October 5, 2017

Update … (Updated Oct. 10)

Filed under: General — Tom @ 5:06 pm

UPDATE, Oct. 10: It looks like the next week is going to to see a gradual transition to a normal level of activity — we hope, but storm clouds still loom. Will know more on October 18th.

Positivity: Microsoft rep calls Catholic Church a key ally in protecting kids online

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 4:55 pm

From Rome:

Oct 5, 2017 / 12:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of Microsoft’s office for online safety has said the Catholic Church is a key ally in the ongoing effort to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation online.

When asked why a major tech company would partner with the Catholic Church on such an important issue, Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer for Microsoft Inc., had a simple response: “why not?”

Beauchere spoke during an Oct. 3-6 conference on Child Dignity in the Digital World, addressing the topic of “How Do Internet Providers and Software Developers Define Their Responsibility and Limits of Cooperation Regarding Safeguarding of Minors.”

Speaking with a small group of journalists at the conference, Beauchere said, “why would you not take advantage of such a huge platform and such a huge array of people to make aware of the situation?”

Beauchere said she is willing to collaborate with “anyone who wants to talk about these issues,” because “we all can learn from one another. And the only way we’re going to get better, the only way we’re going to do and learn more is to really expand the dialogue.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100517)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.