A tech body backed by the Australian units of Facebook, Google and Twitter said on Monday it has set up a special committee to adjudicate complaints over misinformation, a day after the government threatened tougher laws over false and defamatory online posts.
The issue of damaging social media posts has emerged as a second battlefront between Big Tech and Australia, which last year passed a law to make platforms pay licence fees for content, sparking a temporary Facebook blackout in February.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week labelled social media “a coward’s palace”, while the government said on Sunday it was looking at measures to make social media companies more responsible, including forcing legal liability onto the platforms for the content published on them.
The Digital Industry Group Inc (DIGI), which represents the Australian units of Facebook Inc (FB.O), Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N), said its new misinformation oversight subcommittee showed the industry was willing to self-regulate against damaging posts.
The tech giants had already agreed a code of conduct against misinformation, “and we wanted to further strengthen it with independent oversight from experts, and public accountability,” DIGI Managing Director Sunita Bose said in a statement.
A three-person “independent complaints sub-committee” would seek to resolve complaints about possible breaches of the code conduct via a public website, DIGI said, but would not take complaints about individual posts.
The industry’s code of conduct includes items such as taking action against misinformation affecting public health, which would include the novel coronavirus.
DIGI, which also counts Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and TikTok as signatories, said it could issue a public statement if a company was found to have violated the code of conduct or revoke its signatory status with the group.
Australian communications minister Paul Fletcher, who has been among senior lawmakers promising tougher action against platforms hosting misleading and defamatory content, welcomed the measure, while consumer groups argued it did not go far enough.
“I’m pleased that DIGI is announcing an important development to strengthen the way the code will protect Australians from misinformation and disinformation,” Fletcher said in a statement.
But Reset Australia, an advocate group focused on the influence of technology on democracy, said the oversight panel was “laughable” as it involved no penalties and the code of conduct was optional.
“DIGI’s code is not much more than a PR stunt given the negative PR surrounding Facebook in recent weeks,” said Reset Australia Director of tech policy Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran in a statement, urging regulation for the industry.
Australian Communications Consumer Action Network CEO Andrew Williams said the move was “a step in the right direction” but too limited since only people with Google accounts could lodge complaints on the new website.
“It’s important that any information that consumers need to know about the DIGI Complaints Portal is easy to find and accessible for everyone,” he said.
Top 10 Most Followed Instagram Accounts In The world
Instagram is used by billions in the world for fun, business and connectivity with friends, role models or celebrities and so many more. The invention of Instagram has been helpful to a lot of people for so many purposes. Let’s take a look at the top 10 most followed IG account in the world:
• Instagram: Yes! The America photo and video social networking service has been recorded as the first most followed account in the world. Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. The platform shows off the best and most interesting people and trends on Instagram. It has over 420 million followers presently.
• Cristiano Ronaldo: The popular Manchester United player is followed by 340 million. His account includes lots of family pictures, shots of him playing football and plenty photos of him living life to the fullest.
• Dwayne Johnson: Former WWE’s star, Dwayne Johnson popularly known by his stage name “The rock” is an American actor, producer, business man and a retired wrestler. He was born on May 2nd 1972. The American actor is followed by 268 million people. The rock entertains and engages fans by posting compelling contents centered around entertainment, fitness and other personal and professional projects.
• Ariande Grande: The popular American singer, songwriter and actress, born on June 26, 1993, has her feed full of beautiful personal photos, meeting celebrities and living life. She is currently followed by 265 million people.
• Kylie Jenner: American media personality, socialist, model and business woman “Kylie Jenner” was born on August 10, 1997. She is the founder and owner of cosmetic company “Kylie cosmetics”. Her account focuses on her work, personal life, pictures of her when she was younger, her child’s pictures and photos with her partner. She is followed by 265 people on Instagram.
• Selena Gomez: Selena Marie Gomez is an American singer and actress born on July 22, 1992 in Texas. She loves posting tidbits of her life with her fans on Instagram and has over 260 million followers.
• Lionel Messi: Leo Messi is an Argentine professional footballer born on June 24, 1987. The former Barcelona captain moved to PSG in August. His Instagram includes pictures of him playing and his achievement. He has over 262 million followers.
• Kim Kardashian: Kimberly Noel Kardashian is an American media personality, socialite, model and business woman. She was born on October 21, 1980. She owns the “KKW” beauty and “KKW” fragrance. She is a mother to four cute children and followed by 251 million people on Instagram. Her account is about lot of pictures from modelling and events she attends, pictures of her sons and herself and old family photos.
• Beyonce: Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She was born on September 4, 1981 in Texas. She owns the “parkwood” entertainment company and has 206m followers. Her account includes shots from her performances.
• Justin Bieber: Justin Drew Bieber is a Canadian singer, born on March 1, 1994. His account includes photos of him performing, hanging out with celebrities, family, his wife and so many more. He is followed by 194m followers.
”Technology” Dubai Creates Its Own Rain To Arrest Severe Heat Season
The United Arab Emirates is creating its own rain using drones that fly into clouds and unleash electrical charges to beat the sweltering 50 degrees Celsius heat, the Daily Mail of UK has reported.
The rain is formed using drone technology that gives clouds an electric shock to ‘cajole them’ into clumping together and producing precipitation.
The UAE is one of the most arid countries on Earth, and it hopes the technique could help to increase its meagre annual rainfall.
And it is working. Video footage released by the UAE’s National Center of Meteorology shows monsoon-like downpours across the country which create a sheet of rain on the highways.
Waterfalls are also seen on the side of roads as drivers in SUVs struggle to navigate the torrential rain – despite the country being in the middle of a summer heatwave where temperatures have soared above 122F (50C).
The Center said the precipitation has been enhanced by a technique known as cloud seeding, and its purpose is to increase condensation in the hope that it might trigger a downpour.
The UAE’s cloud seeding operations are part of an ongoing $15 million (£10.8m) mission to generate rain in the country, which ranks among the world’s top 10 driest countries with an average rainfall of just three inches (78 millimetres) – 15 times less than what falls in an average year in the UK.
The rain is being created using drone technology in research led by experts at the University of Reading in the UK.
Professor Maarten Ambaum, who worked on the special project, told the BBC earlier this year that the UAE has enough clouds to create conditions which allow for rainfall.
The technology uses a drone to release electrical charges into the clouds, which helps the water droplets to merge and stick together to form precipitation, ‘like dry hair to a comb’.
‘When the drops merge and are big enough, they will fall as rain,’ Professor Ambaum said.
Alya Al-Mazroui, director of the UAE’s rain-enhancement science-research program, told Arab News in March: ‘Equipped with a payload of electric-charge emission instruments and customised sensors, these drones will fly at low altitudes and deliver an electric charge to air molecules, which should encourage precipitation.’
In 2017, the UAE government provided $15m for nine different rain-enhancement projects.
Among them is another cloud-seeding technology which launches salt missiles into clouds from planes.
The country’s Abu Dhabi-based forecasters monitor weather radars to tell pilots flying official government aircraft when to take off on rain-inducing missions.
‘As soon as they see some convective cloud formations, they launch us on a flight to investigate,’ said Mark Newman, deputy chief pilot at NCMS.
Speaking from the airbase that houses the four Beechcraft King Air C90 aircraft that are used for the country’s cloud seeding programme, Mr Newman said the team would then attempt ‘to seed the cloud’ if the conditions were right.
Mr Newman said summer is usually the busiest season for the missions.
At that time clouds form over the eastern Al-Hajar mountains which deflect the warm wind blowing from the Gulf of Oman.
The strength of the updraft determines the number of ‘salt flares’ fired as the plane explores the base of the forming cloud.
‘If we’ve got a mild updraft, we usually burn one or two flares. If we’ve got a good updraft, we burn four, sometimes six flares into the cloud,’ he said.
Not every cloud they seed produces rainfall, but they often do, according to Mr Newman.
‘It is fantastic… As soon as there is rain, there is a lot of excitement. We can hear the guys in the office are happy,’ he said.
Whether cloud seeding is effective at increasing rainfall, however, is still under investigation.
Many scientists doubt whether it has a noticable impact on rainfall levels.
US ski resorts in Colorado, however, reportedly use the method to induce heavier snowfall.
It was also used ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony to create a downpour elsewhere and keep the stadium dry.
This involved firing rockets packed with silver iodide crystals into rain clouds over the suburbs of Beijing.
Vintage Confluence Assures On Lightning-Speed Transactions, Calls For ICT Innovations
Leading global Bitcoin trading company, Vintage Confluence LLC has assured her existing and prospective clients of lightning-speed transactions that would ease their burdens and eradicate the delays that pose a threat to their bitcoin business transactions.
The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Precious Aire, gave the assurance on Thursday while delivering his speech at the 2021 edition of the NITRA Technology Forum, which is organized annually by the Nigerian Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) where he was ably represented by the company’s media consultant, Patrick Aigbokhan.
The event, which was themed, ‘Achieving 30% Growth in Local Cloud Hosting By 2024’ was held at the Prestigious Citiheight Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
Aire also emphasized the need for enhanced technology innovations that will boost initiatives in the ICT industry.
He said, “Vintage Confluence as a company has been able to explore the required technology innovations to solve the bitcoin trading problems that formed the bane of smooth trading for investors over the years.
“We offer lightning-speed transactions taking just 10-30 minutes every 24 hours of the week in regular circumstances. We even could do better if we find a more efficient web hosting system.
This is the reason we embrace this forum because it tends to address an innovation that calls for the achievement of speedy online trades.”
While expressing his view over the possibility of Nigeria’s ICT industry achieving 30 percent growth in local cloud hosting by 2024, the Vintage Confluence CEO said, “What makes the global village? It is nothing other than technology innovations. And for the intentions of the global village to thrive, there is a dire need for re-iterating and addressing the adoption of Cloud hosting, which now happens to become sacrosanct in the daily movement of data usage in the present global business world.
Cloud hosting is a type of web hosting which uses multiple different servers to balance the load and maximize uptime. Instead of using a single server, your website can tap into a “cluster” that uses resources from a centralized pool. This means that even if one server fails, another kicks in to keep everything running.
“So, I am strongly optimistic that 30℅ growth in local cloud hosting by 2024 is achievable in Nigeria. And when this happens, what do we expect of a company like Vintage Confluence whose dedicated service depends on the quality of network efficiency for speedy response communication to the need of our clients? For us at Vintage Confluence LLC, we are a leading global organization that offers solutions to Bitcoin Holders who need to sell their Bitcoins in exchange for instant cash in Nigeria and South Africa.
“Our company’s mission is to provide traders with the most comprehensive web-based trading platform available with no hassle or verification. We are recognized as the most reliable, fastest and cheap e-currency exchanger with collective experience dating back to the origin of Bitcoin.
No other platform offers a mix of security with convenient transparency, trust, honesty, and customer service like Vintage Confluence does.
“As a company that only buys and not sells Bitcoins, we have been an active leader and certified vendor in the cryptocurrency industry since 2019, and our company has been able to provide amazing exchange rates and quick execution of payment from small orders to large orders. This platform provides a seamless interface between the trader and Vintage Confluence as its Vendor.”
Aire also noted that his company has been devoted to the constant revolution of the company by listening to its users and enhancing its product mix to satisfy their requirements.
Vintage Confluence is committed to providing an exceptional customer experience in building a long-term relationship with both existing and prospective clients.
“Every day, thousands of users around the world use Vintage Confluence LLC, and they have become our best advertisers.
With our minimum trade acceptance of $1000 USD worth of Bitcoin, customers receive immediate payment into their bank accounts on transactions, which makes trading with our company an experience to always remember.
“If you need to know further about us and our services, please visit our website www.vintageconfluence.com or follow us on Instagram @vintage.llc, and LinkedIn: Vintage Confluence LLC.
At Vintage Confluence LLC, we are the grandmasters of trading Bitcoins,” he added.
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