Revcontent, a self-funded company powering content recommendations for publishers like Forbes and The Atlantic, has acquired Rover.That s not Rover the pet-sitting marketplace, but rather the content discovery app formerly known as Flipora and Infoaxe.CEO John Lemp told me that RevContent is paying north of $30 million in cash and stock for the acquisition, which he described as an investment in better content recommendations.He added that Rover will help publishers deliver Facebook-style personalization with technology that s three times more granular than Facebook in the sense that it looks at 3,000 possible user interests .We want people to genuinely connect to their users across the web, Lemp said.We want to create a uniform personal web, so that media is not going to become a slave to any one company.
With national immigration policies in flux, tech s privacy advocates aren t wasting any time rallying around common causes.This week, the Center for Democracy & Technology, a nonprofit dedicated to driving policy outcomes that keep the Internet open, innovative, and free, announced a coalition to oppose efforts by Homeland Security to collect social media passwords from individuals wishing to enter the United States.The coalition is particularly focused on visa applicants who might be forced to share their passwords under new policies from Homeland Security.Concerns were reignited in an early February committee meeting in which Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly raised the practice as a possibility.While critics and privacy advocates fear expansion of border authorities under President Trump, it s worth noting that this particular policy actually has its roots in the Obama administration.DHS should take the idea of making blanket demands for passwords off the table, Center for Democracy & Technology Free Expression Project Director Emma Llansó told TechCrunch.
Web developer Celso Mireles used to panic whenever he drove past a police car.So, as a formerly undocumented immigrant to the U.S., Mireles understands the fear taking hold across the U.S. as the administration of President Donald Trump moves to make good on promises to deport many of the estimated 11 million Mexicans illegally in the country.Mexican-born Mireles was 3 when his parents left low-paid factory jobs near the American border, flew to America and overstayed their visas, according to a 2012 report from CNN.Though he s recently obtained legal U.S. residency, Mireles spent more than 25 years as an undocumented alien, watching friends and members of his community getting deported, Vice s Motherboard reported.Now he s taking action, with heavyweight backing, to protect undocumented people from federal immigration authorities.Mireles, 27, is building an app intended to enable verified, crowdsourced warnings about immigration raids so undocumented individuals can be alerted and avoid them, according to Motherboard.The project fits perfectly with the goals of Stanford University s Liberationtech program, which promotes use of technology to address issues around democracy, freedom and human rights, a university researcher said.Celso s effort falls right under our mission statement, and we felt the need to help,  to design technologies to promote the human rights of immigrant populations, Stanford researcher and policy expert Yosem Companys, moderator for the Liberationtech platform, told Motherboard.Mireles started building the app, called redadalertas raid alerts , when former President Barack Obama was deporting undocumented immigrants at a record-setting pace, Motherboard reported.Mireles ramped up his work as immigration raids began under Trump.Mireles, of Arizona, expects the app to go live in May.Subscribers would receive text messages about verified raids in their areas, according to Motherboard.
The World Justice Project offers a four-pronged functional definition.The government and citizens are accountable under the law.If the damage is not repaired, our tripartite system of Government, civil rights, elections, free press, etc.—will be replaced by a very different social order.Democracy is neither guaranteed nor absolute, and it ceases to exist without the rule of law.They are locked in an expanding, unrelenting assault on the rule of law coming from multiple fronts and in old and new ways.Advances in technology, new legal delivery models, a focus on process, and a surfeit of unemployed and underemployed lawyers provide an opportunity for affordable legal representation for the many millions of Americans in need of it.
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Enemies included clergy, intellectuals, monarchists, Trotskyists, rootless cosmopolitans, and well-to-do farmers.To be branded an enemy of the people was to face nearly inevitable doom; such a fate was soon followed by a knock on the door in the middle of the night, a prison cell, the Gulag, an icy ditch—a variety of dismal ends.Robespierre, one of the architects of the Jacobin Reign of Terror, set out to horrify the opposition, and his instruments were the epithet, righteousness, and the blade.In 1917, the same year as the Bolshevik seizure of power, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin published an essay in Pravda called Enemies of the People, in which he lionized the Jacobin Terror as instructive.Stalin, Lenin s energetic successor, expanded the system from western Russia to the Sea of Okhotsk, ten time zones to the east.Now Donald Trump, the elected President of the oldest democracy on earth, a real-estate brander and reality-TV star, has taken not to Pravda but to his own preferred instrument of autocratic pronouncement—the tweet—to declare the media the enemy of the American People.
the united states will remain a European and Nato as a strong ally, the Us vice-president Mike Pence insurance on Saturday in munich."Assured the president of Trump's behalf, that the U.S. strongly supports Nato and is a staunch transatlantic cooperation," Pence said in a speech.Pence also stressed the U.S. and the European common values such as freedom, democracy and the rule of law.Pence's speech was interpreted as a soothing message to the european leaders.the president Trump the strong position taken during the election campaign and after the election have raised concerns in the European and Us relations.Trump is, inter alia, understatement of European importance of the united states and issued a positive opinion for the Uk EU-the difference.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his team have revealed the designs for the 250,000 square foot Union Square Tech Hub.The hub, which was first announced in December, will include 58,000 square feet of fluid space for startups and a 36,500 square foot tech training center.Partners in the training program include the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education, General Assembly, Per Scholas, FedCap, Code to Work, and Coalition for Queens.The anchor tenant will be Civic Hall — a 1,000-member work and event space that focuses on what founder and CEO Andrew Rasiej said is the idea that technology can be used to support the public good.De Blasio unveiled the designs at an event this afternoon at the New York City headquarters of adtech company AppNexus, where he also talked about his hopes for the space.After praising NYC s tech community for being the most diverse tech community in the country and the most socially conscious tech community in the country, de Blasio said the hub is about making sure more and more New Yorkers benefit from this extraordinary tech ecosystem.
In his month as President, Donald J. Trump has been portrayed by his many detractors as either an authoritarian with no respect for the rule of law surrounding himself with yes-men, paid crowds, and a cabal of wealthy, amoral cronies intent on bringing down democracy as we understand it—or as a child-like incompetent, metaphorically and literally stumbling in the dark, sickeningly ignorant of the expectations of his station.A new meme has seized upon the latter interpretation.Image: Imgur via RedditIt s been well documented that Trump feels strongly about his public perception, often using Twitter to pitch tempter tantrums against the failing New York Times which added 276,000 subscribers last quarter or decrying Saturday Night Live s caricature of him as a complete hit job.Clearly, and in spite of being a national embarrassment, the man wants to be loved.And scaled down to the size of an infant, admittedly, there is something adorable about our Dear Leader.Image: imgur via RedditApproximately 14 hours ago, redditors created a new community—r/TinyTrumps—to post these photoshops.
In his month as President, Donald J. Trump has been portrayed by his many detractors as either an authoritarian with no respect for the rule of law surrounding himself with yes-men, paid crowds, and a cabal of wealthy, amoral cronies intent on bringing down democracy as we understand it—or as a child-like incompetent, metaphorically and literally stumbling in the dark, sickeningly ignorant of the expectations of his station.A new meme has seized upon the latter interpretation.Image: Imgur via RedditIt s been well documented that Trump feels strongly about his public perception, often using Twitter to pitch tempter tantrums against the failing New York Times which added 276,000 subscribers last quarter or decrying Saturday Night Live s caricature of him as a complete hit job.Clearly, and in spite of being a national embarrassment, the man wants to be loved.And scaled down to the size of an infant, admittedly, there is something adorable about our Dear Leader.Image: imgur via RedditApproximately 14 hours ago, redditors created a new community—r/TinyTrumps—to post these photoshops.
Last week, a senior White House official with me about why President Donald Trump and his team have been adrift since November: they ve yet to adjust to the post-election reality, and they haven t yet learned how to operate without a single, common enemy—Hillary Clinton—to focus on.The White House staff has been riven by competing factions to an extent that invites comparisons to Game of Thrones or Lord of the Flies.On Thursday, Flynn s intended replacement, Robert Harward, turned down the job because, as a friend of his told CNN, working in the chaotic Trump White House looked like a shit sandwich.An editorial in Der Spiegel, the sober-minded German newsweekly, recently described Trump as a pathological liar and a racist who wants to establish an illiberal democracy, and called on Germany to lead an international alliance against him.Tony Thomas, the four-star general who runs the military s Special Operations Command, recently whether the U.S. government is stable.At his press conference on Thursday, Trump appeared to settle the issue by declaring—or reigniting—a war on the media.
Headliners like AirBnB and Uber represent just the tip of the proverbial iceberg that has put a multibillion dollar sector on notice.VERITAMO is among the vanguard companies channeling the groundswell of crowdsourcing mentality into a sustainable new business paradigm.From Miami to Moscow, Dubai to Dubrovnik, VERITAMO has become one of the fastest growing worldwide networks powering the once secretive market that caters to the needs, interests and whims of the global elite.How does one break into a premium segment by default reserved for limited-access only?Many companies would tell us they worked by referrals from existing partners or clients.For all the people who know people rhetoric, it was certainly an each man for himself kind of story.
the new US president, Donald Trump has said that he wants to turn off the internet.the Ability to global communications should be able to lead to growing tolerance and understanding between the world's various countries.But sometimes it seems as if the man is not able to manage this amazing invention.Many public figures have been forced to withdraw after the hatred and threats on the internet.If, for example, journalists or politicians of a particular gender can not carry on their work, freedom of expression is no longer free.But the question is what to do about it.
Elon Musk accidentally posted a series of tweets voicing his opposition to President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban on Wednesday 15 February , saying "the Muslim immigration ban is not right."The SpaceX and Tesla CEO, however, deleted the tweets within minutes.Signed into effect last month, Trump's immigration ban on people from seven predominantly Muslim countries - Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Sudan - has drawn massive backlash and prompted protests across the US and around the world.Last week, three judges from the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit unanimously refused to lift a temporary nationwide block on the travel ban from a lower court.This is normal for a functioning democracy," Musk wrote in a three-part tweet.The deleted, more strongly-worded tweets from the billionaire entrepreneur soon drew interest from his Twitter followers.
You'll be able to celebrate this Presidents' Day in VR style with tours of the White House, Air Force One, and more.Presidents Day will soon be upon us, and is there a better way to celebrate than with a trip down memory lane?Yes there is — a trip down virtual reality lane.Thanks to a new partnership between Google Arts & Culture and no fewer than 30 cultural institutions, the internet giant is bringing you a huge update to the American Democracy collection.If you visit g.co/americandemocracy, you ll be privy to a treasure trove of history about the United States presidency, complete with more than 2,000 new artifacts, photos, and pictures.On Wednesday, Google announced the addition of 63 new exhibits to its American Democracy online exhibit, which brings the total number of exhibits to 158.
The UK government is considering much harsher penalties for whistleblowers and journalists that obtain or share state secrets.As it stands today, those convicted of disclosing secrets face a maximum of two years behind bars and an unlimited fine.The revised laws could bump the time spent in jail to as many as 14 years and would no doubt have people thinking twice before going public with leaks.Jodie Ginsberg of the UK s Index on Censorship told The Telegraph that the proposed changes are frightening and have no place in a democracy that relies on having mechanisms to hold the powerful to account.Ginsberg added that it is unthinkable that whistleblowers and those to whom they reveal their information should face jail for leaking and receiving information that is in the public interest.Jim Killock, chief executive of the Open Rights Group, agrees, noting that the idea seems to be to criminalize the act of handing leaked documents which would prevent the public from knowing the government is breaking the law.
Fake news is killing people s minds and a large campaign is needed to combat the problem, Apple boss Tim Cook has said.The chief executive of one of the world s largest companies said governments should wage information wars against phoney reports while businesses must create the tools to root out propaganda.False stories have thrived on social media in recent highly-divisive political campaigns, in particular the US presidential election.In the UK, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee is investigating the scourge over fears it could have a significant impact on democracy.Cook told the Daily Telegraph a massive campaign was needed with a modern version of a public service announcement.We are going through this period of time right here where unfortunately some of the people that are winning are the people that spend their time trying to get the most clicks, not tell the most truth, he said.
the member the vote of the president, the initiative of the pension index change and the development of the European union employ the Sdp chairman Antti Rinne, the party meeting, which began Friday in the Bay exhibition centre.Slope of said assembly in a speech, that tomorrow to elect a new party government to prepare an amendment to the regulations of the advisory member vote arrangements.Time for the preparation is given for two years.voting for the party leader I wish were already in the Sdp in the previous party meeting in Seinäjoki 2014, but the slope of the party led by the office couldn't get things to move forward.the Sdp is time to move on to also party democracy, the implementation of the front row , Slope of hope now.the Second Slope the main thing is the pensions increase.
A New Jersey man was out walking his dogs on the beach recently when he came across something peculiar.It was a message in a bottle, with a note explaining that it had been sent adrift into the Atlantic Ocean by a man named Stuart, possibly from England.We don t know how old the message is yet, but one can only assume it s from a desperate Briton who s nervous about Brexit.For those unfamiliar, the island of England is 50,000 square miles of beautiful land and has a rich tradition of liberal democracy.The pound is crashing and people are nervous.So it only makes sense that people might want to send out SOS messages in bottles.
British Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has accused Russia of "weaponising" fake news to undermine Western democracies.Speaking at St Andrews University, one of the main centres for Russian studies in the UK, Fallon said Nato must better compete with Russia's cyber activities to prevent their success.He made the comments on Thursday 2 February after accusing Russia of hacking France, Germany, Holland, Bulgaria and Montenegro in addition to the US."Today we see a country that, in weaponising misinformation, has created what we might now see as the post-truth age," Fallon said, reported the Guardian."Part of that is the use of cyber-weaponry to disrupt critical infrastructure and disable democratic machinery."Fallon's anti-Russian rhetoric sits in contrast with that of US President Donald Trump's, who appears to welcome the prospect of cooperation and dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Sir Michael Fallon warned of possible Russian interference in the upcoming German elections.According to Sir Fallon, Russia is weaponising information in a bid to destabilise Western democracy and critical infrastructure, drawing upon past incidents such as the TV5Monde hack and the recent US Presidential election.There is the use of cyber weaponry to disrupt critical infrastructure and disable democratic machinery, said Sir Michael Fallon.In April 2015 TV5Monde was taken off air by a group calling itselfThe Defense Secretary went on to point to possible future attacks, saying that the Head of the German BfV intelligence agency warned the Kremlin is seeking to influence public opinion and decision-making processes ahead of this year s German elections.In response to Russia s clear testing of NATO and the West, Sir Fallon said that it was in the UK s interest to keep NATO strong and to deter and dissuade Russia from this course.
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