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Mechanicsburg, Pa., Sept. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Horizon Farm Credit Agricultural Advancement Foundation will award at least $100,000 in scholarships to students who plan to attend or are currently enrolled and pursuing a career in agriculture at a college, university or technical school. Applications are available online only from September 23, 2022 to January 6, 2023.

“We encourage any student who plans to work in the agricultural industry to apply for this scholarship,” says Laura Heilinger, president of the Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement. “You don’t need to plan to be a farmer to apply – this program also applies to what we like to call ‘the other side of farming’, encompassing teachers, mechanics, vets, loan officers or engineers.”

The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement Scholarship Program will award at least ten scholarships in 2023, each worth $10,000. There will be two separate applications this year, one for high school seniors and students currently enrolled in a two- or four-year education program at a college or university, and another for high school seniors and students currently enrolled in a school. technical.

All applicants must be considering pursuing a career in agriculture and must reside within the Horizon Farm Credit 100 Counties territory or Washington D.C.

Applications are accepted online through January 6, 2023. For more information, please visit FCFoundationforAg.org or email info@FCFoundationforAg.org. Be sure to follow us on social media with the hashtag #OtherSideOfAg.

About the Farm Credit Foundation for the Advancement of Agriculture
The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement is a $5.7 million nonprofit foundation established in 2015, established to help advance the future of agriculture. The Foundation scholarship program is open to all students residing in the five Horizon Farm Credit states who are studying to pursue a career in agriculture and meet the eligibility criteria.

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ADDRESSING THE MOBILE “USE GAP” IS KEY TO ACHIEVING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS https://pagerank-tracking.com/addressing-the-mobile-use-gap-is-key-to-achieving-the-sustainable-development-goals/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/addressing-the-mobile-use-gap-is-key-to-achieving-the-sustainable-development-goals/ GSMA’s Seventh Annual SDG Impact Report Shows Digital Inclusion at the Heart of SDG Progress NEW YORK, September 21, 2022 /CNW/ — Closing the mobile internet “usage gap” should be a priority for countries seeking to meet the United Nations’ ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, according to the GSMA’s seventh annual report on the mobile industry […]]]>

GSMA’s Seventh Annual SDG Impact Report Shows Digital Inclusion at the Heart of SDG Progress

NEW YORK, September 21, 2022 /CNW/ — Closing the mobile internet “usage gap” should be a priority for countries seeking to meet the United Nations’ ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, according to the GSMA’s seventh annual report on the mobile industry impact: sustainable development goals.

The report shows that, six years after becoming the first sector to commit to the SDGs, the mobile industry continues to increase its contribution to achieving the 17 goals. However, despite mobile operators’ continued commitment to the 2030 Agenda, there is still a long way to go.

A combination of global conflict, growing food and energy poverty, economic uncertainty and the continued impacts of Covid-19 are creating significant headwinds, currently threatening progress on the SDGs around the world. In the face of these challenges, the report highlights the crucial role that mobile connectivity and connected technologies can play as enablers, helping countries to “build better” in the pursuit of economic recovery and resilience.

In many countries, especially low- and middle-income countries, mobile is the primary means of accessing the Internet. Investments by mobile operators in network infrastructure have helped reduce the “coverage gap”[1] for mobile broadband networks from 1.4 billion people in 2015 to 400 million people in 2022, contributing strongly to a series of SDG indicators.

However, around 3.2 billion people covered by networks still cannot enjoy the benefits of this connectivity, due to lack of skills, knowledge, affordability, relevant content and other factors. This “utilization gap” is quickly emerging as one of the biggest “brakes” to economic and social progress on a global scale.

The report shows how people with access to fast and reliable networks can stay in touch with friends and family, work remotely, access education and healthcare services, build innovative businesses, improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Those without access, on the other hand, are the most vulnerable to economic and social disruption and risk falling further behind as the world emerges from the pandemic, especially as online services become even more more essential to society.

Jose-Maria Alvarez PalleteCEO of Telefonica and Chairman of the GSMA, said: “In a world where conflict, food insecurity and economic uncertainty are at the top of the global agenda, mobile has never had a more important role to play. GSMA demonstrates the transformational impact of communications in addressing these enormous challenges, acting as a catalyst for positive change and meaningful progress.”

CEO of the GSMA, Mats Granrydsaid: “The General Assembly of the United Nations in New York this week is a powerful reminder of the importance of collective action in the face of growing global challenges. The SDGs remain a guiding compass for global progress, and the mobile industry is proud to be both their champion and a key enabler of their achievement.

“Mobile connectivity and digital inclusion are essential tools to achieve the ambitious goals set out in the 2030 Agenda and help the world weather the headwinds of global inequality, poverty and conflict. We urge policy makers to remove the barriers that impede private sector investment in high-quality mobile networks and help close the “use gap” that prevents so many people from realizing their potential in our increasingly connected world Together, we can harness the power of connectivity as a catalyst for economic recovery and social progress, and digital inclusion, improving the lives of millions of people around the world.”

The mobile industry’s contributions to the SDGs

  • The mobile industry increased its impact on all 17 SDGs in 2021, with the average year-over-year increase accelerating compared to 2020. The average SDG impact score on all 17 SDGs reached 53 , up from 49 in 2020 and 32 in 2015, meaning the mobile industry achieves 53% of what it could potentially contribute to the SDGs. Other highlights include:
    – There are now eleven SDGs where the mobile contribution is above 50, compared to six in 2020 and none in 2015.
    – The mobile industry continues to have its highest impact on SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, thanks to the reach of mobile networks and the adoption of mobile internet services.
    – The greatest improvements were recorded in industry’s contribution to SDG 1: No Poverty, SDG 2: Zero Hunger and SDG 4: Quality Education. This is due to the growing proportion of people using mobile for life-enhancing activities, such as accessing government services, applying and finding jobs, and obtaining education information for them. themselves or their children.

Download the report at: https://www.gsma.com/betterfuture/2022sdgimpactreport

Notes for editors:

  • At the end of 2021, 5.3 billion people (66% of the world’s population) used a mobile phone, while 4.3 billion people (55% of the world’s population) also used mobile internet. This includes more than 3.3 billion mobile internet subscribers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where mobile is the primary and, in many cases, the only form of internet access.
  • The “usage gap” – those who live in areas covered by mobile broadband networks but are not connected – has narrowed for the third consecutive year, but still stands at 3.2 billion people. The mobile industry and its partners continue to address the reasons for the usage gap, which are generally related to a lack of affordability, knowledge and skills, relevance, in addition to safety and security issues. security.
  • The use of mobile activities reached new heights in 2021 as mobile subscribers ventured further into online services.
    3.5 billion people (67% of mobile subscribers) used their phones to make video calls in 2021. That’s an additional 330 million people since 2020, making remote work and other online activities easier.
    – 2.5 billion people (48% of mobile subscribers) used their phones to access educational information for themselves or their children, an increase of 410 million since 2020.
    – 2.1 billion people (41% of mobile subscribers) used their phones to improve or monitor their health, an increase of 270 million since 2020.
  • The use of mobile services remained considerably lower in developing countries. On average, the gap between mobile service usage in high-income countries and LMICs is 17 percentage points, highlighting the importance of operators’ efforts to introduce more locally relevant content and upgrade networks to allow access to services requiring a higher quality connection.
  • The mobile phone industry is making steady progress in disclosing climate impact data and setting emission reduction targets. At the end of 2021, 66% of operators by connections and 82% by turnover disclosed their climate impacts, while 34% of operators by connections and 44% by turnover had set carbon reduction targets at net zero by 2050.
  • Mobile and digital technology could enable just under 40% of the CO required2 reductions needed by 2030 in the four most emitting industries. These four industries – manufacturing, electricity and energy, transport and buildings – account for 80% of global emissions.
  • There has been strong growth in sustainable bond issuance in the mobile sector. This shows that operators are increasingly obtaining funding on the basis of achieving social and environmental objectives rather than purely financial ones.
  • As stakeholders become smarter and more demanding about ESG claims, an effective and consistent approach to measuring and reporting performance is more important than ever. The GSMA recently launched ESG Metrics for Mobile, a first-of-its-kind ESG reporting framework for the mobile sector, comprising ten industry-specific KPIs. KPIs will allow stakeholders to gain a much deeper understanding of industry nuances and contexts, and create opportunities for the industry to more consistently demonstrate its impact.

About the GSMA

The GSMA is a global organization uniting the mobile ecosystem to discover, develop and deliver fundamental innovations for positive business environments and societal change. Our vision is to unleash the full power of connectivity so that people, industry and society thrive. Representing mobile operators and organizations in the mobile ecosystem and adjacent industries, the GSMA delivers to its members on three main pillars: Connectivity for Good, Industry Services and Solutions, and Outreach. This business includes advancing policy, solving today’s greatest societal challenges, supporting the technology and interoperability that powers mobile, and delivering the world’s largest platform. to bring the mobile ecosystem together during the MWC and M360 series of events.

We invite you to learn more at gsma.com

Media Contacts

GSMA Press Office
[email protected]

[1] “Coverage gap” refers to people living outside areas covered by mobile broadband networks

SOURCE GSMA

For further information: Mike Witts, Director of Public Relations, GSMA. Mobile: +44 (0)7773 667 620 Email: [email protected]

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Big game companies get DHS help to stop gamers from becoming terrorists https://pagerank-tracking.com/big-game-companies-get-dhs-help-to-stop-gamers-from-becoming-terrorists/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 22:08:02 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/big-game-companies-get-dhs-help-to-stop-gamers-from-becoming-terrorists/ Last December, the United Nations warned of an overlooked but critical “emerging terrorist threat”: extremists radicalizing members of online gaming communities. Despite great interest in rescuing gamers from such exploitation, experts say a lack of research funding on the subject has put the gaming industry behind social media when it comes to recovery efforts. fight […]]]>

Last December, the United Nations warned of an overlooked but critical “emerging terrorist threat”: extremists radicalizing members of online gaming communities.

Despite great interest in rescuing gamers from such exploitation, experts say a lack of research funding on the subject has put the gaming industry behind social media when it comes to recovery efforts. fight against terrorism. That’s starting to change, though. Over the past week, researchers told Ars that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has, for the first time, awarded funding — nearly $700,000 — to a research group working directly with major security companies. games to develop effective counter-terrorism methods and protect vulnerable players.

The new project will run for two years. It is run by the Institute of International Studies at Middlebury College, which hosts the Center on Terrorism, Extremism and Counter-Terrorism (CTEC). Vice reported that other partners include a nonprofit called Take This – which focuses on the mental health impacts of gambling – and a tech company called Logically – which Vice says is working “to solve the problem of large-scale online bad behavior”.

The researchers summarized their overall goals for the DHS project as “the development of a set of best practices and centralized resources for monitoring and evaluating extremist activities as well as a series of training workshops for monitoring, detection and prevention of extremist exploitation. in playspaces for community managers, multiplayer designers, lore developers, mechanics designers, and trust and security professionals.

Rachel Kowert, research director at Take This, told Ars that the main goal of the project is to develop resources focused on the gaming industry. Her group’s ambitious plan is to reach large corporations first, then engage small businesses and independent developers for maximum impact.

Alex Newhouse, deputy director of CETC, told Ars that the project will begin by targeting large game companies that “essentially act as social platforms,” ​​including Roblox, Activision Blizzard, and Bungie.

Although funding for the project has just been approved, Newhouse said CETC’s work has already begun. The group has been working with Roblox for six months, and Newhouse said it’s also in “very preliminary” talks with the Entertainment Software Association about ways to expand the project.

Borrowing counter-terrorism methods from social networks

Newhouse said that within DHS, the FBI is increasingly interested in research like CETC’s to combat domestic terrorism — but, to his knowledge, no federal organization has funded such collection of data. Although his project is only funded for two years, Newhouse wants to push the gaming industry within five years to implement the same counter-extremism standards that social media platforms already have.

“I want game developers, especially the big ones like Roblox and Microsoft, to have teams dedicated to counter-extremism in games,” Newhouse told Ars. “Nowadays, we also have to push to be as sophisticated on the games industry side.”

Newhouse plans to use his experience to help tech giants like Google and Facebook organize counterterrorism teams. He says CTEC’s biggest priority is to convince the gaming industry to invest in the proactive moderation of extremist content by “implementing increasingly sophisticated proactive detection and moderation systems” that social networks also use. .

Historically, Newhouse said game companies have relied primarily on gamers to flag extremist content for moderation. That’s not a good enough strategy, he said, because radicalization often works by boosting a gamer’s self-esteem, and people manipulated into viewing this type of online engagement as positive don’t report often not these radicalizing events themselves. By relying strictly on user reports, game companies “won’t detect anything at the initial level of recruitment and radicalization,” he said.

An associate director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Technology and Society, Daniel Kelley, told Ars that online game companies are about 10 years behind social media companies in flagging this issue as critical. .

Limited funding for efforts to counter online gambling extremism

Kowert of Take This first became interested in the link between online gaming communities and real-world violent extremism after encountering a 2019 nationally representative survey from the ADL. It was found that almost one in four respondents “were exposed to extremist white supremacist ideology in online games”. Newhouse said that estimate is “probably too conservative at this point.”

Still, ADL said “evidence of widespread extremist recruitment or organizing in online gaming environments (such as in Fortnite or other popular titles) remains anecdotal at best, and further research is needed before any large-scale assertion can be made”.

Today, the research base remains limited, but it has become clear that the problem does not only affect adults. When the ADL expanded its survey in 2021 to nearly 100 million respondents, the survey for the first time included young players between the ages of 13 and 17. ADL found that 10% of young gamers were “exposed to white supremacist ideologies in the context of online multiplayer games.”

Kowert immediately responded to the 2019 ADL report by pivoting its research and partnering with Newhouse. She told Ars that the reason there is so little research is because there is so little funding.

Kelley told Ars that while it’s good to finally see research receive funding, the ADL recommends that the government inject a lot more funding to nip the problem in the bud. “Now is not the time to back things up with instant funds,” Kelley said. “There’s a lot more the Justice Department needs to do to fund these kinds of efforts.”

The gaming industry remains oblivious

Kowert told Ars that game companies have “legitimately” remained “unaware of the scale of the problem” of extremism on their platforms, mainly because they view themselves as gaming platforms first and as games second. social platforms. Newhouse agreed.

“It’s very, very clear in our conversations with the video game industry that they’re not fully aware of the emerging problem they have on their hands,” Newhouse told Ars.

According to Kelley, it’s not just social media counterterrorism efforts that gaming networks need to embrace; gaming companies could also become safer if there were regulations such as those requiring social media companies to publish transparency reports. The only game company Kelley ever saw release a transparency report was a small company called Wildlife Studios, which released its first report this year.

“2022 is the first time we’ve received transparency reports from a game company,” Kelley told Ars. “And it’s not from one of the majors. It’s not from EA. It’s not from Riot. It’s not from Blizzard.

None of the major online game companies mentioned here immediately responded to Ars’ request for comment. Kelley said Roblox is the only major game company to have a public policy of online extremism.

Part of the problem with video game companies neglecting the issue, Kowert says, may be the large research base that disproves that online video game content has a direct impact on players’ sensitivity to extremism.

The American Psychological Association told Ars that its 2020 report that video games do not incite violent behavior is still its most recent statement. But Kowert says focusing discussions on video game content “hampers the conversation.” There needs to be more focus on how players are socially harmed by extremists during gameplay.

Kelley says CETC’s research is an important first step toward greater government involvement in this issue, but that even bringing the gaming industry up to social media standards may be a low bar.

“I think the social media industry still has a long way to go before we have really solid transparency,” Kelley said.

ADL recommends that online gaming companies go even further than social platforms when it comes to transparency. ADL wants video game companies to audit and include metrics on “extremism and toxicity in games in the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s game rating systems.”

More transparency is exactly what researchers focused on extremism in online gambling communities need, Newhouse said, because research is also limited by publicly available information. However, game companies do not always cooperate enthusiastically with researchers. When Newhouse contacts game companies, he said, sharing data is not their instinct and, in general, they should be scared to cooperate with user protection efforts.

“In all honesty, we usually have to scare companies into listening to us,” Newhouse told Ars.

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Crypto skeptics push back against public industry lobbying https://pagerank-tracking.com/crypto-skeptics-push-back-against-public-industry-lobbying/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 13:12:30 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/crypto-skeptics-push-back-against-public-industry-lobbying/ Happy Friday! i’m just happy Rafael Nadal did not beat Roger Federer also retired. Send tips to: cristiano.lima@washpost.com. Below: The FTC said it would review the practices of gig companies and the Governor of California signed into law a bill to protect children online. First: Crypto skeptics push back against public industry lobbying Cryptocurrency skeptics […]]]>

Happy Friday! i’m just happy Rafael Nadal did not beat Roger Federer also retired. Send tips to: cristiano.lima@washpost.com.

Below: The FTC said it would review the practices of gig companies and the Governor of California signed into law a bill to protect children online. First:

Crypto skeptics push back against public industry lobbying

Cryptocurrency skeptics in Congress are pushing back against a new public campaign by digital exchange platform Coinbase to pressure political leaders with industry-friendly backgrounds, casting it as the latest push by backers to ward off regulation.

Coinbase CEO Wednesday Brian Armstrong announced that the company would begin showing users of its app “crypto sentiment scores” for members of Congress, rating lawmakers on how “negative” or “positive” they were toward cryptocurrency.

amstrong said the ratings were partly based on a dashboard created by the Coinbase-backed Crypto Action Network, an advocacy group that recently released ratings for policymakers based on the positivity or negativity of their statements, policies and votes on the matter.

Two of Congress’s most vocal cryptocurrency skeptics, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-California) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), have pushed back against the lobbying campaign.

“The only two Fs I’ve ever been proud to receive: one from [National Rifle Association] and now one from Coinbase,” Sherman, who has called for a cryptocurrency ban, told The Technology 202. “Just another example of the crypto industry getting into politics to stay as lightly regulated as possible and protect its billions in profits.

“Receiving an F rating from the crypto lobby group is a badge of honor,” said Warren, who called for tougher consumer protection regulations against cryptocurrency. Warren said that receiving a “positive” crypto score shouldn’t mean “wanting to protect a system in which people get their money cheated…or a system in which insiders reap all the profits and leave all the losses to people who don’t. don’t. I don’t have a lot of money to gamble.

The Crypto Action Network has awarded its highest A ratings to Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (DN.Y.), Cynthia M. Lummis (R-Wyo.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), among others. Gillibrand and Lummis presented a proposal empowering the industry’s preferred regulator, and Wyden pushed back on calls for heavy regulation. Warren and Sherman received the only F grades.

According to Coinbase, “The Crypto Sentiment Score was compiled using publicly available data, including legislative documents, media statements, social media posts, caucus members, and public letters.” The company has not commented on the lawmakers’ remarks.

Coinbase’s move notably marks a much more direct approach to trying to influence voters and lawmakers than most tech sectors have taken in recent years.

Big tech companies have increasingly shunned overtly public lobbying campaigns, relying instead on networks of trade associations and armies of lobbyists to bombard Washington.

They rarely endorse specific legislative proposals, and their political campaign donations tend to be split evenly between moderates of both parties and mainstream PACs. Some prominent companies, including Apple and Twitter, have shut down their PACs, while others have occasionally halted donations due to political developments, including the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

While many advocacy groups rate lawmakers on their policy alignment, it’s extremely rare for a company to rate them publicly, including in the tech industry.

This move signals an aggressive lobbying posture by the crypto community. Armstrong said the company eventually plans to “help pro-crypto candidates solicit donations [in crypto] of the crypto community.

Although some of its lobbying tactics seem uncommon, the crypto industry has also increasingly invested in the same playbook as many of its Silicon Valley peers – launching trade associations to lobby for his favorite policies and hiring lobbyists to pitch on Capitol Hill.

Despite a slight increase in spending, crypto lobbying is still overshadowed by industry giants.

Like my colleague Curator Newmyer reported: “The industry spent $8.9 million on lobbying in the first half of this year, surpassing the $7.7 million spent throughout last year, according to new analysis from the Center for Responsive Politics”.

By comparison, Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook parent company Meta have spent nearly $95 million on lobbying since 2021 as they face regulatory threats in Congress. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

White House announces tech companies’ efforts to counter violent extremism

Social media services including Facebook parent Meta, Microsoft, Twitch and YouTube have announced new initiatives to limit the spread of hateful rhetoric as the White House convenes a summit on hate-fueled violence, Cat Zakrzewski reports. This follows pressure on businesses following mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, where shooters posted violent rhetoric online.

“YouTube will update its policies to remove videos that glorify acts to inspire others or raise funds, even when the creators have no ties to terrorist groups,” Cat wrote. “Twitch, an Amazon-owned streaming service, will soon be rolling out new tools to help its creators improve security and limit harassment on their channels. And Microsoft will launch online safety education for students and families in its popular game Minecraft.

FTC says it will review practices of gig companies

In a policy statement, the Federal Trade Commission said gig companies must be honest with potential workers about costs and benefits, must keep their promises to gig workers, and cannot have illegal contracts with gig workers. workers. The FTC also said it would investigate “evidence of agreements between gig companies to unlawfully set wages, benefits, or fees for gig workers who should be open to competition” and “business conduct.” exclusionary or predatory that could harm customers or reduce pay or poor working conditions for gig workers.

The statement passed 3-2 with the support of all three Democrats on the committee.

“No matter how gig businesses choose to classify them, gig workers are consumers entitled to protection under the laws we enforce,” said the director of the FTC’s Consumer Protection Bureau. Samuel Levine said in a statement. “We are fully committed to coordinating our consumer protection and competition enforcement efforts within the FTC, as well as working with other government agencies to ensure gig workers are treated fairly.”

California governor signs law to protect children online

The California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act requires tech platforms to assess whether their new products could harm children before releasing them and offer default safeguards for their young users. Bill, as the Governor of California. Gavin Newsom (D) signed Thursday, passed overwhelmingly by the California State Senate and Assembly.

The law could increase pressure on Washington lawmakers to act on privacy and child-focused legislation.

It has been criticized by tech trade groups, who have lobbied against the bill and argued that it would stifle innovation and violate free speech protections while failing to adequately protect families. In a statement Thursday, Newsom’s office said the bill “strikes a balance that protects children and ensures that tech companies will have clear rules of conduct that will allow them to continue to innovate.”

TikTok has revealed TikTok Now, a new feature that lets users post daily photos or videos at spontaneous times, reports Bloomberg News’ Sabiq Shahidullah. It’s similar to the BeReal social media app. Journalist herb engraving:

Editor and journalist Aife Barry:

Writer Amanda Silberling:

Customs officers copied Americans’ phone data on a massive scale (Drew Harwell)

Uber victim of a computer flaw, alerts the authorities (Faiz Siddiqui and Joseph Menn)

Adobe shares deal to acquire Figma design platform for $20 billion (CNBC)

Instagram tracks TikTok and YouTube on creator satisfaction, Mosseri tells staff (The Information)

Rumble is set for a $2 billion SPAC (The Verge)

Meta Oversight Board opposes removal of positive Taliban newspaper article (Reuters)

His father’s murder made headlines. Now she is creating content about it. (Mag entry)

  • Bruce Miller joins BSA | The Software Alliance as Senior Director of Legislative Strategy. Miller previously worked as director of federal legislative affairs at Kyndryl.
  • A panel of the House Oversight and Reform Committee is holding a hearing on federal IT today at 9 a.m.
  • representing Michael R. Turner (Ohio), the House Intelligence Committee’s top Republican, speaks at a Heritage Foundation event on countering foreign misinformation and disinformation while protecting civil liberties at 1 p.m. Monday.
  • Dragos TudoracheMember of the European Parliament and co-rapporteur for EU AI law, speaks at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event on Monday at 3:30 p.m.
  • A panel of the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on antitrust enforcement Tuesday at 3 p.m.

ThisThat’s all for today — thank you so much for joining us! Be sure to tell others to subscribe to The Technology 202 here. Get in touch with advice, comments or greetings on Twitter Where E-mail.

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Gavin Newsom signs California’s Social Media Transparency Act https://pagerank-tracking.com/gavin-newsom-signs-californias-social-media-transparency-act/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 21:44:00 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/gavin-newsom-signs-californias-social-media-transparency-act/ President Joe Biden speaks with California Governor Gavin Newsom upon arrival at Mather Airport on Air Force One Monday, September 13, 2021.Photo: Evan Vucci (PA) California Governor Gavin Newsom announcement Tuesday night that he had signed a “first-of-its-kind” bill to “protect Californians from hate and misinformation being spread online.” 02:49 Guess how many cryptos have […]]]>

President Joe Biden speaks with California Governor Gavin Newsom upon arrival at Mather Airport on Air Force One Monday, September 13, 2021.

President Joe Biden speaks with California Governor Gavin Newsom upon arrival at Mather Airport on Air Force One Monday, September 13, 2021.
Photo: Evan Vucci (PA)

California Governor Gavin Newsom announcement Tuesday night that he had signed a “first-of-its-kind” bill to “protect Californians from hate and misinformation being spread online.”

AB 587 will require “social media platforms” to be included in their terms of service (TOS) a list of editorial policies defining the types of activities allowed on social networks with respect to those that may result in actions against the user. The law further requires affected companies to outline any actions that can be taken, from deleting a post to suspending an account.

Companies must also provide users with details on how to contact a particular company and file complaints about its policies.

Additionally, the bill includes reporting requirements, which will require companies like Facebook and Twitter to provide “full and detailed descriptions” of any changes to their TOS in the previous quarter. Companies must indicate whether the changes relate to a specific list of issues, including: “hate speech or racism”, “extremism or radicalization”, “disinformation or disinformation”, “harassment” and “foreign political interference”.

And finally, it includes a list of required disclosures, such as: “How automated content moderation systems enforce the social media platform’s terms of service and when those systems involve human review” and “How the company social media responds to user reports of terms of service violations.

California Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, who introduced AB 587, said the bill would serve to “pull back the curtain and compel tech companies to provide meaningful transparency about how they shape our public discourse, as well as the role of social media in promoting hate speech”. , misinformation, conspiracy theories and other dangerous content.

Not everyone agrees that these measures will be effective, or that they should even be legal requirements. Some requirements are redundant with already common industry practices, experts say.

Eric Goldman, law professor at Santa Clara University — often quoted for his skill on the background Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — detailed its many problems with the invoiceincluding the very definition of “social media platforms”, which he found untested by the legal system.

“To the extent that the bill prevents the services from making an editorial decision using a policy/practice that has not been announced in advance, the bill would control and distort the editorial decisions of the services,” said said Goldman, who criticized the bill for having too much in common with laws passed by Republicans in Texas and Florida.

Similar terminology to that found in AB 587 – which includes several notable exemptions, such as one for companies that had less than $100 million in revenue last quarter (and under this definition could include “Truth Social” from the former President Trump among an array of other well-known but unprofitable startups) – has been used in “about 20 other pieces of legislation,” Goldman said, but has never been argued in court.

“Every word,” he wrote, “invites litigation.”

Goldman also took issue with the section defining the “terms of use”, calling it a “censal trap”. The problem, he explained, is that secrecy (or at least “ambiguity”) is potentially justified in certain circumstances. Those circumstances, he suggested, could include a company withholding details of the mechanisms behind a specific policy in order to prevent malicious actors from messing with their system; policy interpretations made “on the fly” to mitigate instances involving a user’s security; or policies and information that governments request or legally require to be kept from the public.

Mike Masnik, founder and editor of Techdirt, raised similar complaints“Under 587, websites must now teach peddlers of disinformation how best to manipulate their systems, and can do little to handle them without breaking the law,” he wrote.

The teacher, who blog regularly on legal issues related to the Internet and marketing, sets out many other concerns – some related to the structure of the law and other disclosure requirements – that you can judge for yourself here.

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Should we be wary of articles shared by friends on social networks? https://pagerank-tracking.com/should-we-be-wary-of-articles-shared-by-friends-on-social-networks/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 03:00:00 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/should-we-be-wary-of-articles-shared-by-friends-on-social-networks/ On social media, everything is often – if not all the time – about looks, and people are quick to show off another side online to make themselves “better” or smarter. Now, research suggests that sharing news articles can boost a user’s self-confidence – even if they haven’t read a single line of the story. […]]]>

On social media, everything is often – if not all the time – about looks, and people are quick to show off another side online to make themselves “better” or smarter. Now, research suggests that sharing news articles can boost a user’s self-confidence – even if they haven’t read a single line of the story.

You’ve probably come across them in Instagram Stories, or posted on Twitter and Facebook, as many users share news articles through their social media accounts. But what are their reasons for publishing these stories?

According to a study carried out by the Customer Insight Group for the New York Times, sharing information online allows users to feel more involved in the world and project a better image of themselves. Of 2,500 people surveyed, 68% even said it helps them give people a better sense of who they are and what interests them.

“Our research shows that this new information-sharing environment can also transform the way we understand each other. When we share information on social media, we’re not just sharing news – we’re also sharing a picture of who we are and what we know. Our research shows that the signals our behavior sends to others can influence how we view ourselves; we begin to see ourselves as we believe we are seen by others,” Dr. Adrian Ward, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Texas, told Medical News Today.

So could news sharing improve people’s self-perception? So suggests a study published in July 2022 in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. The simple act of sharing information apparently makes people more confident and above all better informed about the information shared, even if they have only read the title of the article. Only 28% of respondents said they had read an entire article before sharing it on social networks, while 25% admitted to having read only a few lines.

According to another study conducted by the same researchers, people who had shared an article, even if they had not read it, had a better perception of their knowledge of a subject, and therefore considered themselves more informed in this area. This erroneous self-perception can lead people to believe that they are more legitimate in sharing information and giving advice, sometimes leading to the spread of false information.

“Since information sharers acquire subjective – not necessarily objective – knowledge and these people are likely to share more information, it is possible that they contribute to the dissemination of false or misleading information”, Dr. Kim Dam Hee, assistant professor of communication at the University of Arizona, said Medical News Today.

“Feeling more informed than we actually are can have detrimental consequences not only for people’s personal behavior, but also for the ability to communicate with others and function as a society,” Dr Ward said. – AFP Relax News

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AllSurplus Selected to Conduct Surplus Online Auction https://pagerank-tracking.com/allsurplus-selected-to-conduct-surplus-online-auction/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 21:13:03 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/allsurplus-selected-to-conduct-surplus-online-auction/ BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Liquidity Services (NASDAQ: LQDT), one of the world’s leading trading companies powering the circular economy, today announced the auction of energy surpluses in the Gulf of Mexico for an oil leader and gas industry partner. Tubular, drilling and completions equipment is currently available until 5:00 p.m. EDT […]]]>

BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Liquidity Services (NASDAQ: LQDT), one of the world’s leading trading companies powering the circular economy, today announced the auction of energy surpluses in the Gulf of Mexico for an oil leader and gas industry partner. Tubular, drilling and completions equipment is currently available until 5:00 p.m. EDT September 14, 2022 on AllSurplus.com, the largest online marketplace for surplus commercial assets.

“As energy projects come to an end, excess materials present a supply opportunity for many companies,” said Jeff Morter, director of energy sales at Liquidity Services. “With current lead times for new materials being a challenge caused by supply chain disruptions, immediate availability is of immense value to companies looking to meet current demand.”

To place a bid, buyers must create an account by completing the free registration form at AllSurplus.com.

About AllSurplus
AllSurplus is the world’s leading marketplace for surplus business assets, ranging from heavy equipment to transportation assets and industrial machinery. AllSurplus is the smarter and faster way to sell inventory and equipment because sellers can directly launch and manage their listings in just days with more control and lower fees than traditional auction solutions. AllSurplus is powered by one of the most experienced and trusted companies in the Surplus industry: Liquidity Services (NASDAQ: LQDT), which has supported millions of clients around the world. AllSurplus buyers have direct access to all surplus assets on Liquidity Services’ network of marketplaces in one centralized location.

About Liquidity Services
Liquidity Services (NASDAQ: LQDT) operates the world’s largest B2B e-commerce marketplace platform for surplus assets with over $10 billion in transactions from over 4.8 million qualified buyers and 15,000 corporate and government vendors worldwide. It supports its customers’ sustainability efforts by helping them extend the life of assets, prevent unnecessary waste and carbon emissions, and reduce the number of products going to landfill.

Contact:
Nancy Sloan
Director, Brand and Integrated Marketing Communications
(561) 339-8613
nancy.sloane@liquidityservices.com

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at: https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/b6fdc593-99a6-4cbc-9f39-babc8e5379f7

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Replacing social media use with physical activity — ScienceDaily https://pagerank-tracking.com/replacing-social-media-use-with-physical-activity-sciencedaily/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 22:08:22 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/replacing-social-media-use-with-physical-activity-sciencedaily/ If you spend 30 minutes less on social media each day and engage in physical activity instead, you’re doing a lot to improve your mental health. This is shown by a study carried out by a team from the Center for Mental Health Research and Treatment at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum led by Assistant Professor Dr. […]]]>

If you spend 30 minutes less on social media each day and engage in physical activity instead, you’re doing a lot to improve your mental health. This is shown by a study carried out by a team from the Center for Mental Health Research and Treatment at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum led by Assistant Professor Dr. Julia Brailovskaia. Participants who followed this advice for two weeks felt happier, more satisfied, less stressed by the Covid-19 pandemic and less depressed than a control group. These effects even lasted six months after the study ended. The researchers published their findings in the Public Health Journal September 2, 2022.

The downside of social media

In times of confinement and contact restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, social networks like Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp have made sure that we always feel connected to others. They distracted us from the stress caused by the pandemic, which has caused anxiety, insecurity and despair in many people. But social media consumption also has its drawbacks. Intensive use can lead to addictive behavior which manifests itself, for example, in a close emotional connection to social media. Additionally, fake news and conspiracy theories can spread out of control on social media and trigger even more anxiety.

“Since we don’t know for sure how long the coronavirus crisis will last, we wanted to know how to protect people’s mental health with services that are as free and low-threshold as possible,” says Julia Brailovskaia. To find out if the type and duration of social media use may contribute, she conducted an experimental study as part of her fellowship at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS).

A two-week experience

She and her team recruited a total of 642 volunteers, randomly assigning them to one of four roughly equal-sized groups. The first group reduced daily social media consumption by 30 minutes during a two-week intervention period. As previous studies had shown that physical activity could increase well-being and reduce depressive symptoms, the second group increased the duration of physical activity by 30 minutes per day during this period, while continuing to use the social media as usual. The third group combined the two, reducing social media use and increasing physical activity. A control group did not change behavior during the intervention phase.

Before, during, and up to six months after the two-week intervention phase, participants completed online surveys about the duration, intensity, and emotional significance of their social media use, physical activity , their life satisfaction, their subjective sense of happiness, depressive symptoms, the psychological burden of the Covid-19 pandemic and their cigarette consumption.

Healthy and happy in the age of digitalization

The results clearly showed that reducing the time spent on social media each day and increasing physical activity have a positive impact on people’s well-being. Importantly, the combination of the two interventions increases life satisfaction and subjective feelings of happiness and reduces depressive symptoms. The effects last a long time: even six months after the end of the two-week intervention phase, participants in all three intervention groups spent less time on social media than before: namely about half an hour in the groups that had either reduced social media time or increased their daily exercise, and about three-quarters of an hour in the group that had combined the two measures. Six months after the intervention, the combined group engaged in one hour and 39 minutes more each week in physical activity than before the experiment. The positive influence on mental health continued throughout the follow-up period.

“It shows us how vital it is to reduce our online availability from time to time and return to our human roots,” concludes Julia Brailovskaia. “These measures can be easily implemented in everyday life and they are completely free – and, at the same time, they help us stay happy and healthy in the digital age.”

Source of the story:

Material provided by Ruhr-University of Bochum. Original written by Meike Drießen; translated by Donata Zuber. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

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Social Media and the 2023 General Election – By: . https://pagerank-tracking.com/social-media-and-the-2023-general-election-by/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 03:34:11 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/social-media-and-the-2023-general-election-by/ Politicians and accomplished statesmen should be media savvy. They must deploy the dominant media technology of the time to the fullest extent to lucidly communicate their thoughts, visions and sound bites. These end up resonating with their huge audience / supporters, etching them in their memories and becoming part of history. Winston Churchill and Franklin […]]]>

Politicians and accomplished statesmen should be media savvy. They must deploy the dominant media technology of the time to the fullest extent to lucidly communicate their thoughts, visions and sound bites. These end up resonating with their huge audience / supporters, etching them in their memories and becoming part of history.

Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt used radio to communicate during World War II and the terrible Great Depression respectively. As the power of radio waned and was eclipsed by television, the svelte and elegant John F. Kennedy harnessed the glamor of television to beat Richard Nixon in the very first televised presidential debate in our annals. Ronald Reagan, nicknamed the Great Communicator, brought his melodious voice and cadence to speeches written by Peggy Noonan and Company.

In our jurisdiction, Tafawa Balewa, Maitama Sule and the inimitable Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe are remembered with nostalgia for their eloquence. Each gave us memorable and captivating speeches. Dr Azikiwe, even more, with his urbanity and quotes. Each time Zik has lost an election, he has published an apt epitaph, the last in 1983 being: “History will vindicate the just.”

Although the traditional media – radio, newspapers, magazines and television – remain strongholds, we have seen a resurgence of social media over the past 20 years and it has radically transformed the political landscape. From an underdog position, Barrack Obama used social media to raise funds to eclipse Hillary Clinton and ultimately win the US presidency. The maverick Donald Trump who succeeded President Obama simply turned himself into the head of Twitter and fed on a daily diet of cable news.

By the way, what are the social networks? Wikipedia succinctly describes them as “interactive technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, interests, and other forms of expression through virtual communities and networks.” Social media has four salient attributes, namely: it is interactive Web 2.0. Internet-based applications (apps); they facilitate user-generated content; they create service-specific profiles for the website or application; and they help to develop online social networks by connecting a user’s profile with others. Translation: these are: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Reditt, WhatsApp, etc. It was commensurate with their fearsomeness that they galvanized community action during the Arab Spring, Black Lives Matter, Me Too Movement, and more.

It is correct to say that social media content is generated by all comers, regardless of their background, socio-economic status and agenda. It is true that their content is very loosely regulated and can be salacious, sinister, extravagant and sometimes defamatory. It is true that their content is not generated by professional journalists, as in the case of traditional media, who are guided by high ethics, the art and craftsmanship of writing and imbued with a permanent sense social responsibility and the national interest. Also, it is true that there are no editors to guard the doors and check the content for good taste, infelicities, facts, inaccuracies, defamation, etc.

But social media, warts and all, are the new fad. In January 2022, according to Google, “Nigeria had about 109 million active internet users, which is about half of the total population” daily. In addition, the most used social media platforms by Nigerians in Q3 2021 are: WhatsApp, 91.9%; Facebook, 86.4%; Instagram, 77.9%; FB Messenger, 71.2%.

What can be gleaned from the above is that Nigerians, especially its young population, are active in social media. It is for this compelling and defining reason that materials published or trending in traditional media are often uploaded to social media platforms for greater visibility and impact. In addition to traditional media, social media is the firmament to be in if you want to market a product or service. Vibrant and progressive organizations such as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), mainstream media and civil society organizations have largely migrated and dominated the social media space with their robust and interactive websites and platforms. Today, one can access electronic copies of our newspapers and view life-saving television programs on YouTube.

If the EMB and some of its key stakeholders have taken advantage of the enormous opportunities offered by social media, what about our political parties and candidates? This question becomes relevant given the disdain for Internet users by political parties and candidates and the importance they place on “structures”. But as we have seen from the above, those who place undue importance on certain phantom and fictitious “structures” are likely to grieve. Indeed, mostly young Nigerian voters have since migrated to social media!

Nick Dazang is a former director of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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UNIFY presents month-long global events online for the International Day of Peace https://pagerank-tracking.com/unify-presents-month-long-global-events-online-for-the-international-day-of-peace/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 08:25:33 +0000 https://pagerank-tracking.com/unify-presents-month-long-global-events-online-for-the-international-day-of-peace/ UNIFY, a non-profit organization, presents online and streamed events, including educational programs from around the world in the weeks leading up to and on September 21, the International Day of Peace. #Unify4Peace #Wage Peace (ProNewsReport Editorial): – San Francisco, Calif. September 4, 2022 (Issuewire.com) – globally online – UNIFY showcases inspiring content from organizations and […]]]>

UNIFY, a non-profit organization, presents online and streamed events, including educational programs from around the world in the weeks leading up to and on September 21, the International Day of Peace. #Unify4Peace #Wage Peace

(ProNewsReport Editorial): – San Francisco, Calif. September 4, 2022 (Issuewire.com) – globally online – UNIFY showcases inspiring content from organizations and communities around the world, September 10-24 on watch.unify.org and through their social media communities on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter. Celebrities include Leonardo DiCaprio, Dr. Jane Goodall, Ringo Starr, Miriah Carey, Shakira, Oprah Winfrey and others. Collaborating partners include We the World, Good News Corporation, United Nations and others (below).

Background: UNIFY is a non-profit organization and international movement that operates through peer-to-peer networks and social media to shed light on important global challenges with a solution-oriented, spiritual and community-based approach. UNIFY recognizes that the only true path to global peace is through inner peace and therefore aims to amplify educational programs to foster community support and engagement.

On their 10th anniversary, UNIFY held its first globally synchronized meditation flash mob for the International Day of Peace in 2012. This grassroots organization brings together individuals, organizations and communities for globally synchronized events through its social networks powered by people. Similar to massive global productions like Live-Aid, but unique in that they use interactive social media streaming technology combined with their huge network of engaged individuals. Throughout the year, they host initiatives, livestreams and globally synchronized events to highlight causes such as International Women’s Day, World Water Day, Earth Day, Yoga Day, etc. International Day of Peace events begin on September 10, Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day, and run through September 24.

Broadcast Event calendar :

9/10 – World Suicide Prevention Day Broadcast With Commitment for life

9/11- Press conference with NY Mayor, Times Square Peace Leaders

September 11th start 11 days of global unity with We the world including special guests Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Deepak Chopra, Immaculee Ilibagiza, Robert Thurman, Riane Eisler, Bill McKibben and many more.

9/16- United Nations Peace Assembly Youth Celebration and Flag Ceremony New York

09/17- Begin peace week where we meet the 7 basic needs of humanity and together chart the way forward for our planet

21/09- 24 hours of meditation at 12 p.m. in each time zone starts in New Zealand

  • World Peace Congress Broadcast Day 1: 20 spiritual leaders each presenting a 20-minute peace practice
  • 11:00 a.m. Peace Day Party Times Square, world’s largest human peace sign
  • 12 p.m. Global Moment of Silence for Peace hosted by Ringo Starr

09/22- World Peace Congress Broadcast Day 2: 20 of the World’s Greatest Religions Conduct 20 Practices to Cultivate Inner Peace

24/9 – 4 p.m. Global Citizen concert in Central Park, New York with Mariah Carey, Metallica, Jonas Brothers and more

All events are streamed for free on UNIFY on watch.unify.org

Additional partners include: global citizen, Jane Goodall Institute, A billion acts for peace, Peace one day, Unit Earth, The SINE network, Roots and shoots, and world peace congress

“Those who love peace must organize themselves as effectively as those
who love war.
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Contact:

Miranda Clendening

Chief Ambassador

Partnerships and engagement

[email protected]

Telephone: 1 (303) 916-8639

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