May 17, 2020

The biggest and best global tech events 2018

Mobile World Congress
IOT World
EmTech Digital
CIO Summit
Jonathan Dyble
3 min
Global technology
Gigabit magazine takes a look at some the key upcoming technology events for the year ahead...

1. Event: Mobile World Congress (#MWC18)

Location:Fira...

Gigabit magazine takes a look at some the key upcoming technology events for the year ahead...

1. Event: Mobile World Congress (#MWC18)

Location: Fira de Barcelona, Spain

Dates: 26 February - 1 March

The event is billed as the world’s largest mobile world congress with over 100,000 attendees. The MWC also stages the Global Mobile Awards 2018. Speakers will include leading figures from Accenture, BT Group, Deutsche Telecom, Ericsson, IBM, Microsoft and Telefonica. The schedule will cover a diverse program including cybersecurity, IoT and sustainability. There will be 2,300 exhibitors including VISA, NetNumber, ESET and Parellel Wireless.

Official website: www.mobileworldcongress.com

 

2. Event: IOT World, USA

Location: The Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, USA

Dates: 7-9 March

500+ senior executives and leading professionals will join in the discussions regarding the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how to define the future of the industrial IoT today. Over 80 international experts will be sharing their expertise on how the industrial IoT is changing every aspect of business as we know it. They will also share experiences. Forecast trends in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, present best practices, evaluate best-in-class projects and explain development in recent projects.

Official website: http://www.cebit.de/home

 

3. Event: EmTech Digital 2018

Location: St Regis Hotel, San Francisco, USA

Dates: 26-27 March

Aimed at senior executives, EmTech Digital – organised by MIT Technology – will focus on the dawn of AI and how it impacts every industry. Speakers from IBM, Cambridge University and Google will cover topics including such as: which technologies are making significant progress? How does their commercialisation affect your business? What do you need to know, right now, to stay ahead of the curve?

Official website: events.technologyreview.com/emtech/digital/17/

 

4. Event: CIO Summit Europe

Location: Paris, France

Dates: 14-15 March

C-level executives from companies such as PepsiCo, Renault and Barclaycard will be attending CIO Summit Europe, which is a chance for CIOs and IT executives to meet with their technology peers from various industries, including health care, finance, insurance, government, telecom, utilities, education and more. Industry leaders and IT executives from companies such as Philips, UBS, EDF and Shell will be speaking.

Official website: www.ciosummit.eu

 

5. Event: CeBIT 2018

Location: Hannover Fairground, Hannover, Germany

Dates: 11-15 June

CeBIT is the largest and most internationally represented computer expo with 100,000+ attendees and 3,000 exhibitors. CeBIT is a show and a conference programme for professionals – CeBIT defines the latest trends, presents talks by high-calibre speakers and forward-looking panel discussions, and showcases product innovations from all over the world. Artificial intelligence (AI) is going to be in the spotlight: "AI is certainly one of the most exciting developments of our times, and one that is on the verge of revolutionising our personal and professional lives. In fact, AI literally has the potential to change the world – reason enough for it to be featured in a big way at the upcoming CeBIT," said Oliver Frese, the Deutsche Messe Managing Board member in charge of CeBIT.

Official website: http://www.cebit.de/home

 

6. Event: Webit Festival

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Dates: 26-27 June

The Webit Festival is the European edition of the Global Webit Series. Speakers include representatives from European Commission, WTO and the Global Commission on Internet Governance as well as many tech and business leaders. Topics of discussion will include smart cities, cybersecurity and AI. The winners of the Webit Awards 2018 will also be announced.

Official website: http://www.webit.bg

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Jul 14, 2021

Discord buys Sentropy to fight against hate and abuse online

Technology
Discord
Sentropy
AI
2 min
Sentropy is joining Discord to continue fighting against hate and abuse on the internet

Discord, a popular chat app, has acquired the software company Sentropy to bolster its efforts to combat online abuse and harassment. Sentropy, monitors online networks for abuse and harassment, then offers users a way to block problematic people and filter out messages they don’t want to see.

First launched in 2015 and currently boasting 150 million monthly active users, Discord plans to integrate Sentropy’s own products into its existing toolkit and the company will also bring the smaller company’s leadership group aboard. Discord currently uses a “multilevel” approach to moderation, and a Trust and Safety (T&S) team dedicated to protecting users and shaping content moderation policies comprised 15% of Discord’s workforce as of May 2020.

“T&S tech and processes should not be used as a competitive advantage,” Sentropy CEO John Redgrave said in a blog post on the announcement. “We all deserve digital and physical safety, and moderators deserve better tooling to help them do one of the hardest jobs online more effectively and with fewer harmful impacts.”

 

Cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse

 

Redgrave elaborated on the company’s natural connection with Discord: “Discord represents the next generation of social companies — a generation where users are not the product to be sold, but the engine of connectivity, creativity, and growth. In this model, user privacy and user safety are essential product features, not an afterthought. The success of this model depends upon building next-generation Trust and Safety into every product. We don’t take this responsibility lightly and are humbled to work at the scale of Discord and with Discord’s resources to increase the depth of our impact.”

Sentropy launched out of stealth last summer with an AI system designed to detect, track and cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse. The company emerged then with $13 million in funding from notable backers including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and his VC firm Initialized Capital, King River Capital, Horizons Ventures and Playground Global.

“We are excited to help Discord decide how we can most effectively share with the rest of the Internet the best practices, technology, and tools that we’ve developed to protect our own communities,” Redgrave said.

 

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