• Google launches new tools to improve digital skills

    Google launches new tools to improve digital skills0

    Google has launched a host of online tools intended to help people and businesses “digitise and grow” through digital skills.

    In a statement from Matt Brittin, president of Google EMEA, the company has pledged to support 10 million people and businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

    According to the Institute for Employment Studies, between 1.5m and 2m jobs could be lost in the UK, as well as those already furloughed, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    In this context, many are looking to digital skills to improve their employability, with research by the Good Things Foundation highlighting that out of the top five skills that furloughed workers are focusing on, three relate to technology.

    Google will pay for 100,000 people to take the Google IT Support Professional Certificate, designed to prepare them for a career in IT. Fifty thousand of these places are reserved for people who otherwise face real barriers to learning, such as language, caring responsibilities or fina..

  • Facebook policy initiative fails to halt advertiser exodus

    Facebook policy initiative fails to halt advertiser exodus0

    On 26 June, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg disclosed policy initiatives aimed at quelling posts that are deemed to incite violence or would otherwise be considered hate speech.

    Though the changes were obviously in the works beforehand, they were publicized soon after consumer goods giant Unilever announced it was pulling US advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through year’s end due to the polarized atmosphere around those platforms.

    But that has not stopped other major brands from leaving. On 29 June, Ford announced plans to stop advertising for at least 30 days. Coca-Cola will do the same beginning 1 July. In addition, Starbucks and about 100 other brands are also supporting an advertising boycott called for by the Stop Hate for Profit campaign.

    Laundry list of new Facebook policies
    Facebook has faced growing criticism, even from its own employees, for allowing incendiary posts from President Donald Trump to appear minus any labeling despite violating Facebook policies. Bu..

  • Artificial intelligence trends: Machine learning leads Twitter mentions in Q1 2020

    Artificial intelligence trends: Machine learning leads Twitter mentions in Q1 20200

    Verdict lists the top five terms tweeted on artificial intelligence in Q1 2020, based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform. The top tweeted terms are the trending industry discussions happening on Twitter by key individuals (influencers) as tracked by the platform.

    1. Machine Learning – 13,458 mentions
    The contribution of machine learning in transforming retail, to knowing how to do it efficiently, helping detect Covid-19 cases and ways to combat it, and its potential use in understanding a wide variety of weather and climate problems, were some of the popular topics discussed in Q1 2020. For example, Jeremy Howard, a data scientist and entrepreneur, shared an article on how to do machine learning efficiently. For example, the article noted that calculations should not exceed 10 seconds.

    In another tweet, Dr Ganapthi Pulipaka, a chief data scientist, describes how AI and machine learning can be deployed for detecting Covid-19 cases from chest radiography images, and their as..

  • How Nominet is battling malicious coronavirus websites

    How Nominet is battling malicious coronavirus websites0

    With news reporting, government policy and public consciousness occupied by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it is not surprising that the situation has caught the attention of cybercriminals.

    At times of public uncertainty and worry, it is not uncommon for cybercriminals to come up with news ways, or modify existing scams, to capitalise on situations. During the ebola outbreak, those in the cybersecurity industry noted a spike in ebola-related phishing attacks, with scammers pushing fake products and cures.

    This has also been the case during the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately £2m has been lost in the UK to scams related to Covid-19 so far this year, according to Action Fraud.

    Part of the problem lies in the registration of domains, with scammers trapping those eager to find new advice or resources related to the pandemic using malicious websites.

    Coronavirus-related websites have spiked
    Nominet is the UK’s domain registry which, through authorised domain registrars, has regi..

  • Kao u vreme OZNE: Crnogorska policija prati društvene mreže – uklanja sporne profile i sadržaj

    Kao u vreme OZNE: Crnogorska policija prati društvene mreže – uklanja sporne profile i sadržaj0

    Policija pomno prati ko na društvenim mrežama kritikuje državu i njene zvaničnike, a u tom poslu im pomažu i građani, pišu Vijesti. Komentari događaja i osoba, koji se uglavnom tiču događaja koji su posljedica usvajanja Zakona o slobodi veroispovesti, i objavljeni na Fejsbuku, koštali su pritvora i novca više osoba poslednjih mesec dana. „Upravi policije

  • How Sahel rebel groups use online diplomacy

    How Sahel rebel groups use online diplomacy0

    In the absence of access to privileged diplomatic channels, rebel groups engage in more public relations with foreign elites, international organizations and civil society groups. Digital tools, like social media, have given the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other terrorist organizations a much louder voice, and there is little doubt that they

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