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(1) (Gatekeeper) An application validation check in iOS and Mac OS X (as of Version 10.8). See Mountain Lion.

(2) In an H.323 IP telephony or video environment, a gatekeeper is a device that manages domains and provides call control. It is used to translate user names into IP addresses, to authenticate users and to manage network resources. Gatekeepers also provide call authorization and accounting information. See H.323 and MCU.

(3) An organization that exercises a great amount of control over how its products are sold and used. See proprietary and walled garden.


(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Aterm used for a medium’s personal spirit guide, who oversees the coming and going of spirits trying to make contact at a séance. Used interchangeably with “Door Keeper,” this guide organizes the spirits who want to make contact with the sitter(s). He or she will ensure that the spirits are there and will help them, if necessary, to make the contact. The Gatekeeper will also keep away unwanted spirits who may want to contact this physical world but are not directly connected to the sitter. Estelle Roberts’s Gatekeeper and personal guide was “Red Cloud.” Ena Twigg’s was “Philip.” Arthur Ford had “Fletcher,” William Rainen had “Dr. Peebles,” and Ivy Northage had “Chan.” Many times these Gatekeepers and spirit guides are in the form of Native Americans.


Barbanell, Maurice: This Is Spiritualism. Oxshott: The Spiritual Truth Press, 1959
Buckland, Raymond: Buckland’s Book of Spirit Communications. St. Paul: Llewellyn, 2004

What does it mean when you dream about a gatekeeper?

The gatekeeper allows passage from one form or condition to another. If the dreamer is the gatekeeper, the dream may mean the dreamer should be careful about what he or she allows to pass through or hold on to in his or her life.

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In the present paper, we analyze the impact of the German PCP gatekeeping program on coordination of care as well as on quality indicators and ambulatory costs.
Gatekeeping is a process to determine who is suitable in terms of knowledge, skills, and disposition to enter the counseling profession (Brown, 2013).
Recently, an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit considered the question of how to dispose of an appeal after determining that the trial court erred by admitting expert testimony without performing its gatekeeping role.
Researchers, beginning with White (1950), applied the term gatekeeping and the theory (first proposed by Lewin, 1947) to the news industry, since its structure of reporters and editors clearly illustrated the filtering process through which information passed before it reached an audience.
Today, however, our gatekeeping responsibilities are under assault.
his dispositions, traits, and inclinations), reasons associated with the child, traditional social norms, father's leisure pursuits, maternal gatekeeping, father's inadequate socialization, institutional gatekeeping (institutions, such as hospitals, keeping fathers from being more involved), divorce, father's biological unsuitability for caretaking, father's general level of busyness (not explicitly tied to work), father's time in personal care, and father's or child's illness preventing greater involvement.
Gatekeeping is often discussed but less frequently operationalized.
Journalists are negotiating a space where the cleavage between the personal and private (Gulson and Lubienski, 2014) is unclear: they use gatekeeping to objectively inspect reality, decide what news is, and publish verified information.
Under the theme of engagement, the second section concentrates on elements related to the participatory future of news organisations --such as user-centric practices that should be employed by professionals in the industry, the integration of 'network journalism' into news production and journalistic processes, and the importance of user gatekeeping and the need for 'journalistic facilitators' to interface with audiences.
Finally, the gatekeeping journalists were interviewed with regard to the empirical findings--whether they could have guessed at audience perceptions, for example.
In order to prevent wrongful convictions, judges should use their gatekeeping powers under Federal Rule of Evidence (FRE) 403 to exclude unreliable eyewitness-identification evidence from use at trial.