Forbes to host first ever CIO Summit Europe
Leading American business media outlet Forbes has announced that it will be hosting its first ever Forbes CIO Summit Europe in London on 24 May.
“Advances in digital transformation, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data analytics offer the chance for CIOs to play a central role in driving enterprise growth and value,” Forbes states on the Forbes CIO Summit Europe website.
“At the same time, the rising security risks that come with modern existence are also at the top of every agenda. Here again, the CIO is the key driver of risk mitigation, playing both offense and defense.”
The European conference will build on the firm’s existing annual CIO summit held in the US, gathering the most influential Chief Information Officer’s and CEOs of leading European technology companies.
“Drawing from Forbes’ deep insight into the global CIO community, the CIO Summit Europe has been developed to provide an intimate dialogue opportunity for today’s best practitioners to discuss the issues that are impacting their companies and careers,” said Charles Yardley, Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Europe at Forbes.
Those attending include Jacqueline Guichelaar, Global CIO of Thomas Reuters; Karenann, Chief Digital Officer of GSK and former CIO of Walmart; and Floor Bleaker, Global CIO of Movenpick Hotels & Resorts.
For insight from Bleaker on Movenpick’s drastic digital transformation process, see his exclusive Q&A with Gigabit Magazine here.
Discord buys Sentropy to fight against hate and abuse online
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.