February 2016

Precious Privacy: How our data, choices and personal lives are more valuable than ever

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To All Our Readers: Thank you so very much for your support and comments over our social media channels and in person for our first three issues! METROPOLE is a product that is created for expats by expats, and incorporating your feedback into our monthly ­publication makes our final product that much better. If you […]
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A darkly relevant play about a clash of disparate cultures with more in common than first meets the eye.   With Vienna in a mood of high alert after the deadly Islamist attacks in Paris on November 13, and the violent sexual assaults on hundreds of German women by alcohol-fueled migrants at the Cologne Train […]
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From the internet to the bedroom, Austrians care about – and protect – the personal sphere. It’s a cultural thing. On a cold, grey day in January, a security camera suspended from a bouquet of colorful balloons was bobbing on a long cord over the Austrian parliament – a protest by AK Vorrat to highlight […]
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It took four years for the EU’s twenty-eight member states to pass the new law on data protection. Now companies are bracing themselves for high stakes and citizens hoping for more control. If you don’t have the data, you don’t have the oil.” The voice-over resounded, in a North Carolina accent, through the speakers of the […]
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Tom McCarthy’s acclaimed drama pits the power of investigative journalism against the catholic church’s child abuse cover-up   Drawing comparisons to All the President’s Men for its no-nonsense depiction of newsroom minutiae, Spotlight steers clear of sensationalism as it follows the Pulitzer prize-winning Boston Globe reporters who uncovered rampant child abuse in the archdiocese of […]
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We asked the U.K. Ambassador to Austria, Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque, to tell us what differences she sees between British and Austrian views on privacy.   19 January 2016 Dear Metropole, ensuring we can both protect our privacy and keep our countries safe is a challenge the UK, Austria and many other nations face today. […]
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Closing Europe’s borders is not the solution to the refugee crisis, but it might help open a real discussion about it. by Dardis McNamee and Gregory Weeks On January 18th, the eve of the EU Asylum Summit in Vienna, Austria’s Chancellor Werner Faymann announced that Austria would be suspending the Schengen Agreement and policing its borders […]
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Pinochet’s thugs are the least of Emma Watson and Daniel BrĂĽhl’s problems as they relive the bad old days of the 1973 coup in Chile   Part political thriller, part torrid love story, Colonia follows Lena, a young Lufthansa stewardess, as she visits her lover Daniel in Santiago on the eve of Pinochet’s putsch. Caught […]
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Open source genomics raise enormous challenges when protecting patient identity Over the past decade the genomic revolution has taken off in spectacular style ushering in the potential for truly personalized medicine. At the same time, genome sharing websites like openSNP now provide a platform for uploading -personal genomics. Companies including — Ancestry.com and 23andMe are offering […]
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