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          A ‘Game of Thrones’ VFX specialist shows us how they digitally bring dragons to life      Comment   Translate Page      
Mark Spindler’s official title with the visual effects company Pixomondo is compositing supervisor, which means he’s responsible for taking different VFX elements and wizardry and stitching them together into a seamless whole. It sounds like a super-geeky, highly technical job. But when you look at the work he and his colleagues have done behind-the-scenes for the last several seasons now of Game of Thrones, the show’s three fire-breathing dragons they’ve helped digitally bring to life and imbue with terrifying realism belie a job with, it turns out, so many layers beyond mere technical prowess. Which is a long way of saying -- for the Pixomondo team, one of the nearly dozen or so companies handling various aspects of Game of Throne's VFX needs, rendering a make-believe idea like a dragon into existence actually first requires a ton of painstaking work before you even start with a computer. That means researching real-world animals with similarities to a dragon, so reptiles like lizards as well as bats (the former to study the scales and skin, the latter because of the wings). The Pixomondo team pored over video and real-world detail, paying close attention to the way such animals look and behave in their natural surroundings to correctly animate the scales, movements, muscles and body of Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion -- the show’s three dragons that belong to their white-haired mother Daenerys. But it doesn’t stop there. There aren’t any fire-breathing animals in the real world to study, so to nail the realism of that aspect Spindler said the Pixomondo team analyzed the way flamethrowers spit fire, including the way flames lick up anything in their path. It’s painstaking creative work that evolved and got more complex as the dragons progressed from small hatchlings born at the end of season 1 on to the fearsome beasts of epic proportions we see in later seasons. Growth that also came in tandem with HBO’s correspondingly massive budget for a show whose final season -- which begins on Sunday -- has become a must-watch touchstone of pop culture. “Of course, it’s emotional,” Spindler told BGR from Pixomondo’s office in Frankfurt, Germany, about the imminent end of the series and his team’s work for HBO's VFX Supervisor Joe Bauer and VFX Producer Steve Kullback. Both of whom have been in charge of the visual effects for the whole series since season 3 and season 2, respectively. For me, it’s my sixth season now,” Spindler continued. “I started on Season Three. Some of my co-workers here started with Season Two. So it’s a long journey. “The visual effects supervisor from HBO has also now been on the show for six seasons, so we know what he wants, and I think we have a good working relationship. The communication is quite easy. It’s something special, knowing that we’ve come to an end after having worked on this for so long.” Spindler gave BGR a taste of how Pixomondo -- one of the few VFX vendors that have worked on GoT almost from the beginning - has contributed to the look and development of the dragons, which you can see evolve in the video clip above. The footage takes you through the dragons’ collective evolution across each season, showcasing what’s involved in the animation, rendering, matching of graphics to footage with actors, making sure the digitally rendered dragons are lit to match the rest of the scene .. and on and on. The clip ends with a somber Jon Snow appearing to pet a mounted contraption, on top of which a dragon will be displayed so that it looks like that’s what he’s petting in the scene. For their part, the Pixomondo crew generally always started talking with HBO about the forthcoming season pretty much as soon as the last one has wrapped. The team gets a first draft of the screenplay and storyboard to get a sense of where the action is headed. That lets them start thinking through ideas, though the VFX specialists can’t do too much until the new season actually starts getting shot. And, as we said, it’s not all computer-based magic that turns the dragons from words on a page into scary movement on the screen. The show’s VFX professionals have resorted at times to “acting” out various movements the dragons would need to perform, with some of the Pixomondo crew at one point tied up on all fours and angrily straining at their bonds to serve as reference footage for the dragons. The finale of the previous season gave us one of the most game-changing seasons of the show thus far, involving the “dead” Viserion. The nearly 125-foot-long computer generated beast was “reborn” as an ice dragon, thanks to the dark power of the Night King (with a helpful assist from Pixomondo) and which was shown spitting enough blue fire to completely wreck the towering Wall in the north. That set up the stakes for the showdown Game of Thrones fans around the world are waiting to see unfold over the course of its final six episodes. “The most important thing I would say regarding the realism is you look at the real world for reference, and obviously there are no real dragons in the real world,” Spindler said about the work. “But there are certainly some animals that resemble a dragon, like lizards. There are so many documentary shots out there with closeups of animals, where you can really see a lot of detail about how they actually look and behave. Looking at things like that is really helpful." The hard part is in balancing the realism with the cinematic requirements of a shot, meaning once you bring the dragons to life, you've still got to make them look like they would look if they were really there, actually in front of the camera and in the same scene as the actors, under the same lighting conditions. To help with that, Bauer and a colleague at one point during filming held what amounted to dragon puppets on poles to help establish the framing and lighting for a shot, in addition to giving the actors something to play off of. At another point, Pixomondo used a YouTube video they found of an eagle snatching up a goat as a reference for a scene involving the dragon Drogon, after it's spit fire on a goat and used its claws to grab it before taking off into the sky. To give you an idea of how complicated and sprawling the series' VFX needs have become, one episode in the upcoming season reportedly features more than 1,300 VFX shots. While, for comparison, there were fewer than 600 in all of season 2. As far as what we can expect to see in season 8, regarding the dragons as well as everything else, Spindler is coy. “I think the same thing that has been true for the last seasons is true this time. Everything is just bigger, more exciting. “I think there’s the sense now that all the different parties in the storyline are really close to each other and everything is coming to an end. There’s going to be a lot of action, so less exposition is needed than in previous seasons. There are still lots of things I don’t know about, but from what I’ve seen and what I know, yes, it’s going to be exciting for sure. I've been a fan of the show myself, so it's been great to be part of it. Definitely not something that comes along every day."
          Mnuchin says hopes U.S.-China trade talks nearing 'final round' - Reuters      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Mnuchin says hopes U.S.-China trade talks nearing 'final round'  Reuters
  2. Mnuchin Says U.S. Open to Facing Penalties in China Trade Deal  Bloomberg
  3. Mnuchin Says Trade Talks Near Final Round  The Wall Street Journal
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          4月13日(土)のつぶやき      Comment   Translate Page      

しかしこれスキャンダルだわ。菅官房長官という政府首脳の系列県議の弟がデマサイトやってるって。

動けマスコミ! twitter.com/sangituyama/st…

— こたつぬこ『「社会を変えよう」といわれたら』4/17発売 (@sangituyama) 2019年4月12日 - 21:15

日本のダメなところは
・削っちゃいけない人件費を削る
・賃金が発生するものを無料でやらせたい
・原価以上、つまり技術や人件費は支払いたくない
・残業代は払わない
・バレたら、次はバレないように違法労働させよう
・従業員は消耗品、壊れたら補充すればいい

— ブラック企業の深い闇 (@makkuro_ankoku) 2019年4月12日 - 20:34

安倍晋三が「適材適所」と言って任命した大臣がどいつもこいつも使い物にならないということは、そもそも「任命している安倍晋三自身が総理大臣として適材適所ではない」ということだと思う。

— きっこ (@kikko_no_blog) 2019年4月12日 - 17:54

不正出品に対する審査の甘さは、盤石にみえる #アマゾン の足をすくう問題につながる可能性がある。サービスの効率や使いやすさを追求するあまり、不正な出品への対応にスキをみせれば、アマゾンそのものの信頼を損ないかねない。#Amazon nikkei.com/article/DGXMZO…

— Mac (@macurata) 2019年4月13日 - 08:50

#リフト を見て #ウーバー は慎重なドライバーに変わった。ウーバーの財務状態が強弱まだら模様であることを考えれば、抑制気味のIPOの方が、少なくともリフトと同じような穴に落ちるのを回避できるだろう。#ライドシェア jp.wsj.com/articles/SB103…

— 交通の安全と労働を考える市民会議 (@forumtsl) 2019年4月13日 - 08:20

#滴滴出行 は、リース会社など向けに金融サービスを始めた。中国では車両を保有したうえで運転手を管理して滴滴のアプリを使って収益を上げるリース会社が出てきている。滴滴は、安全な配車サービスを展開するリース会社を育て、配車アプリ事業の… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 交通の安全と労働を考える市民会議 (@forumtsl) 2019年4月13日 - 08:55

#CREW  #クルー

クルーと言うアプリ、最悪。

西麻布から根津駅まで乗りたいと呼び出すとほぼ全員乗車拒否。

根津駅は乗車エリア外だし、謝礼大してもらえないと思われるせいか乗車拒否の嵐。

1時過ぎから呼び続けて拒否られ続け結局3時になり利用できず。

— 泡男 (@Vin_nob) 2019年4月9日 - 03:25

12日の東京株式市場で #ソフトバンク グループが急反発。大引け直前に年初来高値を付けた。#ウーバー テクノロジーズが新規株式公開=IPOを申請したことで、保有株の含み益が膨らむとの期待から買いが優勢となった。ソフトバンクグループ… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 交通の安全と労働を考える市民会議 (@forumtsl) 2019年4月13日 - 08:25

民主党政権が悪夢だったか?
安倍の口車に乗せられて、
信じ込んでいる人が多すぎないか?

高速道路は日曜祝日無料になり
無駄な国の事業を整理しようと事業仕分けを始めた
あの自由な雰囲気を覚えていないか?

総理大臣が普天間基地を県… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— JUMPILIKEYOU (@jumpilikeyou) 2019年4月12日 - 16:57
          Mnuchin Says U.S. Open to Facing Penalties in China Trade Deal - Bloomberg      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Mnuchin Says U.S. Open to Facing Penalties in China Trade Deal  Bloomberg
  2. Mnuchin Says Trade Talks Near Final Round  The Wall Street Journal
  3. Mnuchin says hopes U.S.-China trade talks nearing 'final round'  Reuters
  4. Mnuchin Says China Trade Talks Are Nearing Final Round  The New York Times
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          Facebook investors launch desperate bid to oust Mark Zuckerberg - Mashable      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Facebook investors launch desperate bid to oust Mark Zuckerberg  Mashable
  2. Facebook's activist shareholders are making another dramatic bid to oust Mark Zuckerberg and abolish the firm's share structure  Business Insider
  3. It cost Facebook $22 million to keep Mark Zuckerberg safe last year  CNN
  4. Facebook Shakes Up Board: Erskine Bowles, Reed Hastings to Step Down  Wall Street Journal
  5. Facebook Shakes Up Board, Dings Exec Who Once Threatened Peter Thiel For Supporting Trump  The Daily Caller
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          Iger's Successor Will Inherit Big Online Bet...      Comment   Translate Page      

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          NYC measles-vaccine order on Orthodox Jews tests city's power...      Comment   Translate Page      

NYC measles-vaccine order on Orthodox Jews tests city's power...


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          ‘Soundtrack of America’ Review: Artists of the Future Look to the Past - The Wall Street Journal      Comment   Translate Page      
‘Soundtrack of America’ Review: Artists of the Future Look to the Past  The Wall Street Journal

New York. You have to credit the organizers behind “Soundtrack of America,” the five-night concert series that serves as the opening pop music event in the ...


          Congressman Sets April 23 Deadline for Trump Tax Returns - The Wall Street Journal      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Congressman Sets April 23 Deadline for Trump Tax Returns  The Wall Street Journal
  2. Here's who's winning under Trump's tax law  CNN
  3. House Democrats increase demands for Trump tax returns, setting up potential court fight  Fox News
  4. Trump's odd behavior is reason enough to compel disclosure of his tax returns  Los Angeles Times
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          A ‘Game of Thrones’ VFX specialist shows us how they digitally bring dragons to life      Comment   Translate Page      
Mark Spindler’s official title with the visual effects company Pixomondo is compositing supervisor, which means he’s responsible for taking different VFX elements and wizardry and stitching them together into a seamless whole. It sounds like a super-geeky, highly technical job. But when you look at the work he and his colleagues have done behind-the-scenes for the last several seasons now of Game of Thrones, the show’s three fire-breathing dragons they’ve helped digitally bring to life and imbue with terrifying realism belie a job with, it turns out, so many layers beyond mere technical prowess. Which is a long way of saying -- for the Pixomondo team, one of the nearly dozen or so companies handling various aspects of Game of Throne's VFX needs, rendering a make-believe idea like a dragon into existence actually first requires a ton of painstaking work before you even start with a computer. That means researching real-world animals with similarities to a dragon, so reptiles like lizards as well as bats (the former to study the scales and skin, the latter because of the wings). The Pixomondo team pored over video and real-world detail, paying close attention to the way such animals look and behave in their natural surroundings to correctly animate the scales, movements, muscles and body of Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion -- the show’s three dragons that belong to their white-haired mother Daenerys. But it doesn’t stop there. There aren’t any fire-breathing animals in the real world to study, so to nail the realism of that aspect Spindler said the Pixomondo team analyzed the way flamethrowers spit fire, including the way flames lick up anything in their path. It’s painstaking creative work that evolved and got more complex as the dragons progressed from small hatchlings born at the end of season 1 on to the fearsome beasts of epic proportions we see in later seasons. Growth that also came in tandem with HBO’s correspondingly massive budget for a show whose final season -- which begins on Sunday -- has become a must-watch touchstone of pop culture. “Of course, it’s emotional,” Spindler told BGR from Pixomondo’s office in Frankfurt, Germany, about the imminent end of the series and his team’s work for HBO's VFX Supervisor Joe Bauer and VFX Producer Steve Kullback. Both of whom have been in charge of the visual effects for the whole series since season 3 and season 2, respectively. For me, it’s my sixth season now,” Spindler continued. “I started on Season Three. Some of my co-workers here started with Season Two. So it’s a long journey. “The visual effects supervisor from HBO has also now been on the show for six seasons, so we know what he wants, and I think we have a good working relationship. The communication is quite easy. It’s something special, knowing that we’ve come to an end after having worked on this for so long.” Spindler gave BGR a taste of how Pixomondo -- one of the few VFX vendors that have worked on GoT almost from the beginning - has contributed to the look and development of the dragons, which you can see evolve in the video clip above. The footage takes you through the dragons’ collective evolution across each season, showcasing what’s involved in the animation, rendering, matching of graphics to footage with actors, making sure the digitally rendered dragons are lit to match the rest of the scene .. and on and on. The clip ends with a somber Jon Snow appearing to pet a mounted contraption, on top of which a dragon will be displayed so that it looks like that’s what he’s petting in the scene. For their part, the Pixomondo crew generally always started talking with HBO about the forthcoming season pretty much as soon as the last one has wrapped. The team gets a first draft of the screenplay and storyboard to get a sense of where the action is headed. That lets them start thinking through ideas, though the VFX specialists can’t do too much until the new season actually starts getting shot. And, as we said, it’s not all computer-based magic that turns the dragons from words on a page into scary movement on the screen. The show’s VFX professionals have resorted at times to “acting” out various movements the dragons would need to perform, with some of the Pixomondo crew at one point tied up on all fours and angrily straining at their bonds to serve as reference footage for the dragons. The finale of the previous season gave us one of the most game-changing seasons of the show thus far, involving the “dead” Viserion. The nearly 125-foot-long computer generated beast was “reborn” as an ice dragon, thanks to the dark power of the Night King (with a helpful assist from Pixomondo) and which was shown spitting enough blue fire to completely wreck the towering Wall in the north. That set up the stakes for the showdown Game of Thrones fans around the world are waiting to see unfold over the course of its final six episodes. “The most important thing I would say regarding the realism is you look at the real world for reference, and obviously there are no real dragons in the real world,” Spindler said about the work. “But there are certainly some animals that resemble a dragon, like lizards. There are so many documentary shots out there with closeups of animals, where you can really see a lot of detail about how they actually look and behave. Looking at things like that is really helpful." The hard part is in balancing the realism with the cinematic requirements of a shot, meaning once you bring the dragons to life, you've still got to make them look like they would look if they were really there, actually in front of the camera and in the same scene as the actors, under the same lighting conditions. To help with that, Bauer and a colleague at one point during filming held what amounted to dragon puppets on poles to help establish the framing and lighting for a shot, in addition to giving the actors something to play off of. At another point, Pixomondo used a YouTube video they found of an eagle snatching up a goat as a reference for a scene involving the dragon Drogon, after it's spit fire on a goat and used its claws to grab it before taking off into the sky. To give you an idea of how complicated and sprawling the series' VFX needs have become, one episode in the upcoming season reportedly features more than 1,300 VFX shots. While, for comparison, there were fewer than 600 in all of season 2. As far as what we can expect to see in season 8, regarding the dragons as well as everything else, Spindler is coy. “I think the same thing that has been true for the last seasons is true this time. Everything is just bigger, more exciting. “I think there’s the sense now that all the different parties in the storyline are really close to each other and everything is coming to an end. There’s going to be a lot of action, so less exposition is needed than in previous seasons. There are still lots of things I don’t know about, but from what I’ve seen and what I know, yes, it’s going to be exciting for sure. I've been a fan of the show myself, so it's been great to be part of it. Definitely not something that comes along every day."
          The refugee tragedy in the failed state of Lebanon. Sarkis Naroum, Annahar. Malcolm Hoenlein      Comment   Translate Page      
Photo:General view, with Lebanon in the distance, Beyrout, Holy Land, (i.e., Beirut, Lebanon) Date between 1890 and 1900 Dimensions 1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color. Accession number  LCCN2002724972 Credit line  Library of Congress square logo.png This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID ppmsca.02663. This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information. العربية | čeština | Deutsch | English | español | فارسی | suomi | français | עברית | magyar | italiano | македонски | മലയാളം | Nederlands | polski | português | português do Brasil | русский | slovenčina | slovenščina | Türkçe | українська | 中文 | 中文(简体)‎ | 中文(繁體)‎ | +/− Notes Print no. "15107".; Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., catalogue J-foreign section. Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Photographic Company, 1905.; Forms part of: Views of the Holy Land in the Photochrom print collection. Source  Library of Congress Catalog: http://lccn.loc.gov/2002724972 Permission (Reusing this file)  Public domain This work is in the public domain in the United States The refugee tragedy in the failed state of Lebanon. Sarkis Naroum, Annahar. Malcolm Hoenlein Sarkis Naoum is the Senior Columnist for Annahar newspaper in Beirut. · https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-treasury-sanctions-lebanese-currency-exchange-11554997035 · https://www.apnews.com/267f643ad429496b84c2cab52b2f3659 · https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/trumps-golan-move-causes-concern-in-lebanon-for-land-owners/2019/04/11/6c554f70-5c23-11e9-98d4-844088d135f2_story.html?utm_term=.6692ec382eb1 · http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/261240 · https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2019/02/01/new-government-demonstrates-hezbollahs-dominance-of-lebanon/
          Boeing’s 737 MAX Flight-Control System Blamed in Ethiopian Probe’s Initial Findings - The Wall Street Journal      Comment   Translate Page      
Boeing’s 737 MAX Flight-Control System Blamed in Ethiopian Probe’s Initial Findings  The Wall Street Journal

Air accident investigators found the cockpit crew of a crashed 737 MAX followed approved emergency procedures in an attempt to save the plane, ratcheting up ...


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          4 Steps for Achieving Gender Parity      Comment   Translate Page      
Four years ago, at BTS, we implemented a data-driven hiring strategy. We prioritized evaluating candidates using observable behaviors that both the role and culture require.

In a world where women are handily outpacing men in college attendance—women made up 56 percent of college students in 2018—how is it possible that gender parity is inaccessible for many of the world’s top companies? Today, the 3,000 largest U.S. public companies aren’t projected to achieve gender parity until 2048.

Research proves that businesses with more diversity perform better, with higher returns on equity (10 percent), better operating results (48 percent), and stronger stock price appreciation (70 percent). So why aren’t companies employing equal numbers of men and women, especially if it’s better for their business? 

Through our work at some of the world’s top organizations over the last 25 years, we’ve uncovered surprising insights as to why diversity and inclusion are so challenging in the workplace. 

It Starts with Hiring: Eliminate the “Not Like Me” Unconscious Bias

In many companies, the hiring and promotion process operates in a “gray area,” relying heavily on relationships, checklists, and first impressions. Companies tend to focus on resumes—where did the applicant go to school? What was his or her last job? These metrics have been the formula for success over the last 50 years. But it clearly isn’t working when it comes to attracting diverse candidates. 

The reality is, leaders are unconsciously missing candidates who might fit a position because of their preconceived notion of what a great hire looks like. Instead of hiring someone unusual, leaders turn to the candidate they feel comfortable with—someone with a traditionally outstanding resume, who went to their alma mater, or passed the “I would hang out with them at an airport” test. The Harvard Business Review reports that unconscious bias is one of seven major obstacles challenging equal hiring opportunities today.

Based on this understanding, four years ago, we applied these insights to our own business and implemented a data-driven hiring strategy. We prioritized evaluating candidates using observable behaviors that both the role and culture require. 

This strategy allowed us to take the guesswork out of hiring and eliminate unconscious bias. As a result, our female candidates scored as high or higher than our male candidates, whereas in the past they were rated lower throughout the hiring process. In four years, we increased female representation among our consultants from 18 percent to 50 percent.

We achieved gender parity and you can, too. Here’s how:

1. Make diversity a top priority: Your business leaders own it and report out on it.

Without top leadership’s buy-in, you can’t really make progress. Harvard Business School professor emeritus John Kotter reports that 70 percent of change initiatives fail—this is why it is essential to have the leadership team take a super-active role in enabling the culture change necessary for bringing diversity to your organization. This means shifting hiring policies to be more data driven and less subjective, making a concerted effort to form diverse project teams, reflecting on (often unspoken) organizational norms and processes that have contributed to the lack of diversity, and personal leadership shifts. 

You may face skepticism. Some leaders might ask: “Is diversity really that important?” Self-awareness and the desire to change personal biases are essential capabilities for great leaders, and sometimes the best way to get skeptical leaders to grow is to have them own and drive change efforts. In every case, sponsors are critical for success.

2. Identify the key pain point.

Identifying what holds your organization back from diversity is paramount for solving the issue. This will differ from organization to organization depending on preexisting biases in the company and the field. You may be thinking, “My organization is already diverse, so this doesn’t apply to me!” But according to Christine Comaford in Forbeseveryone struggles with unconscious bias. 

For us, the pain point was getting diverse candidates into our hiring pipeline and ensuring they saw people like them during the recruitment experience. Consulting has a reputation for being an inflexible work environment, unaccommodating for employees with young children, etc. However, our Global CEO (Scandinavian values meets entrepreneurial capitalist) is very open-minded, ensuring that our people can have great careers while being present in their life moments, creating a virtuous cycle that strikes a great work-life balance. This information was shared more loudly to our employees and candidates than in the past.

3. Spread the message.

Leaders need to support and promote the initiative. Leaders have the ability to influence the culture throughout the organization, and their obvious support is essential for lighting the fire. In our case, our U.S. CEO (at the time) flew to each of our offices to talk about the initiative. I got on the phone with candidates to tell them my story of being a young working mother at BTS.

As a mid-size organization, our leaders were able to take a hands-on approach to promoting the diversity initiative to everyone. At larger organizations, cascading the message requires a more scalable approach. Digital event platforms featuring customized business simulations are one way to effectively reach thousands of people. These experiences immerse leaders in a tailored learning environment that allows them to learn and try out the new strategy at scale.

4. Implement the change: Have a “rookie mindset” when it comes to creating the environment for the most diverse, best ideas to flourish.

Taking small steps to shake up people's thinking on how they recruit, hire, train, promote, and think about people makes a measurable difference. For us, this meant being clearer in our hiring criteria, with observable behaviors and a more robust scoring rubric, and constantly working to build diverse teams. It sounds simple enough, but experience tells us change isn’t easy. 

Using tools such as customized business simulations to train leaders on the skills they need, coupled with the right mindset, can make change easier. 

In Liz Wiseman's book, “Rookie Smarts,” she encourages leaders to be rookies again, and this mindset is exactly what’s necessary for leading your organization through change. We need leaders who crave differences, and who are committed to shifting beliefs in support of a more diverse team. This must be the overarching mindset when recruiting new hires.

It’s important to realize that it’s not scary to do something different and new—it’s exciting. And being in an uncomfortable role forces you to be humbled, become curious, and seek advice from the best. As a result, you most likely will do the best work of your life.

Achieving Gender Parity and Significant Profit Growth

We achieved 50 percent female representation in 2016, and since then, we’ve seen our company continue to grow, accelerating topline growth in recent quarters. To date, we’ve had an increase in profit growth every quarter since achieving this landmark. 

Every company’s journey is different, and getting to gender parity doesn’t mean the work is over. Shifting mindsets is ongoing, challenging work, sometimes requiring interventions, working sessions, and coaching. But the difficult work pays off in retention of talent and a richer reservoir of ideas and perspectives that will make products and services better, driving tangible business results. 

Jessica Parisi is president and CEO of BTS USA. Parisi started her career at BTS as a business analyst in 1999, was promoted to lead BTS’ U.S. Western Region and then to managing director of the BTS Leadership Practice. In 2016, she was named president and CEO. Throughout her 19-year career at BTS, Parisihas pioneered turning strategy into action for leading Fortune 500 clients and many large and start-up software companies. To comment, e-mail editors@workforce.com.

 

 


          The Uber IPO exposes how Saudi cash drives Silicon Valley innovation, and even the biggest tech companies can’t stop it      Comment   Translate Page      

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

  • Uber's S-1 filing showed that Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund owns 5% of the company.
  • The Public Investment Fund is also a top investor in Softbank's gargantuan Vision Fund, which owns 16% of Uber — not to mention sizable stakes in companies like Slack, WeWork, and DoorDash. 
  • Saudi Arabia has been criticized for human rights abuses and repressive laws, so it's a problematic source of cash for Silicon Valley, which prides itself on changing the world.
  • But Silicon Valley is under attack like never before these days, and that's caused a cynical search for stability that seems to have made taking Saudi money a non-issue. 

Silicon Valley's relationship with an undemocratic regime that has a troubling human rights record is in the spotlight. 

President Donald Trump has spoken out about it. Lawmakers are debating ways to stop the flow of money and data between the two.

The adversary in this cross-border drama is China, which has raised alarm bells in the US as it bulks up its homegrown tech industry and arouses suspicion of spying and influence.

However, there's much less fuss about the cozy ties between another repressive foreign power and Silicon Valley. 

Saudi Arabia's presence in Silicon Valley is greater than it's ever been. 

That became especially clear on Thursday when Uber filed its IPO paperwork. We learned from the S-1 filing that the kingdom's Public Investment Fund owns 5.2% of the ride-sharing company. 

The figure might actually under-count Saudi Arabia's influence within Uber. Softbank, the Japanese tech conglomerate, owns a 16.3% stake in Uber through its Softbank Vision Fund. The biggest investor in the Vision Fund is Saudi Arabia, which contributed $45 billion of the fund's massive $100 billion bankroll

Mohammed bin Salman and Masayoshi Son SoftBank

The Vision Fund is Silicon Valley's undisputed kingmaker today, writing big checks and amassing stakes in high-flying startups such as WeWork, Slack, DoorDash and GM Cruise. That means Saudi cash is essentially funding much of Silicon Valley's innovation.

As the New York Times pointed out in October, this gusher of Saudi money is an inconvenient truth for an industry that prides itself on making the world a better place.

From space to augmented reality, Saudi cash is everywhere

Some basic facts about Saudi Arabia: It's a place where torture and arbitrary arrests are widespread, according to Amnesty International; a place where women are not allowed to travel abroad without the permission of a male "guardian." It's the leader of a coalition blamed for airstrikes in Yemen responsible for thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. 

And then there's the gruesome killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashogghi, which, according to the CIA's initial conclusion, was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Wall Street Journal reported.

In other words, Saudi Arabia is antithetical to everything tech companies' altruistic mission statements claim to stand for.  

Saudi money may be more prevalent in tech now, but it's not new. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was an early investor in Twitter, and at one point owned a stake larger than cofounder Jack Dorsey's. (Alwaleed was himself detained — in a Ritz Cartlon hotel — for three months in 2017 by his cousin Prince Mohammed, the current leader of the country).

And the Saudi Public Investment Fund is also a shareholder in Magic Leap, Tesla and Virgin Galactic, according to research firm CB Insights. Whether you're in augmented reality or outer space, there's no escaping Saudi money.

A 2018 Quartz article cites an estimate by research firm Quid that Saudi investors directly participated in tech investment rounds totalling at least $6.2 billion during the previous five years.

dara khosrowshahi fortune uber

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi backed out of a conference organized by Prince Mohammed last year after the Khashogghi killing, as did now-former Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene. But for the most part, there's been little pushback among tech startups when it comes to accepting Saudi or Softbank money.

Uber's winds of change

So why is Silicon Valley okay with Saudi money? 

It's true that we live in a world that runs on oil — so drawing a moral line isn't easy when you're pumping gas into your car every day. 

Maybe the tech industry thinks it's bringing the winds of change.

After all, when Uber announced its Saudi investment in 2016, women weren't allowed to drive.

“Of course we think women should be allowed to drive,” Uber's Jill Hazelbaker told the New York Times at the time. “In the absence of that, we have been able to provide extraordinary mobility that didn’t exist before — and we’re incredibly proud of that.”

And two years later, change did happen when the ban on women driving was officially lifted.

Did Uber's presence in Saudi Arabia cause the change? It's impossible to say with certainty, but I'd wager not. 

Much more likely is that Prince Mohammed, looking for a way to burnish his credentials as a "reformer" when he rose to power in 2017, saw the controversial driving ban as an easy and expedient thing to jettison in exchange for goodwill.

The notion of working from the inside to bring about change has a long and not-so-great track record in tech. Think back to Google contorting itself into a pretzel to justify its introduction, and then withdrawal, of a search engine in China. When outrage recently erupted over Google's secret plans to make a new censored search app for China, the company didn't even try to justify itself with a "change from within" argument.

Tech businesses don't really want a revolution

You may ask, at this point, why more companies don't take a stand and turn down Saudi cash. 

The sad reality is that companies are more interested in preserving the status quo that their businesses are built on than in bringing about change; even the "disruptive" tech companies.

That's especially true today, as tech companies are under siege from all sides, blamed for disrupting our privacy, our elections and our children's attention spans. 

donald trump orb saudi arabia

Thinking differently is great marketing copy when it sells gadgets. But there's little upside in leading a revolution if it scares away customers. 

Look no further than Google's app store. Thanks to an app called Absher, Saudi men can direct where women travel, and receive alerts when women use a passport to leave Saudi Arabia. After Insider's Bill Bostock investigation into this wife-tracking app, US lawmakers demanded that Google remove Absher from its app store.

Google refused to pull the app. It argued that the app does not violate its terms of service.

Right now, the tech industry's terms of service are clear. Whether it's about policies, products or investors, the golden rule is stability. 

SEE ALSO: Uber can't decide whether cofounder Travis Kalanick is an asset or a liability, and it makes for an awkward but revealing IPO filing

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          Elizabeth Warren Wants To End "Beyond A Resonable Doubt" For Criminal Convictions      Comment   Translate Page      

Elizabeth Warren Wants To End "Beyond A Reasonable Doubt" For Criminal Convictions

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 15:50

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,

Each Friday we highlight a number of important, and often bizarre stories from around the world that my team and I are closely following:

Elizabeth Warren wants to destroy centuries of legal standards

To take your freedom requires more evidence than to take your money. For now.

Criminal convictions depend on the accused being guilty beyond all reasonable doubt. Civil convictions depend only on a preponderance of evidence pointing to guilt.

But Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill last week to apply criminal penalties to corporate executives found civilly liable for company misconduct.

And these criminal penalties would apply regardless of intent. Failure to stop a crime would be considered a crime itself, whether you knew about it or not.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is speaking out against the proposed law, calling it a dangerous attempt to abandon “core principles of criminal law that have been part of the Anglo-American legal tradition for centuries.”

As a former Harvard Law Professor, Warren must understand the implications of this bill. And that makes her a very scary candidate to occupy the oval office.

But what else would we expect from this crop of rising Bolsheviks? Revolutions can’t abide by stale old ideas like rule of law.

Philadelphia becomes the first major US city to ban cashless stores

Two weeks ago we talked about a San Francisco politician trying to require all stores in the city to hire cashiers and accept cash.

Now Philadelphia has beat them to the punch. It is the first major US city to outlaw the coming innovation of cash/cashierless stores, like Amazon Go.

The excuse, of course, is that people without access to credit cards or bank accounts won’t be able to use those cashless stores.

Seems like it would be a lot easier for those people to continue going to the same stores where they are currently shopping, and allow other consumers who prefer to shop at Amazon Go to make their own decisions.

But no. Politicians’ zeal to stick it to Amazon outweighs everything else… so they choose instead to outlaw innovation at the expense of consumers.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-12/elizabeth-warren-wants-end-beyond-resonable-doubt-criminal-convictions


          L’Apple Watch Series 5 conserverait un écran OLED      Comment   Translate Page      

La future génération d’Apple Watch (la Series 5 ?) sera sans doute sertie d’un écran OLED. Comme toutes les versions précédentes finalement, puisque c’est le cas depuis la toute première mouture de la montre connectée, en 2015. L’information est apparue au détour d’un article du Wall Street Journal sur la déconfiture de Japan Display.

Le sous-traitant est en effet en passe de changer de main. L’entreprise a été mise sur pied en partie en 2012 par le gouvernement japonais, en fusionnant les activités LCD de Hitachi, Toshiba et Sony. Il s’agissait à l’époque de souligner la puissance de l’industrie nationale de production d’écrans.

Après plusieurs années à perdre de l’argent, le groupe va basculer dans l’escarcelle d’investisseurs chinois et taïwanais. Cela aidera Japan Display à construire et consolider des nouvelles lignes de production au Japon et en Chine, d’après le directeur des opérations Yoshiyuki Tsukizaki. Et à fabriquer davantage de dalles OLED, notamment pour son gros client Apple, qui représente plus de la moitié du chiffre d’affaires du fournisseur.

D’après le WSJ, Japan Display devrait donc fournir les écrans OLED de l’Apple Watch, dont la nouvelle Series est prévue pour cette année. Toujours pas de Micro-LED comme la rumeur en prête l’intention à Apple depuis… 2016 ! L’Apple Watch Series 4 inaugurait la technologie LTPO pour son écran, qui pourrait se généraliser à d’autres produits.

Le constructeur californien investit beaucoup sur le front du Micro-LED, mais pour le moment rien ne semble vouloir en sortir (lire : Plus lumineux, plus fins, moins gourmands : Apple veut le contrôle total sur ses écrans MicroLED). Apple aurait de grandes ambitions avec ce type d’écran, qui pourrait se retrouver non seulement dans sa montre, mais aussi dans ses ordinateurs.


          The refugee tragedy in the failed state of Lebanon. Sarkis Naroum, Annahar. Malcolm Hoenlein      Comment   Translate Page      
Photo:General view, with Lebanon in the distance, Beyrout, Holy Land, (i.e., Beirut, Lebanon) Date between 1890 and 1900 Dimensions 1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color. Accession number  LCCN2002724972 Credit line  Library of Congress square logo.png This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID ppmsca.02663. This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information. العربية | čeština | Deutsch | English | español | فارسی | suomi | français | עברית | magyar | italiano | македонски | മലയാളം | Nederlands | polski | português | português do Brasil | русский | slovenčina | slovenščina | Türkçe | українська | 中文 | 中文(简体)‎ | 中文(繁體)‎ | +/− Notes Print no. "15107".; Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., catalogue J-foreign section. Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Photographic Company, 1905.; Forms part of: Views of the Holy Land in the Photochrom print collection. Source  Library of Congress Catalog: http://lccn.loc.gov/2002724972 Permission (Reusing this file)  Public domain This work is in the public domain in the United States The refugee tragedy in the failed state of Lebanon. Sarkis Naroum, Annahar. Malcolm Hoenlein Sarkis Naoum is the Senior Columnist for Annahar newspaper in Beirut. · https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-treasury-sanctions-lebanese-currency-exchange-11554997035 · https://www.apnews.com/267f643ad429496b84c2cab52b2f3659 · https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/trumps-golan-move-causes-concern-in-lebanon-for-land-owners/2019/04/11/6c554f70-5c23-11e9-98d4-844088d135f2_story.html?utm_term=.6692ec382eb1 · http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/261240 · https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2019/02/01/new-government-demonstrates-hezbollahs-dominance-of-lebanon/
          Current Debt Crisis Threatens Pakistan's Future      Comment   Translate Page      
Pakistan is battling massive twin deficits, deteriorating foreign currency reserves, low exports, diminishing tax revenues, a weak currency, unsustainable external debt payments, and soaring sovereign debt. This crises has forced the country to seek IMF (International Monetary Fund) bailout, the 13th such request in Pakistan's 72 year history.

Pakistan Debt Service: Source SBP
Pakistan's debt repayment costs rose to $5.4 billion for first half of fiscal 2019 ( July 2018-Dec 2018), up from $7.5 billion for the entire fiscal 2018 (July 2017-June 2018), according to the State Bank of Pakistan. At this rate, the total debt service cost for current fiscal 2019 will exceed $11 billion, adding to the nation's debt crisis.

Pakistan's External Debt. Source: Wall Street Journal

This $11 billion debt service cost will add to the projected trade deficit of nearly $40 billion for the current fiscal year. How can Pakistan fill this balance of payments deficit of about $50 billion? Remittances of $21 billion in current FY2019 from Pakistani diaspora are reduce it to $30 billion. PTI government has taken on billions of dollars in loans from Gulf Arabs and China. Given the low rates of foreign investments in the country, a big chunk of the remaining deficit will have to be met by borrowing even more funds which will further increase future debt service costs.

Pakistan's Current Account Deficit. Source: Trading Economics

As a result, Pakistan is now battling massive twin deficits, deteriorating foreign currency reserves, low exports, diminishing tax revenues, a weak currency, onerous external debt payments, and soaring sovereign debt. This crises has forced the country to seek IMF (International Monetary Fund) bailout, the 13th such request in Pakistan's 72 year history.

In the short term, PTI government's efforts are beginning to pay off. The current account deficit (CAD) in first 8 months of FY2019 (July-Feb 2018) declined to $8.844 billion, down 22.5%, from $11.421 billion in same period last year, according to SBP as reported by Dawn newspaper

However, Pakistan's economic woes are far from over. The country's twin deficits are structural. Its exports and tax collections as percentage of its GDP are among the lowest in the world. British civil society organization Jubilee Debt Campaign conducted research in 2017 that showed that Pakistan has received IMF loans in 30 of the last 42 years, making this one of the most sustained periods of lending to any country.

Pakistan needs to find a way to build up and manage significant dollar reserves to avoid recurring IMF bailouts. The best way to do it is to focus on increasing the country's exports that have remained essentially flat in absolute dollars and declined as percentage of GDP over the last 5 years. Pakistan's economic attaches posted at the nation's embassies need to focus on all export opportunities in international markets and help educate Pakistani businesses on the best way to take advantage of them. This needs to be concerted effort involving various government ministries and departments working closely with industry groups. At the same time, the new government needs to crack down on illicit outflow of dollars from the country.

Azad Labon Ke Sath host Faraz Darvesh discusses Imran Khan's challenges with Misbah Azam and Riaz Haq (www.riazhaq.com)

https://youtu.be/CQ41Qt_2XQM




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PakAlumni Social Network


          Washington Waits in Suspense for Mueller Report - The Wall Street Journal      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Washington Waits in Suspense for Mueller Report  The Wall Street Journal
  2. Trump White House braces for full Mueller report  POLITICO
  3. Carter Page claims there was spying in Trump Tower  CNN
  4. William Barr shows he's Trump's attorney general, not the country's  Los Angeles Times
  5. Trolling of Bill Barr shows how language is twisted to politics | TheHill  The Hill
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          【GBP】ポンドはどうする?part5376【£】 (thread.length)      Comment   Translate Page      
本文1行目に「!extend:checked:vvvvvv」を入れて下さい。
●経済ニュース系サイト
ロイター/WSJ
http://jp.reuters.com/
http://jp.wsj.com/
ブルームバーグ
http://www.bloomberg.co.jp/
月間指標カレンダー
http://www.fxmuseum.jp/calender/?ppi=month
週間指標カレンダー
http://sec.himawari-group.co.jp/report/weeklycalendar/
本日指標カレンダー
http://www.xmtrading.com/jp/calendar

●チャート・レートチェック
クロス円一覧チャート
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世界の株価リアルタイムチャート
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SAXO未来レート(GBP/JPY 4時以降)
http://www.tradingfloor.com/forex/gbpjpy
携帯用レート/世界株価為替
http://225225.jp/
http://sekai-kabuka.com/kawase.html

●売買データ
IMMポジション
http://www.dai-ichi.co.jp/market/cftc.asp?cd=5174
OANDA 外国為替注文書(GBP/JPY)
http://www.oanda.com/lang/ja/forex-trading/analysis/forex-order-book#GBP/JPY

●基本データ
主要5ヶ国の政策金利推移
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マーケットタイムテーブル
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●経済ニュース系サイト
ロイター/WSJ
http://jp.reuters.com/
http://jp.wsj.com/
ブルームバーグ
http://www.bloomberg.co.jp/
月間指標カレンダー
http://www.fxmuseum.jp/calender/?ppi=month
週間指標カレンダー
http://sec.himawari-group.co.jp/report/weeklycalendar/
本日指標カレンダー
http://www.xmtrading.com/jp/calendar

●チャート・レートチェック
クロス円一覧チャート
http://rainbow.cafemix.jp/?sop:www/fxjpyhd#MIX
世界の株価リアルタイムチャート
http://ch225.com/
SAXO未来レート(GBP/JPY 4時以降)
http://www.tradingfloor.com/forex/gbpjpy
携帯用レート/世界株価為替
http://225225.jp/
http://sekai-kabuka.com/kawase.html

●売買データ
IMMポジション
http://www.dai-ichi.co.jp/market/cftc.asp?cd=5174
OANDA 外国為替注文書(GBP/JPY)
http://www.oanda.com/lang/ja/forex-trading/analysis/forex-order-book#GBP/JPY

●基本データ
主要5ヶ国の政策金利推移
http://min-fx.jp/market/kinri/
金融市場休日カレンダー
http://klug-fx.jp/holiday/
マーケットタイムテーブル
http://www.lfx.jp/market-europe.html
世界時計
http://area.infoseek.co.jp/world/

●動画ニュース
FXニュース
http://rainbow.cafemix.jp/?sop:v/!PL7_Y2OxpmtRteWLlbRP6d0uqlsSZFawSH

●その他
・煽るような書込みは自重しましょう。荒らしに繋がります。
・ポジトークを参考売買する住民も居ます。書き込みは慎重に行ってください。
・ポンドスレは、「馴れ合い禁止」でも「馴れ合い専用」でもありません。
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本文1行目に「!extend:checked:vvvvv」を入れて下さい。

●経済ニュース系サイト
ロイター/WSJ
http://jp.reuters.com/
http://jp.wsj.com/
ブルームバーグ
http://www.bloomberg.co.jp/
月間指標カレンダー
http://www.fxmuseum.jp/calender/?ppi=month
週間指標カレンダー
http://sec.himawari-group.co.jp/report/weeklycalendar/
本日指標カレンダー
http://www.xmtrading.com/jp/calendar

●チャート・レートチェック
クロス円一覧チャート
http://rainbow.cafemix.jp/?sop:www/fxjpyhd#MIX
世界の株価リアルタイムチャート
http://ch225.com/
SAXO未来レート(GBP/JPY 4時以降)
http://www.tradingfloor.com/forex/gbpjpy
携帯用レート/世界株価為替
http://225225.jp/
http://sekai-kabuka.com/kawase.html

●売買データ
IMMポジション
http://www.dai-ichi.co.jp/market/cftc.asp?cd=5174
OANDA 外国為替注文書(GBP/JPY)
http://www.oanda.com/lang/ja/forex-trading/analysis/forex-order-book#GBP/JPY

●基本データ
主要5ヶ国の政策金利推移
http://min-fx.jp/market/kinri/
金融市場休日カレンダー
http://klug-fx.jp/holiday/
マーケットタイムテーブル
http://www.lfx.jp/market-europe.html
世界時計
http://area.infoseek.co.jp/world/

●動画ニュース
FXニュース
http://rainbow.cafemix.jp/?sop:v/!PL7_Y2OxpmtRteWLlbRP6d0uqlsSZFawSH

●その他
・煽るような書込みは自重しましょう。荒らしに繋がります。
・ポジトークを参考売買する住民も居ます。書き込みは慎重に行ってください。
・ポンドスレは、「馴れ合い禁止」でも「馴れ合い専用」でもありません。
・売買は自己責任です。

●前スレ
【GBP】ポンドはどうする?part5372【£】
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          تحالف السعودية والإمارات يدمر ليبيا بأيدي حفتر      Comment   Translate Page      

في زيارة دارت حولها العديد من علامات الاستفهام، يطير الجنرال المتقاعد قائد المجموعات العسكرية في ليبيا، المدعوم من الإمارات ومصر والسعودية، خليفة حفتر، إلى الرياض في 27 آذار/مارس الماضي، ودون تفاصيل يلتقي كلًا من الملك وولي العهد ومسؤولين سعوديين آخرين، ويعود لبنغازي.

يضع دور السعودية في التمويل إضافة إلى الدور الإماراتي في تقديم السلاح والطائرات الحربية حفتر على رأس قائمة تدمير ليبيا

تبدو زيارة عادية تثار حولها بعض الشكوك، لكن ما تلاها من أحداث كان مفاجئًا، وصعّد من التوقعات السلبية عن تورط المملكة في إعلان هجوم حفتر على طرابلس في 4 نيسان/إبريل الجاري، لإسقاط حكومة الوفاق بقيادة فايز السراج. غير أن صحيفة "وول ستريت جورنال" أكدت تلك التوقعات وأثبتت الشكوك، في تقرير لها مدعوم بشهادات كبار مستشاري السلطة في السعودية.

حيث أشار التقرير إلى تورط المملكة في وعد بتقديم عشرات الملايين من الدولارات للواء المتقاعد خليفة حفتر، بهدف تمويل حملته العسكرية، على العاصمة طرابلس. ويضع دور المملكة في التمويل إضافة إلى الدور الإماراتي في تقديم السلاح والطائرات الحربية للمجموعات المسلحة التي يقودها حفتر- الجنرال الليبي كمندوب وفيّ للتحالف السعودي الإماراتي- مستقبل ليبيا في خطر المجهول، يشبه ما يحدث في اليمن من دمار وفوضى وفقر، وهو ما تستعرضه بعض التقارير الأممية والتصريحات ومقاطع فيديو، حول المخاوف من انتشار الأمراض والأوبئة في طرابلس، وهجرة نحو 8 آلاف مواطن للعاصمة، وأسر أطفال محاربين قام حفتر بتجنيدهم ضمن التشكيلات العسكرية.

اقرأ/ي أيضًا: ماذا يريد حفتر من حملته العسكرية على طرابلس؟

الدور السعودي والإماراتي

نقل التقرير الذي أعدته "وول ستريت جورنال" عن مصادر سعودية ما يفيد بوجود وعد سعودي لحفتر بعشرات الملايين من الدولارات للقيام بحملته العسكرية، مؤكدة توقعات عديدة سابقة، بخصوص وجود علاقة بين زيارة حفتر للسعودية والحملة العسكرية التي بدأها. ويمثل هجوم قوات حفتر على طرابلس، أحد الأزمات المتكررة في ليبيا التي تعيش حالة فوضى منذ الإطاحة بالزعيم السابق معمر القذافي، لكن المثير أن يكون الهجوم على طرابلس مدفوعًا بمطامع سعودية وإماراتية عديدة.

ووعد المسؤولون في المملكة، بتقديم عشرات الملايين من الدولارات من أجل تمويل حملة حفتر العسكرية على العاصمة الليبية، على أن تستخدم تلك الأموال، في شراء ولاء بعض زعماء القبائل في ليبيا، وتجنيد المقاتلين، وأغراض أخرى، والتقى حفتر الذي قبل العرض وفقًا للصحيفة، بالملك سلمان بن عبد العزيز ونجله ولي العهد محمد بن سلمان بالإضافة إلى وزير الداخلية السعودي ورئيس جهاز الاستخبارات السعودية.

 ونقلت الصحيفة تصريحات من مسؤولين سعوديين، لم تكشف عن هويتهم، تفيد بأن الدعم لحفتر كان بارزًا، مؤكدين أننا "كنا كرماء للغاية" في إشارة لضخامة الدعم المالي، الذي تم قبل إعلان حفتر عن الحملة العسكرية ضد طرابلس. ووفقًا للصحيفة فإن الحكومة السعودية والمكتب الإعلامي لحفتر لم يردا على طلب للتعليق على المعلومات المتعلقة بتقديم الرياض تمويلًا "سخيًا".

ليست السعودية وحدها، من تورط بتمويل حملة حفتر، فهناك الدور الإماراتي أيضًا. ووفقًا لتقرير أممي سابق فإن الإمارات متورطة بانتهاك حظر الأسلحة المفروض على ليبيا وتقديم مروحيات قتالية وطائرات حربية لقوات الجنرال المثير للجدل. حيث أشار التقرير لتقديم أبوظبي الدعم المادي والدعم المباشر لمجموعات حفتر العسكرية التي يطلق عليها "الجيش الوطني الليبي"، وتضم الأسلحة التي أرسلت مروحيات قتالية وطائرات حربية بالرغم من حظر تصدير الأسلحة إلى ليبيا.

لقد بدا هذه الدعم، وكأنه بحاجة إلى تأييد دول عربية وغربية مثل مصر وروسيا وكذلك فرنسا، التي زارها وفد يضم بين صفوفه صدام نجل خليفة حفتر، عقب بداية إعلان الهجوم على طرابلس، ووفقًا لصحيفة "لا ريبوبليكا" الإيطالية فإن الزيارة كانت بهدف الحصول على موافقة الإليزيه على الهجوم على طرابلس، وقالت الصحيفة إنها تتبعت مسار الطائرة التي سافر من خلالها الوفد، ثم حصلت وفي وقت لاحق على تأكيدات من مصدر دبلوماسي في الإليزيه، لم تكشف عن هويته.

خوف من مصير اليمن

تشبه الأزمات التي بدأت تلوح في الأفق في طرابلس، بداية الأوضاع الكارثية في اليمن، التي سببها الصراع بين تحالف السعودية والإمارات من جهة، وقوات الحوثيين من جهة أخرى، منذ عدة سنوات. ولعل أبرز الكوارث المخيفة التي تحوم حول طرابلس حاليًا، تتركز في ثلاثة أزمات، هي الأمراض وفرار المدنيين وتجنيد الأطفال، إضافة إلى أزمات أخرى تتزايد في خضم الاشتباكات منها الفوضى وعدم الاستقرار والأوضاع المعيشية السيئة.

اقرأ/ي أيضًا: بالفيديو: ميليشيا حفتر تختطف وتعذّب سودانيين في ليبيا

أزمة الأمراض

 أبدت منظمة الصحة العالمية تخوفها من انتشار الأمراض المعدية في المناطق التي تشهد معارك حربية في ليبيا، بسبب شح المياه النظيفة وسوء شبكات الصرف الصحي وفرار السكان من القتال الدائر بالقرب من طرابلس.

وتخشى المنظمة من انتشار أخطار الإصابة بالسل والحصبة والإسهال بين المواطنين وبخاصة النازحين منهم.

فيما حذرت المنظمة من نقص الإمدادات الطارئة في المستشفيات والمنشآت الصحية والتي لن تكفي إلا لأسبوعين فقط، وطالبت عدة دول بهدنة إنسانية غير أن حفتر لم يعلن أي موافقة عليها.

فرار المدنيين

في سياق آخر، أعلنت منظمة الصحة العالمية، مقتل 121 شخصًا وإصابة 600 آخرين، منهم 7 مدنيين قتلوا و10 أصيبوا خلال الأحداث التي شهدتها العاصمة طرابلس في الأيام الماضية.

وأعلنت الأمم المتحدة الجمعة أن أكثر من 8 آلاف شخص فروا من القتال الدائر حول العاصمة الليبية، وقال المتحدث باسم الأمم المتحدة ريال لوبلان إن "حركة النزوح من المناطق التي تأثرت بالاشتباكات في محيط طرابلس في ازدياد".

وعد المسؤولون السعوديون، بتقديم عشرات الملايين من الدولارات من أجل تمويل حملة حفتر العسكرية على العاصمة الليبية، على أن تستخدم تلك الأموال، في شراء ولاء بعض زعماء القبائل في ليبيا، وتجنيد المقاتلين

تجنيد الأطفال

 ثالث الأزمات التي تطرأ على طرابلس التي تكاد تتطابق مع الأزمات التي تواجهها مناطق يمنية عديدة، هي أزمة تجنيد الأطفال الذين يقوم طرفا الصراع ومنهم تابعون لتحالف السعودية والإمارات بتجنيدهم لأعمال الحروب. واتهم فايز السراج، رئيس المجلس الرئاسي لحكومة الوفاق، الثلاثاء، اللواء المتقاعد خليفة حفتر بتجنيد الأطفال والزج بهم في الحرب، بعد أن نشرت المجموعة العسكرية قوة حماية طرابلس على صفحتها في فيس بوك صورًا ومقاطع فيديو لأسرى من الأطفال قالت إنهم من قوات حفتر.

 

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يهدد دور السعودية في التمويل إضافة إلى الدور الإماراتي في تقديم السلاح والطائرات الحربية للمجموعات المسلحة التي يقودها حفتر مستقبل ليبيا وينذر بتحولها إلى سيناريو شبيه بالحاصل في اليمن
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  • While millennials are leading the way with the industry's disruption, other generational outliers — notably 21-year-old Gen-Zer Kylie Jenner and 62-year-old Anastasia Soare — are also key players in the trend.
  • Over time, beauty industry marketing has evolved from word-of-mouth and traditional ad campaigns to Instagram tutorials and user-generated content, making it easier than ever to launch a new brand.
  • This has opened the door for celebrities and influencers to create their own beauty brands and sell them to their strong social media followings, transforming fanbase numbers into revenue.
  • This has given rise to a new generation of wealthy women, who sit on top of beauty empire fortunes they created with their own digital prowess.
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Social media has minted a new type of money maker: the "selfie-made billionaire."

That's what Natalie Robehmed of Forbes dubbed Kylie Jenner, the world's youngest self-made billionaire ever. 

Jenner's $1 billion net worth comes largely from her eponymous cosmetics line, Kylie Cosmetics, which launched in 2015. Three years later, revenue was an estimated $360 million, the company worth $900 million, Robehmed reported. 

While Jenner may be one of the more extreme examples, she isn't an anomaly — a long history of women have accrued wealth by building beauty empires. The first female self-made millionaire, Madam CJ Walker, built her fortune off a line of hair care products she developed in 1905, according to Isis Madrid of Broadly. Beauty mavens Estée Lauder and Bobbi Brown started their brands decades before the millennium.

In 2018, Jenner was a newcomer to Forbes' richest self-made women list, along with Forbes' other "Instagram-savvy makeup moguls" — Anastasia Soare, Huda Kattan, and Kim Kardashian West, who all also have their own beauty lines.

Then there's Emily Weiss, founder and CEO of cult beauty brand Glossier. On March 19, the direct-to-consumer beauty brand hit unicorn status with new funding that put its value at $1.2 billion, reported Katie Roof and Yuliya Chernova of The Wall Street Journal

While these women aren't the first of their kind to build wealth by tapping into the beauty industry, they are part of a growing number of women who have successfully done so by leveraging social media. What's changed isn't the idea of starting a cosmetics line, but how millennials are disrupting the process in today's technological age while propelling fast company growth and amassing personal fortune.

Read more: Meet the 7 women who made Forbes' richest self-made women list for the first time, including almost-billionaire Kylie Jenner

Estée Lauder and Bobbi Brown got their start through word-of-mouth

"Getting a brand known has from the beginning involved word-of-mouth and getting attention from an influential journalist," Geoffrey Jones, a professor at Harvard Business School and author of the book "Beauty Imagined," told Business Insider.

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Consider Estée Lauder: "She gave away 80 of her lipsticks as table gifts for a charity luncheon in the Waldorf-Astoria," Jones said. "The rich guests then walked over to the nearby Saks Fifth Avenue to ask for it."

In 1947, Lauder received her first major order for $800 worth of products from Saks. She grew her business with traditional print advertising and word-of-mouth campaigns, believing that women who liked her products would spread the word. In 2018, the company reported $13.68 billion in net sales and Bloomberg estimated the Lauder family to be worth $24.3 billion.

The beauty behemoth now has nearly 30 brands in its portfolio; in 1995, it acquired Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, making the line's namesake founder a millionaire, reported CNBC's Catherine Clifford

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Being bought by a big firm is a sign of success, Jones said. Bobbi Brown, who told Inc. she began the line with $10,000, also favored a word-of-mouth strategy. By talking to strangers and friends, she found a business partner, landed a mention in Glamour magazine, conducted market research, connected with a Bergdorf Goodman cosmetics buyer, and secured regular appearances on The Today Show, according to Clifford.

But that was before the disintegration of traditional distribution channels, which Jones said has happened over the past decade.

Anastasia Soare

Look no further than Soare's Anastasia of Beverly Hills line to see this shift in action. According to Forbes, it's one of the first beauty companies to use a successful social media strategy — but Soare didn't begin that way.

The aesthetician first became a celebrity favorite in the early 1990s for perfecting the eyebrow. In 2000, she took the traditional route, launching her first line of products in 20 Nordstrom stores, reported Forbes. But it didn't really take off until Soare took to Instagram in 2013 with a viral social media campaign, which helped land her products in Sephora.

Today, the company's Instagram has 19 million-plus followers, and the company has a Forbes estimated value of $1.5 billion. Soare herself is worth an estimated $1 billion, making her one of the world's richest self-made women.

Read more: This self-made billionaire built her fortune after fleeing communism in Romania in the 80s and building a salon beloved by Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian

A shift to digital means brands can make the consumer an influencer

As Soare's success indicates, "Social media has become the new door-to-door," Jensen said, adding it "allows consumers to research, investigate, and gather information on everything from ingredients to brand values to see if they align to their own. The brands that use social media well are leveraging it to build a two way street of communication with their followers and because of that, they get buy-in to the brand."

Consider Weiss, who realized that social media was "transforming the way beauty products were talked about and bought," and intended to disrupt the industry, wrote Amy Larocca of The Cut, hailing her as the millennial Estée Lauder.

"There are a handful of beauty conglomerates, and it's difficult for them to innovate," Weiss, who uses social media as market research, previously told Business Insider. "Beauty has really gone online, because that's where the customer is."

In 2010, she launched the blog Into the Gloss. It soon became popular among beauty mavens, amassing 10 million page views per month, according to Alyssa Goacobbe of Entrepreneur — a solid platform on which to launch the first four Glossier products in 2014.

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Instead of aiming at wholesale, Weiss intended to crowdsource — through social-media platforms, affiliate sponsorships and links, and gossip, wrote Larocca. As Gaby Del Valle of Vox puts it, Glossier's success lies in treating its customers like influencers.

To market a new blush, Cloud Paint, Weiss hired makeup artists to use it on Oscar-attending celebrities and post the results on social media, Giacobbe wrote — regrams resulted in 1,700 user-generated images in one week; by one month, Instagram had 6,368 Cloud Paint images.

In a recent podcast interview, Weiss said that Instagram "has been an incredible tool to show a lot of user-generated content." 

While Weiss' net worth is unknown, the $1.2 billion value of Glossier says enough.

Read more: This beauty startup has become so popular that it has 10,000 people on a waitlist for lipstick

A social media following equals revenue for celebrities foraying into beauty

"Having a large social media following equates to sales," Jensen said.

A strong social media presence is so directly tied to revenue that it can lay the whole foundation for a beauty empire's success — those with stardom and a following already have a fanbase with built-in customers, and nowhere is that more visible than in Kylie Jenner's and Rihanna's respective beauty empires.

"It's the power of social media," Jenner told Robhemed. "I had such a strong reach before I was able to start anything."

Jenner launched Kylie Cosmetics to 50 million Instagram followers on her personal account, reported Sarah Grossbart for E! News. Nearly four years later, that number has more than doubled. "With more than 100 million Instagram devotees, she need only post a selfie touting her shade of the day and her young followers clamor to add it to their carts," Grossbart wrote.

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Dubbed "Cosmetics Queen" by Forbes, Jenner continues to push direct-to-consumer Kylie Cosmetics by sharing products, announcing launches, and previewing new items to her 175 million-plus followers across Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, Robhemed reported

"I don’t pay for advertisements," Jenner told Fast Company. "I don’t do commercials. Social media is the only way I push it: Snapchat, Instagram."

She didn't sign her first distribution deal until three years later, with Ulta, which she pushed with her "usual social media," Jenner told Robhemed — it sold an estimated $54 million worth of products in the first six weeks.

Read more: How Kylie Jenner became the world's youngest self-made billionaire, from starring in a reality TV show at age 9 to running a $900 million cosmetics empire at 21

Similarly, Rihanna, who has an estimated $260 million net worth and nearly 69 million Instagram followers, launched Fenty Beauty at New York Fashion Week in 2017 — and she first alluded to with an Instagram teaser. In just one month, it made $72 million in earned media value (the potential value it would have earned if paid for all exposure on social media platforms), outpacing Kylie Cosmetics according to a Tribe Dynamics' Cosmetics report released by WWD.

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About 132 million people watched Fenty beauty tutorials in the first month of its launch, reported Janice Williams of Newsweek. Within its first 40 days, Fenty brought in $100 million in sales, according to Vogue.

"Fenty Beauty’s social media game has had a clear impact on its success," Williams wrote. "While Rihanna's social media handle flooded Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube with photos, videos and tutorials, millions of people used their own social media accounts to show off their products and offer testimonials."

In its first year alone, Fenty made $566 million, reported the Business of Fashion, citing an LVMH report — it took Estée Lauder 10 years to earn $500 million, according to WWD.

Read more: Rihanna is reportedly launching her own line with one of the biggest luxury companies in the world as her fashion empire continues to grow

Youtube creators translate their personalities into beauty brands

Not every beauty influencer is a celebrity — some gained notoriety because of YouTube or Instagram, and successfully translated their social media personalities into massive beauty brands and multimillion-dollar net worths.

Huda Kattan, called one of the most influential beauty bloggers in the world by The New York Times, began sharing makeup tutorials, how-to videos, and tips on Instagram and YouTube in 2010. Her following grew so much that when she launched synthetic and faux mink lashes in 2013, they sold out on her first day. Today, she has over 577 million Instagram followers between her personal and private accounts and 3.1 million YouTube subscribers.

Huda Kattan

Kattan told CNN Instagram was the turning point. "It was the catalyst that changed everything," she said. "It changed the dynamics in which people not only communicate but are inspired as well."

Retail sales for Huda Beauty hit $1.5 million the first year — revenue for 2018 was expected to be $300 million, according to ForbesForbes valued her company at $1 billion and Kattan herself worth $500 million, based largely on their "valuation of her stake in the company." 

It's a similar success story for influencer Michelle Phan, who got her start sharing beauty tutorials and guides on YouTube — 40,000 people watched her first video the first week; the now defunct channel has nearly 9 million subscribers.

Michelle Phan

Phan, reportedly worth $50 million, parlayed that success into the cosmetics industry with makeup subscription company Ipsy in 2011, valued at $800 million with more than 1.5 million subscribers just five years later, according to Yahoo. In 2013, she launched her own cosmetic line for L'Oreal called EM Cosmetics. 

"Influence is the new power — if you have influence you can create a brand," Phan told Forbes.

Beauty is booming

It's easy to see why more influencers and celebrities are entering the beauty space — and the effect they're creating when they do. The beauty industry has grown exponentially over the last three decades, Jones said. As of 2010, the beauty industry had global sales of $330 billion worldwide, according to "Beauty Imagined."

"In the past, luxury brands sold through department stores and mass brands sold through drugstores," Jones said. Now, though, "the whole market has fragmented, providing the opportunity for the launch of many new brands."

Over 1,000 beauty brands have entered the prestige market since 2015 because it's lucrative, healthy, and profitable, Larissa Jensen, beauty analyst at The NPD Group, told Business Insider.

It's also easier than ever before to create and launch a brand, Jennifer Walsh, co-founder of retailer Beauty Bar, consultant, and brand marketer, told Business Insider. And the power of digital has made it even easier to reach consumers.

"For decades, we had to rely on print media and TV to introduce a brand or products," she said. "Now, we can have our own channel online. If you have a great product, beautiful packaging, and are good at storytelling, you can truly get your message/product out to others quickly."

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          Activists say Alphabet’s planned neighborhood in Toronto shows all the warning signs of Amazon HQ2-style breakup      Comment   Translate Page      

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  • Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Google's parent company, Alphabet, plans to build a high-tech neighborhood along Toronto's Eastern Waterfront.
  • Local residents concerned about the company's plan to collect data in public spaces have waged an opposition campaign called Block Sidewalk, which is calling for an end to the project.  
  • The backlash is reminiscent of protests over Google's planned campus in Berlin and Amazon's proposed headquarters in New York City — both of which were abandoned before construction had even begun.  
  • The fate of these projects could provide a window into Alphabet's future in Toronto. 
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Technology companies were once heralded as the world's greatest problem-solvers — the answer to our desire to move faster, design quicker, and communicate more often. Today, they're blamed for all manner of ills, from skyrocketing rents to privacy violations to income inequality. 

Before this deep distrust began to bubble up in our culture, it would have been hard to imagine any city saying no to a development led by tech giants such as Amazon or Google. But that's exactly what's happening in cities like Berlin, New York City, and Toronto, where citizens have begun to challenge the role of tech companies as city-builders. 

In October 2018, Google cancelled plans to build a 32,000-square-foot campus in Kreuzberg, Berlin, amid activists' fears that the campus would drive up rents and push low-income residents out of their neighborhoods.

Read more: There's a battle brewing over Google's $1 billion high-tech neighborhood, and it could have major privacy implications for cities

Three months later, Amazon made the stunning decision to walk away from its planned second headquarters in New York City, known as HQ2, following a similar resistance from local politicians, who banded together to oppose the new development. 

As the two projects fought to stay alive, Sidewalk Labs — the urban innovation arm of Google's parent company, Alphabet — was developing plans for a $1 billion high-tech neighborhood in Toronto.

That project is now facing a similar opposition from angry residents who have called for its demise. As the backlash gains momentum, it could force Sidewalk Labs to abandon or alter its vision. 

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Sidewalk Labs has a hazy vision for a new kind of neighborhood

Unlike the previous Amazon and Google developments, Sidewalk Labs isn't attempting to build a hub for its employees. The Alphabet subsidiary wants to construct an entirely new neighborhood in Toronto — basically a living lab for urban design —  from scratch. The real-life "SimCity," known as Quayside, will sit atop 12 acres of land along Toronto's Eastern Waterfront. 

The company says its goal is to "set new standards" for how cities are designed and built, but the bulk of its ideas, including heated roadways for driverless vehicles and underground sensors that measure things like air quality and noise, aren't exactly new. 

In December, the company released a draft of its site plan that shows a mixed-use development with both commercial space and "flexible" floors that include retail and community areas. The majority of the neighborhood will be dedicated to housing — around 2,500 units for an estimated 5,000 residents. About 20% of this housing is labeled "affordable," though the company doesn't refer to specific income brackets.

The plan highlights concepts such as "people-friendly" roads, "animated" ground floor spaces, and "exceptional" bicycle infrastructure. Buildings will be made of mass timber and rely on sustainable heat sources like solar panels and geothermal wells. The most futuristic design elements are robots that deliver mail and transport garbage through underground tunnels.

The company has yet to release its full master plan, which is supposed to be approved by its board of directors and development partner, Waterfront Toronto, by September 30.

Some Canadians have begun to question whether the opacity is intentional. "By the time we get to the plans, essentially the decision has been made," said surveillance expert David Murakami Wood, who teaches at Queen's University in Ontario. 

Murakami Wood described the neighborhood as an "empire of choice," where citizens' needs and desires are satisfied by, but also dependent on, Google technology. 

Some people are concerned that Quayside will violate their privacy

Around the same time that Amazon pulled out of New York City, Sidewalk Labs was enduring its own string of controversy. In February, the Toronto Star published leaked documents that showed the company's desire to fund a new light rail transit line in Toronto. In exchange, it would receive discounted property taxes and collect fees from developers that would normally go back to the city.

In a statement to The Canadian Press, Toronto city councilman Gord Perks said the leak was "confirmation of our worst fears." He then called upon Canada's national, provincial, and local governments to "halt the process with Google." 

Prior to the leak, Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto had already generated criticism for a lack of dialogue with community residents. Attendees of public meetings hosted by the two entities said each meeting started with a presentation that informed community members of existing plans rather than asking the public to help build ideas from scratch.

From the very first community meeting, "the public really didn’t have a say" said Melissa Goldstein, a Torontonian who's been vocally opposed to the project. Goldstein said Sidewalk Labs responded to her critiques by "gaslighting," or making her feel that her concerns weren't valid.

"Every time a criticism is made of what they're doing, they basically absorb that criticism, re-package it, and sell it back to us as if they'd always thought this all along," Murakami Wood told Business Insider. "It's very basic and very obvious, and yet people fall for it every time." 

Sidewalk Labs previously told Business Insider that their ideas have "evolved, developed, and benefited" from the public's response.

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The struggle to achieve transparency over rudimentary plans has many locals, including tech workers and business execs, questioning the company's approach to privacy. 

By capturing the activity of residents through underground sensors, Sidewalk Labs would learn about certain daily movements and behaviors, like when a person is stopped at a traffic light or seated on a park bench. The company has pledged to make all of its public data anonymous, but it hasn't agreed to keep its data local.

Sidewalk Labs believes that its Quayside data can be governed under Canadian law without exclusively residing in the country. This would allow companies — and particularly startups — outside Canada to use the data for their own competitive agendas.

To see how a practice like this could play out, it's helpful to look at Facebook, which has been known to share users' contact information, calendars, friend lists, or private messages with companies like Apple, Spotify, and Netflix.

For the most part, this information has helped companies customize their user experiences and target new customers. But, in 2018, Facebook sold data on tens of millions of Americans to an English political consulting firm called Cambridge Analytica, which allegedly used this information to support Donald Trump's election in 2016. A year after the scandal broke, Facebook announced it would no longer provide third-party data services for targeted advertising.

Sidewalk Labs insists that the way to protect residents' personal information is to develop strong contracts and methods of encryption. 

The company has issued a lengthy proposal for an independent data trust that would hold it to the same standards as any other organization or government body. But the company also said there are no existing laws that determine ownership of this information, and few regulations that successfully protect it.

The trust, Murakami Wood said, is "a clearinghouse for other corporations to use that same data," which he said would be difficult to police outside Canada.

Residents are campaigning to 'Block Sidewalk'

Days before the data trust was announced, a technology expert on Waterfront Toronto's Digital Strategy Advisory Panel, Saadia Muzaffar, resigned over a lack of transparency. The panel, which formed in April 2018, focuses on guiding the fair and safe use of data technology in Quayside. Muzaffar was soon joined by one of the project's privacy experts, who was concerned that Sidewalk Labs wouldn't properly govern people's information. 

Their criticism has been echoed by Bianca Wylie, the co-founder of Tech Reset Canada, an organization that advocates for using technology to maximize the public good.

Back in October, Wylie questioned the need for Sidewalk Labs to collect personal information, worrying that it could be used to further its financial interests. At the time, she was still talking with Sidewalk Labs online and at public meetings. But when the leaked documents were published in the Toronto Star, she decided that the project had gone too far.

That was the "tipping point," she told Business Insider. 

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Wylie helped organize a campaign called Block Sidewalk along with 30 other locals, including Goldstein and Murakami Wood. The movement has since swelled to encompass hundreds of people with reservations about the project. 

"What we know about Sidewalk Labs is that they're accountable to their shareholders," Wylie told Business Insider. "If they'd read the room, they would [walk away]." 

As with Amazon HQ2, it's unclear how many residents actually oppose the development. A February poll conducted by the Toronto Region Board of Trade (TRBOT) showed that a slim majority of Torontonians were in favor of Quayside, but the poll was conducted prior to the leaked documents in the Toronto Star. As a trade organization, the TRBOT also stands to benefit from new development.

Goldstein said there's a lot less criticism of Google in Toronto than in other cities. One reason for this, she said, is that many residents associate Google with technologies that have improved their lives, such as Gmail and Google Maps. Though Toronto has its fair share of tech companies, it also hasn't witnessed the explosive tech takeover that widened inequality in US cities like Seattle, Washington, and San Francisco, California. 

Goldstein also believes many Toronto residents don't understand the project's details. 

"The vast majority have absolutely no idea what's going on," she told Business Insider. "It's hard to be opposed to something when you don't know anything about it."

There are similarities between Quayside and Amazon HQ2

In response to these criticisms, Sidewalk Labs pointed Business Insider to a recent editorial written by CEO and co-founder Dan Doctoroff.

"We weren't trying to do anything in secret — and none of what we are considering could ever happen without robust public discussion and approval processes — although we recognize that it might have seemed that way," Doctoroff wrote. "We aren't yet sure ourselves what commitments we are prepared to make." 

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Doctoroff sees Sidewalk Labs as a "catalyst" for development along the Eastern Waterfront. But Block Sidewalk says the company is behaving like a government. 

Back when Amazon HQ2 was still headed to Queens, it was difficult to tell which priorities belonged to the tech giant and which belonged to New York City. The deal seemed to fulfill certain government wish-list items, like a slew of high-paying tech jobs and investments, but it also afforded Amazon nearly $3 billion in tax incentives.

The ongoing debate in Toronto raises similar questions about who's in charge. Sidewalk Labs has characterized its activity as executing the vision of Waterfront Toronto, a government agency, but Murakami Wood said Waterfront Toronto "seems intent on giving away control." As the public meetings went on, he said, Sidewalk Labs "showed nothing other than supreme arrogance" in pushing forward their own ideas without properly addressing residents' concerns.

According to Miguel Gamiño, New York City's former chief technology officer, development projects work best when local citizens are placed at the center of the conversation. Both Amazon HQ2 and Quayside, he said, would have benefited from more dialogue and better engagement between residents, government, and the private sector.

The project's future is uncertain

Wylie said the HQ2 debacle taught her how much it matters to speak up about local development practices. In the future, it might also provide a blueprint for how Torontonians could pressure Sidewalk Labs. 

When New York activists and politicians began opposing Amazon HQ2 last year, the company was forced to rethink its deal. In a statement announcing their change of heart, Amazon said that friction with local and state politicians prevented it from "go[ing] forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City." 

The same could happen to Quayside if Toronto's rallying cry becomes any louder. 

"If Sidewalk Labs looks like it's creating bad publicity for Alphabet as a whole, Alphabet will drop Sidewalk Labs," Murakami Wood told Business Insider.

Sidewalk Labs did not say whether this was a possibility, but a spokesperson recently told the Canadian Press that it "will be up to residents, Waterfront Toronto, and all three levels of government to decide" if the plan moves forward.

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  • The IMF has slashed Italy's growth prospects down from 0.9% this year to 0.1%. Some analysts see the country as a significant risk to the eurozone's financial stability. 
  • Italy's economy has been a topic of much debate since last summer with fears that the country's beleaguered banking sector and ailing productivity could spell disaster. 
  • Banks in Italy are still loaded up with non-performing and poor-quality loans, which underline growing concerns about whether the eurozone laggard will be able to service its debt going forward. 

Italy's ongoing economic problems don't appear to going anywhere soon. The country's bad debts could — in theory — topple the European banking system and slow global growth.

At a fundamental level, Italy poses a threat to an already unstable eurozone. Italian banks are saddled with billions of euros of bad loans, much of it governmental, and fears of contagion are never far away. The eurozone comprises the 19 countries that use the euro as a currency, under the auspices of the European Central Bank. The ECB is duty bound to ensure none of is countries defaults. Italy's debts raise a question, according to analyst Jack Allen of Capital Economics: Why should the healthy economies of Northern Europe, like Germany, continue to support Italian debt that will be technically at risk of default for years or even decades?  

"Over the next ten years, we think that Italy’s economy will fail to grow because productivity growth will remain weak and total employment will fall. As a consequence, the public debt ratio will probably continue rising and eventually prove unsustainable. This would be a bigger problem than the previous euro-zone crisis and could once again endanger the single currency itself," Allen told clients recently.

A similar situation happened in Greece after the 2008 financial crisis. That country was crippled by its own inability to pay its debts. The crisis was contained because Greece's economy is relatively small. Italy, by contrast, is the 9th largest economy globally and sits at the core of the European economy.

A recent IMF report indicated that "potential losses on non-performing loans and mark-to-market declines in the value of government bonds could result in a significant hit to capital for some banks."

The country's issues have been much publicized after the arrival of a new populist government last year and the ensuing battle it had with the European Commission to get its budget approved. 

Italian banks have some €800 billion in government debt on their books and many are carrying risky loans on their balance sheets. Italian institutions hold around 8% of Europes non-performing loans, according to the European Banking Authority figures as of the end of 2018.

After Italy, French banks have the most exposure to Italian government debt with some €285 billion ($323 billion) held in major lenders like Credit Agricole and BNP Paribas. Some $481 billion of Italian government debt was held in non-Italian banks as of June 2018, according to Bloomberg. 

It re-invents fears of a so-called "doom loop" which can see governments struggling to protect banks whose profits are hit by a drop in value of government bonds because of their own inherent weakness.  

"A protracted period of elevated yields in Italy would put further stress on Italian banks, weigh on economic activity, and worsen debt dynamics," the IMF added. Attempts by European institutions to stimulate lending have been unsuccessful for Italy.

The country took on an estimated one-third of the €724 billion ($817 billion) of so-called "targeted longer-term refinancing operations" — a low-interest loan product designed by the ECB to promote lending — but still saw a contraction in loan demand from corporates, according to reporting by the Financial Times. 

Things aren't going to improve anytime soon either. The IMF slashed Italy's growth prospects down from 0.9% this year to 0.1%. The country's stagnating economy and relatively high bond yields put the country in a precarious fiscal position, Oxford Economics wrote in a recent research note. 

The country's low productivity growth could lead to Italy's public debt ratio rising further to unsustainable levels. Jack Allen suggested that Europe's economic laggard could find itself in a "perma-recession," which could have consequences worse than the previous eurozone crisis.

One of the few green shoots for Italy's economy has been the fact that the country's purchasing managers index figures for March reached their highest levels since September 2018, with new orders growing at their fastest pace in six months, according to IHS Markit data.

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          The Uber IPO exposes how Saudi cash drives Silicon Valley innovation, and even the biggest tech companies can’t stop it      Comment   Translate Page      

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  • Uber's S-1 filing showed that Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund owns 5% of the company.
  • The Public Investment Fund is also a top investor in Softbank's gargantuan Vision Fund, which owns 16% of Uber — not to mention sizable stakes in companies like Slack, WeWork, and DoorDash. 
  • Saudi Arabia has been criticized for human rights abuses and repressive laws, so it's a problematic source of cash for Silicon Valley, which prides itself on changing the world.
  • But Silicon Valley is under attack like never before these days, and that's caused a cynical search for stability that seems to have made taking Saudi money a non-issue. 

Silicon Valley's relationship with an undemocratic regime that has a troubling human rights record is in the spotlight. 

President Donald Trump has spoken out about it. Lawmakers are debating ways to stop the flow of money and data between the two.

The adversary in this cross-border drama is China, which has raised alarm bells in the US as it bulks up its homegrown tech industry and arouses suspicion of spying and influence.

However, there's much less fuss about the cozy ties between another repressive foreign power and Silicon Valley. 

Saudi Arabia's presence in Silicon Valley is greater than it's ever been. 

That became especially clear on Thursday when Uber filed its IPO paperwork. We learned from the S-1 filing that the kingdom's Public Investment Fund owns 5.2% of the ride-sharing company. 

The figure might actually under-count Saudi Arabia's influence within Uber. Softbank, the Japanese tech conglomerate, owns a 16.3% stake in Uber through its Softbank Vision Fund. The biggest investor in the Vision Fund is Saudi Arabia, which contributed $45 billion of the fund's massive $100 billion bankroll

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The Vision Fund is Silicon Valley's undisputed kingmaker today, writing big checks and amassing stakes in high-flying startups such as WeWork, Slack, DoorDash and GM Cruise. That means Saudi cash is essentially funding much of Silicon Valley's innovation.

As the New York Times pointed out in October, this gusher of Saudi money is an inconvenient truth for an industry that prides itself on making the world a better place.

From space to augmented reality, Saudi cash is everywhere

Some basic facts about Saudi Arabia: It's a place where torture and arbitrary arrests are widespread, according to Amnesty International; a place where women are not allowed to travel abroad without the permission of a male "guardian." It's the leader of a coalition blamed for airstrikes in Yemen responsible for thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. 

And then there's the gruesome killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashogghi, which, according to the CIA's initial conclusion, was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Wall Street Journal reported.

In other words, Saudi Arabia is antithetical to everything tech companies' altruistic mission statements claim to stand for.  

Saudi money may be more prevalent in tech now, but it's not new. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was an early investor in Twitter, and at one point owned a stake larger than cofounder Jack Dorsey's. (Alwaleed was himself detained — in a Ritz Cartlon hotel — for three months in 2017 by his cousin Prince Mohammed, the current leader of the country).

And the Saudi Public Investment Fund is also a shareholder in Magic Leap, Tesla and Virgin Galactic, according to research firm CB Insights. Whether you're in augmented reality or outer space, there's no escaping Saudi money.

A 2018 Quartz article cites an estimate by research firm Quid that Saudi investors directly participated in tech investment rounds totalling at least $6.2 billion during the previous five years.

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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi backed out of a conference organized by Prince Mohammed last year after the Khashogghi killing, as did now-former Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene. But for the most part, there's been little pushback among tech startups when it comes to accepting Saudi or Softbank money.

Uber's winds of change

So why is Silicon Valley okay with Saudi money? 

It's true that we live in a world that runs on oil — so drawing a moral line isn't easy when you're pumping gas into your car every day. 

Maybe the tech industry thinks it's bringing the winds of change.

After all, when Uber announced its Saudi investment in 2016, women weren't allowed to drive.

“Of course we think women should be allowed to drive,” Uber's Jill Hazelbaker told the New York Times at the time. “In the absence of that, we have been able to provide extraordinary mobility that didn’t exist before — and we’re incredibly proud of that.”

And two years later, change did happen when the ban on women driving was officially lifted.

Did Uber's presence in Saudi Arabia cause the change? It's impossible to say with certainty, but I'd wager not. 

Much more likely is that Prince Mohammed, looking for a way to burnish his credentials as a "reformer" when he rose to power in 2017, saw the controversial driving ban as an easy and expedient thing to jettison in exchange for goodwill.

The notion of working from the inside to bring about change has a long and not-so-great track record in tech. Think back to Google contorting itself into a pretzel to justify its introduction, and then withdrawal, of a search engine in China. When outrage recently erupted over Google's secret plans to make a new censored search app for China, the company didn't even try to justify itself with a "change from within" argument.

Tech businesses don't really want a revolution

You may ask, at this point, why more companies don't take a stand and turn down Saudi cash. 

The sad reality is that companies are more interested in preserving the status quo that their businesses are built on than in bringing about change; even the "disruptive" tech companies.

That's especially true today, as tech companies are under siege from all sides, blamed for disrupting our privacy, our elections and our children's attention spans. 

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Thinking differently is great marketing copy when it sells gadgets. But there's little upside in leading a revolution if it scares away customers. 

Look no further than Google's app store. Thanks to an app called Absher, Saudi men can direct where women travel, and receive alerts when women use a passport to leave Saudi Arabia. After Insider's Bill Bostock investigation into this wife-tracking app, US lawmakers demanded that Google remove Absher from its app store.

Google refused to pull the app. It argued that the app does not violate its terms of service.

Right now, the tech industry's terms of service are clear. Whether it's about policies, products or investors, the golden rule is stability. 

SEE ALSO: Uber can't decide whether cofounder Travis Kalanick is an asset or a liability, and it makes for an awkward but revealing IPO filing

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By Simon Black

April 12, 2019
Dorado, Puerto Rico

Each Friday we highlight a number of important, and often bizarre stories from around the world that my team and I are closely following:

To take your freedom requires more evidence than to take your money. For now.

Elizabeth Warren wants to end “beyond a reasonable doubt” for criminal convictions

Elizabeth Warren wants to destroy centuries of legal standards

To take your freedom requires more evidence than to take your money. For now.

Criminal convictions depend on the accused being guilty beyond all reasonable doubt. Civil convictions depend only on a preponderance of evidence pointing to guilt.

But Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill last week to apply criminal penalties to corporate executives found civilly liable for company misconduct.

And these criminal penalties would apply regardless of intent. Failure to stop a crime would be considered a crime itself, whether you knew about it or not.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is speaking out against the proposed law, calling it a dangerous attempt to abandon “core principles of criminal law that have been part of the Anglo-American legal tradition for centuries.”

As a former Harvard Law Professor, Warren must understand the implications of this bill. And that makes her a very scary candidate to occupy the oval office.

But what else would we expect from this crop of rising Bolsheviks? Revolutions can’t abide by stale old ideas like rule of law.

Philadelphia becomes the first major US city to ban cashless stores

Two weeks ago we talked about a San Francisco politician trying to require all stores in the city to hire cashiers and accept cash.

Now Philadelphia has beat them to the punch. It is the first major US city to outlaw the coming innovation of cash/cashierless stores, like Amazon Go.

The excuse, of course, is that people without access to credit cards or bank accounts won’t be able to use those cashless stores.

Seems like it would be a lot easier for those people to continue going to the same stores where they are currently shopping, and allow other consumers who prefer to shop at Amazon Go to make their own decisions.

But no. Politicians’ zeal to stick it to Amazon outweighs everything else… so they choose instead to outlaw innovation at the expense of consumers.

Another victory for the Bolsheviks!

Genealogy companies go all in for the Federal Government

Two months ago, Family Tree DNA shared a database full of private customer DNA data with the federal government.

After a backlash from customers, the company changed their rules to allow people to opt out of sharing their DNA with law enforcement.

But now Family Tree DNA is preparing an advertising offensive called “Families Want Answers,” in an attempt to convince customers it is their “moral responsibility” to share their DNA with law enforcement.

The surveillance state continues to be built in the private sector, by willing participants.

Twitter blocks French government political ads because of new French law

In December, an anti-fake news law took effect in France.

It forces Twitter and other platforms to provide a database revealing information about who paid for political ad campaigns.

Twitter instead opted to prevent political ads from France entirely, to make sure that they don’t break the law.

So when the French government tried to run an ad campaign encouraging citizens to register to vote, they were blocked by Twitter. ​

​The general response from the same politicians who passed the law was, What? Our laws apply to us?!

They claim that the law shouldn’t be used to ban this type of political speech, just the types they disagree with.

Perhaps Twitter is doing a bit a trolling… and if they are, good for them. Politicians routinely run roughshod over any objections to their laws, no matter how flawed.

When they ignore the unintended consequences of their laws, it is only fitting that politicians get a taste of their own medicine every now and then. ​

BMW ends pensions for workers

The era of US companies offering pensions is coming to a close.

The latest evidence: after freezing it’s two UK pension plans in 2017, BMW will do the same for its remaining US plans.

Since 2011 new workers have not been offered a pension, but rather a defined contribution plan.

Workers who formerly had a pension will keep what they have accrued, but not accrue more. Current retirees receiving a pension will not be affected.

Times are changing, and with current low interest rates, pensions are not sustainable.

Social Security is in bad shape too. But this week we detailed a great option to take your retirement into your own hands.

Check out our podcast delving into solo 401(k)s, who they work for, and why they are so beneficial.

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