China bans 23m from buying travel tickets as part of ‘social credit’ system

Beijing railway station. Local governments and agencies have been piloting aspects of the system. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA China has blocked millions of “discredited” travellers from buying plane or train tickets as part of the country’s controversial “social credit” system aimed at improving the behaviour of citizens. According to the National Public Credit Information Centre, Chinese courts banned would-be travellers from buying flights 17.5 million times by the end of 2018. Citizens placed on black lists for social credit offences were prevented from buying train tickets 5.5 million times. The report released…

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Technology as an enabler in the social sector

There are hundreds of NGOs in India that are striving to make a measurable impact for the greater good. But running an NGO comes with a number of challenges – of which raising funds is a major one. Other issues linked to this are getting volunteers on board and maintaining a long-term relationship with them. Unfortunately, this sector has lacked substantial transparency, and not all NGOs are involved in serious work with large-scale impact. Technology has helped organisations take a step in the right direction and has enabled ease of…

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Is social media the new brand ambassador of travel?

How often have your peers reminded you of how much you are missing out on, by being inactive on social media? This emerging platform of expression, entertainment and argument, has indeed been influencing our lives in ways more than one. As you scroll down your social media page, you realise how strategically and how well it has integrated itself into your daily life and work. This often makes one think if being a participant of the game is more an obligation than a choice. Let’s talk about its umpteen influences on travel, for…

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Oculus chief brand new social media hack victim

The leader executive of Facebook-owned virtual reality organization Oculus, Brendan Iribe, has become the modern-day in a string of organization bosses to have their social media accounts hacked. The Oculus boss had his Twitter account compromised, however it is now restored. Google’s Sundar Pichai, Facebook‘s Mark Zuckerberg, Uber’s Travis Kalanick and Twitter’s Dick Costolo have all fallen sufferer to similar hacks. Hacking institution OurMine has claimed obligation for many of those hacks. It does no longer appear like in the back of the hacking of Mr Iribe’s Twitter page even…

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Primary schools accused of ‘social segregation’ by rejecting poorer pupils in favour of children from richer homes

Places at church schools are highly competitive Getty Primary schools in England have been accused of “social segregation” after a report showed more than 1,500 schools were turning away disadvantaged pupils in favour of children from higher-income families. A report from the Sutton Trust found some of the most popular primary schools – particularly faith schools – had complicated oversubscription criteria that actively discouraged parents of poorer children and allowed the schools to be selective about which pupils were granted a place. The findings have raised concerns about a lack of equity in access to primary…

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Understanding the Main Components of a Social Intranet

So you want to implement a social intranet. You want to bring your business into the new generation of technology and create an environment where your employees not only have access to everything they need to keep your company running right at their fingertips no matter what the time of day or where they are in the world, but you want them to be able to interact with each other while they do it. In effect, you want to turn your business’ intranet into the hot hangout spot for employees. So…

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The future of global ed: civic engagement, social responsibility, says AIEA

Social responsibility and civil engagement are rising on the checklist of what an international education should include. At the recent annual conference of the Association of International Education Administrators, delegates and thought leaders explored how to incorporate social responsibility into the curriculum and underlined the need to create “global citizens”. Sara Custer is originally from Oklahoma. After studying in Chicago and a four-year stint as a TEFL teacher in Barcelona she came to London to start her journalism career. In her free time you’ll find her cycling and desperately trying…

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How to increase your impact with academic social media

Want to get your ideas out to a wider audience? Get involved in the busy, brilliant world of anonymous academics on Twitter ‘Creative, flexible academic voices are emerging, more closely linked with the public rather than the ivory towers.’ Photograph: Alamy The rise of social media is viewed by many as yet another means of procrastination. Yet academics are increasingly turning to Twitter, not just for entertainment and networking, but to engage audiences in a new way. One of the best-loved academic accounts [email protected]; a feed that blends aphorisms, jokes…

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5 Benefits of using Instamacro on your social media page

In the modern times, technology has developed, and several means of effective communications have evolved. At the moment, you can send a message to millions of people at once by just clicking a button. Sharing experiences and occasions with other people is now effective, but getting followers in social media platforms is a very big headache. However, there are applications that you can use to get likes and followers on your posts. Getting people to follow you is not an easy task, and especially if you do not have an…

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IRS Says ID Thieves Used Stolen Social Security Numbers in Attack

An automated attack on the Internal Revenue Service’s computer systems in January used stolen personal data to create fake logins through the agency’s Electronic Filing PIN service. About 464,000 Social Security numbers were used in the attack on the IRS.gov system, the IRS said late on Tuesday, and 101,000 of those numbers allowed the attackers to get at an E-file PIN. The PIN can be used to electronically file a tax return. “No personal taxpayer data was compromised or disclosed by IRS systems,” the IRS said in a statement on…

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