Posted on October 18, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Social good   Leave a comment on Snapchat and Inspirit team up to build augmented reality STEM lessons

Snapchat and Inspirit team up to build augmented reality STEM lessons

Snap's AR lenses get a science expansion. Snapchat lenses, one of the general public’s most readily accessible augmented reality (AR) offerings, may soon be an extended learning option for teachers and students, as the company announces a new STEM curriculum incorporating the app’s popular AR. The announcement is a collaboration …

Posted on October 17, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Social good   Leave a comment on New Google Maps features tackle obstacles to accessibility

New Google Maps features tackle obstacles to accessibility

Stair-free walking routes and business markers add to Google's wider push for accessibility and ease of navigation. For Google Maps users with disabilities, navigating your surroundings — and finding community — is getting a little bit easier. Today, Google announced another expansion of its accessible navigation features, including wheelchair-accessible walking routes, updated Live View experiences for users who are blind, and a …

Posted on October 17, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Social good   Leave a comment on 'Everything Now' depicts eating disorder recovery like you've never seen it

'Everything Now' depicts eating disorder recovery like you've never seen it

The Netflix teen comedy-drama is both raw and responsible. In the Netflix series Everything Now, recovery from an eating disorder is anything but simple or straightforward. The show’s opening scene introduces viewers to Mia (Sophie Wilde), a 16-year-old who’s just completed several months of in-patient treatment. She is eager to rejoin the world, but she’s …

Posted on October 12, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Social good   Leave a comment on Exclusive: Biden's American Climate Corps sees more than 42,000 sign-ups since launch

Exclusive: Biden's American Climate Corps sees more than 42,000 sign-ups since launch

A recruitment portal for the modernized New Deal program will open this winter. In the three weeks since President Joe Biden announced his American Climate Corps — a new youth-oriented job program focused on training the next generation of clean energy, conservation, and resilience workers — tens of thousands of Americans have signaled their enthusiasm for the growing green economy. For …

Posted on October 11, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Tech Policy   Leave a comment on We’re in a new Gilded Age. What did we learn from the last one?

We’re in a new Gilded Age. What did we learn from the last one?

An 1882 color lithograph shows American railroad entrepreneurs carving up the United States as European royalty watch from across the Atlantic Ocean. | Frederick Burr Opper/Stock Montage/Getty Images Former FCC chair Tom Wheeler has a few ideas for how to regulate the “Digital Gilded Age.” The 19th century probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you hear about Big Tech’s harms and possible solutions. It’s probably not the second either, or even 50th. But in his forthcoming … Continue reading “We’re in a new Gilded Age. What did we learn from the last one?”

Posted on October 10, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Social good   Leave a comment on Google AI prepares U.S. and Canada for flooding with expanded predictor

Google AI prepares U.S. and Canada for flooding with expanded predictor

Flood Hub provides alerts for millions of people living in areas newly at risk of flooding. Google is expanding its flood forecasting capabilities to the United States and Canada, providing a potentially lifesaving resource as the climate crisis continues to exacerbate environmental events and threaten communities worldwide. The company’s global Flood Hub prediction tool provides real-time flood forecasts and visualizations …

Posted on October 6, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Social good   Leave a comment on Twitter/X's removal of link headlines slashes site accessibility even further

Twitter/X's removal of link headlines slashes site accessibility even further

Elon Musk creates a new hurdle in the path to web accessibility. Once again, Elon Musk’s design decisions for the rebranded X (formerly Twitter) are isolating users with disabilities — this time in the name of “esthetics.” On Wednesday evening, the site began rolling out a new preview format for posted links, which removes all headlines and …

Posted on October 4, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Social good   Leave a comment on White male leads don't equal box office success. But executives and studios are still biased.

White male leads don't equal box office success. But executives and studios are still biased.

When it comes to support for production and distribution of hit films, progress can be made. What sells at the box office? Historically, the answer for film studios, distributors, and their executives has been a white male lead. This bias hasn’t changed, according to a new study undertaken by the University of Southern California. And more importantly, it may be wrong entirely. The study …

Posted on October 3, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Tech Policy   Leave a comment on Turns out the government can fine you for trashing space

Turns out the government can fine you for trashing space

Even in orbit, no dumping rules apply. | PM Images/Getty Images The FCC is cracking down on space litterbugs, starting with Dish Network. We are surrounded by trash, and the Federal Communications Commission is trying to do something about it. Since we’re talking about the FCC, which regulates communications and airwaves, we’re not talking about the more well-known trash in the oceans and on the ground. This is the garbage way, way up in the sky: space debris, an ever-increasing … Continue reading “Turns out the government can fine you for trashing space”

Posted on August 25, 2023November 22, 2023Categories Tech Policy   Leave a comment on Is YouTube tracking your kids again?

Is YouTube tracking your kids again?

Kids love YouTube, but Google has to comply with children’s privacy laws when they watch. | JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images Google said it wouldn’t target ads to children anymore, but multiple reports suggest it’s still happening. Google might be facing significant fines for violating children’s privacy through YouTube ads — again. Two recent reports suggest that the company is collecting data from and targeting ads to children, a violation of both the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) and Google’s … Continue reading “Is YouTube tracking your kids again?”