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In the West we’re used to interacting with suppliers at a slow, remote, one-to-one level. If we want to talk to vendors of a particular type of part they may be scattered all over the city. Visiting a vendor involves making an appointment, driving across town, having them make you coffee and exchange business cards, small talk, watching painful Powerpoint presentations, and so on. Before you know it half a day is gone just to visit one particular potential supplier. If you want to investigate multiple vendors and negotiate prices, it can take days or weeks. That’s considered the “professional” way to do it in the West. It’s slow and inefficient, and that’s one of the reasons the West is having its arse kicked by the East in many industries including electronics.

In contrast, the electronics markets of Shenzhen are trading floors that bring together the representatives and agents of many companies into one tightly packed little space, bringing maximum convenience to buyers. The closest analogy for Western visitors is a permanent, city-wide trade show. The market buildings typically contain hundreds of little booths on every floor…

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The reach and anonymity of the web have made engaging in abusive, malicious, and criminal online behavior more common and less costly while greatly amplifying its effects. Online forums, news portals, and social media channels are flooded with sexually explicit language and hate speech, threats of violence and malicious links, and phony offers from fraudulent accounts that distract from and drown out intelligent conversation. Types of mal.content, like the people and behaviors that generate it, vary greatly in motivation and intent. One trait they all share, however, is the potential to inflict real damage to your users, your brand, and your bottom line.

What is Mal.content | Impermium As Evgeny asks in the article I just posted, who will police Impermium?

The reach and anonymity of the web have made engaging in abusive, malicious, and criminal online behavior more common and less costly while greatly amplifying its effects. Online forums, news portals, and social media channels are flooded with sexually explicit language and hate speech, threats of violence and malicious links, and phony offers from fraudulent accounts that distract from and drown out intelligent conversation. Types of mal.content, like the people and behaviors that generate it, vary greatly in motivation and intent. One trait they all share, however, is the potential to inflict real damage to your users, your brand, and your bottom line.

What is Mal.content | Impermium As Evgeny asks in the article I just posted, who will police Impermium?

Mandrill operates as a startup within MailChimp. It’s a product that’s both complementary and potentially disruptive to MailChimp, and we think the best way to deal with that tension is to press into it as hard as we can. So we cannibalized our own engineers and isolated them from the MailChimp team, allowing them to focus all their energy on this big new opportunity. As a result, Mandrill is evolving fast.

I have to say I warm to this frankness hugely.

“The increase of extremist hate websites, the use of the Internet and social media by extremist groups and individuals to propagate hate speech and incite racial violence, and the increased number of incidents of racist violence and crimes prompted by racist content on the Internet remain to be address, despite the adoption of positive measures,” the human rights expert said.

The Special Rapporteur highlighted that combating racism on the Internet requires a comprehensive and cohesive approach developed through dialogue and consultation amongst different actors, including governments, civil society organisations, Internet service providers and the private sector in general.

In his view, States should adopt legislative measures and further examine the link between various manifestations of racism on the Internet and hate crimes committed. “Additional measures such as self- and co-regulatory initiatives developed by service providers and other relevant actors may also be useful in making efforts more effective,” Mr. Ruteere said. “I believe that a possible way of countering racism on the Internet is through content diversification, in particular by promoting local content,” the expert said, inviting States to adopt concrete policies and strategies to make the Internet widely accessible and affordable to all. “Education about racist content on the Internet and awareness raising measures are also important tools.

Mutuma Ruteere, UN Special Rapporteur on Racism, has delivered 2 reports on contemporary forms of racism – online and in extremist groups.

Here’s report 1, and here’s report 2.