DIGIT Tech News Roundup: 21st of June 2019

News Roundup June 2019

This week’s edition of the DIGIT Tech News Roundup includes drone tracker trials at Edinburgh Airport, Facebook’s moderator woes and an innovative app for Tennent’s lovers…

Edinburgh Airport to trial drone tracking technology

Scotland’s busiest airport announced it is trialling technology designed to track drones following a police probe into ‘illegal use’ nearby.

The trial scheme could enable officials to triangulate the location of drones flying in restricted airspace or in the near vicinity of the airport.

Drones have wreaked havoc on airports across the UK in the past 12-months, with Gatwick Airport experiencing an unprecedented shut-down last year due to repeated sightings. A massive police investigation was launched to find those responsible for the disruption, which saw thousands of passengers stuck just days before Christmas.

A source familiar with the matter said Edinburgh Airport is “putting technology in place so that if a drone goes up they can pinpoint exactly where the drone is. They’ll be able to tell if there’s a genuine drone.”

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Commenting on the trial, a spokesperson for Edinburgh Airport said: “We continually look at our security provisions, including drone detection capabilities, and strengthen where and when appropriate.

“The potential threat caused by drones is something all airports are alert to and we work closely with the police to identify and inform in the event of any sighting.”

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.


Glasgow student develops app for Tennent’s lovers

A student in Glasgow has developed an innovative app that helps punters find and review pints of Tennent’s around the world.

Jack Warnock, 20, developed the idea for the ‘T Time app’ after becoming a member of the highly-popular Big Juice Appreciation Society – a Facebook community where people can rate and critique pints of Tennent’s.

Originally from Belfast, Warnock is currently studying Computer Science at the University of Glasgow. After finishing his third year, Warnock said he was looking for some inspiration for a fun project before starting his internship.

“I was thinking it would be cool to be able to see on a map where people were going for a good pint of Tennent’s,” Warnock said. “What you do is you add a marker for where you are, and add a review for your pint. That was largely the idea behind it – people going abroad would regularly ask where they could get a pint of Tennent’s, so this could help them.”

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.


Edinburgh ranked in Top 10 European cities for digital social innovation

Nesta has named Edinburgh as one of Europe’s top 10 cities for digital social innovation, joining London, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Paris in the list.

Nesta produces the European Digital Social Innovation Index (EDSII), which it believes to be the first tool to rank how different cities support digital social innovation (DSI) and tech for good.

The index ranks 60 European cities on how their ecosystems support DSI, based on 32 indicators grouped into six themes; Funding, Skills, Civil Society, Collaboration, Infrastructure and Diversity & Inclusion.

According to Nesta’s research, “London is a long way in the lead”, largely due to its strong performance in all of the themes. The UK’s capital city is ranked in the top ten in five out of six.

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Out of the 60 cities included in the study, Edinburgh ranked fourth in Europe for Collaboration and 10th for Funding. Meanwhile, in regards to Skills, Edinburgh ranked 33rd and 14th respectively.

A spokesperson for Nesta said: “We believe that by understanding how cities are performing in different areas, and by stimulating some friendly competition, we can incentivise policymakers to proactively support DSI. And through our accompanying Ideas Bank, we want to increase sharing, adaptation and collaboration between cities.”

Want to find out where Scotland’s capital ranked in other areas? Read the original article here.


RBS trials software to eliminate recruitment bias

Edinburgh-based company SymbaSync, which develops team building software, has announced a trial scheme with the Royal Bank of Scotland to help eliminate bias in recruitment processes.

SymbaSync’s Project Team Builder is a tool for project managers to match employees to the most suitable roles. The software was created to present colleagues’ skillsets in an anonymous, non-sector-specific manner, allowing project managers to make informed, non-biased choices.

The business was created by Joseph McElmeel in 2017 following his previous success building a 160-employee business and drawing from learnings growing-up around his father’s recruitment company. He realised that, as organisations grow, workers’ skill history is often lost or forgotten, leaving internal resources underutilised or limited by internal networks.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.


Facebook moderators reveal the effects of battling violence online

Some of Facebook’s growing army of moderators have revealed the psychological impact of the work they do; with many encountering child pornography, animal cruelty and murder on the social media platform.

Over the past two years, the company has recruited thousands of moderators; rising from 4,000 reviewers to more than 15,000. The CCC in Barcelona’s Sant Marti district is one of dozens of moderation outsourcing firms for Facebook, with its employees battling to reduce the volume of disturbing content being posted to the site.

From neo-Nazi slogans to beheadings and child pornography, one reviewer said: “It’s no secret, we see content that can be violent, violent in a way that you react to.”

“I would not want my daughter seeing this kind of thing,” another moderator commented.

According to Sarah Katz, a former US-based Facebook moderator with outsourcer ProUnlimited, her team was expected to review around 4,000 posts each per day, spending a maximum of one minute per post. “The most difficult content I viewed was the child pornography,” she stated.

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Katz, who left the company three years ago, recalls a harrowing post she had to remove, a video of a girl of 12 and boy of nine who were not wearing pants or underwear.

In September 2018, a group of content moderators in the US sued Facebook over failing to provide enough mental health support for its moderators. The claimants said they were suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder having been “bombarded” with videos and images of “child sexual abuse”, “rape”, “suicide” and “murder”.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.



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