World faith leaders join governments, nongovernmental organizations and industry to protect children online | Microsoft on the Issues

Understanding online risks to teens and young people

At Microsoft, we see online risks to all people as stemming from four primary sources, what I call the Four C’s: content, contact, conduct and commerce. In and of themselves, the Four C’s are fairly innocuous, but when we consider illegal content, inappropriate contact or conduct, or illegitimate commerce, we’re addressing online safety risks and harm. To better understand that landscape, three years ago we began conducting research into online pitfalls as the centerpiece of our work in promoting digital civility: leading and acting with empathy, respect, compassion and kindness in all online interactions.


Two decades of child online protection


Microsoft’s commitment to protecting children, and indeed all individuals, online dates back more than 20 years. We readily and willingly collaborate with individuals and groups that share our goal of safer online communities for children and disrupting the online spread of illegal material. Earlier this month, we hosted a cross-industry hackathon focused on developing a tool to identify and root out potential instances of child online grooming for sexual purposes. We are encouraged by the outcomes of the hackathon, which included not only a technical and an engineering track but also teams examining the requisite legal and operational aspects of implementing such a technique. The hackathon was mentioned in several circles at the Abu Dhabi event.


As we and others continually note: No one entity or organization can tackle these weighty issues alone. They continue to require new, innovative approaches and, the integration of the faith sector as an informed and involved actor can only speed our collective progress for the world’s children.


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PyDev of the Week: Reimar Bauer| The Mouse Vs. The Python

PyDev of the Week: Reimar Bauer| The Mouse Vs. The Python

I tried something new to help automate the process of this blog post weekly. It worked as a starting point; just need further tweaking. Could there be a Python script for this?

This week we welcome Reimar Bauer (@ReimarBauer) as our PyDev of the Week! Reimar is a core developer of the popular Python wiki package, MoinMoin. He has spoken at PyCON DE, FOSDEM and EuroPython about Python. Let’s take a few minutes to get to know him better!


Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):


I am a programmer from Jülich, Germany. That‘s a small town between Aachen and Cologne.


I work at the Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH. Employees research in the fields of energy and the environment, information and brain research with the aim of providing society with options for action facilitating sustainable development.


My work is related to atmospheric science.

copyright: Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Why did you start using Python?

It was because of the MoinMoin Software. I had an idea. I wanted to have a Gantt chart view in MoinMoin.


What other programming languages do you know and which is your favorite?

I have only one favorite, and that‘s Python. It also plays a role what my colleagues need for their work. I still maintain a large IDL library, but since development froze about 2013, we moved on to Python. I also know Fortran, but stopped using it..

via The Mouse Vs. The Python

The best definition I have heard about Universal Basic Income

The best definition I have heard about Universal Basic Income

The video cuts off early when it’s about to make a statistical point, but the part encoded boils the concept down to a stage where most can grasp it. The person who tweeted this is running for President in 2020. I don’t think he will gain much traction, but the nominee needs to include this in their platform and make political speeches about it just as it were any other topic.

PyDev of the Week: Mike Müller | The Mouse Vs. The Python

PyDev of the Week: Mike Müller | The Mouse Vs. The Python

I monitor these posts regularly for inspirational purposes, and to keep up with the “foot soldier” Pythonistas. This is the first one that mentioned Haskell as another language used. Happy Thanksgiving Day in North America and somewhat beyond.

Source: PyDev of the Week: Mike Müller | The Mouse Vs. The Python

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.


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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