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Mar 26, 2019 by   Ida Grundel   ,  Jacob Stenberg   The Swedish Institute —a public diplomacy organization working under the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)—has worked with digital media tools that monitor social media and other digital conversations about Sweden since 2016. The purpose of what is more commonly referred to as  social listening  is for organizations to stay updated on relevant discussions, articles and other digital posts that are relevant to, in our case, Sweden. Social listening tools garner data from the stream of open-source platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, blogs, forums such as Reddit, news sites and other platforms. There are at least three reasons for public diplomacy organizations to incorporate social listening in their work: Perceive long-term trends in the digital discussions concerning a specific country; Track conversations in real time in o

Harish Salve's write-up and clarification about CAB.

Well explained, but who is going to explain it to the brainwashed masses?? 🤔 * What is CAB and what clarifications for the questions raised against CAB ?* THE CITIZENSHIP (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2019 is a BILL further to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. It is not a full fledged bill but a a narrow-tailored law specifically meant for religiously persecuted minorities in the 3 specified countries namely Pakistan, Bangaladesh and Afghanisthan. It says that "Any person belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian community from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan and who has entered into India  on or before the 31st day of December, 2014 and staying here to safeguard their lives, shall not be treated as illegal migrant." *1. Citizenship Amendment Bill is against Indian Muslims, they need to get their papers ready to continue living in the country.* One of the worst lies being spread is that Indian Muslims need to worry about the bill. The Citizenship Amendment

India Map and Modi's Global Notice

For about 20 years, a dirty game started as an international conspiracy, or that maps of India were being distorted in print, news channels, magazines, social media, etc. Some showed Arunachal in China, some showed Kashmir in Pakistan, some showed parts of Kashmir's Himachal in China, some showed areas of Rajasthan's Indian territory in Pakistan. This has been happening in Congress since the time of Congress. Some of the tweets have been published on Google or Twitter, so the country's print and channels have started this business with arguments that are true. The map of India is a body doubled frame which was tampered with. What will be the long-term consequences of this? The way in which Congress has neglected to define the border line of Kashmir, Arunachal, Sikkim, etc. and raised the problem on the borders, Government has to spend billions today to save it. Going forward, such maps may be considered official by China-Pakistan, which may take other question

Traffic tools help publishers go viral

Data:; Table: Naema Ahmed/Axios Source: AXIOS Google has created a new tool to help newsrooms make coverage decisions based on real-time data of what’s being searched on Google and talked about on Twitter,  executives tell Axios . Why it matters:  It’s the latest effort by a tech giant to help give newsrooms access to data that could help them make content decisions around what's trending online. Facebook  bought  CrowdTangle, a tool that publishers use to see what's trending on the web, in 2016. The tool, called  Trending Topics ,  is available for free to any newsroom that utilizes Google’s free analytics platform, Google Analytics. The big picture:  Google argues newsrooms can boost user loyalty by using the tool to cover the topics they are most interested in. But new   data  from traffic analytics company finds that not all publishers need to be as reliant on what's going viral. The data suggests that health and lifestyle content tend to get m

News podcasts go mainstream

AXIOS Media Data:  PwC Global Entertainment & Media Outlook ; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios New data and investments into news podcasting suggests that the format is here to stay. Why it matters:  Newsrooms are finding that podcasts are helping them develop stronger audiences and, in some cases, make more money. At a time when the news economy is unstable, podcasts offer newsrooms a chance to drive new business. Driving the news:  The Pulitzer Prize Board  said  Thursday that they would include audio reporting as a new journalism prize category in its 2020 cycle. The announcement comes  on the heels of new  research  released by Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Oxford University that finds news podcasts have exploded in popularity in the U.S. By the numbers:  According to the report, the number of new news podcasts around the world increased by one-third (32%) from January through October 2019, citing data from Chartable. More than 12,000  news podcasts

A Baloch Library

A Baloch library Zubeida Mustafa December 06, 2019 Zubeida Mustafa UNTIL recently a college textbook in Punjab described the Baloch as “uncivilised people who engaged in murder and looting”. This criminal aberration came to light three years ago when a senator from Balochistan discovered it and raised a hue and cry about it in the upper house of parliament. I am not sure if this figment of a sick and prejudiced imagination has since been rectified. It is surprising that the author failed to appreciate the significant scholarship a small community of seven million with a low literacy rate has managed to produce. No wonder, Baloch activists complain of their cultural identity and language being demonised and their intellectuals being killed. This has historically been the way of invading barbarians who feared knowledge and attempted to destroy it. For me, a visit to the Sayad Hashmi Reference Library in Malir, Karachi, was an inspiring experience. Named after an erudite scholar,

Are you working with a Chinese defense university?

Are you working with a Chinese defense university? Photo credit: SupChina illustration by Derek Zheng Source: The Australian Strategic Policy Institute has a  new resource that tracks what is called “military-civil fusion” in Chinese universities . The trend of technically civilian universities in China becoming more involved in research used for military or security purposes has sped up in recent years, just as alarm have been raised about issues like China’s  racially discriminatory surveillance networks , and concern about China-originating cyberattacks has not abated. Researcher Alex Joske describes the extent of the problem this way: At least 15 civilian universities have been implicated in cyberattacks, illegal exports or espionage. China’s defence industry conglomerates are supervising agencies of nine universities and have sent thousands of their employees to train abroad. This raises questions for governments, universities and companies that collaborate wi

US - China Strategic Competition: Quest for global Technological Leadership

    Summary The underlying driver of the ongoing US–China trade war is a race for global technological dominance. President Trump has raised a number of issues regarding trade with China – including the US’s trade deficit with China and the naming of China as a currency manipulator. But at the heart of the ongoing tariff escalation are China’s policies and practices regarding forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft and non-market distortions.As China’s international influence has expanded it has always been unlikely that Beijing would continue to accept existing global standards and institutions established and widely practised by developed countries based on ‘the Washington Consensus’.China’s desire to be an alternative champion of technology standard-setting remains unfulfilled. Its ample innovation talent is a solid foundation in its quest for global technology supremacy but tightening controls over personal freedoms could undermine it and deter potential global pa

How Catalonia Remains a Thorn in Spanish Politics

By Charles Penty | Bloomberg  November 26, 2019 at 4:08 p.m. GMT+5:30 It’s been two years since Catalonia’s then-government tried to stage a breakaway from Spain and riot police clamped down on an illegal independence referendum. In October, the Spanish Supreme Court handed down stiff jail sentences to some of the leaders of that effort. The result was a wave of outrage that pulsed through Catalan cities during a week of rioting. As acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tries to piece together a new government after elections in November, the Catalan question remains at the heart of Spain’s fractured politics, sharpening animosities and polarizing public opinion. 1. What happened at the Catalan trial? Key figures in the Catalan independence movement were convicted for their part in the events of 2017 when the regional government made an illegal attempt to declare independence. The televised proceedings transfixed Spain as a dozen separatist leaders, including former regional Vice-Pr

How immigration is shaping Chinese society

To the surprise of many, China has emerged as a destination country for immigration: As China’s population ages and its workforce shrinks, China needs more immigrants.  The background of immigrants to China is becoming more diverse. While the number of high-earning expatriates from developed countries has peaked, China is now also attracting more students than ever from all over the world, including many from lesser developed countries. Low-skilled labor and migration for marriage are also on the rise. The main areas that attract foreigners are the large urban centers along the coast (Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing) and borderland regions in the South, Northeast and Northwest, but smaller numbers are also making their way to smaller cities across China.  In the new MERICS China Monitor  “How immigration is shaping Chinese society” , MERICS Director  Frank N. Pieke  and colleagues from other European universities and institutions discuss the most salient issues confronting the Chinese g

Did No One Audit the Apple Card Algorithm?

COMMENTARY (The RAND Blog) November 21, 2019 Jennifer Bailey, VP of Apple Pay at Apple, speaks about the Apple Card during an Apple special event in Cupertino, California, March 25, 2019 Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters by  Osonde A. Osoba In the world of social media, tech executive  David Heinemeier Hansson's thread of outrage  about Apple Card has been categorized as viral Twitterstorm. Data scientists would call it a rather tidy example of an algorithm audit. Here's what happened:  Jamie Heinemeier Hansson , Hansson's wife, asked to increase the line of credit on her Apple Card, a credit card Apple created in partnership with Goldman Sachs. The increase was denied. At the same time, her husband—with whom she shares all assets as a married couple in a community property state—had a credit line 20 times higher. Apple reps' reply: “It's the algorithm.” So in this mini-audit, does the algorithm produce the same results (credit limits) for the same relevant inp

తెలుగునాట కొత్త హీరోలొస్తున్నారు.. జాగ్రత్త!

Published Friday, 22 November 2019 ‘ఒంగోలులో ఇంటర్మీడియట్ చదువుకుంటున్నపుడు మొదటిసారి జార్జిరెడ్డి గురించి వి న్నాను. మళ్లీ ఇపుడు వింటున్నా. ఆయన గురించి తెలుసుకొన్నపుడు ఎంతో ఆశ్చర్యం వేసింది. ఆయనపై సినిమా రావడం చాలా ఆనందంగా వుంది. ఇలాంటి అగ్రెస్సివ్ వ్యక్తుల జీవితాలు తెరపైకి రావాలి’.. ఈ ఆణిముత్యాలు పలికిన మహనీయుడు మెగాస్టార్ చిరంజీవి. జార్జిరెడ్డి సినిమా పాట విడుదల చేస్తూ చేసిన ఈ వ్యాఖ్యలు చిరంజీవికున్న అజ్ఞానాన్ని, అవకాశవాదాన్ని బయటపెడుతున్నాయి. ‘సైరా’ సినిమా చూశాక ఆయనపై తెలుగు ప్రేక్షకుల్లో పెరిగిన దేశభక్తి అమాంతం మంచులా కరిగిపోయింది. ఆయనే కాదు, ఈ కథానాయకుడి కథను గురించి తెలియని కొంతమంది అమాంబాపతుగాళ్లు ‘ఇదేదో ప్రశ్నించే తత్వం’ అంటూ వరవరరావులా మాట్లాడుతున్నారు! ఇప్పటికే ఈ మెగాస్టార్ తమ్ముడు పవర్‌స్టార్ ‘పవనిజం’ పేరుతో అర్జెంటీనా వైద్యశాస్త్ర పట్ట్భద్రుడు, బొలీవియా, క్యూబాల్లో కమ్యూనిస్టు సాయుధ పోరాటాల్లో పాల్గొన్న ‘చెగువేరా’ను- తెలుగునాట భగత్‌సింగ్‌ను చంపేసి- యువకుల మోటార్ సైకిళ్ళపై స్టిక్కర్‌గా ఎక్కించేశాడు. ఈ చెగువేరా ఫెడల్ క్యాస్ట్రో మంత్రివర్గం నుండి బయటకొచ్చి ‘కమ్యూనిస్టు విప

Artificial Intelligence Prediction and Counterterrorism

9 August 2019 The use of AI in counterterrorism is not inherently wrong, and this paper suggests some necessary conditions for legitimate use of AI as part of a predictive approach to counterterrorism on the part of liberal democratic states. Download PDF(opens in new window) Authors Kathleen McKendrick British Army Officer, Former Visiting Research Fellow at Chatham House Surveillance cameras manufactured by Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. at a testing station near the company’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China. Photo: Getty Images Summary The use of predictive artificial intelligence (AI) in countering terrorism is often assumed to have a deleterious effect on human rights, generating spectres of ‘pre-crime’ punishment and surveillance states. However, the well-regulated use of new capabilities may enhance states’ abilities to protect citizens’ right to life, while at the same time improving adherence to principles intended to protect other human rights, such as t