Remember the anguished plea of Rodney King: “Can we all just get along?”The L.A. victim of police brutality spoke those words 27 years ago and they still plead from his grave marker in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.Instead of preaching hatred or violence against law enforcement, King, who passed away seven years ago, emphasized building bridges. Today, San Diegan Elaine Galinson is doing her part to help future generations get along. She has donated $5 million to endow a program that’s now promoting civil discourse among 1,700 student leaders on the UC San Diego campus so it can continue in perpetuity. “We are at a moment in our history that much respect seems to have gone away, and hate and discrimination, and even murder, have taken over our country and the world,” Galinson says.She hopes her contribution ensures that students, as they head into a world beyond UCSD, “learn how to treat one another with respect and dignity, … [Read more...] about Who can argue with a $5 million donation to promote civility?
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In February last year, Matt Hancock (then culture secretary, now health secretary) launched his own smartphone app, imaginatively titled... “Matt Hancock”. Many scoffed at the idea of an MP thinking themselves so important that they needed an app. And there were jokes about how the app asked for user consent: “Matt Hancock would like to access your photos”, “Matt Hancock would like to access your camera”, or, if it crashed, “Matt Hancock keeps stopping”. But 12 months on, it has proven a hit with the MP’s West Suffolk constituents, who are able to discuss local issues and contact the minister through the app. Laugh all you want, but this is an example of how direct democracy can work in the digital age. It’s also part of a new trend for community media. Brands as well as creators and influencers have spent years building communities of followers on social media, but increasingly they want to get away from the likes of … [Read more...] about Forget social networks – the future is community media, says the boss of Disciple Media
In 2012, the New Orleans police department quietly partnered with the data mining company Palantir to implement a predictive policing system to help identify likely criminals and victims. For six years, neither the city council nor the courts were told that citizens’ data was being mined to generate police “target lists” and investigate individuals. Questions about the program’s propriety, legality, or value were never addressed. Ron Serpas, the city’s police chief at the time, told reporter Ali Winston last year, when he revealed the program, “It is, to me, something that certainly requires a view, requires a look.” In March, New Orleans officials said the contract with Palantir would not be renewed, but the relationship exposed a broader concern about how the government uses algorithms and data. New software is entering the public sector, helping to identify criminals, match students with schools, guide criminal … [Read more...] about How to lift the veil off hidden algorithms
Jim Winsett of the BBB. Jim Winsett of the BBB. ... Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Question: In a world of fake news and false reviews, it's hard to know who to trust. Can the BBB help me find trustworthy businesses in my community in 2019? Answer: Yes, The way we buy has changed and it's NOT one size fits all! The digital landscape provides great power to consumers and they are able to research more about brands than ever before. AND buyers (at any age) want to know what brands they can trust! In BBB's Trust Sentiment Index research in 2017, we found: » Millennial consumers are more likely to start with trust. Meaning, they're more likely to trust a brand blindly. » Older generations are much more likely to be skeptical. » Most consumers research reviews online before considering a product or service. » Millennial's and Gen - Zer's are most likely to buy a product, or use a service, if recommended by an … [Read more...] about Business Bulletin: How to build trust in the marketplace
By Marisa Kendall | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: December 29, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: December 29, 2018 at 6:05 am Neighbor turning against neighbor. Name calling. Pro-development versus slow-growth, and NIMBY versus YIMBY. Welcome to the new hotbed of the Bay Area’s raging housing debate: locally grown social networking site Nextdoor. From Cupertino, where controversial plans are under way to turn Vallco Mall into a massive housing, office and shopping complex; to San Jose, where a proposed Google campus could bring more than 25,000 new jobs as the region struggles with a housing shortage; to Oakland, where homeless encampments sprawl against a backdrop of new high-rise apartments, residents are arguing passionately on Nextdoor about the future of their communities and the region as a whole. The intense debates that start on the social media platform are making their way to City Hall, fueling real-life protests, petitions and ballot … [Read more...] about Neighbor wars: How Nextdoor is changing the Bay Area housing debate