Microsoft News puts a special focus on poverty in November

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I like how Microsoft News is doing what the Mainstream Media refuses to do in this political atmosphere. As long as Microsoft and it’s partners adhere to journalistic standards, and it appears that they are, the cries of “fake news” ring quite hollow.

Across geographic, social and cultural landscapes, Americans from backgrounds of all kinds don’t have enough money to meet their basic needs. Even when the larger economy is robust and job reports are positive, millions of Americans aren’t a part of that picture. They are white, rural, urban, black, married, single, Native American, Hispanic, gay, straight and gender nonconforming. They are religious and they are not. They are elderly and they are just babies. They are our relatives and neighbors – they are us.


This November, Microsoft News is putting a focus on Poverty in America with a 2-week series examining the root causes of poverty, what poverty really means to the many different kinds of people affected, and what we can do to contribute to the most meaningful solutions. We teamed up with some of our most trusted news partners to bring you custom content and highlight quality journalism that helps us understand these issues.



PyDev of the Week: Frank Vieira | The Mouse Vs. The Python

PyDev of the Week: Frank Vieira | The Mouse Vs. The Python

I’m all for different options for web frameworks. There is always more than one way to do something in Python; this mantra is evident here.

Source: PyDev of the Week: Frank Vieira | The Mouse Vs. The Python

An important step toward peace and security in the digital world – Microsoft on the issues.

An important step toward peace and security in the digital world – Microsoft on the issues.

Today, French President Emmanuel Macron launched a global effort among governments, businesses and civil society to protect and defend against threats to the digital infrastructure that runs our daily lives. We’re proud to be one of the 370 signatories of The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace. This includes 51 governments from around the world, including all 28 members of the European Union and 27 of the 29 NATO members. It also includes key governments from other parts of the world, including Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Colombia and New Zealand.


The Paris Call is an important step on the path toward digital peace, creating a stronger foundation for progress ahead. It calls for strong commitments in support of clear principles and strong norms to protect citizens and civilian infrastructure from systemic or indiscriminate cyberattacks. Similarly, it calls for governments, tech companies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to work together to protect our democracies and electoral processes from nation-state cyberthreats.


The Paris Call breaks new ground by bringing together to support these steps an unprecedented and broad array of supporters. Its signatories include more than 200 companies and business associations, including leading tech companies such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Intel, Ericsson, Samsung, Accenture, Fujitsu, SAP, Salesforce and Hitachi. Importantly, it also includes leading financial services institutions such as Citigroup, Mastercard, Visa, Deutsche Bank, as well as industrial leaders such as Nestle, Lufthansa and Schneider Electric. And it includes almost 100 critical NGOs that span groups across civil society.


All of this is important for a reason. Success in advancing cybersecurity requires an approach that is not only multinational, but multistakeholder in nature. This is because cyberspace, unlike the traditional planes of warfare like land, sea and air, is typically privately owned. Cyberspace in fact consists of concrete elements in the real world, such as datacenters, undersea cables, and laptops and mobile devices. These are designed and manufactured by private companies. And often they are owned and operated by tech companies and others in the private sector.

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Microsoft hosts tech industry hackathon to combat child online grooming

On Nov. 7 and 8, Microsoft hosted an event to unveil and discuss new efforts led by the technology industry and others in combatting child sexual exploitation online. Co-sponsored by the WePROTECT Global Alliance in conjunction with the Child Dignity Alliance, the program titled, “Preventing online child grooming: Working together for maximum impact,” took place in Redmond, Washington, alongside Microsoft’s “360 Cross-Industry Hackathon” focused on tackling the same issue. Online grooming for sexual purposes takes place when someone builds an emotional connection with a child in order to gain the child’s trust for sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or trafficking.


We were honored to have U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid join us and deliver the keynote address on the first day (a short recap video is posted on the Home Office’s Instagram and Facebook channels).


Other featured speakers included Julie Brill, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for privacy and regulatory affairs, who summarized our company’s long-standing work to detect and remove child sexual exploitation and abuse imagery (CSEAI) from our consumer services. Steve Grocki, chief of the child exploitation and obscenity section at the U.S. Department of Justice and a fellow WePROTECT board member, delivered a compelling update to the WePROTECT CSEAI threat assessment to include a focus on online enticement.


Dr. Hany Farid, a professor of computer science at Dartmouth College and the “father” of PhotoDNA, recounted the tech journey in addressing online CSEAI over the last decade. Farid reminded us that we face a formidable and highly motivated opponent in child sex abusers, who will continue to adjust to our disruptive techniques. “We must, therefore, continually and aggressively adapt,” Farid said.

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Life after the uniform: helping veterans when their tour of duty is complete – Microsoft Life

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Microsoft teams up with other technology companies to help veterans and service members adapt to new lives and address the technical skills gap.


This is the time of year where stories such as this one are told, as Veteran’s Day approaches in the United States. The holiday is November 11 (observed) and November 12 (official). Never mind that every day the men and women who in some cases made the ultimate sacrifice for this country and by doing so allows me the freedom to blog and to live my life without relative fear. I grew up in a Military family, so every day is honored and treasured.

Several years ago, a group of employees at Microsoft who had gone through the military-to-civilian adjustment themselves wondered: What if there was a way to transform a perceived weakness or lack of experience into a new set of talents? How could veterans maximize their strengths—grit, systems savvy, strong decision making, and steadfastness—and build needed skills on top of that? How could they connect with organizations who needed them and communities where they could feel like they belonged?


The answer came into focus: inspired and motivated by stories like Brown’s, Microsoft started a unique training program called Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) in 2013, an effort which soon led to a the broader Military Affairsprogram to support veterans across the company.

Source: Life after the uniform: helping veterans when their tour of duty is complete – Microsoft Life

Fuchsia Friday: Fuchsia is gaining support for Java – by borrowing from Android – 9to5Google

H/T: Kyle Bradshaw

This is an interesting development to me because isn’t Kotlin is supposed to be the language that would be to Fuschia what Java is to Android? There is the backward compatibility thing that most projects must adhere to, especially in mainstream computing.

In an interesting turn of events this Friday evening, the beginnings of support for the Java programming language has arrived for Fuchsia. Where things get interesting is that this change was found in Android’s code, not Fuchsia’s.

We’ve long known that Android, Google’s 10 year old OS for phones and tablets, and Fuchsia, Google’s in-development OS for just about everything, would have a special relationship. This will be especially true if Google intends for Fuchsia to replace Android within 5 years.

Source: Fuchsia Friday: Fuchsia is gaining support for Java – by borrowing from Android – 9to5Google

Yemeni Teacher Opens Doors -> AJ+

A Yemen man takes education into his own hands at significant risk. Here is a situation where a Non-Governmental Agency on the ground there can receive educational supplies to do an airdrop or some other logistical method of getting him and others the tools needed to educate these kids.