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Georgia Tech athletes get day off to vote on Election Day

georgia tech athletes get day off to vote on election day

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ATLANTA (AP) — In the wake of nationwide protests over police brutality, Georgia Tech wants to make sure its athletes take time to vote in November.The school said Thursday that nine teams, including football, will cancel all mandatory activities on Nov. 3 to recognize the importance of casting a ballot. Geoff Collins was one of the first Power Five football coaches to express his support for those protesting the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. The death has sparked widespread protests and rekindled the debate over injustice toward African Americans. “I need to find a way to lend my voice to what’s going on in the black community,” Collins, who is white, told reporters this week on a video conference call. “It matters to me. For far too long, I’ve been an internal guy, sending my thoughts and prayers and really seeing how this impacts guys on a daily basis my entire career. “It was on my heart to step out with a small statement, lend a small voice, share my …

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‘I know there’s something in people’s pockets that I have designed’

‘i know there’s something in people’s pockets that i have designed’

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Silke Holtmanns is the head of 5G security research at AdaptiveMobile Security with more than 20 years of telecoms security experience.

One of the most exciting parts of working in tech can often be how far your work can reach. For Silke Holtmanns, she’s able to look at any group of people and know that something she designed is in their mobile phone.
Holtmanns is the head of 5G security research at cyber telecoms operator, AdaptiveMobile Security. “In my role, I design countermeasures based on analysis of attacks on core mobile phone networks or programme these attacks in labs to investigate how attackers can potentially breach networks,” she said.
“These attackers can extract data such as location of subscribers, intercept calls and data, use extracted information for fraud and launch denial of service attacks from the mobile core network. Defending mobile network subscribers and figuring out how to stop the attackers is my mission.”
While Holtmanns started studying the computer science of mathematics at the University of Paderborn in Germany, she decided to follow her passion and switch to full mathematics. “I know it’s not everyone’s first choice, but for me, it’s such a beautiful topic. I …

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‘Success, struggle and survival’: Black founders speak out powerfully on the fight against everyday racism in the UK

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Yinka Ewuola, cofounder of UK Black Tech

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Yinka is a founding member of UK Black Tech and a director at Calla Success Systems. I feel the way many black people feel today – and have felt many times before, with the harrowing and traumatic deaths of so many posthumously famous black men and women in the US and the UK.It’s enraging and it’s exhausting – but I reserve both my rage and energy for action, as that is the only way to make a difference.The reaction to a police officer – a public servant appointed to protect and serve the public, treating anyone the way George Floyd was treated should be the same for all: one rooted in decency and basic humanity.The murder and abuse of power should be a source of outrage for everyone, not just the “black community”.I don’t think this will be a turning point in the way black communities are treated, because we’ve been here before.Black men have been vilified, abused, killed, and murdered by the police before. Those killings have been documented and publicized before, those killings have sparked riots before – and we’ve had many long conversations about race before.Hundreds …

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How Baltimore biz leaders are addressing protests and racism, this week and beyond

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As George Floyd’s death at the knee of a police officer brings protests, call for justice and an end to systemic racism, it’s a moment when business is not as usual.There’s a role for companies to address it with teams, albeit virtually on platforms like Slack amid work from home. Below, find responses from a few Baltimore companies.Speak upHorrified by the video of Floyd’s death, VitusVet CEO Dr. Mark Olcott shared a note with his company’s team on Sunday, even as he allowed that he was struggling to find the right words.“In instances like this, I understand my privilege. I didn’t grow up in a community that lived with violence and trauma. I also know that my experience is not universal, even within our team,” Olcott, who is a founder of the Canton-based pet health technology team, wrote in part. “With headquarters based in Baltimore, our local community has suffered violence. Just five years ago, Baltimore looked like Minneapolis does today. Traumatic wounds are reopened and our neighbors are grieving.”As teams like VitusVet are working from home, Olcott told Technical.ly that he sees it as part of leadership to …

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Coming out trans in tech: An entrepreneur’s experience

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Welcome to 🏳️‍🌈TNW Pride 2020!🏳️‍🌈 All throughout June we’ll highlight articles that focus on representation for LGBTQPIA+ people in the STEM communities.
Let me start this off right. I am transgender. I am a trans woman in tech. And I am an opportunity that you don’t want to miss. 

I’ve been working in tech for 10+ years now – ever since I started selling MySpace design and automation as a teenager. I’ve worked with some of Australia’s biggest technology companies and startups, collectively valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, mentored in the Microsoft Accelerator and consulted for VC funds. And ever since I came out as transgender, ever since I planted my flag as a proud and openly trans woman, I’ve been out here on my own. Fighting on my own. Pushing on my own. Building on my own. 
Before I transitioned, I was in demand. I was headhunted by tech companies who knew what I could do with a message, with a platform that needed to have its story told and with communities and audiences. After I transitioned, I could no longer secure one single job interview with a tech company. I couldn’ …

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These services are helping older Jews master technology and stay connected in isolation – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

these services are helping older jews master technology and stay connected in isolation – jewish telegraphic agency

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Until April, Gail Lipsitz had never heard of the popular videoconferencing platform Zoom.
“All of a sudden, everyone was talking about and using Zoom. I had no idea how to get it and use it,” the 74-year-old Baltimore resident said.
Thanks to tutoring provided over the phone by Melanie Waxman, technology concierge from the Tech Knowledge Hub at the Edward A. Myerberg Center for older adults, Lipsitz was able to upload Zoom both to her iPhone and iPad and start using it confidently.
She’s now using Zoom to virtually attend exercise classes and classes from her synagogue, as well as Jewish educational institutions like Hadar, Pardes and the Hartman Center. Lipsitz is also tuning in to Shabbat services at her son’s California congregation, gatherings of her havurah and meetings with friends over tea.
With tens of millions of Americans staying home due to the coronavirus pandemic, many older Americans are struggling to master and use the technology younger people commonly use to stay in touch with family, friends and community.
Jewish groups have responded by making special efforts to help seniors use the technology, assisting them not just with accessing the services they may require, like online shopping, …

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It Doesn’t Take a Rocket Scientist to Solve the Racism Problem in Business

it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to solve the racism problem in business

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4, 2020

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To see the grotesqueness of what’s happening in America … this is not the America I dreamed of as a child. This is not the America I grew up wanting to be a part of, the America where I served in the military. I was born in New York and raised in Ghana. When I was 16, my parents saved enough to send me back to the United States. My first job was at a McDonald’s. Since then, I served in the Air Force and created content and technologies for the likes of Boeing, Lucasfilm, Universal Music, Miami Children’s Hospital and Microsoft Xbox. Today, I am the head of CEEK Virtual Reality, where we are working to create innovative content solutions and tools for virtual reality and augmented-reality experiences.As a business owner, the looting breaks my heart. But we’ve been trying to talk about inequality and systemic racism for so long. It took seeing George Floyd die in front of our eyes for the world to confront it. For blacks in tech and blacks in business, we’ve been saying we can’t breathe. We’ve been denied opportunity based on the …

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Ga. Tech taking Election Day off to push voting

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10:01 AM ETNine Georgia Tech teams, including football and men’s and women’s basketball, will take the day off from mandatory activities on Election Day as a way to encourage their student-athletes to vote.The idea came from men’s basketball assistant Eric Reveno, who last week tweeted about an NCAA day off on Nov. 3. The men’s and women’s basketball teams led the initiative, and the other Georgia Tech teams that have in-season activities followed suit. That also includes volleyball, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s indoor track and field and women’s indoor track and field. The women’s swimming and diving team has a meet scheduled for that day but is working to reschedule.Georgia Tech football has a game against Duke on Nov. 7.2 Related”I am very proud of our student-athletes and coaches for identifying a great way that they can take action to make a difference in our communities and society,” Georgia Tech athletics director Todd Stansbury said in a statement. “As part of our mission of developing young people in all aspects of their lives, I feel that it is our responsibility to provide student-athletes with an environment that promotes civic duty. Through our Total Person Program, …

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Georgia Tech Teams Make Election Day Pledge

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THE FLATS – Nine Georgia Tech teams that are scheduled to be involved in in-season activities on Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 – have committed to not hold mandatory athletic activities on that day to encourage student-athletes and staff members to exercise their right to vote.The nine teams that have pledged to not hold mandatory athletic activities include men’s basketball, women’s basketball, football, volleyball, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s indoor track and field and women’s indoor track and field. Additionally, Georgia Tech women’s swimming and diving has a competition scheduled for that date, but is actively working with its opponent to reschedule the event.“I am very proud of our student-athletes and coaches for identifying a great way that they can take action to make a difference in our communities and society,” Georgia Tech director of athletics Todd Stansbury said. “As part of our mission of developing young people in all aspects of their lives, I feel that it is our responsibility to provide student-athletes with an environment that promotes civic duty. Through our Total Person Program, we will educate student-athletes on how to register to vote and provide them …

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Locked down khaps junk tech distrust, use Zoom to discuss honour killings & couples eloping

locked down khaps junk tech distrust, use zoom to discuss honour killings & couples eloping

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Women at a khap session in Haryana | Representational image | Sunil Jaglan

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New Delhi: Famous for being distrustful of technology, khap panchayats seem to be coming around and exploring its benefits, especially with the Covid-19 pandemic ruling out large gatherings. 
On 24 May, as many as 57 khaps spread across Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan participated in a first-of-its-kind online khap via Zoom, the videoconferencing app. 
The meeting is now a weekly affair, with the third ‘get-together’ planned for the coming Sunday. The issues discussed include some of the most grievous social ills, from retaliation against inter-caste marriage to domestic violence. Videos of these sessions are later shared through WhatsApp groups. 

The initiative is being led by Sunil Jaglan, the convener of the Rashtriya MahaKhap Panchayat, a Haryana-based organisation that coordinates among khaps and also operates in Uttar Pradesh, who said he brought together the representatives of various khap panchayats to address the rise in domestic violence cases and the sporadic incidents of honour killing during the lockdown. 
Apart from the khap representatives, the two online sessions held so far have included social workers and young couples who eloped.
“After the nationwide lockdown, I received calls from …

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