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Building Sustainable Ecosystems: Education

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Developers, startups and technology businesses all around the world — these are the groups my team and I passionately support. Internally, we call you “innovators”, because we think that fundamentally you have the desire and ambition to leverage technology to solve problems for people. Some of you are students, professionals, serial entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystems enablers. Whatever your profile is, ultimately, you are the driving force of innovation. In our efforts to identify the best way to support you, I had the opportunity to spend some time reflecting on my own journey and how innovation has become a key ingredient in what I do. These were some of the defining moments:

  1. When I learned how to read & write in kindergarten
  2. When I learned how to code
  3. When I learned how to build my first app
  4. When I learned how to build platforms that enable others to innovate

Thinking about this retrospectively also made me realize how critical it is to have a support system from subject matter experts and access to resources through each stage — a need for democratized access to knowledge and opportunities. To enable this, we believe our investments in education, innovation and community on a foundation of integrity will help develop a healthy tech ecosystem for the future. Let me start by sharing more on how we are thinking about education.

Over the past ten years, technology has been evolving at a very fast pace, and it is challenging to stay up-to-date on the latest. 20 years ago, when I was still in college, I learned how to code on Basic and then C++. Think that might still be relevant today? Not when most of it can be done with Javascript. In our industry, I believe it’s critical to invest in education. Not only does it give people a chance to learn skills for the future, it also has the potential to change lives and make dreams come true. Our investments in education include a range of programs designed to provide training, guidance and mentorship to developers and startups around the world. These include Developer Circles and a set of Acceleration Programs that happen in partnership with local providers at our hubs around the world.

Developer Circles(DevC) is a program focused on providing the developer community with the tools, training content, as well as practical experience through meetups, build days, hackathons and finally access to Facebook’s developer networks around the world. By investing in developer education and helping facilitate connections to the broader technology ecosystem, Developer Circles members are empowered to improve their skills and build innovative products — whether they are just starting out or are an experienced developer. Since the program’s launch two years ago at F8 2017, the Developer Circles community has grown to over 200k developers, in 130 cities, across 6 continents.

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Helping Prevent Discrimination in Ads that Offer Housing, Employment or Credit Opportunities.

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iscrimination has no place on Facebook, and our advertising policies have long prohibited unlawful discrimination. Over the last year, our auditors have released two progress updates on Facebook’s Civil Rights Audit and we reached a historic settlement with leading civil rights organizations. As part of the settlement, we introduced a new process for how advertisers based in the US, or trying to reach audiences in the US, can buy ads that offer housing, employment or credit opportunities. These ads are known as Special Ad Categories and are restricted from using the following targeting criteria: age, gender, ZIP code, multicultural affinity or any detailed options describing or appearing to relate to protected characteristics.The Latest News from Facebook for Business

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Facebook Brings WhatsApp Integration to Its Revamped Crisis Response Tool

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Social network giant Facebook is adding a WhatsApp button to crisis response tool, its disaster-reporting and communications feature where a user requests or offers help during a time of emergency. The tool is being used in 300 crises in more than 80 countries presently.

The new feature will allow people in affected areas to provide real-time information related to any disaster, TechCrunch.com reported on Tuesday.

Formerly, replies to requests on Facebook’s crisis response pages could only be sent with Facebook Messenger.

The update allow the social network to provide this information to state and local officials, as well as federal relief agencies such as Direct Relief and the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation.

Facebook is also expanding its Data for Good tools, using its data to provide relief organisations with information on where to distribute supplies, based on aggregated, anonymised data.

Additionally, Facebook is also updating its disaster maps to be more accurate in collaboration with agencies such as the International Displacement Monitoring Centre.

The new features will allow for photo and video sharing within the Crisis Response centre on Facebook.

Crisis Response originally developed out of a handful of features that help family, friends and communities support one another in the wake of a disaster.

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Facebook to Allow Transfer of Photos, Videos to Google, Other Rivals

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Facebook started testing a tool on Monday that lets users move their images more easily to other online services, as it faces pressure from regulators to loosen its grip on data. The social network’s new tool will allow people to transfer their photos and videos directly to competing platforms, starting with Google Photos. The company said it will first be available to people in Ireland and will be refined based on user feedback.

The tool will then be rolled out worldwide in the first half of 2020.

US and European regulators have been examining Facebook’s control of personal data such as images as they look into whether the tech giant’s dominance is stifling competition and limiting choice for consumers. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reacted by calling for new rules to address “data portability” and other issues.

Facebook said that as it worked on a new set of data portability tools, it had discussions with policymakers, regulators, and academics in the UK, Germany, Brazil, and Singapore to learn about which data should be portable and how to protect privacy.

The company is developing products that “take into account the feedback we’ve received and will help drive data portability policies forward by giving people and experts a tool to assess,” Steve Satterfield, director of privacy and public policy, said in a blog post.

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