIGINAL VOICES AND ISSUES IN THE MEDIA

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The CJF Aboriginal Journalism Fellowships offer two Aboriginal journalists with one to 10 years of experience the chance to explore issues of interest to First Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples. The award aims to foster better comprehension of Aboriginal issues in Canada’s major media and community outlets.
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 19, 2016
http://cjf-fjc.ca/awards/aboriginal_fellowship
Please take a look at the award details
before submitting your application.
http://www.cjf-fjc.ca/cjf_awards/?category=aboriginalform

The Northern Journal is for sale

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Publishers Don & Sandra Jaque wish to retire
(after 40 years).
Seeking someone who wishes to carry it on.
Award winning with NWT/Alberta circulation of 5000 (print) and 4700 (online)…
Includes trained, quality staff of five …
Most profitable if operated in Yellowknife or Hay River

207 McDougal Road, P.O. Box 990
Fort Smith, Northwest Territories
(867) 872-3000

Contact don@norj.ca

http://norj.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/NorthernJournal/

Defence Handbook for Journalists and Bloggers on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information Principles in International Law

The Defence Handbook for Journalists and Bloggers is unique in its kind as it focuses specifically on the application of international legal principles to the work of journalists. It includes decisions and recommendations made by international and regional bodies and courts in relation to various aspects of freedom of speech, including: international sources of law giving rise to freedom of expression and freedom of information principles; defamation; the right to privacy; protection of public order and morality; and national security and state secrets.

via Thomson Reuters Foundation | News, Information and Connections for Action.

David Carr’s Last Word on Journalism, Aimed at Students – NYTimes.com

David Carr’s Last Word on Journalism, Aimed at Students – NYTimes.com.

Excerpt

“…David Carr was known at The New York Times as a supreme talent scout, a mentor to young reporters and a blunt critic of those who didn’t measure up. He was a natural teacher, and right up until the day he died last week, he was bent on minting the next generation of journalists. Last fall, David joined the faculty at Boston University’s communications school. While David did not write his curriculum as a column, it has all the essential ingredients of one. So here it serves as the final Media Equation under David’s byline.

“I love the current future of journalism we are living through and care desperately about getting my students ready to prosper in this new place,” read the quotation below David’s portrait in a photo gallery at B.U., where David served as the first Andrew R. Lack professor.

The class he taught offered a window into the future he was trying to shape. His course, called Press Play, focused on the cutting edge of media and was about “making and distributing content in the present future we are living through.” David cared deeply about nurturing reporters-to-be — college students who felt the calling and were looking for a spiritual guide to help them navigate the rapidly shifting media landscape…..”

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