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COVID-19 and the virtualization of government

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For government agencies, COVID-19 has made the future of work a current workplace reality. Learn steps leaders can take now to embrace the transition and get ready for what’s coming next.
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Funding for solar inspection by drone, long-duration energy storage, and software for utilities –

Funding for solar inspection by drone, long-duration energy storage, and software for utilities – | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
A roundup of recent funding in renewable energy and cleantech: Quidnet, DroneBase, Eos Energy, Urjanet, and Clir Renewables.
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COVID-19 and the virtualization of government

COVID-19 and the virtualization of government | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
For government agencies, COVID-19 has made the future of work a current workplace reality. Learn steps leaders can take now to embrace the transition and get ready for what’s coming next.
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Small business owners report devastating impacts of COVID-19, need immediate cash assistance to survive | Small Business Majority

Small business owners report devastating impacts of COVID-19, need immediate cash assistance to survive | Small Business Majority | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that the spread of COVID-19 around the country has already had a devastating impact on small businesses. With the economy on pause and uncertainty gripping communities across the country, Main Street has been left to cope with how to stay afloat during this unprecedented time. While Congress allocated $350 billion in small business lending in the CARES Act stimulus package, and small businesses have been eager for these loans to get them the assistance they so desperately need, daily reports from small business owners reveal the emergency lending programs currently in place are utterly broken and will not prevent businesses from closing for good. New scientific opinion polling reveals additional insight into the dismal state of small businesses right now and what we stand to lose if Congress doesn’t act to provide the direct grant relief that small businesses overwhelmingly support.  The poll was a survey of 500 small business owners nationwide conducted by Chesapeake Beach Consulting for Small Business Majority between April 6 and 9, 2020. The survey sheds light on a shocking rate of business closures, as well as small business owners’ views on proposals that can help ensure they are able to reopen and recover once the crisis is over.  An astounding 9 in 10 say the coronavirus has impacted their business, with 43% who say it has had a severe negative impact. Similarly, 41% report their revenues have declined by more than 50% since the COVID-19 crisis has begun. And a whopping 1 in 3 small businesses have already closed.  Figure 1: Most small businesses report they’ve experienced negative impacts to their business as a result of the coronavirus crisis Additionally, small businesses reported widespread lay offs and furloughs. Four in 10 have permanently laid off their employees, 56% have furloughed employees and most (72%) have reduced hours, salary or both for employees as a result of the crisis. One in three have permanently laid off, furloughed or reduced the hours/salary of their entire workforce. A majority of 53% report that at least half of their workforce has been impacted by layoffs or reductions.  Figure 2a: Small businesses report widespread reductions in workforce   Figure 2b: Percentage of staff affected by temporary layoffs, reduced hours or reduced wages A majority (53%) of small businesses say the CARES Act, the $2 trillion stimulus package recently passed by Congress, was a good first step to address the challenges they’re facing, but they believe more small business assistance is needed. Most small businesses (92%) say what they need from the federal government to help them survive the crisis is direct grant assistance. Two-thirds (66%) strongly support direct cash grants to help ensure small businesses can recover.  Figure 3: Small businesses overwhelmingly support direct cash assistance to ensure they can recover from the crisis Small businesses identified a number of additional solutions that would help the small business community have the relief it needs to make it through the crisis, including the following: Financial assistance for rent, mortgage and utility payments, not tied to maintaining payroll (86% support). Forbearance on all small business debt, not just current SBA loans as provided by the CARES Act (86% support). Increasing funding for community development financial institutions, which provide loans to small businesses (84% support). A moratorium on unemployment insurance taxes for two years (83% support). As cases of COVID-19 rapidly rise throughout the country, the impacts on our small business community become even more dire each day. Millions have closed up shop, experienced dramatic losses, and are being forced to make tough decisions on their own each day about whether or not they’ll ever reopen. While the small business loan programs funded by the CARES Act may be helping a select few small businesses, our economy will not stand a chance of recovering if Congress doesn’t immediately provide direct grant assistance and other relief that small businesses desperately need while our entire society is on pause.
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Preparing for the future: Is everything going to be OK?

Preparing for the future: Is everything going to be OK? | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
The KPMG Global Mobility Services team addresses the fear stage of the COVID-19 curve for mobility and/or HR departments....
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Get Ready For The New Multicultural Majority, Say The Founders Of This Startup

Get Ready For The New Multicultural Majority, Say The Founders Of This Startup | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
Jacqueline Hernández and Oswald Méndez are so close it seems like they can read other's minds.
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Samsung Partners With Israeli Fintech on Blockchain Solution for Merchants

Samsung Partners With Israeli Fintech on Blockchain Solution for Merchants | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
Samsung SDS is making moves into the European market, with a blockchain-based payments solution for merchants...
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Gallup Study Reveals the Five Indicators that Lead to Small Business Success

Gallup Study Reveals the Five Indicators that Lead to Small Business Success | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
From offering employment to promoting economic sustainability, small business success is critical to the U.S., but many owners find the process challenging.
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Portfolio bloat: What’s happening to thousands of startups going nowhere fast

Portfolio bloat: What’s happening to thousands of startups going nowhere fast | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, much was made of the e-commerce business Brandless deciding to shutter its doors. Industry observers found its fate particularly interesting, given that Brandless was only a few years old and had raised substantial funding, including $100 million from the SoftBank Vision Fund alone. Still, Brandless is far from alone in having tried […]

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Cisco says India is one of the fastest growing markets for security business, cloud segment growing over 40%

Cisco says India is one of the fastest growing markets for security business, cloud segment growing over 40% | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
Vishak Raman; Director, Security Business, Cisco India & SAARC in a chat with ET spoke about the market expansion opportunities that the company sees in India, the changing patterns of the enterprise security market and the key threats that companies will face in the coming year.
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Europe Mulls New Tougher Rules for Artificial Intelligence | I #ETHICS #EU #AI 

Europe Mulls New Tougher Rules for Artificial Intelligence | I #ETHICS #EU #AI  | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it

The European Union is considering new legally binding requirements for developers of artificial intelligence in an effort to ensure modern technology is developed and used in an ethical way.

The EU’s executive arm is set to propose the new rules apply to “high-risk sectors,” such as healthcare and transport, and suggest the bloc updates safety and liability laws, according to a draft of a so-called “white paper” on artificial intelligence obtained by Bloomberg. The European Commission is due to unveil the paper in mid-February and the final version is likely to change.

The paper is part of the EU’s broader effort to catch up to the U.S. and China on advancements in AI, but in a way that promotes European values such as user privacy. While some critics have long argued that stringent data protection laws like the EU’s could hinder innovation around AI, EU officials say harmonizing rules across the region will boost development.

 

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The European Union is considering new legally binding requirements for developers of artificial intelligence in an effort to ensure modern technology is developed and used in an ethical way.

The EU’s executive arm is set to propose the new rules apply to “high-risk sectors,” such as healthcare and transport, and suggest the bloc updates safety and liability laws, according to a draft of a so-called “white paper” on artificial intelligence obtained by Bloomberg. The European Commission is due to unveil the paper in mid-February and the final version is likely to change.

The paper is part of the EU’s broader effort to catch up to the U.S. and China on advancements in AI, but in a way that promotes European values such as user privacy. While some critics have long argued that stringent data protection laws like the EU’s could hinder innovation around AI, EU officials say harmonizing rules across the region will boost development.

 

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https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?&tag=AI

 

https://www.scoop.it/topic/21st-century-innovative-technologies-and-developments/?&tag=Ethics

 

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CES 2020: Finding Reality in a Deluge of Utopia

CES 2020: Finding Reality in a Deluge of Utopia | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
My perspective of CES as a tech analyst, when most products will not become reality. A review of my approach, notable technologies, commodity technologies, and what to expect in the future. … Continue readingCES 2020: Finding Reality in a Deluge of Utopia

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Measure Protocol Announces New Funding to Advance its Blockchain-Powered Marketplace for Person-Based Data – Blockchain Press Releases

Measure Protocol Announces New Funding to Advance its Blockchain-Powered Marketplace for Person-Based Data – Blockchain Press Releases | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
LONDON, — Measure Protocol, the ethical person-based data marketplace powered by blockchain, today announced £2 million in additional funding led by Dynata and Blockchain Valley Ventures (BVV), with Medicys Limited also joining the round. The new funding will support Measure’s ongoing mission to use blockchain technology to address growing concerns around fraud, privacy, transparency and consumer participation rates in the market research and data industries. Specifically, the company will use the investment to accelerate audience growth, further developing its award-winning proprietary core technology, and expand the team. Gary Laben, CEO of Dynata, said, “Dynata is committed to developing and investing in the next wave of technologies, such as blockchain, that have the potential to transform the future of insights, advertising and marketing. This investment is in line with our long-standing, member-centric approach to bringing transparency and fair value exchange with members to the forefront, while ensuring the quality and security of data for our clients.” Paolo Guida, Head of Investments at Blockchain Valley Ventures said, “We are very pleased to support Measure’s highly experienced team, which extensively investigated how blockchain technology could be applied to solve real problems and to provide better and more efficient services to the market research industry. We think Measure’s solution can improve certain business KPIs by a factor of 10 times.” Measure has built a blockchain-based marketplace where individuals take control of their data and monetize it directly with researchers, advertisers and brands. Consumers contribute data by completing surveys and other data-generating tasks or by providing access to existing data sources such as purchase and location. This new funding will help Measure continue to create a blockchain-powered ecosystem that is founded on principles of data sovereignty, privacy, transparency and fair compensation. Owen Hanks, CEO of Measure Protocol said, “The new investment is a clear illustration that the industry is starting to pay attention to consumers’ needs, both from a practical and ethical standpoint. The super-power of blockchain is its ability to build trust in a marketplace, and provide a foundation upon which to meet the consumer’s needs for privacy and transparency – whether they are aware of the technology taking place in the background or not. Having the additional funding to work toward a fair model for both consumers and data buyers is a fantastic step forward for our team.” About Dynata Dynata is the world’s largest first-party data and insights platform. With a reach that encompasses 60+ million consumers and business professionals globally, and an extensive library of individual profile attributes collected through surveys, Dynata is the cornerstone for precise, trustworthy quality data. The company has built innovative data services and solutions around its robust first-party data offering to bring the voice of the customer to the entire marketing continuum – from strategy, innovation, and branding to advertising, measurement, and optimisation. Dynata serves nearly 6,000 market research, media and advertising agencies, publishers, consulting and investment firms and corporate customers in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Learn more at www.dynata.com. About Blockchain Valley Ventures Blockchain Valley Ventures is a Swiss based blockchain corporate finance advisor and venture capital firm with offices now in Zug, Zurich and Singapore and partnerships in London, Frankfurt, US and Israel. BVV backs ambitious teams with global ambition from through seed, Series A and B rounds. BVV follows a vertical industry approach, trying to identify key trends and strong founders who can use the blockchain technology to disrupt or make existing industries more efficient. BVV encourages cooperation with other strategic and VC investors to back businesses that have a minimum viable product and can show signs of early traction. About Measure Protocol Measure was founded in 2018 by a group of media, ad tech, and market research technology veterans. Created to help consumers take ownership of their data and address data quality issues for buyers, Measure is an open blockchain-based protocol that facilitates a marketplace for person-based data where individuals take control of their data and monetize it directly with researchers, advertisers and brands. Consumers contribute data by completing surveys and other data-generating tasks or by providing access to existing data sources such as health and location from within the company’s MSR App for iOS. Founded on principles of data sovereignty, privacy, transparency and fair compensation, Measure provides an ecosystem that addresses challenges faced by the market research, advertising and AI industries. www.measureprotocol.com @measureprotocol Media contacts: Paul Neto, Measure Protocol, +1-289-200-1907 Christian Potts, Dynata, +1-203-567-7709 SOURCE Measure Protocol Related Links https://www.measureprotocol.com
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News Content Hub - Bringing start-ups and corporates together to foster maritime innovation

News Content Hub - Bringing start-ups and corporates together to foster maritime innovation | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
PIER71 shows how bringing together tech innovation and maritime expertise can solve the problems facing the sector...
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The ecosystem services provided by social insects: traits, management tools and knowledge gaps - Elizalde - - Biological Reviews

The ecosystem services provided by social insects: traits, management tools and knowledge gaps - Elizalde - - Biological Reviews | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
ABSTRACT Social insects, i.e. ants, bees, wasps and termites, are key components of ecological communities, and are important ecosystem services (ESs) providers. Here, we review the literature in o...
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A Green Renaissance: Moving the Needle for a Gentler Society •

A Green Renaissance: Moving the Needle for a Gentler Society • | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
Commemorating the 50th Earth Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic offers a chance to look to a sustainable future and embrace the unifying concept of One Health.
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The coronavirus crisis: A catalyst for entrepreneurship

The coronavirus crisis: A catalyst for entrepreneurship | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
It's clear that our post-pandemic future will be different. Current signs of good will amid entrepreneurial initiatives give us some cause for optimism.
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Part 1: Data Center Evolution is Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI)

Part 1: Data Center Evolution is Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
I’ve been working with technology in data centers for both enterprise and small businesses for over 20 years.I’ve had many roles including Systems Administrator, Engineer, and Solution …...
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Venture capital hustle on hold as video calls replace coffees

Venture capital hustle on hold as video calls replace coffees | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
By Sarah Syed, Edward Robinson and Helene FouquetCristina Vila was supposed to be in Silicon Valley on Wednesday morning for one of the most important...
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4 Brand Strategies To Nab From The Big Dogs

4 Brand Strategies To Nab From The Big Dogs | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
Your business's early days may not feel like prime brand-building opportunities. Treat your brand as an item on your to-do-later list, though, and you could pay the price for years to come.
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The Linux Foundation identifies most important open-source software components and their problems

The Linux Foundation identifies most important open-source software components and their problems | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
In its latest study, the Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative discovered just how prevalent open-source components are in all software and their shared problems and vulnerabilities.
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Tech Start-Up Pix Moving Uses Self-Driving Ideas To Make Flexible Cities

Tech Start-Up Pix Moving Uses Self-Driving Ideas To Make Flexible Cities | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
Tech start-up Pix Moving has engineered a pioneering autonomous mobile living unit based on self-driving cars and is proposing Pix City as a flexible, tech-evolving future city...
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It’s 2020: should designers care about knowledge management?

Picture this: a physician starting her day at a major hospital.Before she even starts her rounds, she is faced with a big problem — How to absorb and dutifully use the plethora of knowledge…...
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10 Green-tech Startups of the Decade

10 Green-tech Startups of the Decade | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
Green-tech is a young industry and has seen a renewed interest with the threat to the global environment due to climate change.
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Not working, side hustles and crying: How the workplace will change in 2020

Not working, side hustles and crying: How the workplace will change in 2020 | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
There is a movement against the entrenched mechanism of work. Whether it’s because millennials and Gen Z think differently about what work is, as well as more research and knowledge about the effects overwork has on mental health, one shift is that “not working” has taken hold.
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The Myth of the Young Startup Founder

The Myth of the Young Startup Founder | Bridging the Gaps | Scoop.it
The popular narrative of the 20-something tech entrepreneur as the norm for high-growth startups is a myth. Most successful founders get started much later.
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