Monday, July 13, 2015

Ellen Pao CEO of Reddit could not resist the revolt of users

The dismissal of an employee of the company prompted a chorus of protest, hate speech and insults against the chief executive Ellen Pao. His departure has rekindled the debate on the limits of online comments and gender equality.

They called it the "Reddit Revolt". Various forums and sub-categories of forums American site Reddit - where users can write or publish links that are voted by the community - were closed by the moderators in protest against the dismissal of an employee. Victoria Taylor was in charge of coordinating a series entitled Ask Me Anything / AMA  (Ask Me Anything), a forum with great success among users. When Victoria was fired without prior notice or explanation, users and Reddit community moderators "attacked" not only the site as the chief executive (CEO), Ellen Pao in particular.

"The attacks were the worst in the case of Ellen because she is woman," said Sam Altman, Reddit board member. "And that's a shame for humanity."

During the last week, more than 200,000 people signed a petition demanding the resignation of Ellen Pao. And to nothing the reasons for the chief executive in a letter published on the site after the first protests, apologized for this and other communication failures with the community over the years and have "surprised moderators with major changes." But the chorus of the revolt was too high. After Pao output was announced, users celebrated: "The great demon was killed."

In an interview with Wired , Sam Altman refused Pao had been dismissed, stating that they have reached an agreement. "She brought a face that changed perceptions, is a pioneer for women in the technology industry," he said.

Ellen Pao joined the Reddit team two years ago and in November 2014 was named CEO. In March this year lost a gender discrimination lawsuit against one of the largest venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, Kleiner Perkins. The trial has generated an intense debate on gender equality within the technology industry discussion around emerging now with sexist and racist comments that were published last week demanding the resignation of Ellen Pao.

Sam Altman condemned the personal attacks: "It was sickening to see what some users wrote about Ellen. Reducing the compassion that happens when we are all behind a computer screen is not good for the world. People are still people even if the Internet is in the middle, "he argued.

Ellen Pao justified output, however, with the fact that fail to meet the company's growth targets over the next six months without harm Reddit values. One of the biggest fights of Pao within the company have been the effort to update policies barrassem harassment and online hate, which led to many forums with topics racist or bullying were banned.

In the farewell letter , Ellen Pao said that throughout the process the more touched were stories of others: "Some talked about people they knew who had committed suicide for being transgender or their intimate images have been exposed." "I'm just a woman, she has family and feelings," he wrote.

In an opinion article published in the New York Times , two moderators of forums coordinated by Victoria Taylor, the dismissed employee, explained that the boycott of the site served to show the importance of the Reddit community of volunteers: "We are concerned about the significance of a decision in these businesses that rely on volunteer work - and if they really understand what makes a vibrant online community. "  

Reddit, which calls itself "the Internet homepage" monthly records 164 million active users and has been trying to grow without alienating the community that supports it.  With the limits to be tested, the direction of Reddit announced that it will not tolerate "death threats" and offenses, and said that without a balance between "authenticity and compassion" Reddit can be "a great site but never a large community."

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The technology sector will grow strongly in 2015

The technology remains a growth engine. According to a Credit and Surety, some innovative technologies will grow to double digits this year.

We live in a digital age where information and communications technology permeate all sectors. In this context, the growth of new technologies is a logical consequence.

According to the report 'Market monitor. Focus on the ICT performance and outlook ' , prepared by Credit & Surety, the sector will grow . In addition, some innovative technologies such as cloud computing will even double-digit growth in 2015. In fact, IDC published this week that the cloud infrastructure market grew 25.1% in the first quarter . The work of the insurer indicates that this rise will occur in both advanced and emerging markets, albeit with different situations depending on the particular conditions of each country.

However, the future is not without challenges. The study warns that the sustainability of the sector is marked by constant innovation and the ability to develop and introduce new products on the market quickly . In line with this, the report explains that the life cycle of products is short. In addition, the weakness of the sector lies in the strong competition that exists, pressing on prices and margins. Thus, they encourage economies of scale of larger competitors, while smaller manufacturers have serious difficulties coping, except to offer very high technology or be focused on very specific market niches.

Consumer confidence has recovered in the United States, thanks to the growth of the economy, gas prices and the recovery in the labor market. Thus, the report forecasts a revenue growth in consumer electronics 3%, reaching a record of $ 223 million. Specifically, a 3% increase in sales of tablets and smartphones of 6% is expected. The greatest growth, doubling the revenues recorded in 2014, will be in other emerging products such as 3D or printers, televisions 4K smart watches unmanned systems.

In China, the sector grew almost 10% in 2014, thanks to the reforms and the support that the administration has provided for the modernization of the sector. Regulatory changes have caused the decline in restrictions on the sale of video games have encouraged foreign research on value-added services in the mobile sector and have led to the growth of cloud computing. Among the difficulties in the sector in China highlights the high levels of piracy, competitiveness and a transparent regulatory limits.

Brazil is one of the most promising emerging markets, but the country's economic recession and underinvestment are burdening your technology sector. Furthermore, it has been affected by the devaluation of the Brazilian real against the dollar, since 70% of the products industry are imported and valued in dollars, deteriorating profit margins. Although the Administration has extended the tax exemptions until 2018, the ICT market fell 20% in 2014 and a further contraction of 10% is expected in 2015.

And on the European continent, Credit and Surety expected to develop mobile applications and new technologies drive the industry in the UK in 2015. In France, sales of the ICT sector improved by 5% in 2014, being the main engine tablets industry growth, but sales slowed in the last quarter. According to the report, the French technology market will grow by 2% in 2015, driven by increased spending on French households and the recovery of consumer confidence.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Natural gas tariffs of last resort down Wednesday a 3% average

The decrease is due to lower raw material. It adds to those made in April (2.51%) and in January (3.11%). Access fees have not changed since January, but has dropped the price of gas; in Spain there are 7.5 million consumers of natural gas.

The new tariffs of last resort (TUR) of natural gas will enter into force on Wednesday with an average decline of 3% by lower raw material reported by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism . This decrease is in addition to those made in April , to 2.51% on average, and in January, 3.11%, so from the beginning of year, the price of natural gas last resort accumulate a decrease of 8.62%. The tolls Access, used to calculate the rate, have not changed since January , but has dropped the price of gas, which is obtained according to international prices, the evolution of Brent crude procurement and auction held on 16 June. The new drop rate for a home with hot water but no heating gas (TUR type 1) is 2.4%, while in households with hot water and heating gas (TUR type 2) will be 3.1% . Of the 7.5 million consumers of natural gas, 5.6 million are supplied at free prices and 1.9 million regulated price of TUR.

More than half of single-parent households with children are at risk of poverty

There are nearly 1.8 million households composed of one adult and at least one dependent child. Accounting for 9.6% of households in Spain. "When we talk about single parents should keep in mind that this is an increasing and with woman's face reality," says Save the Children.

More than half of single-parent households with at least one dependent child are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, a "growing" reality and that Spain has a female face, as has denounced Save the Children in its report "More alone than ever. " 

Of the nearly 1.8 million households composed of one adult and one child in charge, which account for 9.6% of households in Spain, 53.3% are at risk of poverty-related situations and exclusion percentage in two-parent households stood at 30.5%. The CEO of Save the Children, Andrés Conde, explained during the presentation of the report that the situation of children at risk of exclusion has worsened in the last year and a half and stressed that 1 in 3 children are at risk of poverty, a figure that is increasing since 2007. "When we talk about single parents should keep in mind that this is an increasing and with woman's face reality , "says Save the Children, which claims that 82% of these households are headed by a mother. The report contains testimonies like Manoli, who with two children survive on 300 euros a month The NGO argues that the fundamental problems that such families face have to do with economic insecurity and lack of support to assist and care for their children. It is difficulty to deal with "vital and essential" expenses such as buying food, medicine, rent or mortgage payments, school supplies or clothes and affecting the quality of life of children.

The report notes that 52% of single mothers are excluded from the labor market or work in precarious conditions and instability, as the care of children and lack of reconciliation measures prevents them eligible for jobs with longer hours and income. It underlines that four out of ten single-parent households do not have enough money for household expenses and one in three lives exclusion situations related to the field of health, and stop buying medicines or abandon treatment due to financial problems. It also indicates that single mothers with children come forward with real obstacles, especially if you have a network of family and social support and 36% of them says it can not count on anyone when a problem arises, compared to 29, 6% of the total households.

For Manoli

The report contains testimonies like Manoli, who with two children survive on 300 euros a month with having to deal with the costs of housing, school, food, etc. For Save the Children, the main conclusion of the report is that children living in these homes are among the most vulnerable to poverty and social exclusion in Spain collective and therefore calls for urgent measures, including legal recognition as that They have large families, providing for their special vulnerability to poverty. It proposes the creation of a single parent status , with a specific system of certification which will ensure a minimum of protection from all administrations. Calls on the political forces committed to reach at least 2 percent of GDP in protecting the family with special attention to children, increasing the economic benefit for dependent children or create a non-contributory maternity provision for mothers without resources who are demanding jobs. As for tax measures deemed necessary to expand the deduction for maternity parent families at risk of social exclusion with children under three years, without requiring that the mother is working, and establish a new deduction for those with children between 3 and 18 years. Save the Children wants to protect children against evictions and displacement, single parents groups that aid recipients are considered to rental and members priority access to public housing and access to rental facilitate, within the Social Fund for Housing, single mothers are socially vulnerable. "It is a matter of social emergency for the scale and urgency of the problem and because, if we do nothing, these children have needs that will mark them for life," warned Conde.

Monday, June 3, 2013

World Internet Users Reached 2.4 Billion

Internet users in the world’s population continues to increase. Now, the number has touched an enormous number.

In the event the D11 Conference held by the site AllThingsD, which comes from Mary Meeker firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Meeker, revealed that internet users across the world has touched the figure of 2.4 billion people. That number increased by 8 percent from the previous year.Despite making an unusually large number, of which only covers 34 percent of the world population.

Indonesia is one country with the most Internet users with 55 million people. The value had increased 58 percent over the previous year. However, the penetration rate is not too large, which is only 23 percent.
Countries with the highest internet penetration rate held by the United States. With the number of users as many as 244 million people, the country’s penetration rate reached 78 percent.

Internet usage from mobile devices are increasing dramatically. According to Meeker, Internet users from mobile devices is only 0.9 percent of all internet traffic in May 2009. A year later, the percentage rose to 2.4 percent.
In May 2013, global mobile internet users has touched the figure of 15 percent and will increase to 30 percent by the end of 2014.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Canadian Water Summit 2013

Canadian Water Summit: June 27, 2013, Canada.
The Canadian Water Summit will be organized on June 27, 2013 at BMO Centre, Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Canadian Water Summit is the first-of-its-kind conference in Canada, helping to realize Canada's potential to be a world leader in water expertise and technology innovation. Since 2009, the Canadian Water Summit has served as a collaborative forum for leaders from diverse sectors to share insights and further a united mission: to build a sustainable water future for Canada. Drawing on the UN theme of the International Year of Water Cooperation, the 2013 Canadian Water Summit, hosted once again in Calgary, Alberta will explore how organizations across sectors and across geographies are working together to drive innovation in water and prosperity in their communities. Attendees include: Business professionals and investors, experts in water management and technology, industry associations, building practitioners, municipalities, policymakers, lawyers, NGOs, academics, community representatives, and watershed groups. The Canadian Water Summit is a project of the Innovolve Group and part of its mission to help unlock Canada's potential for being a world leader in water expertise, management and innovation.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

WasteTech Crocus Expo in Moscow from 28 to 31 May 2013

WasteTech 2013: 28-31 May 2013, Russia
The next edition of WasteTech will take place in IEC "Crocus Expo" in Moscow from 28-31 May 2013. WasteTech offers various forms of participation: as an exhibitor with a stand, as a visitor or a conference participant. Over the last decade WasteTech (an abbreviation of two English words "waste" and "tech" - technology) has become well-known to everyone engaged in waste treatment, environmental protection and renewable energy both in Russia and worldwide, especially in CIS and Baltic countries. The first WasteTech exhibition and congress was held in Moscow in September 1999 and the previous WasteTech - May-June 2011. While WasteTech-99 exhibition space did not exceed 340 sq.m with 40 exhibitors WasteTech-2011 attaracted 309 companies from 23 countries and reached 5980 sq. m net of indoor and outdoor space. At the very beginning WasteTech was focused exclusively on solid waste issues. But now in addition to these, air and water protection, sanitation and soil remediation, renewable energy etc are also on event agenda. As a result, WasteTech exhibition and congress has become the main forum for waste management, recycling, renewable energy and environmental technologies in Russia and CIS. An extensive and interesting conference program is a traditional feature of WasteTech. It is a chain of conferences, seminars and round tables on various aspects of waste management and environmental technologies. Events are prepared in cooperation with international and local associations, research and design institutions, or held on the initiative of individual companies - exhibitors.