MLS legend Schmid dies at age 65

first_imgFormer Los Angeles Galaxy manager Sigi Schmid has died at the age of 65, his family has announced.Schmid, who has the most wins as a manager in the history of the Major League Soccer, was admitted to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center earlier in the month, needing a heart transplant.The cause of Schmid’s death was not disclosed, but his family released the following statement, as quoted by ProSoccerUSA:“On Tuesday, December 25, Sigi Schmid passed away at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles due to a personal health matter.”Chile, Alexis SanchezAlexis Sanchez rules out move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami Andrew Smyth – September 5, 2019 Alexis Sanchez reckons he’s still got another “five or six years left” of European football in him amid links of a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami.“Our family is deeply saddened by his passing and is taking this time to grieve the loss of a tremendous husband, father, leader and mentor.”“We also recognize how much Sigi meant to so many people across the U.S. Soccer landscape and around the world at different levels of the game. That community meant a great deal to him as well, and for that reason, it was important to us that we share the news of his passing.”“While we mourn his loss, we appreciate privacy during this challenging time and will not be issuing further statements. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family asks to please consider a memorial gift to support the men’s soccer program at UCLA, Sigi’s alma mater. Donations in memory of Sigi may be directed to the attention of Emily Lerner of UCLA Athletics at 310-206-3302 or elerner@athletics.ucla.edu.”last_img read more

SoccerCity releases commercials for initiatives new Truth campaign

first_img September 20, 2018 Dan Plante, SoccerCity releases commercials for initiatives new Truth campaign 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The battle between two dueling initiatives for the Mission Valley stadium site took another step Thursday.SoccerCity released a series of commercials claiming San Diego State University is not telling the truth when it comes to their SDSU West initiative.Both groups want to build a new sports stadium at the SDCCU Stadium site.But SoccerCity leaders claim they will do it with zero taxpayer dollars.KUSI’s Dan Plante has all the details. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Dan Plante Posted: September 20, 2018last_img read more

Apple Card Apple TV Plus Apple Arcade Its just another way to

first_img It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service The company’s revamped TV app will be on Macs, iPads and, of course, iPhones. The app brings together various streaming services — except, notably, Netflix — in one place and serves up recommendations for what you should watch next. “Everything you saw is amazing on iPhone,” said Peter Stern, Apple vice president of services. The TV app even will come to smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony and Vizio and streaming video boxes from Roku and Amazon. “Now that you’ve seen the new Apple TV app, you’re going to want it on all of your screens,” Stern added.Apple didn’t specify where its biggest news of the day, its TV Plus streaming video service, will be available when it goes live, but it’s likely to be found in the same places as the TV app, a feature of iOS, MacOS and smart TVs. Even Oprah made an appearance to promote why she’s working with Apple on Apple TV Plus. Hint: It has a lot to do with the iPhone. “A billion devices, y’all!” Oprah told the crowd. Apple remains the iPhone company. Colin Gillis, analyst, Chatham Road Partners CNET editors break down Apple’s TV Plus event For now, though, those people are out of luck. On Monday, Apple didn’t say a word about any of its services coming to Android or Windows devices. It didn’t even say if its TV content could be accessed through a desktop web browser. And an Apple spokesperson said the company didn’t have more information to share beyond what it said on stage Monday.”People are used to watching content on any device they have at the time, and it’s not always on Apple devices,” Technalysis Research analyst Bob O’Donnell said. “Apple can’t make services truly successful if it’s only on its own devices.”Tiptoeing outside the walled gardenThere are signs Apple may not be a completely walled garden for long. The company has long created a version of its iTunes service that works on Windows computers. That proved to be a smart move from the start, with downloads jumping when iTunes became available on Windows PCs in late 2003, about six months after the service launched on Macs.Since then, however, Apple’s services have primarily stayed inside the Apple ecosystem, aside from Apple Music. There’s an Apple Music app for Android, which Apple first offered as a beta before rolling it out broadly. And in December, the company rolled out Apple Music for Amazon Echo speakers, allowing users to ask the Alexa voice assistant to play tracks from Apple’s streaming service.But Apple’s Android app doesn’t work as flawlessly as the iOS version, and new features often appear months or even years after they hit the iOS app. In January at CES, Apple made yet another step into putting its services on rival devices by partnering with major TV makers. Samsung’s smart TVs will offer support for iTunes movies and TV shows beginning this spring. Samsung TVs will also support AirPlay 2, Apple’s upgraded Wi-Fi audio streaming technology, allowing customers to stream videos, music and other content directly to their TV from an Apple device.While Samsung is the only TV maker to offer iTunes TV and videos on its sets, other companies — LG, Vizio and Sony — will let users stream content from their iPhones, iPads and Macs to their televisions. Phones Tablets Computers Digital Media TV and Movies Overall, Monday’s event was big on hype and short on details. Aside from Apple News Plus, nothing announced could be accessed right away. Apple touted partner after partner for its gaming and TV services, but it didn’t give many details about pricing or when we can subscribe to them. One thing, however, was supremely clear: Despite Apple’s declarations that it wants to become a services powerhouse, at heart it’s still “the iPhone company.”About two-thirds of the company’s revenue comes from its smartphone, an influx of money that helped it become the first trillion-dollar US company. That reliance has become a problem because people have upgraded their devices less often. Apple’s no longer valued at over a trillion dollars, and earlier this year, it reported a rare miss in quarterly sales because of weaker iPhone demand. Apple has an opportunity with its new services to woo people who just like to watch TV, read the news or play games on their mobile devices. People who own iPhones, iPads and Macs already buy into Apple’s message. It’s everyone else, those Android and Windows device owners, who Apple could target as an opportunity for real expansion. • Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors At its event Monday, Apple went even further. Its redesigned TV app will land on Samsung smart TVs this spring, then move to LG, Sony and Vizio TVs. Roku and Amazon Fire TV streaming-video devices also will be supported.But that’s where its openness ends. At least in the beginning, none of the services appear to work with Android or Windows.Closing itself off from Android and Windows devices shuts Apple off from a significant percentage of the phone, tablet and PC markets. About 85 percent of all smartphones run Android, according to IDC, and that’s not changing for the foreseeable future. More than half of the world’s tablets also use Android, according to Net Applications, and over 85 percent of all desktop and laptop computers in the world run Windows, the researcher said.Apple likely will eventually make its services run on rival devices. If it’s serious about becoming more than an iPhone maker, it has to.But no matter how much it does in services, Apple’s reliance on the iPhone isn’t ending anytime soon.”Video streaming is not going to save shares of [Apple] if the iPhone market declines,” Chatham Road Partners analyst Colin Gillis noted. “Apple remains the iPhone company.”The story originally ran at 5 a.m. PT.  Tags 97 Photos 10 Apple is expanding the services it offers, but most of its sales still come from the iPhone.  Screenshot by CNET Apple just can’t shake that iPhone addiction.At a flashy event on Monday, the company time and time again stressed how great its services will work on its mobile devices. For its premium Apple News Plus subscription package, magazines have been designed to take advantage of the iPhone or iPad, adding animated covers and automatically downloading content for convenience. “I can read full magazine issues no matter where or when, right from my phone,” said Wyatt Mitchell, Apple’s director of design for applications, during Monday’s event.The Apple Arcade game subscription service will give Apple device users unlimited access to more than 100 new and exclusive games. “You won’t find these games on any other mobile platform or any other subscription service,” said Ann Thai, a senior product manager for the App Store.And Apple’s new no-fee credit card, Apple Card, requires an iPhone to work. “It can do all sorts of things no other credit card can do,” said Jennifer Bailey, head of Apple Pay. “For starters, you don’t have to wait days to get your card. Just sign up on your iPhone.” Commentscenter_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple See also reading • Apple Card, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade: It’s just another way to say iPhone Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 6:58 Now playing: Watch this: See All Apple TV Plus is the ultimate test of Apple’s brand magic Apple event 2019: Apple Card, TV Plus, News Plus, Arcade and everything just announced Apple TV app coming to Macs, Roku, smart TVs in 2019 Share your voice iOS 12 Android 10 (Android Q) Amazon Google LG Microsoft Roku Samsung Sony Vizio Apple Windows 10last_img read more

Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe clinches landslide victory in snap election

first_img Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe clinches landslide victory in snap election IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:16Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:15?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abes gamble paid off as his ruling bloc secured two-thirds of majority in the Lower House in the snap election. Following the results, Abe promised to deal firmly with North Korea amid the rising tensions in the region.center_img Closelast_img read more

Polls as per constitution says Amu

first_imgIndustries minister Amir Hossain Amu. Photo: UNBIndustries minister Amir Hossain Amu on Sunday said the next parliamentary election will be held according to the constitution, not under the supervision of any individual.“Some say the election will be held under Sheikh Hasina’s supervision or leadership. I want to say that the next parliamentary election will be held according to the constitution, not under the supervision of any individual,” said Amu.”We don’t want the constitutional emptiness to be returned. We will not allow any vested quarters to grab power taking the chance of the constitutional weakness or emptiness,” the industries minister added.Amu made the remarks at a discussion titled “Skills for Achieving SDG” marking Public Engineering Day and 47th founding anniversary of the Institution of Diploma Engineers (IDEB) in the auditorium of the Institution, reports UNB.He added, “We have the constitution. The country is being administrated as per the constitution. The election will be conducted according to the constitution. We have no provision in our constitution which promotes the communal politics. But it was introduced in our constitution after Ziaur Rahman had taken the power.”Stressing on the technical education, he said engineers can play a vital role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the knowledge and experience of the engineers will be needed for attaining the goal, engineers should make the use of technological knowledge popular among the marginal people.Bangladesh Sammyobadi Party general secreatry Dilip Barua, Bangladesh Communist Party president Mujahidul Islam Selim, Jatiya Party presidium member Syed Abu Hossain Babla and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal standing committee member Anwar Hossain took part in the discussion, presided over by the IDEB central committee president  AKMA Hamid.The IDEB was founded on 8 November 1970. The day is being observed every year as Public Engineering Day.last_img read more

BGB member arrested with yaba tablets

first_imgPolice arrested a member of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) along with 2,000 yaba tablets from a bus at a bus station at Hneela union in Teknaf upazila on Sunday night, reports UNB.The arrestee was Mohammad Enamul Haque, 35, sepoy of BGB-2 Teknaf battalion.Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf model police station, said that on information, a team of police raided the Dhaka-bound ‘Saint-Martin Service’ bus around 9:00am and arrested Enamul along with the yaba tablets.last_img

Nancy Dubuc Vice Will Be Profitable Within a Fiscal Year

first_imgVice will become a profitable enterprise “within a fiscal year,” CEO Nancy Dubuc said Thursday during her Q&A at the New York Times’ Dealbook conference.Dubuc was pressed in Q&A with Dealbook chief Andrew Ross Sorkin about the health of the company and the role of founder and current chairman Shane Smith in the operations of the company.“Not so much,” Dubuc said when pressed by Sorkin about Smith’s involvement. “I run the show.” She noted that he send her a lot of text messages. “It’s usually him saying ‘Yes Nancy,’ ” she added.Dubuc noted that Vice achieved profitability a few years ago but then went back into the red as it invested in the launch of the linear Viceland cable channel and international expansion initiatives. Pressed for a timeline by Sorkin, Dubuc said “very, very quickly it will be profitable again.” Popular on Variety Dubuc emphasized that Vice is not on the block right now, which means that questions about how far the company’s valuation may have fallen in the past few months was not relevant. Vice was valued at $5.7 billion in June 2017 when it received a $450 million investment from TPG.“Valuation only matters if you’re for sale and we’re not for sale right now,” Dubuc said.The TPG investment came with strings that could wind up turning debt into equity in Vice starting in about 18 months if the company is unable to reach selected fiscal target. Dubuc said her goal is to “have the free cash flow to manage that.”Dubuc also stressed that Vice is more than strictly a digital media company. The perception that Viceland has been a flop is wrong but she acknowledged it is having distribution challenges in the U.S.“We’re still growing,” she said. “We don’t really get much credit for that. She pointed to the decisions by large MVPDs such as Comcast to offer Viceland on a pricy tier rather than in the low-cost packages that would appeal most to Viceland’s youthful target audience. “They tier us to the most expensive packages which makes no sense,” she said.In addition to Viceland, Vice’s strategy in content distribution remains to be a supplier to numerous platforms rather than to create its own streaming offering. Vice’s work with HBO and others has greatly expanded its reach and profile. Her focus is on revving up the “flywheel” to better exploit Vice-produced content across its digital, TV, advertising and publishing platforms.“We’re not in the TV business just to be in the TV business. We’re in the TV business as part of an eco- system,” she said. “There’s a great opportunity to be in service as a content creator for all of these platforms (rather) than to put a wall around ourselves just for a few million customers.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Moon Rock Turns Out to be Fake

first_img The Rijksmuseum is famous for its fine art collections, especially paintings by Rembrandt and other masters. One of its lesser known objects, the “moon rock”, was first unveiled in October 2006 as the centerpiece of a “Fly me to the moon” exhibition. At that time, the museum said the rock symbolized the “exploration of the unknown, colonization of far-away places and bringing back of treasures…” A reading about the “moon rock” was even held on October 7 because it was a full moon!The rock was given as a private gift to former prime minister Willem Drees Jr in 1969 by the U.S. ambassador to The Netherlands, J. William Middendorf II, during a visit by the Apollo 11 astronauts, Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin, soon after the first moon landing. Drees had been out of office for 11 years, but was considered an elder statesman.When Drees died in 1988, the rock was donated to the Rijksmuseum, where it has remained ever since. According to a museum spokeswoman, Ms Van Gelder, no one doubted the authenticity of the rock because it was in the prime minister’s own collection, and they had vetted the acquisition by a phone call to NASA. According to an article published by the Rijksmuseum, at one time the rock was insured for approximately half a million dollars, but its actual value is probably no more than around $70.Former U.S. ambassador, Mr Middendorf was unable to recall the exact details of how the rock came to be in the U.S. State Department’s possession. It is known that NASA gave lunar rocks to over 100 countries in the 1970s, but when the rock was displayed in 2006 a space expert told the museum he doubted any material would have been given away so soon after the manned lunar landing.Researchers from the Free University of Amsterdam immediately doubted the rock was from the moon, and began extensive testing. The tests concluded the rock was petrified wood. U.S. embassy officials were unable to explain the findings, but are investigating.Even though the tests found the piece is not of lunar origin, the Rijksmuseum curators say they will keep it anyway as a curiosity.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Moon Rock Turns Out to be Fake (2009, September 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-moon-fake.html Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — The Dutch national Rijksmuseum made an embarrassing announcement last week that one of its most loved possessions, a moon rock, is a fake — just an old piece of petrified wood that’s never been anywhere near the moon. Astronauts who landed on the Moon collected 2,415 samples of Moon rocks weighing a total of 842 pounds (382 kilograms). Most of these rocks were collected during the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 missions. Image Credit: NASA Purdue University to display moon rock This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Speed of light drops to zero at exceptional points

first_img More information: Tamar Goldzak et al. “Light stops at exceptional points.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.013901, Also at arXiv:1709.10172 [physics.optics] Light, which travels at a speed of 300,000 km/sec in a vacuum, can be slowed down and even stopped completely by methods that involve trapping the light inside crystals or ultracold clouds of atoms. Now in a new study, researchers have theoretically demonstrated a new way to bring light to a standstill: they show that light stops at “exceptional points,” which are points at which two light modes come together and coalesce, in waveguides that have a certain kind of symmetry. ‘Exceptional points’ give rise to counterintuitive physical effects Explore further Unlike most other methods that are used to stop light, the new method can be tuned to work with a wide range of frequencies and bandwidths, which may offer an important advantage for future slow-light applications.The researchers, Tamar Goldzak and Nimrod Moiseyev at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, along with Alexei A. Mailybaev at the Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA) in Rio de Janeiro, have published a paper on stopping light at exceptional points in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.As the researchers explain, exceptional points can be created in waveguides in a straightforward way, by varying the gain/loss parameters so that two light modes coalesce (combine into one mode). Although light stops at these exceptional points, in most systems much of the light is lost at these points. The researchers showed that this problem can be fixed by using waveguides with parity-time (PT) symmetry, since this symmetry ensures that the gain and loss are always balanced. As a result, the light intensity remains constant when the light approaches the exceptional point, eliminating losses.To release the stopped light and accelerate it back up to normal speed, the scientists showed that the gain/loss parameters can simply be reversed. The most important feature of the new method, however, is that the exceptional points can be adjusted to work with any frequency of light, again simply by tuning the gain/loss parameters. The researchers also expect that this method can be used for other types of waves besides light, such as acoustic waves. They plan to further investigate these possibilities in the future. Citation: Speed of light drops to zero at ‘exceptional points’ (2018, January 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-exceptional.htmlcenter_img © 2018 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters Artistic image. Credit: pixabay This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Senior bureaucrats from ministry likely to be summoned by police

first_imgThe Special Investigation Team (SIT) is keeping a vigil on former employees and a few senior bureaucrats from various ministries in connection to the corporate espionage case, after the recent arrest of the two former multi-tasking staffs (MTS) by the Crime Branch.“Very soon, the SIT will summon several senior bureaucrats from the ministry for investigation. Bureaucrats, employees and officials with the Public Sector Undertakings will also be questioned, as we have found the involvement of some of them in this case,” a source told Millennium Post. A senior police official privy to investigation said that the same module, which was involved in the stealing and leaking of documents, had their men within the ministry of environment and forests, ministry of power, ministry of telecommunications and ministry of road transport and highways. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe probe has further brought to light that the stealing and procuring of the highly classified documents had been going on for a decade. The two arrested employees, who were associated with the environment ministry and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) said that they have been stealing the documents since 1996 and selling them to the corporate houses.It has been revealed by the accused persons that documents from the forest ministry, transport and highways had been demanded by the corporate houses. After picking a few targets, the concerned offices were besieged and the lower-rung employees were contacted to procure the documents related to that ministry, the source said. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedThe SIT arrested Jatinder Nagpal, personal assistant to the joint secretary in the ministry on Wednesday night. He was accompanied by one Vipan Kumar, personal assistant to a member of the UPSC. Kumar had joined the petroleum and natural gas ministry in the position of a stenographer in 1996. The police said that, from 1996 to 2010, Kumar used to steal documents from the ministry with the help of his contacts and subsequently pass them on to corporate houses. Nagpal, too, had joined service as a stenographer in 1994 at the ministry of law and justice, where he served till 2007. From 2001 to 2003, while he worked at the ministry of chemicals and fertilizers, he used to acquire documents from Vipan Kumar, Lokesh Sharma (already arrested earlier) and his other contacts.last_img read more

Is Mozilla the most progressive tech organization on the planet right now

first_img2018, according to The Economist, has been the year of the techlash. scandals, protests, resignations, congressional testimonies – many of the largest companies in the world have been in the proverbial dock for a distinct lack of accountability. Together, these stories have created a narrative where many are starting to question the benefits of unbridled innovation. But Mozilla is one company that seems to have bucked that trend. In recent weeks there have been a series of news stories that suggest Mozilla is a company thinking differently about its place in the world, as well as the wider challenges technology poses society. All of these come together to present Mozilla in a new light. Cynics might suggest that much of this is little more than some smart PR work, but it’s a little unfair to dismiss what some impressive work. So much has been happening across the industry that deserves scepticism at best and opprobrium at worst. To see a tech company stand out from the tiresome pattern of stories this year can only be a good thing. Mozilla on education: technology, ethical code, and the humanities Code ethics has become a big topic of conversation in 2018. And rightly so – with innovation happening at an alarming pace, it has become easy to make the mistake of viewing technology as a replacement for human agency, rather than something that emerges from it. When we talk about code ethics it reminds us that technology is something built from the decisions and actions of thousands of different people. It’s for this reason that last week’s news that Mozilla has teamed up with a number of organizations, including the Omidyar Network to announce a brand new prize for computer science students feels so important. At a time when the likes of Mark Zuckerberg dance around any notion of accountability, peddling a narrative where everything is just a little bit beyond Facebook’s orbit of control, the ‘Responsible Computer Science Challenge’ stands out. With $3.5 million up for grabs for smart computer science students, it’s evidence that Mozilla is putting its money where its mouth is and making ethical decision making something which, for once, actually pays. Mitchell Baker on the humanities and technology Mitchell Baker’s comments to the Guardian that accompanied the news also demonstrate a refreshingly honest perspective from a tech leader. “One thing that’s happened in 2018,” Baker said, “is that we’ve looked at the platforms, and the thinking behind the platforms, and the lack of focus on impact or result. It crystallised for me that if we have STEM education without the humanities, or without ethics, or without understanding human behaviour, then we are intentionally building the next generation of technologists who have not even the framework or the education or vocabulary to think about the relationship of STEM to society or humans or life.” Baker isn’t, however, a crypto-luddite or an elitist that wants full stack developer classicists. Instead she’s looking forward at the ways in which different disciplines can interact and inform one another. It’s arguably an intellectual form of DevOps. It is a way of bridging the gap between STEM skills and practices, and those rooted in the tradition of the humanities. The significance of this intervention shouldn’t be understated. It opens up a dialogue within society and the tech industry that might get us to a place where ethics is simply part and parcel of what it means to build and design software, not an optional extra. Mozilla’s approach to internal diversity: dropping meritocracy The respective cultures of organizations and communities across tech has been in the spotlight over the last few months. Witness the bitter furore over Linux change to its community guidelines to see just how important definitions and guidelines are to the people within them. That’s why Mozilla’s move to drop meritocracy from its guidelines of governance and leadership structures was a small yet significant move. It’s simply another statement of intent from a company eager to ensure it helps develop a culture more open and inclusive than the tech world has been over the last thirty decades. In a post published on the Mozilla blog at the start of October, Emma Irwin (D&I Strategy, Mozilla Contributors and Communities) and Larissa Shapiro (Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Mozilla) wrote that “Meritocracy does not consider the reality that tech does not operate on a level playing field.” The new governance proposal actually reflects Mozilla’s apparent progressiveness pretty well. In it, it states that “the project also seeks to debias this system of distributing authority through active interventions that engage and encourage participation from diverse communities.” While there has been some criticism of the change, it’s important to note that the words used by organizations of this size does have an impact on how we frame and focus problems. From this perspective, Mozilla’s decision could well be a vital small step in making tech more accessible and diverse. The tech world needs to engage with political decision makers Mozilla isn’t just a ‘progressive’ tech company because of the content of its political beliefs. Instead, what’s particularly important is how it appears to recognise that the problems that technology faces and engages with are, in fact, much bigger than technology itself. Just consider the actions of other tech leaders this year. Sundar Pichai didn’t attend his congressional hearing, Jack Dorsey assured us that Twitter has safety at its heart while verifying neo-Nazis, while Mark Zuckerberg suggested that AI can fix the problems of election interference and fake news. The hubris has been staggering. Mozilla’s leadership appears to be trying hard to avoid the same pitfalls. We shouldn’t be surprised that Mozilla actually embraced the idea of 2018’s ‘techlash.’ The organization used the term in the title of a post directed at G20 leaders in August. Written alongside The Internet Society and the Web Foundation, it urged global leaders to “reinject hope back into technological innovation.” Implicit in the post is an acknowledgement that the aims and goals of much of the tech industry – improving people’s lives, making infrastructure more efficient – can’t be purely solved by the industry itself. It is a subtle stab at what might be considered hubris. Taking on government and regulation But this isn’t to say Mozilla is completely in thrall to government and regulation. Most recently (16 October), Mozilla voiced its concerns about current decryption laws being debated in Australian Parliament. The organization was clear, saying “this is at odds with the core principles of open source, user expectations, and potentially contractual license obligations.” At the beginning of September Mozilla also spoke out against EU copyright reform. The organization argued that “article 13 will be used to restrict the freedom of expression and creative potential of independent artists who depend upon online services to directly reach their audience and bypass the rigidities and limitations of the commercial content industry.”# While opposition to EU copyright reform came from a range of voices – including those huge corporations that have come under scrutiny during the ‘techlash’ – Mozilla is, at least, consistent. The key takeaway from Mozilla: let’s learn the lessons of 2018’s techlash The techlash has undoubtedly caused a lot of pain for many this year. But the worst thing that could happen is for the tech industry to fail to learn the lessons that are emerging. Mozilla deserve credit for trying hard to properly understand the implications of what’s been happening and develop a deliberate vision for how to move forward.last_img read more