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Kyrgyzstan considers banning girls from traveling abroad

Today on the net, a controversial bill in Kyrgyzstan met with strong criticism from web users; an American firm offering adults-only digital detox summer camps; and an Israeli musician creates a human piano.

Kyrgyzstan considers banning girls from traveling abroad

Kyrgyzstan MP Yrgal Kadyralieva, is pushing a resolution that would ban women under the age of 23 from leaving the country without their parent’s consent. She says it is to protect them from trafficking and sex work, but it has caused quite a stir among Kyrgyz web users, with many openly criticizing the bill.

Some are saying the proposed legislation is quite simply an infringement on individual liberties. This female Twitter user for example says that women under 23 will no longer have the liberty to choose what they do with their life. This other Kyrgyz citizen asks since when did a women’s safety become more important than her freedom?

Others like this reader of online magazine « Kloop » say the project discriminates against women. She feels that if women 23 years old and under are forbidden from leaving the country without parental consent, then it should be the same for men, who instead of trying to make a living abroad, should also be forced to work in their own country.

And although it’s essentially ordinary citizens voicing opposition online, it would seem certain Kyrgyz legal professionals are also against the proposed measures. This lawyer for example says the controversial bill makes no sense, and will only fuel the already rampant corruption, as women will be forced to bribe officials if they want to leave Kyrgyzstan.

 

US camp offer digital detox for adults

US firm « Digital Detox » is offering the opportunity to do just this with its adults only summer camp, where hyper connected grown-ups can recharge their own batteries and leave their computers and smart phones at home. The aim is to help those who have become dependent on their devices rediscover the simple joys in life.

And to help make this happen: participants will spend three nights in a Boy Scouts of America camp in California. During their time at “Camp Grounded” they will partake in all manner of activities, including sports, mediation and pillow fights to help them relax and unwind: this detox program costs around 300 dollars.

But the company is also offering longer digital detoxes, in more exotic surroundings, like this one week retreat in Cambodia for example. It’s more expensive, but the aim is the same: help web addicts disconnect from the virtual world and be at one with themselves, in order to better reconnect.

There are currently only a handful of companies specializing in this type of break, where you can spend time off the grid away from our hyper connected society; but it would seem the tourism industry is now starting to follow suit. As British daily “The Guardian” explains, a hotel chain in the Caribbean recently started offering its clients a week long digital detox. But these healing holidays might not suit everyone’s budget, as they will set you back around 4 500 euros…

 

Now trending on social networks

Is Facebook about to launch its own smartphone? With the social network due to give a press conference on the 4th April, saying there’s a surprise in store for web users, it’s become a hot topic online. Twitter users are wondering if new technology enthusiasts will ever get their hands on the highly anticipated Facebook phone, and are speculating on which brand will make the future device and what its features will be.

 

Famous death locations

The somewhat morbid site Famous Death Locations uses Google Maps to pinpoint locations where famous people have died. So you can look up the building John Lennon was standing in front of when he was murdered in New York City on the 8th December 1980, or the Los Angeles intersection where rapper Biggie Small was shot in cold blood in 1997.

 

Video of the day

Israeli musician Eran Amir came up with the novel idea of creating a human piano. So he asked 300 random people on the street to each repeating one single note. He then compiled and mixed them to produce the music from the well-known video game Super Mario. And you can check out the finished melody in this video which is available on all good sharing sites.

By Electron Libre

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