5 Jan 2019 22:38 Twitter Jonathan Miller Report Facebook Contact author Mizakov madmonty Share on Twitter Forgive the “proofreader” comment, but it’s “dais”, not “dias”. I know, I know — but I used to teach English. I was trained to notice these things. nephelococcygia Report Twitter Facebook ‘Pelosi is a great strategist and she’s already outmaneuvered the President on the wall.’Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA Reply GrapesAreSour Share on Facebook This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. | Pick 5 Jan 2019 23:03 | Pick 6 Jan 2019 There were, naturally, some sour notes. This was Washington, after all. Liz Cheney’s attempt to get a “Build That Wall” chant going, some stony Republican grimaces, and, lowest of all, a tape from Ocasio-Cortez’ college days of her dancing on a rooftop that was put up on Twitter by a rightwing troll. There was also the false suggestion that she wasn’t really from the Bronx.“Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is,” read the post, with the user, who has since deleted their account, claiming it was a “high school video of ‘Sandy’ Ocasio-Cortez”. Share 21 22 Oops … Unapologetically! PaulinNH ‘Congresswomen dance too’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hits back with new video Reply Report Share on Facebook Each and every one of the people in that photo ran a campaign on policies. Why is your ignorance somehow somebody else’ problem? Topics Women in politics Share on Facebook Share recommendations 5 Jan 2019 22:35 5 Jan 2019 22:59 We have 102 women in Congress. It’s not Trump’s Washington any more Facebook Report Reply 259 260 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share on Messenger moderate_rebel_rebel We have to define a time line here. The political power vested in the Senate, Supreme Court and White House is largely pushing a right wing agenda. The use of State assemblies to disenfranchise voters is part of the right wing lurch. Reply newest 5 Jan 2019 23:04 Mizakov 6 Jan 2019 5 Jan 2019 21:49 Reply Finally some heartwarming news emanating from North America…after two years of Trump overload on the media (ever a trigger for depression and concern at what his next volatile tantrum will lead to), there are signs that the rich manure of reactionary politics he’s spread across the continent and globe is producing a progressive fight back. These are early days, and we’re not out of the trumpian quagmire yet – his considerable executive power an… Reason (optional) JohnHawkwood 5 Jan 2019 chrisbrown Facebook 5 Jan 2019 23:13 It will be scintillating to watch Pelosi’s moves and how the White House reacts | Pick Share on Twitter 257 258 Share on Twitter Ymhos Facebook Show 25 | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick Last modified on Sat 5 Jan 2019 11.39 EST Share on Facebook Reply 5 Jan 2019 | Pick Report 34 35 5 Jan 2019 22:27 Twitter lij lamja Diomede Twitter Share on Twitter Report Threads collapsed collapsed Guardian Pick Dimitri Reply Share on Twitter 3 Twitter Loading comments… Trouble loading? Facebook 5 Jan 2019 22:45 5 Jan 2019 158 159 lizzie lee Share Share NYbill13 Facebook Share on Twitter 5 Jan 2019 22:18 Yet most women in Washington earn less than men. There will NEVER be parity within the class system. Report Hephaestuslegs 9 10 Bram Posthumus Share on Facebook Let these 102 bring a Bill that brings ALL American soldiers home. They will be blessed by so many moms, daughters, sisters and wives. 0 1 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter 22 23 Report Waterllili US politics Typical Trump supporter just like the POTUS , stick your fingers in your ears and go ” La La La, I’m not listening I’m not listening ” 10 11 5 Jan 2019 23:03 Share on Facebook comment 5 Jan 2019 23:16 Share Report GrapesAreSour Facebook Twitter Mizakov Shares881881 Facebook 5 Jan 2019 23:10 | Pick | Pick Twitter This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share on Twitter | Pick Twitter 5 Jan 2019 23:44 Share on Twitter Facebook 17 18 Er, no they are all members of the forever war movement. Reply Share Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Reading the comments on this op/ed piece is astonishing and more than a little sad. When did ageing white men in the US embrace the narrative that they are victims? Most of Congress is still dominated by old white men, indeed most of the Federal Government is, including the Supreme Court and the Executive. Most of America’s corporate leaders, media and industry leaders and entertainment executives are white men. And yet, this forum is filled with… 25 26 4 5 23 24 Facebook Report This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Twitter Share Share on Twitter Gender | Pick Facebook Both pronunciations are correct. Nah Trump only hates everybody smarter than he is. There are very few who are not hated by that man. | Pick Report Facebook Share on Pinterest 5 Jan 2019 22:58 Share Share 5 Jan 2019 22:09 27 28 It’s not Trump’s Washington any more No. It’s not liberals’ Washington any more. Trump holds all the cards now. Share on Facebook Share Share on Facebook Report 16 17 Yes – Trump is obviously in a much stronger position with the Ds running the HoR than the last 2 years with Ryan and the Rs in charge. Share on Twitter 4 105 106 GrapesAreSour | Pick 111 112 Diomede Share on Facebook | Pick 14 15 Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Reply 4 5 Share on Facebook Close report comment form 42 43 @JillAbramson Yes, but they have certainly lorded it over women in the House of Representatives for so long. | Pick 41 42 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Haigin88 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Twitter Share on Twitter 2 chrisbrown 3 5 Jan 2019 22:00 ID0856004 Share on Facebook The double standard you are talking about is only the tip of the iceberg. “Misogyny is real” you say. Now who could doubt that? There have been women haters around for at least as long as patriarchy has existed as a cultural form. What you are confusing however is the general discomfort some men may feel with a feeling of hatred. Misogynists like Trump may tell themselves that they “like” women but under the skin he is a hater. He uses every chance he gets to demean, attack and belittle others. Women come in for his hatred frequently. What he really hates is anyone who is smarter than he is. That means most of the world. His supporters are no better. 143 144 charlieblue | Pick 5 Jan 2019 22:35 Share on Twitter Report | Pick TransparentSee Diomede Show 1 more reply Share Trump owns the Republicans.Venal and craven, all. Share on Twitter 5 Jan 2019 22:48 Where have you looked to find out about their policies? lij lamja Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Share on Facebook The same discrepancy in the group photos has existed between the Democratic and Republican conventions for 30 or 40 years. But U.S. has lurched ever more rightward. The real test is when an Ocasio defeats a Republican not a Democrat. The changes in Orange County are less glitzy but more significant. That said, Ocasio is fun and I’m glad to see her razzing the Republicans. Report Share 5 Jan 2019 23:01 The Midwest snd South vote for idiots. Share 25 47 48 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook Report Twitter Reply Reply NYbill13 Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 33 34 bpollutin Share on Twitter Facebook Share You do realise, do you not, that campaigning to get a seat in the House is quite different from delivering what you promised, right? Campaigns tell me naff all. Therefore, judgement postponed until performance in the House sheds more light on what they really stand for. Jump to comment Twitter Share on Facebook Ha ha. Nicely put. Amman1992 One of the repercussions of Trump’s shut down is that the TSA security “sheriffs” at the airports are going without pay. Does this guy care at all what he does? 2 aescrote 5 Jan 2019 21:55 Share on Facebook Report Facebook Share on Twitter 5 Jan 2019 23:10 Share Oldvaluesandnewones Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter Report Facebook DanInTheDesert | Pick Share on Facebook kingklanger Share on Facebook 5 Jan 2019 23:13 GorCro Reply Haigin88 Twitter Share on Twitter Share Reply Facebook 5 Jan 2019 22:53 Guardian Pick Twitter lizzie lee SenseBeautiful Share on Twitter Amman1992 34 35 Derek Aktion Twitter Share Share on Facebook Share Share Twitter 5 Jan 2019 22:45 Report Prudenceman 32 33 5 Jan 2019 23:03 Since you’re here… Reply Tried it. Vomited. Had to call in sick. 25 26 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 5 Jan 2019 22:47 Slavers created it. Fortunately we have grown beyond that flawed beginning. Hephaestuslegs Facebook Guardian Pick lij lamja Share on Facebook Share INSULTING YOUNG TEENAGERS!!! SAD!!! NYbill13 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 5 Jan 2019 22:40 Share on Twitter jon9521 Read more Jill Abramson Facebook GorCro 5 Jan 2019 23:18 charlieblue “…it was clear that it rattled the president….”. Everything rattles that maniac. He’s such a hysteric. Reply 25 26 Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share Reply Share Paul Moore Facebook 42 43 John McCain not a true Republican? A little too much dignity? 5 Jan 2019 22:36 Report Nancy Pelosi takes a selfie with female House Democratic members outside the US Capitol. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Twitter 6 7 Twitter Share on Twitter Reply 5 Jan 2019 21:53 Share on Twitter 100 20 21 If only all Americans would just shut up and do what you tell them to do, how much better the nation would be. 5 Jan 2019 23:03 Facebook 5 Jan 2019 22:49 Share on Twitter Facebook Jump to comment | Pick 5 charlieblue mbbcam Reply 5 Jan 2019 23:32 Where did I say anything remotely like that. I stated simply that trump never had control of Washington and that “most diverse feminist whammen congress comes to save the day after two years of trump dictatorship” is a false narrative. Share on Facebook Report Share on Facebook Twitter Reply Share on Twitter I think that it is just the nature of journalism to focus on personalities rather than policies, but the truth is that the changes in the demographics of Congresspeople do reflect changes in the States and in America in general. What you say, however, did seem to me to be very true in the case of Hillary Clinton, whom I felt always wanted to be the first affirmative action Madame President, but did not bring an added female perspective to her policy views on items like healthcare or foreign policy. ” Wah gimmie my wall , Wah it’s no fair, If I don’t get ma wall I’ll scream until I’m sick!” 5 Jan 2019 22:19 Report Reply GorCro This is a newspaper. There’s a clue in the first part of the word: news, ie it’s about what is happening now. Report Facebook Twitter | Pick madmonty Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Share on Twitter Report 37 38 sejong 5 Jan 2019 22:45 17 18 5 Jan 2019 22:57 Share on LinkedIn 4 Reply Share Share on Twitter Play Video This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share madmonty Facebook Share on Facebook 5 Jan 2019 22:00 Share | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter Jump to comment Women | Pick | Pick Hephaestuslegs nephelococcygia Share on Facebook With a reactionary democratic party opposed to trump by instinct, rather than reason, and a large proportion of RINOs & “never trumpers” in the GOP who are basically democrats like jeff flake, john mccain et al it wasn’t as if it was ever “trump’s Washington” in the last congress. The checks and balances were working anyway but I suppose this is how you craft your feminist narratives. Facebook Like Fat Donny, you seem to be advocating simple solutions for complex problems. For myself, I hope the newly elected members of Congress will evaluate Syria and America’s presence there, independently from their study of the detente on the Korean peninsula. charlieblue 5 Jan 2019 22:52 Share on Facebook | Pick | Pick This may sound silly, cheese and childish but not only did I watch Ocasio-Cortez ‘discrediting dancing’ video, I also played it to my girls, so many times they beg me to stop. I love what is going on in the Democratic House- so many females, so many colours! but also the youth of Alexandria. … it brings back memories of the silly emotion I felt when Obama won the US presidency. Lets hope this trend goes beyond Washington and reaches the UK- we… Twitter Reply Hephaestuslegs Pinterest Share on Facebook Bram Posthumus SenseBeautiful Twitter Ok, now we know how they look. Fine. But what do they think? What are their policies? This piece tells us nothing about that. Nothing. Yes yes yes: we know that “Orange Man Bad” because you have already told us that a thousand times. Substance, please. Or, to quote a former great US president: ‘Where’s the beef?’ Facebook Share ritadona Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Share on Twitter 5 Jan 2019 22:51 Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 5 Jan 2019 22:50 I’ve heard a lot more about the ethnicity and gender of these new US politicians than I have about their actual policies and political stances. I worry that for the left, the priority is to get parliament/congress/etc to simply ‘look right’ and have an approved level of diversity… That’s all very well but at the end of the day what really matters is what sort of laws our politicians want to enact. Facebook Email (optional) Report chrisbrown | Pick Facebook Facebook Reply Is it men vs Women? Report Reply Report charlieblue 32 33 Facebook Reply Report Reply Trump has lurched it Rightward, did Obama? I think the perception of a Rightward surge comes from the siege mentality of Right-wing politicians desperate to hold onto power and lashing out at every opportunity. You see it with evangelical Christians too, as their base shrinks they become ever shriller which is why they are so supportive of Trump who goes against everything real Christians consider to be moral behaviour. Share on Twitter Women in politics Share Share Share on WhatsApp Twitter It’s frustrating in a post #MeToo world that women in power are still caricatured as inauthentic. Trump’s sneers at Elizabeth Warren, calling her Pocahontas, are meant to portray her as a phony, faking her ethnic roots. Pelosi, and, of course, Hillary Clinton, are often portrayed as stiff and inauthentic. It frightens the rightwing to see urban liberals like Ocasio-Cortez amass real followings and assert their growing power. So the rightwing tries to take them down with hackneyed caricatures and doctored tapes.In the case of the dancing tape of Ocasio-Cortez, the attempted attack completely backfired.Of course, the dancing tape went viral and clearly increased her popularity on social media and enhanced her status as a young sensation on Capitol Hill.And she hit back in the best way, with humor. “You hate me cuz you ain’t me, fellas,” Ocasio-Cortez said. Then she quickly made a new video of herself dancing outside her new congressional office. In the lighthearted, 11-second clip, she dances along to a line from Edwin Starr’s classic Motown hit War: “What is it good for? Absolutely nothing,” she sings (or lip-syncs), pointing half playfully, half defiantly at the camera before bursting into laughter and flinging herself through the door of her office as if she had occupied her seat on Capitol Hill for years, not 24 hours Bram Posthumus Share Derek Aktion Twitter 9 10 | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter Reply 5 Jan 2019 22:21 Share on Facebook Show 2 more replies 5 Jan 2019 22:45 Hephaestuslegs Twitter Show 5 more replies Share on Twitter 179 180 | Pick Share Share on Facebook Reply | Pick Bram Posthumus Report Share Facebook US has hardly ‘Lurched More Rightward’, what ever that may mean. USA is more inclusive is what this article is about. Show 5 more replies Reply Jump to comment 5 Jan 2019 23:52 Reply Reply Share on Twitter Derek Aktion This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Geoff3333 lij lamja | Pick 5 Jan 2019 22:48 12 13 5 Jan 2019 23:06 Agreed. Donald Trump shows all the emotional stability of a 13 year old girl gorged on gummy bears and Mountain Dew, posting to snapchat at 3am. | Pick charlieblue | Pick | Pick Reply Report Reply 54 55 Share on Twitter 1 Share on Facebook The same group Facebook Floridatigre This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Report Share on Twitter Twitter Reply Share on Twitter 5 6 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Report | Pick 3 4 Comments 357 Share Share on Facebook Bram Posthumus | Pick Report Reply Share charlieblue Share on Facebook Share on Twitter whatisreal Twitter Report Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter 5 Jan 2019 22:12 Twitter Opinion 5 Jan 2019 23:16 Share via Email If you listen to the GOP, it always has been. Share on Facebook Reuse this content,View all comments > Reply Report Reply Share Facebook Facebook chrisbrown Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter idiots vote for idiots. Misogyny is real and powerful, but I think it’s just one of many human feelings the GOP manipulates to gain and retain power. Where resentment of immigrants gets them more, that’s what they focus on. Where dislike of brown people or anger about taxes work better, they go with those. And of course they combine as many such hot buttons as possible to target the most susceptible individuals with stunning precision. It’s entirely normal to resent a woman who tries to harm you. It takes billions in Big Media propaganda to make you think one troublesome person who happens to be female is the same as all women, all the time. Unfortunately, propaganda works. And it is especially effective in a culture like ours that exposes even the youngest kids to thousands of hours of razor sharp advertising. The Big Billionaires Club has all the dough in the world to spend on focus groups, analysts, psychologists, advertising and ‘news’ companies. Their armies of top-drawer human manipulators effortlessly provoke, exacerbate and encourage misogyny night and day whenever the billionaires tell them to. I suppose you have to fight it every day, every way you can. One that I like for ordinary work days: “You think she’s bad? Close your eyes and for one entire second envision Mitch McConnell, smiling.” 5 Share on Facebook Facebook | Pick Twitter 25 26 Share on Facebook Show 1 more reply Diomede | Pick 5 Jan 2019 23:33 Share This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share Share on Twitter gn842gn Amman1992 Share Facebook Thursday felt like the start of something truly new and important and it was clear that it rattled the president Twitter | Pick Report Report Yes finally. Hopefully he will get kicked out soon. Sad excuse of a president. No class, no sense no heart. The Americans got badly cheated with him getting in. Almost as bad as Cameron being allowed to start the Brexit mess. Facebook Reply Guardian Pick Congrats to all the new members of Congress – this is how America really looks! Without immigrants coming from all places around the globe, we would not have the depth of wisdom that other cultures bring – the arts, food, traditions are all a part of what makes this country special. It is however, in its infancy stage as the youngest civilization on the planet and its growing pains have been revealed over time, just like civilizations thousands o… Twitter Report Share | Pick Report Share Share Facebook Report I have to agree. The press is focused on the look, initially. The members will be focused on their policies from day one. Share Facebook Jump to comment Report Twitter Reply Twitter Report Reply Report Reply 5 Jan 2019 22:23 Reply Report Share 66 67 Reply Reply 5 Jan 2019 23:16 24 25 5 Jan 2019 23:10 | Pick 5 Jan 2019 23:13 Reply mbbcam Share on Facebook 22 23 Report Reply 38 39 Twitter 5 Jan 2019 23:08 The Constitution was written by wealthy, white landowners who had no intention of allowing women or the poor the right to have a say–much less slaves. So, uh, yeah, “Washington” has belonged to wealthy, white guys for a long, long time, and it’s time it belongs to all of the people. Facebook Reply | Pick | Pick Sat 5 Jan 2019 08.38 EST Twitter Share Reply All Thursday felt like the start of something truly new and important. It was clear that it rattled the president, as he ranted about calling a national emergency to get his wall built and said he was willing to let the government showdown go on forever.Pelosi is a great strategist and she’s already outmaneuvered the president on the wall. She has talked of working with rational Republicans and extending a hand of friendship. She knows exactly what she needs to put together a winning vote. It will be scintillating to watch her moves and how the White House reacts.It’s a new day and it’s not Trump’s Washington any more. 5 6 This is one of those words that has not been fully assimilated into the English language. The “Greek i” or the e sound is falsely understood as the dipthong eye sound. It’s no wonder this word gets misspelled by English speakers. Share 5 Jan 2019 22:44 5 Jan 2019 23:12 36 37 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Twitter Report Guardian Pick lij lamja Diomede 5 Jan 2019 23:58 Report Twitter Share via Email Twitter Show 5 more replies Facebook charlieblue Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report | Pick Twitter gn842gn 34 35 75 76 50 5 Jan 2019 23:18 The Republican President Donald John “The Cad” Trump. 20 21 Reply All idpol is infantile, irrespective of who peddles it. | Pick And color. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, wearing a traditional Pueblo dress, was on the verge of tears as she embraced Sharice Davids of Kansas, a member of Ho-Chunk Nation. They are the first Native American women to serve in the House. Openly gay, Davids is also one of the record number of LGBTQ members of the chamber. Nearby, Ilhan Omar, a Somali immigrant from Minnesota, was resplendent in her white and gold hijab. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, chose a copy of the Qu’ran to swear herself in as the first Palestinian American woman to serve in Congress. (The Qu’ran once belonged to Thomas Jefferson).When Pelosi joined the House in 1987, there were only 23 female members. As of Thursday, there are 102, nearly 90% of whom are Democrats. It was striking when Pelosi passed a row that included Democratic representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Barbara Lee, Jahana Hayes, Lauren Underwood and Sheila Jackson Lee, all women of color.That rainbow was only visible on the left side of the dias – the Democratic side. On the right, where the Republicans sat, there was still the usual sea of suits worn by mainly older white men.They will be a formidable force, trying to stymie Pelosi at every turn and frustrate the new, younger activists who are such an important part of her governing coalition. But change was everywhere on Thursday, from the line outside the women’s bathroom off the House floor (only gained in 2011) to the fans who practically overwhelmed Ocasio-Cortez outside Pelosi’s office. This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. 70 71 | Pick Share comments (357)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Twitter 5 Jan 2019 22:46 Share on Twitter | Pick 5 Jan 2019 22:46 expanded Share on Twitter Twitter Bram Posthumus moderate_rebel_rebel Looking a bit more like America.Rashida Tlaib – apologetically my rep. 9 10 Jonathan Miller 54 55 sarainFL | Pick Facebook AfterMe Show 1 more reply We knew that the 116th Congress was going to be the most diverse in history, with 102 women, many more openly gay members, more blacks, more Latinos, the first two female Native Americans, a Somali immigrant and the first ever Palestinian American woman elected to the House. But it was an altogether different thing to actually see that blazingly colorful diversity assembled under the portraits of the older white men who have lorded over the House of Representatives for so long.As Nancy Pelosi made her way through the chamber to reclaim the speaker’s gavel, stopping after almost every step to receive a hug, it was a very emotional scene and the first time since Donald Trump’s election that I felt lightness and happiness radiating from the Capitol. ‘Remarkable’: the two photos revealing the divide in Washington Very distinctive expressions. Do you plagiarise other commenters word-for-word or do you just have multiple user accounts here? If the former, you should at least credit people like heartfulembrace and changeisinevitable, don’t you think? If the latter – seriously, why? Report Twitter | Pick A diverse Congress more reflective of the people it serves will engender more trust and connect better with the voter base. There will be bad representatives of all ‘flavours’ but this is a positive step forward. SteveRP 5 Jan 2019 22:16 Facebook Share Report gn842gn Facebook SenseBeautiful 5 Jan 2019 22:55 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Mizakov charlieblue Share Report lij lamja 68 69 Share Share 10 11 chrisbrown Facebook TRUMP DISCOVERS THERE ARE WOMEN IN CONGRESS – SHOCKER! today’s headline put simply. “But it was an altogether different thing to actually see that blazingly colorful diversity assembled under the portraits of the older white men who have lorded over the House of Representatives for so long.” Lorded it? They did create it. Can you all never give them credit for that? Report GorCro 6 Jan 2019 0:09 0:56 Share Facebook | Pick bobmichaelson Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter chrisbrown GrapesAreSour 7 8 Twitter Democrats Report sejong 83 84 | Pick Bram Posthumus This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. | Pick Walter Mondale was a “great US president”? History books say he was never even president – maybe the books publish Fake News? Share on Twitter Show 22 more replies Opinion 5 Jan 2019 23:57 Share Share on Facebook Reply Reply Twitter Share on Facebook 6 Jan 2019 0:01 1 Facebook 5 Jan 2019 23:38 unthreaded … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Steven Goldstein, Area Sales Manager at OrCam Technologies, shows us an OrCam device for the visually impaired. This hands-free wearable technology is a smart camera that assists people who are visually impaired or Blind.Check it out here:For more information: http://www.orcam.com/Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedTech Tip: GPS Options for the Visually ImpairedMarch 23, 2015In “Products and Devices”Monday Tech Tip: Optelec ClearReader+January 20, 2014In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: NuEyes ODG smartglasses for visually impairedOctober 10, 2016In “Tech Tips”
“Let me take a selfie.” I’m sure we’ve all heard this statement several times by now. After all, selfies are all the rage nowadays. Now this global fad is becoming a payment method! The major payment and technology company, Mastercard, is adapting selfie technology and transforming it into a new, secure form of payment.If you’re like me, the idea of taking a selfie to pay for something sounds a little strange. However, upon further reading I quickly found that this payment method may wholly benefit an array of individuals with disabilities. The payment method may benefit individuals who:Have poor motor skillsAre amputeesHave visual impairmentsAnd much more! Here’s where I had my reservations. “Couldn’t someone just print a picture of me and take a picture of that printed image?” Fortunately, the app will require you to blink before confirming each transaction. This will confirm that the human is in fact taking a selfie, and not just an image of someone.Mastercard claims their new payment system will speed up the checkout process for users shopping online, as it will replace users having to remember and type out their long-winded passwords.The new payment system is already rolling out in Europe: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. Mastercard says the technology will be available “across the globe” starting in 2017.Click here to learn more about Identity Check Mobile.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterest1LinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM211 – Selfie Pay/Identity Check Mobile by MastercardNovember 25, 2016In “Accessibility Minute”Accessibility Minute Podcast Offers Online Shopping HelpDecember 8, 2016In “Apps”4 Grocery Delivery ServicesJanuary 18, 2017In “Independent Living” How to use Mastercard’s “Identity Check Mobile” or “Selfie Pay”:Simply download the Identity Check Mobile App.Take a photo of your face, this way the service can create a digitized map of your face.Your face is then securely stored on Mastercard’s servers.It is necessary to store your “selfie” so the service has a reference point for when you’d like to make a new purchase online.
Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Accessible Gigs, Bands, and Music Venues | www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk/accessguide——————————If you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgCheck out our web site: https://www.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectLike us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/INDATA——-transcript follows —— Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU287 – 2016 Holiday Shopping Episode – Part 1November 25, 2016In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU136 – Accessible Voting (Rachel Schroeder & Krystal Connolly), Silliness with Siri, ATIA, RESNA, CSUN, WebAIM Survey Screen Readers, Unroll meJanuary 3, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU289 – Amazon Echo — Alexa in real lifeDecember 9, 2016In “Assistive Technology Update” JACOB ADAMS: Hi, I’m Jacob Adams. I’m the research and campaign manager at Attitude Is Everything, a disability charity based in London, England, and this is your Assistive Technology Update.WADE WINGLER: Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals crossroads in Indiana with your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs. Welcome to episode number 348 of assistive technology update. We are scheduled to release this on January 26, 2018.Today we have an all access pass. We are going to spend some time with my new friend Jacob Adams from the UK. We’re going to talk about accessible gigs, bands, music venues, and some of the innovative things that his organization is doing. They are called attitude is everything, and I think that’s true.We also have a quick plug on a blog post or a series of blog posts that are product reviews on reversible braille displays that are compatible with iOS devices. It’s from our friends got better and is super helpful.We hope will check out our website at EasterSealsTech.com. Call our listener line at 317-721-7124. Or hit us up on Twitter. You can find us at INDATA Project.***If you are interested in braille, you might also be interested in how reversible braille displays work on iOS devices. Friend of the show and contributor Scott Davert has a really interesting set of blog posts at Access World Magazine. He spends some time doing some product reviews on those reversible braille displays that do connect to iOS devices. He has three parts so far in a series where he talks about the VarioUltra, the Actilino, the Smart Beatle, ResfreshaBraille 18, and more. He talks about conductivity and cases and features at all of the different things that you might want to think about when considering one of those devices. I’m not going to tell you whole lot more but I’m going to pop a link in the show notes over to Access World Magazine so that you can find his articles and become more informed about those options. Check our show notes.***Music has always been part of my life. I really like to have music playing all the time in the house in the workplace. When the weather is nice, even when it’s not, I like to go to shows. I like to go to music venues and listen to artists perform life. Sometimes that’s easy and sometimes it’s challenging. I was excited when I learned about the work of the group called Attitude Is Everything who are working on the accessibility of gigs and bands and music venues and all that groovy sounding stuff. I was excited when Jacob Adams, who is a research and campaigns manager for Attitude Is Everything, agreed to come on the show and talk with us a little bit. Joining us from London, Jacob, how are you this morning?JACOB ADAMS: I’m good, thanks. It’s a pleasure to join you.WADE WINGLER: I’m excited about our conversation today. I’m a music lover and I’m also always interested in accessibility for folks who have disabilities and use assistive technology. Before we start talking about our topic today, tell me a little bit about your organization. It’s called Attitude Is Everything and I’d love to know about its goals and mission. What are you doing over there?JACOB ADAMS: Attitude Is Everything is a disability led charity. As a project in our mission, we’ve been working since 2000, coming on 18 years, working with the UK’s live music industry to try and support the industry to be as accessible as possible for deaf and disabled people. We originated from articles that our current CEO Suzanne Bull, MBE, wrote back in the very late 90s about her experiences as a music fan going to gigs, going to festivals, and encountering barriers which prevented her from having the experience you wanted to have. That got picked up by somebody with an Arts Council, which is a government based funding body for the arts here in the UK. Initially Suzanne was funded to come and do a very small piece of project work to look at, look at the issue and see what solutions might be. Here you are 18 years later.What quickly became apparent was, A, there is not a lot of provision across the industry at the time; B, there were a lot of people within the music industry who did want to do the right thing but simply didn’t have the knowledge or the confidence to deal with it. That’s what really led to the development of Attitude Is Everything, which eventually became a charity in our own right. We are now what is known as a center support organization, still funded by the arts Council to support the UK live music industry.WADE WINGLER: That’s a fascinating story. I know you are very busy there. Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background and how you became interested in accessible music venues.JACOB ADAMS: I’ve always been really interested in music and going to gigs at festivals and events. That’s an interest that is shared across your team, as you can probably imagine because of our focus. My background was looking for learning disability organizations as a support worker and facilitator, and then for local disability organizations in London. One an opportunity came to combine my two interests, I went for it and I’ve been working for Attitude Is Everything for the past six years now.Fortunately I was the festival project manager, working exclusively with outdoor events. Now we work with over 130, 140 venues and festivals across the UK including the smallest and some of the biggest festivals like Glastonbury here in the UK. We are the access consultants for them and have worked with them for a long time. We’ve been instrumental in supporting them to develop to the point where they are now which is one of the most accessible festivals in the UK despite being the biggest.In terms of the history of Attitude Is Everything, as I said we are disability led. From the early days what we were about was channeling the voices and experiences of disabled music fans and being an interface between them in the music industry. To that end, we have a mystery shopping component to our work which is at the heart of what we do. We have hundreds of deaths and disabled people around the UK who go to gigs and festivals and offer feedback on their experiences. We take that feedback and channel it. Our guidance in our reports, we can look back to organizers and work with them to overcome some of the issues which were highlighted.We do that through the prism of the charter best practice, which we’ve had in place for many years now. That is a framework by which we work with venues and festivals. We award them bronze and silver and gold awards. A bronze menu or festival will have basic accessibility in place, physical access, accessible toilets, and step free access and things like that. As people progress up the awards, we work with them on ever more focused areas, extending access to performers, looking at the information provision and really trying to get the basics right but also support the industry to push best practice.We are now in a situation in the UK where it’s actually quite a broad picture on one hand. There is still lots of work to be done. Many venues and festivals are currently not thinking of accessibility in the way they should be. But on the other hand, there are festivals and venues who are doing incredible things and pushing the boundaries. We try to straddle both ends of the spectrum and try to raise the whole industry in terms of the customer service they provide to death and disabled people.WADE WINGLER: I love the fact that you are consumer led. It’s obvious you’re getting some very practical, technical advice and input. It sounds like you’re showing that back with venues and organizers. Which leads me to the point, I saw online your do-it-yourself access guide. That was fascinating and I think that has a ton of information that we can talk about. Tell me about why did you come up with the do-it-yourself access guide. Who is the target audience for the publication?JACOB ADAMS: To begin with, as a final comment on our work, since the day one, Suzanne has led the organization in terms of our ethos in the way we try to approach this topic. It would be very easy to be totally campaigning, naming and shaming venues, calling out bad practice. It’s very apparent to us that that wouldn’t have gotten us anywhere. The recently been able to be successful in the UK is a whole ethos is being supportive friends of the music industry so we can shine a light on where things are not working correctly but offering solutions and also really being a beacon of cooperation and saying the best way for things to change and be better for everybody is a people work together and if negative situations are channeled into positive change.That philosophy underpins the DIY access guide. There are three components which led to it. For very long time, since the early days of Attitude Is Everything, part of what we were doing was putting on DIY accessible small-scale gigs in small venues just to promote our work and give a platform to death and the artists. We’ve done over many years and developed our experience and knowledge.Secondly, in the past year or so, we’ve been focusing particularly on engaging with grassroots music venues because for a lot of people, that is the entry point to live music. Sometimes people associate gigs and concerts with big arena shows. That’s a big important component copper people’s local, independently run venues are really important. In many cases, if they are accessible, it can be the most convenient and accessible route for people to access music. Obviously lots of bands started out in those venues. A lot of small towns have a venue which is under a lot of pressure, but that is an important aspect for us as well as working with the biggest music venues. We’ve recently recruited a grassroots venue product manager to work with the venues. That’s underway now.The third part of it was over the years we’ve engaged with lots of different artists. We sought support from major artists but also a lot of grassroots and emerging DIY artist. Similar to the original message that we got from the music industry back in the early days, we are very aware that there are lots of people in bands and promoters who do want to do the right thing, who do want to welcome desk and disabled audiences and their fans, they want to reach the widest audience possible for their music, but again don’t know where to start. All that experience came together, and we decided that what we wanted to do was produce a document that wasn’t focused at venues and festivals but was actually focused at bands and promoters and people who put on gigs at a grassroots venues.The whole idea, and I think this underpins a lot of our work, is what we’re trying to do is drive demand for improvements in accessibility. Obviously ultimately we want more depth and disabled people to go to live music, but we also want to drive the demand amongst venues and festivals so that that raises the game of suppliers. Artist and promoters are an essential part of that, and there is a role that the artist can play to work collaboratively with venues in a way that benefits everybody in terms of making the nights which happened at those venues as accessible and inclusive as possible.That with the background. What happened was at the end of 2016, we linked up with an amazing DIY volunteer-run menu in London called DIY Space for London, who do lots of amazing things but they are entirely run by volunteers. They have collectives who oversee different aspects of the venue including an access group with lots of hands-on, basic tweaks to the venue which is on a low rise industrial estate in South London. It was crowd sourced. Very much in the mode of similar DIY spaces which are across the UK and other countries including the US. Also a judgment named Richard Phoenix who works under the banner of constant flux. He had a lot of work on programming and going on tour with artists with learning disabilities and interacting directly with venues to make gigs happen.We came together, and in March 2017 we put on a weekend of events. We had a talks evening. The weekend was called Insight Weekend. We had talks evening of death and disabled artists talking about their experience of making music, making art, in some cases talking about the experience of having hearing impairments publicly for the first time. That was an incredible event. On the Saturday, the following day, we had an open workshop session to examine what barriers might be presented and how they can be taken down by grassroots and small venues in collaboration with artists and audiences. In the evening we put on a DIY accessible gig including DIY captioning.Here in the UK as in the States, captioning and subtitling of lyrics is still massively underdeveloped here in the UK. In the world of theater, that has become a fairly well entrenched. There are technical solutions for that. We are in the early days of thinking about how we address that with music generally, but particularly at the grassroots level. Obviously it would be very easy to think it’s impossible, insurmountable, unreasonable adjustment. It’s not possible to provide. We put in place a DIY captioning. There is a band called Paul Hawkins and the Awkward Silences who had done this for their own gigs in London. We adopted that model. Basically it boiled down to having the been sent us the lyrics and having them on a PowerPoint on a laptop and manually feeding them throughout the band is played on the TV screen. That was one of the DIY solution we put in place.The long and short of it was that piece of work was funded by a funder called Paris Foundation. The ultimate goal was to produce a guide to take all that learning and experience and share it widely. That’s what we did. That’s what led us produced a DIY access guide which we published in November of last year.WADE WINGLER: I would love to spend some time talking about a couple other common barriers and solutions that are in the guide, and then we are going to move on for the remainder of the interview and talk about the response in the future. What other things would people find in the guide in terms of common barriers and solutions?JACOB ADAMS: With the guide, who wanted to make it as easy to follow as possible. It’s a [Magazine] sort of format to make it so that the guide itself isn’t a barrier. What we wanted to do was get people in the headspace of being an audience member and facing barriers and perhaps missing out on going to gigs and missing out on going to see their favorite bands.We broke it down into several areas. You broke it down into simple things you can do when you play a random gig. If a band was playing a gig that they had been booked for, what can they do. It boils down to things like checking if the venue has information for disabled people and encouraging the venue to put some in place if they don’t. We have another campaign called Access Starts Online which provides guidance for venues to do just that. Sharing information on event pages, Facebook pages and things like that, is a simple thing. Just basic information, whether there is an accessible toilets, whether there is step free access, are there personal assistant tickets, things like that.We also had to look at things people can do when they put on their own a gig where you have a bit more control. Again, talking about information and PA tickets but also thinks that captioning and thinking about how accessible seated viewing location could be set up in collaboration with the venue. Flagging the fact that if you have an opportunity to have a no-strobes policy, then do it because there are people for whom strobe lighting is the end of their night if it comes on, or they will avoid the night altogether. Things like setting up a quiet room if you have space. Just generally engaging with the venue to work together to put on the most accessible night that you can.Off the back of that, we’ve got some guidance on what to do if you want to set up and promote and accessible, inclusive tour. We have had bands who do want to do that and they want to make a commitment for their fans across multiple dates. Then we move into things like five tips for making accessible flyers, just basic things, things you can do, things you can avoid to make it easier to read for everybody.An important point for us, because we knew it would crop up as an issue, what we are quite realistic in some much as what we are not doing is campaigning for all an accessible venue to be closed down. Obviously we recognize here in the UK and other countries, there are certain venues, smaller venues, who are dealing with the building they’ve got. In some cases there are opportunities to make physical changes, but in other cases possibly not. It could be a venue that is down a flight of stairs. Lots of grassroots knights that might be in inaccessible locations. We could have said boycott those venues, don’t use them, but that would be so far removed from the reality of the venues. It would be slightly ridiculous. What we could’ve done is just ignore them and I talked about them, but again that will leave a gaping hole in that landscape across the venues. What we wanted to do in the guide was flag the fact that there are things you can do that even if you happen to be playing in an inaccessible venue. We’ve got examples of this now. Avenue that doesn’t have an accessible toilet for wheelchair users and disabled people, that’s not necessarily the end of the road. There is a venue that we are doing a bit of work with, we are involved with an event happening at the end of January where they don’t have an accessible toilets, but they have an arrangement with the public store that they can signpost at to the people coming to see a gig. That’s a solution. That’s a DIY approach to it. It’s not the ideal answer, but is dealing with the reality and is a solution that would work for many people.Another big thing for us, if you have venues that do have flights of stairs or steps, obviously if you can maybe overcome them with things like a ramp if it is a couple of steps into a venue, but if you have flights of stairs, I think sometimes it’s easier to think a flight of stairs equals a no go zone for all disabled people, which clearly isn’t the case either. What we flag is the fact that if your event space is in a basement, tell people how many steps there are and maybe have a photo of it. Give people as many facts as possible so that they can make a decision. Just bear in mind that somebody may be able to navigate a flight of steps, but they might need a chair for the rest of the evening. Just trying to educate people about the nuance of what we’re talking about. Even now there is a mental association with the universal symbol of disability and accessibility. Often people associate disability with wheelchair users, and that’s the end of the line. Of course that’s a very small proportion of people who might be going into a venue. Many people with physical impairments who just might require a chair and a viewing area location for their evening. That would meet their access requirements.The other things we do is we have several of these Top Five lists. At the end, it’s really important to us that we provided – we call them “gig hacks.” We have four gig hacks, like how-to guides, on how to set up specific things. The gig hacks we have our how to set up in accessible seated viewing area, how to set up personal assistant tickets easily. Again people get a bit paralyzed thinking about that, but the reality is it can be as simple as adding people onto a guest list. It doesn’t need to have lots of hopes for people to go through. How to set up DIY captioning. How to set up a quite space for people, if it is possible, having a space away from a main crowded area where people can go and just take a break from the sensory overload. It might be the difference between them being able to attend or not attend.We were pleased we were able to get quite a lot of content in. It could’ve been just a few pages of a few things. What we ended up with is quite a neat guide which does equip people, bands and also promoters, with a lot of things that can do, actions they can take. I think that’s our key message, is that there are things that dancing promoters can do. This is our invitation and our gift to those people to say we want you to join us in this campaign to make music as inclusive and as accessible as possible. That’s the whole point of it.WADE WINGLER: The bad news is we are out of time for the interview today, but the good news is I know that people can get in contact with you and get access to the guide. How would they do that?JACOB ADAMS: You can download the guide for free from www.AttitudeIsEverything.org.uk/DYIaccessguide. You can print it yourself and make copies. We want people to share copies with their bands that they love. Take one to a gig and give it to a band and maybe suggest that they have a look at it. Can also look at online and share. That’s what we are all about now is getting out there as widely as possible.WADE WINGLER: I will pop a link to the guide right in the show notes so that if you didn’t get the URL as you are listening, go over to EasterSealsTech.com and check the show notes and we will have it linked in.Jacob Adams is a research and campaigns manager for Attitude Is Everything and has been a delightful guest today. Thank you so much for been in our show.JACOB ADAMS: My problem. Thank you for having us.WADE WINGLER: Do you have a question about assistive technology? Do you have a suggestion for someone we should interview on Assistive Technology Update? Call our listener line at 317-721-7124, shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. Looking for a transcript or show notes from today’s show? Head on over to www.EasterSealstech.com. Assistive Technology Update is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel. Find more shows like this plus much more over at AccessibilityChannel.com. That was your Assistance Technology Update. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana.***Transcript provided by TJ Cortopassi. For requests and inquiries, contact email@example.com***
AIcustomer serviceGoogle RCS Business MessagingLivepersonMarketing TechnologyMavenNews Previous ArticleDigital Communication Tools Leave Many Workers Feeling Squeezed out by Tech-Savvy ColleaguesNext ArticleTaptica International Rebrand Reflects Video Advertising Leadership LivePerson’s Maven Recognized with “Best AI-Based Solution for Customer Service” Award in 2019 AI Breakthrough Awards ProgramLivePerson, Inc., a global leader in conversational commerce, announced that its recently introduced Maven™ conversational AI platform was selected as the winner of the “Best AI-Based Solution for Customer Service” from AI Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes top companies, technologies, and products in the global artificial intelligence market.Maven is a conversational AI that enables organizations to replace traditional websites and 800-numbers with personalized conversations over SMS, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google RCS Business Messaging, Apple Business Chat, Amazon Alexa, and other popular messengers and voice assistants. Maven now operates as the brains behind new LivePerson AI-based products that brands use to create, manage, and improve their conversations with consumers.Marketing Technology News: Invoca Survey Finds Over Half of Consumers Only Offered Automated Communications By Brands Feel Frustrated When They’re Unable to Speak with a Live PersonMaven enables not only computer scientists but also millions of agents working in contact centers to develop conversational AI experiences. The “tango” between human agents and AI makes it possible for brands to have personalized conversations with billions of consumers, outperforming traditional websites and 800-numbers on measures such as customer satisfaction and sales conversion. LivePerson developed Maven using its conversational data set of billions of brand-to-consumer interactions, and the AI continues to improve with every conversation, strengthening its ability to serve customers and help businesses with marketing, sales, and brick-and-mortar experience use cases.“It’s no secret that many customer service bots simply don’t provide the high-level customer experience that brands need to consistently deliver, but Maven represents an entirely new approach to AI for conversational commerce,” said Alex Spinelli, Chief Technology Officer at LivePerson. “Maven brings the best of AI and human interactions into a blended environment where AI is taught and managed by contact center agents, ensuring that agent productivity increases dramatically while still providing stellar experiences. We’re thrilled to receive this recognition for Maven as a cutting-edge solution for conversational commerce.”The AI Breakthrough Awards recognize innovation, hard work, and success in AI and machine learning-related categories including AI platforms, Deep Learning, Smart Robotics, Business Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, industry-specific applications, and more. This year’s program attracted more than 2,500 nominations from over 15 countries.Marketing Technology News: Verve Releases SDK 4.0 To Supercharge The Revenue-Generating Power Of In-App Inventory“Maven is truly transformative as a tool for organizations to scale conversational commerce using AI without lowering the bar on customer experience,” said James Johnson, managing director, AI Breakthrough. “LivePerson’s new approach represents the breakthrough level of solution we recognize with our annual awards program, and we congratulate the entire LivePerson team on their well-deserved 2019 AI Breakthrough Award.”LivePerson has been innovating digital connections between brands and consumers for more than 20 years, starting with the invention of live chat on websites in 1995. Since then, the company has driven consumer communication technology through the evolution of predictive intelligence and customer transcript insights. LivePerson is driving today’s new era of messaging, conversational design, and the integration of AI into the customer care of the world’s largest brands. Marketing Technology News: 4C Launches New Cross-Channel Video Solution to Help Marketers Reach Cord-Cutters and Cord-Nevers Across Streaming Environments LivePerson Wins 2019 Artificial Intelligence Breakthrough Award PRNewswireJune 28, 2019, 7:54 pmJune 28, 2019
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Without clear audio, remote meeting participants are hesitant to take an active role in the discussion. Poor audio is also distracting to those back in the office. Background noise and choppy audio disrupts the natural flow of the conversation. To address the reality of more people meeting remotely, BlueJeans integrated the Dolby Voice® audio stack into its Android and iOS mobile meeting apps. BlueJeans customers now enjoy the award-winning Dolby Voice audio from the meeting room, desktop, tablet or phone. Features include:Dolby Voice HD Audio for better meeting comprehensionDolby Voice Noise Reduction to remove distracting noiseVoice placement to present each speaker’s voice from a distinct location like you’d hear in personNatural interaction between meeting participants minimizing delays and conversation pausesThere are also times when mobile users are traveling and experience variable network performance. BlueJeans Mobile will now anticipate these trouble spots and remediate the situation for the user through quality alerts and automatic performance management, including turning video off to preserve audio or recommending that users switch to a PSTN connection. When users switch to PSTN, they will now maintain the ability to receive video and content, so that the network conditions won’t impact their ability to remain engaged in the meeting. BlueJeans Mobile also now includes the ability to have the app dial meeting attendees directly to join a meeting, so users are not bothered with dialing and entering the wrong digit while on the move.Marketing Technology News: Actifio Announces Global Alliance with Tata Consultancy Services to Provide Multi-Cloud Copy Data Management Solutions for Data-Driven EnterprisesBlueJeans Meetings data shows that mobile users are most active during traditional commuting hours (7am-9am and 4pm-6pm). To address these trends and to deliver a safer experience, BlueJeans Transit Mode (available soon), is a streamlined user experience designed to keep meeting participants focused on the road and not on their phones. This new capability minimizes distractions by increasing the size of buttons that matter, like the Join and Mute buttons, and minimizing potentially disruptive features like video and content sharing for users on the go. This allows users to focus on their commute or catching the train while the meeting experience is intelligently managed without additional overhead for the users.Mobile Meetings Without a Performance TaxMobile team members don’t want to sacrifice performance or functionality. The choice to join the meeting from a mobile device should not impact the user’s ability to contribute to the open sharing of ideas. BlueJeans Mobile’s new iOS screen share features makes sure that users have access to a full in-person compatible experience to share pictures, videos, and presentations without having to pull out a laptop. With BlueJeans, phones and tablets provide the same level of engagement and productivity as the traditional desktop experience.BlueJeans retail and branch office customers require fully featured mobile meetings. Store employees use BlueJeans to call into cross-store meetings to share regional updates and outcomes with colleagues. These stores often lack a traditional office area, so store managers use their phones and tablets to join meetings, share screenshots of store merchandising, and discuss upcoming promotions.The new BlueJeans mobile experience is designed to give users a consistent, full featured meetings solution from any device or location. The user chooses what is most convenient and joins the discussion knowing an intelligent meeting platform will support voice, video and content collaboration on any screen.Marketing Technology News: Imperva to Acquire Distil Networks, the Industry-Recognized Leader in Bot Management BlueJeansCustomer FeedbackMarketing TechnologyMobile MeetingsNews Previous ArticleWhy CMOs Should Add Visual Interactive Sales and Marketing to Their MarTech StacksNext ArticleCorelDRAW Technical Suite 2019 Offers Precision and Control for Technical Illustration
Brent HaywardMarketing TechnologyMulesoftNewsValueMomentum Previous ArticleSalesforce Recognized as a Leader in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for CRM Customer Engagement CenterNext ArticleHarmonic Enables Guangdong Radio and Television to Deliver Premium UHD Broadcasts in China ValueMomentum Joins the MuleSoft Partner Program PRNewswireJune 17, 2019, 2:57 pmJune 17, 2019 ValueMomentum to Leverage Anypoint Platform to Support Connecting Applications and Data in the Cloud and On-PremisesValueMomentum announced its partnership with MuleSoft to provide consulting services for MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform. Anypoint Platform unlocks the power of API-led connectivity, enabling organizations to connect apps, data and devices more rapidly and efficiently.MuleSoft provides the leading platform for building application networks. ValueMomentum’s implementation expertise and industry knowledge, coupled with MuleSoft’s technology, gives clients the support and tools they need to harness the rapidly growing number of apps and data sources. With Anypoint Platform, organizations can unlock new revenue channels, improve customer experiences and drive innovation.Marketing Technology News: SentinelOne Announces $120 Million Series DValueMomentum’s clients are undertaking initiatives to meet the expectations of their customers, partners and employees, while evolving their business and operating models with digital, data & cloud technologies. ValueMomentum’s Digital & Cloud business is helping its clients embrace microservices architectures as a foundational capability in their digital journeys.“Our deep industry experience & technical expertise, coupled with our relentless focus on each client to ensure they achieve their business goals, enables us to have a unique perspective in insurance, banking & lending and healthcare enterprises in their digital journeys,” said Abhijeet Jhaveri, ValueMomentum’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We are pleased to join the MuleSoft partner network and look forward to helping our clients accelerate their digital journeys.”Marketing Technology News: New Global Report Reveals 9 in 10 Companies See ‘Self-Service’ as the Future for Customers“With the explosion of disparate technologies today, connecting them all quickly and efficiently is the key to gaining a competitive edge. Through its partnership with MuleSoft, ValueMomentum is enabling its customers to create a dynamic application network to achieve their goals and accelerate their pace of business,” said Brent Hayward, senior vice president of global channels and alliances, MuleSoft. “We’re pleased to welcome ValueMomentum into MuleSoft’s partner ecosystem and look forward to working together to deliver significant business impact to our mutual customers.”As a MuleSoft Partner, ValueMomentum helps clients address on-premises, cloud and hybrid integration use cases with scale and ease of use.Marketing Technology News: Freshworks Joins Hands With OrangeOne Corporation, to Aid Digital Transformation of Businesses in Japan
Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at RealNetworks.I am Reza Rassool, CTO of RealNetworks. I help guide our technology strategy to spur growth. Since joining RealNetworks, three years ago, I have encouraged an emphasis in AI in all of our product lines. Three in particular:In the RealTimes application we developed computer vision features set to better catalog your mobile camera roll. That development spawned our SAFR business which now claims “the world’s best facial recognition for live video.”The Kontxt messaging business now sports an AI layer, solving problems like spam detector, anti-smishing, and message classification to allow carriers to optimize delivery.The legacy RealMedia business is also enriched by AI to improve Video Compression, enhance the Consumer Experience, and drive increased Monetization for OTT operators.How big is your Data Science and AI team?AI and Data Science are now deeply engrained in the product roadmaps for all our businesses. So, I’d say that all Product Development staff have added Machine Learning to their tool belts. We started with a core team of PhDs but soon disseminated the tools among our global engineering staff through our innovating ThinkDay and Hackathon programs. I ensure that demonstrated AI competence is part of the job description of all Senior Engineering hires.We hear a lot about the exciting opportunities in Data Science. No one talks about the challenges and risks. What Data Science-related challenges do you deal with at RealNetworks?Let me be a bit contrary and say that nearly every news article warns of the challenges and risks of AI – most notably the fears of it accelerating a dystopian future. Among the risks and challenges I see:Privacy – At Real, we have been very deliberate about addressing the criticisms of facial recognition with respect to its bias and its potential for invasion of privacy. We developed a set of Guiding Principles that steer us towards the ethical use of facial recognition. Our user experiences start with an opt-in process. We provide an SDK allowing businesses to add facial recognition to their loyalty apps. Consumers can opt-in by enrolling their face for automatic recognition. While SAFR for Security enhances and automates existing video surveillance systems we also promote use cases that enhance the consumer experience.Bias – Additionally, we strive to reduce the bias in our facial recognition. Bias is defined as the variation in accuracy across, age, gender, and skin tone. Amazon Rekognition has been singled out in the press for bias – exhibiting high accuracy for white males and lower accuracy for darker-skinned females. NIST has consistently scored the RealNetworks facial recognition algorithms as having among the lowest bias. We achieve this through curating a diverse training set sourced from around the world and sound science. We specifically do not classify individuals by race or ethnicity. These are pseudo-scientific classifications of humanity. Many competing FR systems that have chosen to tag people by race inevitably require an army of human labelers to look at faces and make a determination. In doing so, they are enshrining a very human bias into their Machine Learning.Perception – The public perception of AI and particularly facial recognition varies around the world and is changing rapidly. We have already accepted devices in our homes that eavesdrop on our conversations in order to allow us to control our devices and interact with services by voice. While facial recognition is viewed with caution in the West, it is embraced elsewhere. Shoppers smile to pay at the checkout in stores in Beijing.Regulation – The EU provided clear guidelines for the acceptable use of biometrics through GDPR. We welcome similar clarity in the US. Currently, regulations vary state by state and now even city by city. However, while we wait for legislation, I urge each company building AI-based products and services to develop their own set of guiding principles.Explainable AI – Machine Learning creates models that can make predictions such as what movies you’d like, how to price airline tickets, how to route city traffic. These models are opaque ‘black boxes’. We don’t understand the reasons for the decision made by an AI model. The recent DARPA initiative to develop a toolset that’ll deliver models that are more transparent, hopes to make the internal workings of deep neural networks more open to human scrutiny.Incremental Training – While current Machine Learning is a rudimentary attempt at mimicking the human brain, the existing state of the art is ‘catastrophically forgetful’. In order to add to the training of a model you need the entire historical training set. The industry in seeking a method of incremental training that allows new training data to be added to an existing model to result in a new smarter model. This is a better imitation of human learning.How can Marketing and Sales teams better leverage Blockchain and Big Data analytics to grow their businesses? I’m not a Blockchain expert. We have one SAFR Developer partner building a system that logs and anonymizes smart city computer vision events. It is possible that an indelible ledger may be the appropriate repository for IoT events from sensors including computer vision events from cameras. This ledger would be trustworthy and would also preserve the anonymity of the source.Which industries and markets have been the fastest and most agile to adopt your technologies?After an early foray into Retail Analytics, we found significant traction in security. I anticipate that 5G IoT and Smart City applications will deploy computer vision. Additionally, Secure Access and hospitality applications continue to promise to eliminate the ID badge and other physical credentials or tickets and speed users through authentication check points.What makes RealNetworks different from other high-tech solution providers? RealNetworks has a history of tackling the hardest technical problems. With our RealMedia business, we brought Streaming Media to the world across the Internet when it was hard – when your connection to the Internet was through a dial-up modem. In our Kontxt business we route and process the fire hose of text messages between mobile carriers and have maintained an uptime of over 12 years. In our SAFR business we’ve taken on the most difficult category of live video facial recognition for in-the-wild subjects. The DNA of innovation persists in RealNetworks.Salesforce recently announced acquiring Tableau. Google is doing that with Looker. How do you see Data Science and Data Visualization becoming the core of every Marketing and Sales Technology offerings?Congratulations to my friends at Tableau. Yes, AI is already a ubiquitous tool, wielded by many businesses. I anticipate computer vision permeating many aspects of our lives beyond security from driverless cars to home automation. Facial recognition will progressively replace authentication by physical credentials. I imagine walking into a hotel lobby, recognized by a smart camera, receiving a text message that I was automatically checked-in to my reservation and providing me with the room number and code to open the door. Queuing to check-in will become passé.Tell us more about your roadmap for Data Science and AI in RealNetworks.We continue to improve the accuracy of our facial recognition but the gap between the leaders in this space is narrowing. My specific preoccupation is on driving SAFR deeper into devices. The speed and compactness of our model make it more embeddable in cameras. The Kontxt platform will continue to use Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing to derive deeper insights from messages. In the RealMedia tool set, we are also training models to improve the compression of video and enhance its streaming.Do you see Data Science becoming the core of all MarTech and SalesTech companies? How can Product and Innovation teams work with the Data Science team to make these products better suited to market demands? All businesses must glean insights from historical data. Data Science and AI provide tools for us to automate the analysis to deliver those insights. Historian George Santayana said that ‘those who do not learn from their history are doomed to repeat it.’ In the business domain, you might not even be able to repeat your past success if you don’t learn and understand the cause of your success.What is your advice to Data Science Engineers, AIOps Analysts and, MarTech Product Managers?Beware. AI is not a silver bullet or magic mirror who can answer any questions. Deep neural networks are at best curve fitting to past data – albeit to curves in hundreds of dimensions. Machine Learning, in its current form, can only tell you what your data already knows. Moreover, it cannot provide you insights for eventualities not represented in the ground truth of your training data. Don’t abdicate leadership to the machine! 5GAIdata scienceIoTmachine learningRealNetworksReza RassoolTechBytes Previous ArticleIntroducing Acoustic: A New Marketing Cloud Bringing Humanity to AI-Powered MarketingNext ArticleInte Q Receives a Top Rating for Measuring Emotional Loyalty by Leading Research Firm About RezaAbout RealNetworksAbout Reza TechBytes with Reza Rassool, CTO at RealNetworks Sudipto GhoshJuly 16, 2019, 3:00 pmJuly 15, 2019 Reza Rassool received a B.Sc. degree in Physics from King’s College, London, in 1984. He is a CTO with RealNetworks, where in addition to his oversight of corporate-wide technology initiatives, he personally drives both Machine Learning and Codec developments. He evangelizes strategic innovations through technical papers, public speaking, and customer engagements. His entrepreneurial career in digital media technology includes many industry firsts.He pioneered “non-linear” editing with OSCAR/EMMY winning Lightworks and brought the world’s first disk-based VOD system to NAB in 1994 while a Chief Engineer of Micropolis.He worked on ground-breaking cochlear implant and bionic eye developments. He was the Founder of Widevine Technologies transforming digital rights management for online television. He has 24 U.S. patents granted, he continues to drive new innovation in Next-generation Video Coding, Computer Vision, and Machine Learning. Building on a legacy of Digital Media expertise and innovation, RealNetworks has created a new generation of products that employ best-in-class Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to enhance and secure our daily lives. SAFR is the world’s premier facial recognition platform for live video. Leading in real-world performance and accuracy as evidenced in testing by NIST, SAFR enables new applications for security, convenience, and analytics. Kontxt is the foremost platform for categorizing A2P messages to help mobile carriers build customer loyalty and drive new revenue through text message classification and antispam. About RealNetworks