So, before we talk about whether we need new rules and guidelines for content on the internet, we need tech platforms to start implementing their own guidelines with strong conviction and the full force of their formidable resources. Tech used to be the place that attracted people who wanted to disrupt the status quo and were not afraid to go to war with the powerful, the rich, the established. Early tech pioneers were fearless in their conviction that they were building a better, more inclusive world. We need today’s tech leaders to be equally fearless, for the world and for our democracies. Only by being intolerant of the intolerants will we realize the original dream of building an inclusive internet. … [Read more...] about It’s time for tech platforms to stop tolerating the intolerable
David Cicilline, the chair of the subcommittee, in his remarks, said that because "these companies are so central to our modern life, their business practices and decisions have an outsized effect on our economy and our democracy. Any single action by any one of these companies can affect hundreds of millions of us in profound and lasting ways....Their ability to dictate terms, call the shots, upend entire sectors, and inspire fear represent the powers of a private government". … [Read more...] about The power of democracy and the challenge from big tech
Lead from your center We all strive to be authentic as leaders, but how do we maintain transparency when it feels like more things are out of our control than ever? Grimm recommends leaders apply an exercise called “Stop, challenge and choose” to get grounded. If you are feeling out of control or afraid, the best thing to do is stop, take a few breaths and challenge your own thinking to make sure what you’re about to say to people is not only authentic, but also intentional. … [Read more...] about How to lead a team when the path forward is increasingly unclear
Since March, I’ve helped more than a thousand people vote and witnessed over three elections just how hard it is to screw up a well-designed ballot-scan system. The machines we use in my district accept ballots inserted forwards, backwards, upside down, or right side up—and will spit out a ballot if they detect no vote, allowing the voter to mark more clearly. … [Read more...] about What becoming a poll worker taught me about securing the 2020 election
In a study conducted by TERI in 2019, only 8 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent households in East Delhi, South Delhi, and North Delhi Municipal Corporations respectively agreed of having separate management of plastic waste in their area. This clearly indicates that there is a dire need to manage plastic waste through policy interventions such as the Extended Producer Responsibilities (EPRs) as well as Monitoring Review and Verification (MRV) systems for ULBs. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 | Is India prepared to tackle the plastic waste the pandemic produces?