Saturday, April 14, 2018

How difficult is it to monitor the elections in every country in which you do business and then understand the culture enough to know when a statement should be challenged. (Did Huey Long really say, “My opponent is a practicing heterosexual!”)
Facebook, Google And Twitter's Other Election Problem Is Their Largest Market: India
… This year, India, the world’s largest democracy, will hold several key state and national elections that will determine if India’s polarizing prime minister, Narendra Modi, gets a second term in early 2019 — and experts worry that US tech companies aren’t doing enough to ensure that their platforms aren’t used to influence or disrupt the democratic process.
A perfect storm of political polarization, digital naïveté, illiteracy, and a lack of meaningful steps from the platforms themselves has left India’s electorate uniquely vulnerable to being manipulated online.
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Something for my Software Architecture students. AKA: ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’
Implement First, Ask Questions Later (or Not at All)
… As part of a larger study on changes in technology implementation, my team spent two years collecting survey and interview data about the evolving relationship between business and technology. We talked to people in business roles and technology roles at companies across a range of industries. The most significant finding was the rapid death of detailed requirements analysis and modeling. Among survey respondents, 71% believed that technology can be deployed without a specific problem in mind. Just one-third said they have a clearly defined process for the adoption of emerging technology. Perhaps most surprising, half of the respondents described their pilot initiatives — small-scale, low-cost, rapid testing of new technology — as “purely experimental,” with no requirements analysis at all.
We heard a consistent theme. As one business process manager at a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company put it, “We’ve abandoned the strict ‘requirements-first, technology-second’ adoption process, whatever that really means. Why? Because we want to stay agile and competitive and want to leverage new technologies. Gathering requirements takes forever and hasn’t made our past projects more successful.

These do confuse me. Would Google have to determine if the requester was remorseful?
Google loses landmark 'right to be forgotten' case
A businessman has won his legal action to remove search results about a criminal conviction in a landmark “right to be forgotten” case that could have wide-ranging repercussions.
The ruling was made by Mr Justice Warby in London on Friday. The judge rejected a similar claim brought by a second businessman who was jailed for a more serious offence.
… Explaining his decision, the judge said NT1 continued to mislead the public, whereas NT2 had shown remorse

Since having a backup driver didn’t help Tesla avoid a pedestrian, why bother with one at all?
Exclusive: Waymo applies for no-driver testing in California
… Waymo confirmed Friday that it had submitted an application to the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test cars without a backup driver behind the wheel. So far, only two companies have applied for such permits, and the other company’s identity has not been publicly revealed.
… The DMV confirmed that it has now received applications from two companies for no-driver testing, which became legal in the state on April 2. The department has not identified either company.

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