U.S. House Democrats Adopt Mobile Internet Voting for Leadership Contests | World News

(Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers used a mobile phone app over the last two weeks to remotely cast votes for the first time, according to technologists and some involved in the process, embracing technology to facilitate an internal party leadership contest.

The development marks a shift in how Congress is adapting to the internet, especially in the midst of a pandemic. Use of the app, named Markup ERVS, had not been publicly disclosed before Friday.

A total of 230 House of Representatives Democrats logged into Markup on their government-provided iPhones to cast votes stating their preference for House speaker, who will be elected by the full chamber early next month, said Markup spokesperson Colby Redmond.

The House Democrats also chose their caucus chair and committee heads through the app, which transfers data to staff in Washington.

Earlier this year, the House changed its procedures for voting on legislation by the full

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Opinion | American leadership could save what is left of the global Internet

Even in many open democratic societies, there is talk of “data sovereignty” and moves to clamp down on U.S. companies and the sharing of data. In Europe, regulators and courts have thrown into doubt the free flow of data between the European Union and the United States. Many other countries are actively working on plans to impose “data localization,” requiring citizens’ data to be stored domestically and placing significant limits on the flow of data across borders.

This desire for greater sovereignty is natural and understandable. Policymakers are grappling with legitimate concerns about the rules that govern content and the use of data at scale. They are also debating the proper size and power of global tech companies. Hovering above these issues is a fundamental question: What do we want the Internet to be?

This is where the Biden administration comes in. An opportunity exists for U.S. leadership to create

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Susan Rovner Unveils Programming Leadership Team For NBCU TV & Streaming Division; Lisa Katz Becomes President, Scripted Content, Unscripted Team Split

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Five weeks after joining NBCUniversal, Susan Rovner has put her stamp on the company’s TV and streaming division by setting her programming leadership team.

The main takeaways from the reshuffle, which Rovner shared via an internal memo, are Lisa Katz becoming President of Scripted Content and Rovner splitting the unscripted portfolio between reality shows and competition formats/game shows.

Interestingly, five of the six execs named to the leadership are women.

The latest reshuffle, which follows the restructure by Television and Streaming Chairman Mark Lazarus, has led to the departure of Bill McGoldrick, President of Original Content at NBCUniversal Entertainment Networks and Direct-to-Consumer.

McGoldrick, who most recently oversaw original content for Peacock and scripted series across its cable group, is the latest top exec to exit NBCU. On Monday, it was revealed that NBC’s Co-President of Scripted Programming Tracey Pakosta was moving to Netflix

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ASG Technologies Further Validates Leadership in Enterprise Software with BIG Awards for Business and Golden Bridge Award Wins

Company recognized for corporate success and product innovation in enterprise technology

ASG Technologies, a leading provider of solutions for the information-powered enterprise, today announced that it has been named Company of the Year (Enterprise – Technology Services) by the BIG Awards for Business, and has won silver in the Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards’ Most Innovative Tech Company category. Its ASG-Zenith solution was also awarded gold for the Golden Bridge Awards’ Application Development Innovation category.

These wins highlight ASG’s continued commitment to innovation and leadership in the enterprise software industry, showcasing the organization’s expertise in the information management and IT systems management markets. As COVID-19 has disrupted the way we conduct business, ASG has remained committed to providing superior solutions that help organizations digitally transform and innovate through their suite of products.

Launched in 2012, the BIG Awards for Business is a diverse industry awards program that offers companies,

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Amazon to double company’s Black leadership over next two years, ensure “inclusive language in software coding”

FOX Business has learned that Amazon is planning to double the number of Black leaders in its senior ranks as the company ends the year and heads into 2021.

“At Amazon, we’re constantly learning and innovating – and our long-term efforts in diversity and inclusion are no different. As part of this work, we are setting aggressive goals in our ongoing effort to be a top employer for Black employees,” an Amazon spokesperson told FOX Business in a statement.

The electronic commerce giant said that the effort “includes working to double the representation of Black Vice Presidents and Directors in 2020 and again in 2021” and making “increased investments and programming designed to grow Black leaders from within.”

Amazon, which just last week scored its biggest quarterly profit ever, noted that the effort will take place through robust programs such as

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Is Technology Making Leadership More Efficient or Dependent?

‘Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.’ The famous saying has indeed incited even the tech-savvy crowd to step back and to think before racing into the realm of automation, mechanization, robotics, and computers. A modern term to specifically refer to these evolutions would be ‘digitalization.’ Starting right from the daily chores to currency, every aspect is radically fitting in the robe of digitalization. Interestingly, the revolution in technology is at its most prominent state in the current century more than ever before. The twenty-first century is thus, no wonder known as the era of innovation.

The influence of technology is brushing all industrial sectors, significantly improving not only how things used to function but even how humans used to think, act, and execute plans twenty to thirty years back from now. Considering this aspect, one of the aspects that technology has considerably influenced is’ leadership’ in the … Read More