Why you should be more concerned about internet shutdowns

Governments are turning off the internet to silence dissenters at an ‘exponential’ rate—and threatening civil society, says the chief operating officer of Google’s Jigsaw project.

Deliberate internet shutdowns enacted by governments around the world are increasing in frequency and sophistication, according to a recent report. The study, published by Google’s Jigsaw project with the digital rights nonprofit Access Now and the censorship measurement company Censored Planet, says internet shutdowns are growing “exponentially”: out of nearly 850 shutdowns documented over the last 10 years, 768 have happened since 2016.  ∞ India’s government has shut off the Internet more than any other—109 times in 2020 alone—and data shows that shutdowns are most common around elections and times of potential civil unrest, leading to claims that it has become a tactic to suppress dissent. But while they are becoming more prevalent, shutdowns are also getting more subtle, using tactics like throttling a URL to dramatically slow its function, blocking particular internet addresses, and restricting the use of mobile data. 

MIT Technology Review sat down with Dan Keyserling, the chief operating officer of Jigsaw, to discuss the growing phenomenon. . . .

Full story here at MIT Technology Review

Verdugo Workforce Development Board One-Stop Partnership Quarterly Meeting: Sept 1, 2021

The next Verdugo Workforce Development Board One-Stop Partnership Quarterly Meeting will be held online Sept 1, 2021 at 9:30AM PDT

Mark your calendar for upcoming meetings: September 1, 2021 ; December 1, 2021; March 2, 2022; and June 1, 2022 

Questions? Contact Diana Antonio @ (818) 937-8081, dantonioATglendaleca.gov

Click here to download agenda and minutes of the last meeting

CARES Act Unemployment Benefits Expire Sept 4, 2021 – What you need to know

September 4, 2021, federal unemployment insurance (UI) benefit programs created under the CARES Act will expire in California and across the states.

Three million+ California workers impacted by expiration of these critical federal programs were notified by the Employment Development Department (EDD). In an effort to support these Californians, EDD is partnering with Covered California, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Department of Social Services to promote other vital state-run benefit programs and that can help Californians in need. These include low-cost health care, rent relief and utility aid, and access to food assistance, which have been significantly expanded by the American Rescue Plan and California Comeback Plan

For example, these workers are entitled to over $234 per person per month for food via CalFresh (GetCalFresh.org). They are also eligible for 100 percent rent and utilities via Housing is Key (HousingIsKey.com), as well as free or low-cost coverage for as low as $1 per month for workers who received unemployment benefits through Covered California and Medi-Cal (coveredca.com). EDD recently posted links to these benefits to the on-line accounts of UI recipients, including to GetCalFresh.org, which boosted CalFresh (i.e., SNAP) applications by 108,000 people this summer.

EDD Fact Sheet

Next VSTCC Meeting Aug. 25, 2021

Verduugoo School to Career Coalition (VWDB) meetings are open to the public. Any member of the public who wishes to participate must contact Diana Antonio at least 48 hours before the meeting date to receive meeting call-in information. 

The meeting will begin promptly at 9:30 A.M. 

RSVP to: Diana Antonio @ (818) 937-8081, dantonioATglendaleca.gov 

SBA/SCORE LA Webinar: Using Your YouTube Channel for Marketing – Sept 1, 2021 at 10am PDT

Webinar fee: $20

What does a well-crafted video, as part of your well-planned, professionally created marketing plan, do for you and your business? If your potential clients are part of the 65% of the population that are visual learners, then the answer is A WHOLE BUNCH. And when you realize that 90% of the information that your brain processes are visual, it is obvious that using video to market your business is increasingly more important.

What You Will Learn:
• 10 video topics that will build your business.
• 14 ways to make your videos instantly more effective.
• Tips to make your video backgrounds better.
• The opportunity to have a video interview created for you for free that promotes your business.
• First steps to take PLUS Free Stuff

Register Here and More Information

Emerging Tech: Technology Entrepreneurs Address Plastics Pollution & Recycling

High-Tech In-Store Machine developed by an entrepreneur from Apple and an aerospace engineer Incentivizes Recycling. Being introduced in Northern California Safeway Stores First.

What if recycling of plastic, glass, and metal beverage containers was done at supermarket to make it convenient?  And what if the recycling machine was so easy to use and loaded with high-tech components so that it was more like a large, attractive device?

Who knew recycling could be so simple and look so sleek? It really should encourage people to recycle more. Such an elegant solution was engineered by Olyns, a leader in technology-centric recycling solutions, which announced July 28 the launch of its new bottle collection machine designed for high-traffic, indoor locations. To increase recycling of plastics, the innovative solution provides a convenient way for consumers to redeem bottle deposits while earning rewards through a mobile app. The approach also helps break down barriers surrounding the collection and transportation of recyclables. A single Olyns machine can deliver more than one and a half metric tons of clean recycled PET per year.

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Cyber Security for Executives & Small Business Owners – Aug. 23, 2021 SBS/SCORE LA Webinar

8-23-21 10:30AM PDT ••• $10 ••• presented by Small Business Administration Click Here to Register

Most executives are not aware of cyber risks that threaten their businesses. They need to manage cyber security risks in the same thoughtful and intelligent way as they manage other aspects of their business.  Fortunately, they don’t need to be a technology expert to improve their cyber risk management skills. This workshop provides practical and to-the-point information for busy executives and small business owners. 

What you will learn:

• Real issues with examples that are easy to understand
• Big picture events driving cyber-crimes today and the top cyber risks that affect executives and their businesses
• Examples of common cyber-attacks, including actual impacts to real businesses
• Using germ theory to explain how good “security hygiene” can help executives and their businesses combat security threats and introduce the top actions executives can take to avoid threats such as phishing, identity theft, hacking, and financial fraud
• Affordable tools that can help owners mitigate the most common cyber risks

SBA Webinar: Social Media Essentials – August 12, 2021

Social Media Essentials for Business August 12th | 1pm-3pm ONLINE

Cost: $20
Social media can be overwhelming for business owners. Which platforms. How often to post. What to post. What is “live”. Why Facebook Groups are important. This class will give you the basics every business owner should know as well as the latest trends to grow your business. Register Here

Hollywood studios can require COVID vaccines for actors, crews under new union pact

A new pact between Hollywood unions and studios allows producers to require that actors and crews on some sets be required to have a COVID-19 vaccination.

The deal comes as cases again begin to spiral upward in Los Angeles and across the nation as the highly contagious delta coronavirus variant spreads.

The agreement, reached between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and several Hollywood unions including those representing actors and directors, expires Oct. 1 unless extended, The Wrap said.

It allows producers to mandate COVID vaccines for actors and crew who work on sets with the most close contact, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

But the new rules also . . . . full story here