Issue 100

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ISSUE 100 / 2017 TECHNOLOGY Vodafone has announced that from now on they will be blocking their ads on sites which promote hate speech and fake news. Do you have issues speaking in public? Well, Orai has got you sorted! 16 VODAFONE SAYS NO TO HATE SPEECH AND FAKE NEWS! HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPEECH USING ONLY YOUR SMART PHONE! The internet is truly a wonderful place. It seemingly feels as though you have the world's resources at your fingertips. Whatever you want or need, you can just search it on 'the Google' (as the old folks would say) and voila, there it is. But with this great power, most, unfortunately, comes some misuse. We are all aware that there are sites out there which promote hate speech and fake news. Well, it appears that Vodafone are finally as sick of these sites as we are. Vodafone has created advertising rules in a strong attempt to prevent their ads appearing on sites which share and create false news and any other offensive and inaccurate content. The mobile operator won't stop their customers from visiting these sites, but instead, they will stop promoting their products on them. "Hate speech and fake news threaten to undermine the principles of respect and trust that bind communities together," said Vodafone Group chief executive Vittorio Colao. "Vodafone has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion; we also greatly value the integrity of the democratic processes and institutions that are often the targets of purveyors of fake news." The new rules are applied using a "whitelist-based approach" and content controls by the company's global agency network led by WPP, Google and Facebook. The content controls will be used in attempts to allow Vodafone ads to feature predominately on sites which are considered "safe" or "free from harmful content". Public speaking can be a daunting task. Whether it is a presentation in front of a class, or even going as far as addressing the masses, public speaking is difficult. The problem affects roughly 74% of people. So, it's safe to say that public speaking isn't for everyone. But, what if I told you that there was a way for you improve your public speaking? And all you need is your Smartphone. Enter Orai. Created by engineering students at Drexel University, Orai allows users to monitor their word choices using records of their speech. Orai will take these recordings and give you feedback relating to filler words, pacing, word clarity and even vocal energy. Co-founders Danish Dhamani and Paritosh Gupta created the idea after moving from Tanzania and India, to the US. With English not being their first language, they set out to attend public speaking clubs for help but saw that it was not for everyone. Even stating" there had to be a better way," to Fast Company. Orai interprets a range of accents. So, both native and non-native English speakers are able to utilise the app. The app also provides routines which encourages users to not use the word "um" as much as they can. This will help eradicate those unnecessary filler words.

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