MIT Technology Review to be published in Arabic

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Updated 06 March 2018
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MIT Technology Review to be published in Arabic

DUBAI: The MIT Technology Review has been launched in Arabic as regional governments look to an innovation-driven future.
Haykal Media has teamed up with the Dubai Future Foundation to launch the publication as well as the Emerging Technologies Conference (EmTech) in Dubai on Sept. 23-24, 2018.
Abdulsalam Haykal, founder and chairman of Haykal Media, said: “MIT Technology Review is one of the world’s most respected platforms focused on innovation and emerging technologies. Bringing this platform to the region and localizing its existing content reflects our commitment to enhancing people’s access to specialized, useful and reliable content in Arabic.”
The aim is to inspire more young Arabs to pursue careers in technology. It comes as Gulf economies, in the face of dwindling oil and gas revenues, seek to invest in technologies of the future such as artificial intelligence. Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation, said: “The platform, along with the conference and Innovators under 35 awards, is an ideal opportunity for professionals and entrepreneurs to meet with decision-makers, exchange experiences and ideas, and learn about the latest scientific and technological innovations.”
Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, MIT Technology Review’s CEO and publisher, added: “​Since 1899, MIT Technology Review has led the global conversation about emerging technologies and how they will shape the way we live and work. During this time of great change and promise in the Middle East, we are excited to work with Haykal Media to develop an Arabic-language magazine and a local EmTech event series.”


Woman slams social media firms for baby ads after stillbirth

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Woman slams social media firms for baby ads after stillbirth

WASHINGTON: A woman whose child was stillborn has slammed the targeted advertising of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram after she returned home from the hospital and kept getting baby-related sales pitches.
Gillian Brockell, a journalist with The Washington Post, said that if those social media giants were clever enough to know she was pregnant they should also have figured out she’d lost the baby.
She shared the bad news last month in a tweet.
“I know you knew I was pregnant,” Brockell wrote to the companies in a letter posted Wednesday on The Washington Post and Twitter.
“It’s my fault, I just couldn’t resist those Instagram hashtags — #30weekspregnant, #babybump. And, silly me! I even clicked once or twice on the maternity wear ads Facebook served up.”
“But didn’t you also see me googling ‘braxton hicks vs. pre-term labor’ and ‘baby not moving’?,” Brockell added.
“Did you not see my three days of social media silence, uncommon for a high-frequency user like me?
“And then the announcement post with keywords like ‘heartbroken’ and ‘problem’ and ‘stillborn’ and the 200 teardrop emoticons from my friends?
“Is that not something you could track?“
Facebook’s vice president of advertising Rob Goldman responded to Brockell apologetically, lamenting her “painful experience with our products.”
“We have a setting available that can block ads about some topics people may find painful — including parenting.
“It still needs improvement, but please know that we’re working on it & welcome your feedback,” Goldman wrote.
Brockell said she knew there was such a setting but that it was not easy to find at first, especially amid all her grieving.
“We never asked for the pregnancy or parenting ads to be turned on; these tech companies triggered that on their own, based on information we shared,” Brockell wrote.
“So what I’m asking is that there be similar triggers to turn this stuff off on its own, based on information we shared.”
She said that after she blocked the baby ads, she got ads on how to adopt a child.
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