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Mohammad Muzaffar Wani, father of Islamic separatist group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, speaks during an interview with Reuters at their family home in Srinagar, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

Kashmir: Muslim rebels wage effective social media war

By: Douglas Busvine and Fayaz Bukhari Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage TRAL, India (Reuters) – Rebels like Burhan Wani, more adept at spreading their message via smartphone than wielding an assault rifle, are becoming a rallying point in disputed Kashmir for youth who reject the authority of India’s federal government. Wani, a 22-year-old commander of Islamic separatist group Hizb-ul Mujahideen, personifies a new generation of militant who is winning public sympathy in a battle that once again risks destabilizing the troubled northern region. “He is on a pious path and we are proud of him,” said  Mohammad Muzaffar Wani, the father of the militant who shot to...

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Palestinian surgeon Hafez Abu Khousa and his assistants are guided by doctor Ghassan Abu Sitta in Beirut during a Proximie surgery in the operating room at Al Awda Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip April 30, 2016. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Gaza gets remote surgery assistance from Lebanon

By: Yara Abi Nader and Sabreen Taha Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza/BEIRUT (Reuters) – At a hospital in northern Gaza, a young patient is being prepared for hand surgery as one of the doctors leading the operation watches on — from nearly 200 miles away in Beirut. In the Lebanese capital Doctor Ghassan Abu Sitta is guiding colleagues at Gaza’s Al-Awda hospital via an online interactive platform known as Proximie, which allows the medical teams to communicate and work together via tablet computers. Doctors in Lebanon attempted remote surgery in the region for the first time at the weekend with the tool. Its makers hope it will help doctors such as Hafez...

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The convenience of today’s tech comes with risks

By: H V Jagadish, University of Michigan Source: The Conversation We now have dozens of smart devices in our houses and even on our bodies. They improve our lives in so many ways – from lowering energy consumption in our homes to egging us on to be active. But these smart devices respond to whatever commands they are given: we’ve had security experts demonstrate how cars can be hijacked remotely and medical devices in your body can be hacked and turned into lethal weapons. These risks are now well-recognized by technology developers, and there is a great deal of excellent work going on toward how to avoid them. But there are other dangers we should be more concerned about that are getting...

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