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  1. Nov 2020
    1. Not content with dominating the global search and search advertising market, the tech mammoth is rolling out a new version of its Google Pay app.

      Well, this is similar if we would say that Apple is not content with dominating mobile ohones and laptos production so it goes to digital finance. I would say it is rather answering the trend of the need of digital finance tools and options which clearly is linked to either the technology or device. Or? ||Jovan||

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    1. reform promised of the H1-B visa system, which has been restricting the hiring of talented engineers and developers from abroad.

      Topic of huge interest for big tech after Trump suspended this visa in the summer and later put extremely high minimum salary requirements which were too high esp for start ups who needed top talent, though ||Pavlina||||Jovan||

    2. Kamala Harris is a former California attorney-general and is seen as tech-friendly. She has called for better protection of consumer's data but not advocated any break-up of Big Tech.

      Kamala's past and likely position ||Jovan||||Pavlina||

    3. never detailed a tech policy platform

      point on the fact that his position may not be totally clear on this but unlikely will he start going after big tech ||Jovan||||Pavlina||

    4. Investors may have already nailed it by concluding “Not a lot”:

      In line with your comments ||VladaR||||Jovan||||Pavlina||

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  2. Oct 2020
    1. Zoom finally adds end-to-end encryption for all, for free – though there are caveats

      ||ArvinKamberi||||ArvinKamberi||||StephanieBP||||StephanieBP||

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  3. Aug 2020
    1. Why TikTok owner ByteDance is no Huawei for Beijing

      I really like that this article stresses the need not to generalise (Chinese company equals involvement of Chinese government, etc). This article explains and argues why there is little incentive for the Chinese government to fight for TikTok, which actually is a tricky undertaking for the government and why ByteDance is not like Huawei. ||Jovan||

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    1. The people who moderate these groups often start as founders or enthusiastic members, interested in helping shape and police the communities they’re already a part of.

      A feeling of ownership might be what is needed for thoughtful online moderation. ||GingerP||

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    1. Facebook referred to TikTok as one of its leading competitors

      It would be interesting to see whether Facebook is happy about this situation with its rival? ||Jovan||

    2. violates the due process protections of the Fifth Amendment

      Probably the key argument as it is not proven that TT misuses the date/shares with the Chinese government. 5th amendment: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. ||Jovan||

    3. legal challenge

      Recent trend with several Trump's executive orders being legally challenged. ||Jovan||

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    1. If you are going to invade my privacy, at least I’d like to see results.

      ||Pavlina|| Some trouble ahead as people are not seeing the apps to be working.

    2. no mention of the antitrust and privacy issues that put Big Tech in the crosshairs of Democrats in Washington

      Republicans (former senior level tech representatives) - going beyond politics in support of Biden. ||Jovan||

  4. Jul 2020
  5. Jun 2020
    1. The Future of Remote Public Meetings Rests with Good Policy

      On the dimension of remote public meetings and 1) transparency and 2) public scrutiny. Platform issue not raised in this article at all. ||Jovan||||StephanieBP||

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    1. If more foundations take this brave step, our sector could generate untold billions of dollars to rescue nonprofits.

      FF as a leader for the donor community? Note Gates missing. ||Jovan||||Pavlina||

    2. Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

      ||Pavlina|| Can you look at these if any of them would be of relevance for the work we do? Also come back to Marc's email with mapping.

    3. With this new source of funding, the foundation will make strategic investments in the individuals and organizations that are not just fighting against inequality and injustice but preparing to lead us through a post-coronavirus recovery.

      1 billion to be spent by the FF this year, unprecedented! Strategic investment into civil society. Injustice and inequality will be the angle. Crucial ||Pavlina||||Jovan||||StephanieBP||||VladaR||

    4. fewer grants from foundations anticipating decreased endowments, reduced corporate sponsorships and government contracts due to internal budget cuts—all of this puts the world’s vital nonprofits at risk

      My fear as well, voiced here.... Priorities for donors will be changing and might be more limited. ||Jovan||||Pavlina||||StephanieBP||||VladaR||

    5. our nation

      I feel - because of what is going on and from wording like this - that FF will start looking much more at the US and working in this country. ||Pavlina||||Jovan||

    6. This third sector encompasses remarkable breadth, the wide array of organizations, institutions and movements that educate, congregate, support, organize, and inspire

      Wide definition of civil society as understood by the FF ||VladaR||||Pavlina||||Jovan||

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    1. 2 billion mobile phone users worldwide do not own devices that are configured to support Bluetooth-based tracing,

      And another crucial complication. Poorer countries will be out of the game as their population does not have smart phones.... ||Jovan||||Pavlina||

    2. Oxford University researchers project that governments will need more than half of the population

      We are aware of this but now that we are moving to the international dimension of this effort, this could be an additional complication. Because if in country A you have 70 percent population using such app and in country B it is 10 percent, then what is the point of international cooperation on this. ||Pavlina||||Jovan||

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    1. used the MemberHub online system to cast votes.

      On voting system online

    2. Parliament agreed to conduct sessions under a hybrid format with a limited number of MPs attending in person, while adhering to social distancing rules, and a further 120 attending via Zoom.

      hybrid meeting in practice. Note the choice of platform ||Jovan||||StephanieBP||

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    1. Apple and Google say they will disable this technology when it’s no longer needed.

      Technology may be disabled but data stays.

    2. While more privacy-conscious countries are implementing voluntary, Bluetooth-enabled contact tracing apps that have a decentralized model, countries with strict surveillance measures are seeking centralized models that collect more sensitive information and use GPS technology to give the government more control and access during this pandemic.

      ||Pavlina|| I think this is oversimplification.

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  6. May 2020
    1. Maryland clocked roughly 40%

      Which is too little to make it work. Previous estimates were that in order to make the app effective, it should be used by 60 -80 percent. If it does not pick up, our research may become obsolete. It will be important to keep an eye on the number of people. +pavlinai@diplomacy.edu +jovank@diplomacy.edu +djordje@diplomacy.edu

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