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Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center uses internet personalities, celebs to fight child abuse

The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center in Rancho Mirage recently debuted its new Fight Child Abuse campaign for prevention and awareness in partnership with media personalities and popular content creators from TikTok and Instagram.

The project, which is directed toward parents, teachers, school counselors and children, was developed to meet the needs of those isolated by COVID-19 and designed to connect with young people where they are — online. The $1.5 million nationwide campaign aims to educate youth on how to reach out to a trusted adult and empower them to disclose their abuse.

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With COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, no schools to attend and plenty of economic stress for families

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The Final Frontier: New Course Addresses Lack of Inclusion in Computer Science

Nicki Washington is a woman on a mission: As a professor of the practice of computer science at Duke, she teaches a course called Race, Gender, Class & Computing, which explores the diversity challenges in computer science and the effects that this lack of inclusion has on technology.

“I have long argued that computer science needs a stronger dose of social sciences as part of its curriculum and this class is a chance to do that,” she said.

This is uphill work. Though women make up over 50 percent of the U.S. population, as well as the majority of Americans now earning college degrees, less than a quarter of computer science professionals are female. African Americans and Latinos also hold computer science jobs at a rate well below their percentage in the U.S. population.

And even when these groups do make in-roads into computer science, new recruits tend to be

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Global smartphone shipments expected to drop nearly 10% in 2020: IDC, 5G

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. August 27, 2020 — The worldwide smartphone market is forecast to decline 9.5% year over year in 2020 with shipments totaling 1.2 billion units, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracke r. While the second quarter of 2020 (2Q20) resulted in slightly better than expected numbers, the market was still down 17% year over year with visible signs of economic concerns. On a positive note, IDC expects the smartphone market will return to a full recovery by 2022, and will achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.7% over the five year forecast, largely driven by the assumption that smartphones will continue to be the computing platform of choice for most of the world.

“5G remains a priority for all smartphone OEMs despite the challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic and lack of consumer demand,” said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC’s

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