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Google announces shortlist for UK

By on June 16, 2021

first_img Pennies: electronic donation box for charities MAKlab: micromanufacturing for young entrepreneurs CDI Apps for Good: app development training for UK children Integrity Action: accountability tool for development vInspired: microwork platform for unemployed youth SolarAid: solar lights for off-grid communities Zoological Society of London: digital eyes and ears for wildlife protection Age UK: digital connections for older people War Child: mapping sexual violence for child safety Amnesty International: mobile alert system for activistsThere will be four winners, one of which will be selected by public vote. Voting is open until 31 May 2013.  8 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Sir Tim Berners-Lee, judge and inventor of the World Wide Web, commented: “The Web’s contribution to economic progress has been much celebrated, but I believe that we are only scratching the surface of its potential to solve social and political problems. On behalf of the World Wide Web Foundation, I’m delighted to join Google in this exciting and innovative initiative.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Google announces shortlist for UK Advertisement Google has announced the 10 UK charities that have been shortlisted in its £500,000 Global Impact Challenge. This aims to find and support charities using technology to help solve the world’s toughest problems.The shortlist is: Howard Lake | 25 May 2013 | Newslast_img read more

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RSF welcomes Twitter’s clampdown on robotized censorship

By on June 12, 2021

first_img Twitter is setting stricter boundaries on bots, programs often used by press freedom’s predators to amplify their propaganda and to harass journalists An estimated 48 million accounts on the microblogging platform are thought to be fake and managed by bots. However, according to Twitter’s announcement on February 21, sending retweets, likes, or follows from multiple accounts simultaneously will now be forbidden. Users will no longer be able to disseminate content from dozens of accounts with a single click. “We welcome Twitter’s decision, as bots are often used by predators to artificially amplify their propaganda and to discredit journalists,” said Elodie Vialle, the head of RSF’s Journalism and Technology Bureau. “Such robotized censorship enables authoritarian regimes to silence dissent. Bots are used, for example, to create huge volumes of complaints about posts by journalists so that they are blocked on abusive content grounds. We have also seen how they are used to harass journalists by, for example, automatically retweeting death threat hashtags.” Robotized censorship is a disturbing phenomenon that works against the freedom to inform, and platforms must combat the massive use of automated fake accounts. RSF nonetheless points out that anonymity and the use of an account under a false name is often the only way journalists can share information in countries in which security concerns prevent them from revealing their real identity online. Organisation PredatorsInternet PredatorsInternet Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails Twitter’s announcement that it is setting stricter boundaries on bots – programs that generate automated posts from multiple accounts. Press freedom’s predators often use these fake accounts both to amplify their propaganda and to harass journalists. center_img News RSF_en February 28, 2018 RSF welcomes Twitter’s clampdown on robotized censorship Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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TRUMP’S LAUGHING AT US

By on May 3, 2021

first_imgBy Peter FuntGive Donald Trump this much: he knows how to play the media like a violin. If I had half his business brain I’d send him a bill for this column, because every time a serious journalist treats his campaign seriously it feeds his coffers.Call Trump a bona fide political threat, and he’s laughing all the way to the next campaign appearance. Call him a clown, and he’s laughing all the way to the bank.Few in media are fooled by Trump — even his admirers at Fox News. They all know he has zero chance to win the Republican nomination let alone be elected president. Yet, the higher he climbs in early, irrelevant polls the more ink he gets.It can be argued that even those voters who tell pollsters they prefer Trump are playing along — for now. Many are frustrated by the sheer size of the GOP roster, by the tedious length of modern presidential campaigns, and by the seeming inevitability of Hillary Clinton’s nomination on the Democrat’s side. What better way to goose the process than by saying, “I’m for Donald Trump!”A CNN poll ranked Trump second, behind Jeb Bush, among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents nationwide.This happens in high schools when a unpopular kid with few friends inexplicably shows up as a favorite for prom king or queen. It’s the students’ way of pushing back against a process they never really liked.In Trump’s case, it’s win-win. The other day The New York Times ran not one but two op-ed columns about Trump’s candidacy. In one, GOP veteran Peter Wehner noted, “…the press are only too happy to highlight Mr. Trump’s stream of invective and outrageous utterances…”And why not? In mid-summer, nothing sizzles more than news of a bombastic billionaire stating flatly that Mexico is intentionally sending drug dealers and rapists our way.Actually, for comedians like Jon Stewart and Jimmy Fallon, it’s almost too easy — like shooting elephants in a barrel. But for news reporters and columnists the Trump phenomenon is not so simple to deal with. Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post artfully called him “a farce to be reckoned with.” That’s precisely what Trump is counting on.Here’s the thing about Trump’s campaign. He’s scoring with some ultra-frustrated conservatives at this preliminary stage by appearing to boldly speak his mind without the calculated caution practiced by conventional politicians. In fact, Trump’s boldness comes from knowing he has no chance and therefore can’t be hurt by speaking out irresponsibly.The Trump campaign is modern, social-media driven political theater.Maybe this is what the public and its media deserve for allowing presidential campaigns to begin so early. The first GOP “debate” is less than a month away. And thanks to Donald Trump’s presence, the Fox News Channel telecast might actually draw a sizable audience.Will Trump walk on stage naked? Wearing a Mexican sombrero? Holding a gun? He’ll think of something, because he doesn’t really care. Nor should we. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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