When Friar joined the company, she participated in an exercise where employees are asked what neighborhoods mean to them. She wrote: “A safe place to have the most divisive conversations.” This belief that proximity and difficult conversations are the solution to disunity comes from her upbringing. Friar grew up Protestant in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, the often violent, multi-decade ethnic-nationalist clash between Protestants and Catholics. Her hometown of Sion Mills, though, was notable for its integrated community, even during the height of the conflict. As a girl, she watched her parents—who were close with their Catholic neighbors—deal with more sectarian members of their extended family. “I always appreciated that my parents would really try to talk them through it,” she tells me. “Not like, ‘Here’s why this religion isn’t bad,’ but they would just constantly give examples like, ‘The next-door … [Read more...] about Inside Nextdoor’s wild 2020, from essential service to a reckoning on racism
The end of Trump’s presidency doesn’t mean that business leaders can ignore this hard work. America’s illustrious international image is not coming back anytime soon, and companies that don’t proactively define themselves may find themselves defined by politics. For many, this is an unfamiliar and indeed an uncomfortable spot. Yet it also affords companies a unique chance to reposition their global brand. That is an opportunity that does not come along often—seize this moment to tell the world where you stand. … [Read more...] about I was responsible for America’s global brand at the White House. The damage is irreversible.
RDB: I don’t know if they have. They exist in parallel to them. I just did a project with the Declaration of Independence. We worked with some guys at the Phoenix Correctional Institute. We sent them the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, the rest was redacted. Then we put the redactions on top of images of their faces. We wanted to argue about who were the founders who wrote the Declaration, and erase the things we thought didn’t need to be in the Declaration. We wanted to find the most essential thing that was [in the Declaration]. Someone would be brilliant if they could turn the Declaration of Independence into something like Coca-Cola. It’s interesting how [slogans] permeate the whole culture, like Nike’s “Just Do It,” that becomes an idea. Nike didn’t create all these documents to explain what they meant by “Just Do It.” Maybe people in elementary school should learn the Declaration of Independence, or they … [Read more...] about Why Kamala Harris and Joe Biden inspire hope, according to a legal scholar
Another instance of benefit was pointed out in an op-ed in the Hindustan Times - “A new twist has been the rise of the US as a source of oil and gas. What matters less than actual shipments of hydrocarbons is that America’s shale story has suppressed energy prices to India’s advantage. This is a metaphor for what a closer relationship with the US provides India: the best possible geopolitical anchor in a time of remarkable international instability. Mr Modi has also understood it is the best external backer for his ambitious domestic agenda, ranging from the economy to technology. The US is the indispensable partner for the rise of India.” Let’s not forget the US’ considerable diplomatic support to India in the battle over Article 370. That, in itself, has been a huge win for a politician once blacklisted by the same country. … [Read more...] about Digging Deeper | Howdy Modi, and what it means for Indo-US relations
For this technology to be successful, though, it will need to be integrated into our online experience from the point of capture to distribution and consumption. The third step, consumption, is arguably the most important. It’s time for Big Tech to step up and ensure that social media platforms, web browsers, and other content channels both recognize and display these images with verified provenance. Social media does not need to be the arbiter of truth: It can instead lean on this model to help users make more informed decisions around the media they consume. Both social media and mainstream media can, without the fear of bias, prioritize and promote information embedded with authenticated data. And the U.S. government can regain people’ trust by mandating that all official U.S. government media be recorded with provenance-based capture technology. … [Read more...] about We have the technology to fight manipulated images and videos. It’s time to use it.