When a boat carrying 12 refugees capsized in early 2018 on its way to Greece, a Greek nonprofit team saw the accident–but they weren’t allowed to bring their boat into Turkish waters to make the rescue. They also couldn’t speak Turkish, so when they called the Turkish Coast Guard, they couldn’t communicate. Then someone pulled out an app on their phone, and minutes later, they were connected with a volunteer who works as a designer in Los Angeles and happens to speak Turkish. “She came home from work to her apartment and got a ping saying, ‘Hey, are you free for 10 minutes to help?’ All of the sudden she was part of the rescue,” says Aziz Alghunaim, one of the cofounders of Tarjimly, the startup nonprofit that first launched a Messenger bot two years ago to quickly connect volunteer translators with refugees. (The name Tarjimly means “translate for me” in Arabic.) The volunteer called the Coast Guard, and a half-hour later, … [Read more...] about When refugees need emergency help with a language barrier, this app connects them to a translator
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Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 7, 2019, 1:16 PM GMT By Associated Press Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a landmark ruling on Thursday that the world's largest social network abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their consent. Germany, where privacy concerns run deep, is in the forefront of a global backlash against Facebook, fueled by last year's Cambridge Analytica scandal in which tens of millions of Facebook profiles were harvested without their users' consent. The cartel office objected in particular to how Facebook pools data on people from third-party apps - including its own WhatsApp and Instagram - and its online tracking of people who aren't even members through Facebook "like" or "share" buttons. "In future, Facebook will no longer be allowed to force its users to agree to … [Read more...] about Germany to Facebook: Stop pooling user data from multiple apps and internet use
Manuel Rueda, Associated Press Updated 11:28 am CST, Sunday, February 3, 2019 Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has declared himself the interim president of Venezuela, speaks to supporters at a nationwide demonstration demanding the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Flanked by his wife Fabiana Rosales, Guaido said humanitarian assistance will begin flowing into the crisis-wracked country within the next few days, despite the objections of President Nicolas Maduro. less Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has declared himself the interim president of Venezuela, speaks to supporters at a nationwide demonstration demanding the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, ... more Photo: Rodrigo Abd, AP Photo: Rodrigo Abd, AP … [Read more...] about Venezuelan opposition targeted by internet censors
What would you do if your government decided to intentionally shut down your access to the Internet? Millions of people around the world have had to answer this question time and time again over the past few years, as government-mandated Internet blackouts are on the rise. Less than a month into 2019, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and Zimbabwe have experienced government crackdowns on Internet connections. From 2016 to 2018, 371 separate cases of Internet shutdowns were documented around the world. More than half of them occurred last year alone, according to international non-profit organisation Access Now. Authorities have used a number of reasons to justify the blackouts, including public safety, national security and stopping the dissemination of rumors and illegal content. However, advocacy groups investigating governmental tendencies to exert control over the flow of information don't buy it. They claim it has more to do with silencing opposition movements and … [Read more...] about African governments use Internet shutdowns to silence opposition more and more —what can people do?
By Brittany Meiling The San Diego Union-Tribune Thu., Jan. 10, 2019 The post-Internet era has ushered in generations of socially awkward adults who’ve long leaned on technology for their social kicks. But as millennials age out of college, many adults have found themselves ... well, painfully lonely. And tech companies have taken note. Technology titans and fledgling startups alike — including three in San Diego — are all stepping up, each with different ideas about how to get people talking in real life again. But can apps and new tech platforms really help our social angst? Tech companies have tried in the past, and most have failed to earn our attention. Yet the opportunity to address our collective loneliness persists — and grows year after year. Technology may have started the problem. Now they’re trying to fix it Article Continued Below Meeting new friends — and then maintaining those friendships as a busy adult … [Read more...] about Lonely? Tech firms hope you’ll use an app for that