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5 faculty join ASU English, boosting offerings in diversity, media and culture

September 11, 2020

Addressing present concerns in social justice, sustainability and technology, the Department of English at Arizona State University has recruited five additional faculty to its programs in film and media studies and secondary education this fall.

The uplift to ASU English’s intellectual power will enable it to continue meeting student demand for a robust and relevant humanities education. New faculty arrive with top-notch teaching credentials and exciting research agendas in secondary classroom diversity, environmental media, technoscience, popular culture and gender studies.
New faculty members in the ASU Department of English, fall 2020.New faculty in ASU’s Department of English are, from left to right: Gabriel Acevedo Velázquez, Lisa Han, Stacey Moran, Katherine Morrissey and Joshua Vasquez.
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“The Department of English is delighted to welcome these new faculty to our ranks,” English Chair and Professor Krista Ratcliffe said. “Their teaching and research expertise will broaden our course offerings and enhance our contributions to

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Smart Cities and Their Digital Assets

Smart city is a popular construction concept in recent years, yet regrettably the concept now focuses more on the technical construction of various information platforms and lacks attention to high-value content. The healthy development of the city in the future is worrying, especially as an extension of the information environment. What is the development benefit of the smart city for the city in the future? This is a problem worthy of attention to the prospect of the technology system.

Generally speaking, smart city refers to the integration of urban constituent systems and services with various information technologies or innovative ideas to enhance the efficiency of resource utilization, optimize urban management and services, and improve the quality of life of citizens. A smart city makes full use of the new generation of information technology in all walks of life in the city to build the advanced form of urban informatization based

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FaceTec Biometrics to Weed Out Bots from New Social Media Platform

“We’re creating an alternative for anyone disappointed that social media today puts ad revenue above authenticity. Using a trusted biometric identity solution that actually delivers is a key part of that. And it was clear FaceTec 3D Face Authentication delivers exactly what we needed.” – Salah Zalatimo, CEO, Voice

FaceTec Biometrics to Weed Out Bots from New Social Media Platform

A new social media startup is aiming to make sure that its users are all authentic human beings, and has opted for FaceTec‘s biometric 3D face authentication technology to accomplish that mission.

Called Voice, the platform is based on EOS.IO blockchain. That’s one piece of the puzzle: blockchain ledger accounting can help to ensure that all verified users have a unique and irrefutable digital identity. But to make sure that each user is a real person in the first place, Voice looked for a biometric authentication solution.

FaceTec’s 3D Face Authentication fit the bill. The solution lets end users confirm their

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ASCI partners with TAM Media Research to expand ad monitoring to digital platforms



a close up of a flower: With this, ASCI will now be monitoring a media horizon that is estimated to have more than 80% of India's advertising spend on it


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With this, ASCI will now be monitoring a media horizon that is estimated to have more than 80% of India’s advertising spend on it

With digital advertising on the rise amidst the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country, the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has partnered with TAM Media Research to add the monitoring of digital platforms to the already tracked print and television media under its National Advertising Monitoring Service (NAMS) for identifying potentially misleading advertisements.

As per ASCI, initially it will track the food and beverage, healthcare and education sectors on digital media since the three sectors accounted for 79% of the complaints processed by ASCI last year. With this, ASCI said, it will now be monitoring a media horizon that is estimated to have more than 80% of India’s advertising spend on it.

With digital advertising now accounting

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DC to Provide Free Internet for 25,000 Low-Income Students, Families


a close up of a keyboard: XIAN, CHINA – OCTOBER 14: (CHINA OUT) A blind child touches a keyboard during a computer class at the Xian School for the Blind and Deaf-mute October 14, 2005 in Xian of Shaanxi Province, China. The Xian School for the Blind and Deaf-mute, established in 1949, is one of the earliest schools in China built to provide education for blind and deaf-mute children and their parents. The school currently has about 200 students, including over 50 blind students. According to state media, China has over 1.4 million handicapped children under six-years-old, and the figure is rising by approximately 200,000 a year. The International White Cane Safety Day, known as the festival for the blind falls on October 15. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)


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XIAN, CHINA – OCTOBER 14: (CHINA OUT) A blind child touches a keyboard during a computer class at the Xian School for the Blind and Deaf-mute October 14, 2005 in Xian of Shaanxi Province, China. The Xian School for the Blind and Deaf-mute, established in 1949, is one of the earliest schools in China built to provide education for blind and deaf-mute children and their parents. The school currently has about 200 students, including over 50 blind students. According to state media, China has over 1.4 million handicapped children under six-years-old, and the figure is rising by approximately 200,000 a year. The International White Cane Safety Day, known as the festival for the blind falls on October 15. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

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Digital investigations: New online course teaches journalists how to follow the digital trail of people and entities

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is offering the free online course, “Digital investigations for journalists: How to follow the digital trail of people and entities,” to help journalists obtain the tools necessary to investigate and monitor people and entities behind social media accounts.

The MOOC (massive open online course) will be held from Oct. 5 to Nov. 1, 2020, during four weeks, on Journalism Courses, the distance learning platform of the Knight Center.

Register now for this free course online here.

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Regardless of a journalist’s beat, any story will most likely have a digital element involved, according to BuzzFeed News media editor Craig Silverman, who will be leading the free course. For this reason, it is valuable to do digital monitoring, research and investigation to verify that the information aligns with what these entities are saying.

“This course is really essential because it can give any journalist

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The fast rise and painful fall of Kenya’s internet celebrities

Gitonga, ‘the president’, is not the first Kenyan to have been thrust into the limelight by social media. Before him, there were several others. Most of them, however, faded back into obscurity. Photo: Courtesy.

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Two weeks ago, Michael Njogo Gitonga, the man with an uncanny resemblance to President Uhuru Kenyatta, emerged from virtual anonymity to instant fame. Within minutes of Gitonga’s photos being shared on social media, they had been reposted on multiple platforms, turning him into a hot online conversation topic and immediately catapulting him into the limelight. Like many other ordinary Kenyans who sparked interest on social media, Gitonga found himself becoming an instant celebrity. Suddenly, several companies want to be associated with him, offering him all manner of goodies.

“We cannot meet now as we had planned because I have a meeting with Bonfire Adventures,” Gitonga said when The Standard sought him out last Friday.

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Best cloud computing services of 2020: for Digital Transformation

Cloud computing services offer the opportunity for businesses to undergo digital transformation where they provide services, software, apps, processing, or storage through the cloud.

Best cloud computing services

Cloud services have revolutionized computing, not least through IaaS, PaaS, and especially SaaS, which have allowed businesses to develop virtualized IT infrastructure and deliver software through the cloud, independent of a user’s operating system.

Even better still, businesses can also mix and match cloud services from different providers through cloud brokers in order to ensure these services work to maximum efficiency and cost effectiveness, but also to reduce the chances of vendor lock-in while also improving redundancy. This may require additional cloud management software, but for larger businesses the economic effects can be significant.

Because cloud services are run through software platforms and virtualized networks, it means that it’s easy to access and analyse data for the purposes of analytics as well

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How online classes are excluding poor and unconnected schoolchildren

In India, the children of families who do not have smartphones are being left out of online classes as educational institutions across the country continue to remain shut.

In Goa, where I am based, many schools are foregoing Zoom sessions or “live” classes where the student has to be present in front of the screen for a fixed time each day. With erratic power supply and patchy network issues, we work instead with PDFs, videos, Google forms and WhatsApp.

With the initial novelty of online classes waning, other issues are becoming evident. The biggest one? Online schooling is a huge source of stress for parents who cannot afford to be online and connected.

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As early as in April this year, government-run schools around the country were predicting difficulties with conducting online lessons

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Why retailers and FMCG companies are increasing digital and online ad spends and paring broadcast, print expenditure



a hand holding a cellphone: Why retailers and FMCG companies are increasing digital and online ad spends and paring broadcast, print expenditure


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Why retailers and FMCG companies are increasing digital and online ad spends and paring broadcast, print expenditure

While surfing the internet have you ever double-clicked on an image on Instagram or reacted to a video on Facebook? Or have you ever clicked on something in a Google search results page that takes you to a website, only to realise you had clicked on an ad?

This is how Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies, brands and apparel retailers are luring customers to shop products or apparel from their websites during the Covid-19 lockdown.

With most people resorting to online shopping due to the fear of getting infected with the deadly virus, FMCG and apparel retailers have increased their digital and online advertising spends and reduced broadcast and print advertising.

“Retailers and FMCG brands do show the tendency to favour online advertising, as well as digital and television

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