Project Understood Teaches Google to Understand People with Down Syndrome

The future is voice-first, but not for everyone. Because of their unique speech patterns, voice technology doesn’t always understand people with Down syndrome. By 2023, it is predicted that there will be 8 billion voice-enabled assistants. But what if the people who need them most are being left out? That is the impetus for the Canadian Down Syndrome Society’s (CDSS) new program “Project Understood,” a partnership with Google to ensure that people with Down syndrome aren’t left behind by the changes reshaping the digital world. Because people with Down syndrome…

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New collaboration steps up fight against disinformation

A new industry collaboration to tackle dangerous misinformation was announced by the BBC and partners today. Major news and tech organisations will work together to protect their audiences and users from disinformation, particularly around moments of jeopardy, including elections. Earlier this summer the BBC convened a Trusted News Summit, bringing together senior figures from major global technology firms and publishing. Recent events such as the Indian elections have highlighted the dangers of disinformation and the risks it poses to democracy, and have underlined the importance of working together around shared…

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Kastner & Partners’ Brandon Rochon and Google’s Robert Wong Win 2019 One Club | ADCOLOR Creative Awards

Brandon Rochon, managing CCO at Kastner & Partners, and Robert Wong, VP, Google and co-founder of Google Creative Lab, are recipients of this year’s prestigious One Club | ADCOLOR Creative Awards.  The honors were presented last night at the 13th Annual ADCOLOR Awards ceremony, taking place during the 2019 ADCOLOR Conference in Los Angeles. The One Club | ADCOLOR Creative Award recognizes creative professionals of multicultural background who have demonstrated noteworthy talent and achievement within the media, creative, digital and traditional advertising disciplines.  The honor is presented jointly by ADCOLOR,…

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Google Retains Rank as World’s Most Reputable Employer in Reputation Institute’s 2019 Global Workplace 100 Study

Google is the world’s most reputable employer for the second consecutive year and, along with The LEGO Group and Microsoft, is one of only three companies to earn a strong global rating, according to the 2019 Global Workplace 100 released today by Reputation Institute. The largest reputation study of its kind, the 2019 Global Workplace 100 is based on 230,000 individual ratings collected in the first quarter of 2019. While Google maintained its first-place ranking, perceptions of the company as a top employer declined since last year’s study. The company’s…

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Google launch new pilot aiming to measure the environmental impact of the fashion industry

Google have started working together with the Stella McCartney Foundation on a new pilot to measure the environmental impact that the fashion industry has on the environment. Nick Martin, Head of Retail, Google Cloud, has written a blog post about the new pilot which I have reproduced below: Now more than ever, the fashion industry is heeding the call to sustainability. Its environmental impact is significant and growing—among other statistics, the fashion industry accounts for 20 percent of wastewater and 10 percent of carbon emissions globally. Much of this impact…

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