World Economic Forum Says Tech Firms Must Do More to Tackle Extremism

If tech firms don’t act, governments may impose regulations limiting free speech.

U.S. tech firms such as Facebook fb and Twitter twtr should be more aggressive in tackling extremism and political misinformation if they want to avoid government action, a report from the World Economic Forum said on Monday.

The study from the Swiss nonprofit organization adds to a chorus of calls for Silicon Valley to stem the spread of violent material from Islamic State militants and the use of their services by alleged Russian propagandists.

Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet’s Google goog will go under the microscope of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday when their general counsels will testify before three U.S. congressional committees on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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The report from the World Economic Forum‘s human rights council warns that tech companies risk government regulation that would limit freedom of speech unless they “assume a more active self-governance role.”

It recommends that the companies conduct more thorough internal reviews of how their services can be misused and that they put in place more human oversight of content.

The German parliament in June approved a plan to fine social media networks up to 50 million euros if they fail to remove hateful postings promptly, a law that Monday’s study said could potentially lead to the takedown of massive amounts of content.


IDG Contributor Network: Schisms in the CPQ world, Icertis scores an Apttus defector

When Salesforce acquired quote-to-cash vendor Steelbrick last year, many in the technology community were a little aghast.

Salesforce was a big investor in Apttus, a company with a similar product focus to Steelbrick, albeit at an arguably broader and higher level. Before the deal, many suggested that Apttus was a Salesforce acquisition target and industry scuttlebutt suggests that there were, in fact, acquisition discussions but that Apttus was greedy in its demands.

Even after the deal was announced, Apttus was quick to suggest that it still had a role to play: Steelbrick was, Apttus suggested, a lightweight tool for mid-sized businesses and couldn’t compare to the depth or breadth of Apttus-owned offerings. Since then, Salesforce has been quick to extend Steelbrick’s functionality and it very much feels like the company is at the forefront of Salesforce’s strategy in the space.

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This site aims to be the Yelp of the SaaS world

Online reviews have already transformed the way people choose everything from restaurants to respiratory therapists, and now SaasGenius wants to do the same for enterprise software in the cloud.

This week the company will launch a beta version of its service, and it invites participants to submit reviews of business software in 12 different categories.

In the past, businesses looking for software relied primarily on word-of-mouth reviews, but SaasGenius aims to tap the model that’s become so common on the consumer side.

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Network World teams with IDC on new Cloud Access Security Broker study

Cloud Access Security Brokers are increasingly popular because they give enterprise IT shops a centralized way to control access to multiple cloud resources.  But are they worth it?  We want to find out.

Network World is teaming with IDC to field a survey of companies that have implemented or have experience with CASBs and invite you to participate. Your answers are confidential and will be reported in combination with responses from your peers.  As way of thanks, we’ll send you a PDF of the survey highlights and you will be eligible to enter a sweepstakes for $ 250.

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IDG Contributor Network: Devops in an application-centric cloud world

The application-centric cloud development model becomes a devops approach to managing applications. Traditional cultural differences between developers and operations are very pronounced in the current information technology environments, but devops brings forth a blended approach to moving applications and a much quicker and more agile approach to the application-centric cloud.

Devops also makes both sides responsible for the success of the application. It’s not only true for an application cloud, but also for the third platform that IDC calls the new environment, or the bifurcated platform, as Gartner calls it. The reason for the new model is that one cannot wait for the cycle times that were created by the old model to facilitate the service level agreements that most companies need to be competitive.

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ComputeNext Hits Home Run With Win at 3rd Annual Cloud World Series Awards

ComputeNext, a cloud brokerage platform and marketplace software provider, today announced it was selected as the winner in the “Best SME Project by a Vendor” category in the 3rd Annual Cloud World Series Awards. The Awards celebrate the drive, innovation and hard work in the global cloud computing industry, bringing together the industry leaders and experts that have driven developments in the cloud over the past year.

ComputeNext was selected for its work with application intelligence company AppDynamics, which utilized ComputeNext’s Global Cloud Marketplace (GCM) to easily and cost-effectively scale their cloud infrastructure worldwide.

The judging panel for the “Best SME Project by a Vendor” looked for the most successful SME project that demonstrated how the cloud migration process was simplified, how mobility and convenience of IT access was facilitated and how overall IT costs were minimized.

ComputeNext’s Global Cloud Marketplace is a platform which enables cloud service commerce, provisioning, and management from providers in over 60 locations worldwide, from a single user account or API. This platform is also available as a white-label solution which can be offered as a Marketplace-as-a-Service or a custom deployment for telcos, data centers, service providers, and large IT resellers/distributors. The platform can be rapidly deployed and customized for partners based on the cloud platforms, products, and services they wish to offer.

“ComputeNext’s mission is to make it easier for organizations of all sizes to select, purchase and configure cloud services directly from our marketplace, and this award is a testament to the hard work of our entire team,” said Sundar Kannan, founder and CEO of ComputeNext. “It is always rewarding to be acknowledged for our solutions that help our customers to buy cloud services and infrastructure in a simplified and streamlined way, and we thank the Cloud World Series Awards for this honor.”

The awards were announced on June 24 at the Cloud World Forum in London.

About ComputeNext

ComputeNext is a Bellevue, WA-based cloud brokerage company pioneering how organizations search, discover, procure, and provision cloud infrastructure with its Cloud Marketplace Platform. As a leader in cloud service brokerage, ComputeNext enables end-to-end transactions across platform-agnostic infrastructure. Holding the belief that a few cloud providers cannot satisfy the world’s computing demands, our mission is to promote choice and efficient computing through federation. This new ecosystem shares and optimizes cloud infrastructure and services to bring unprecedented business development opportunities and cost savings for both data centers and IT organizations. Learn more at

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Future Media Concepts Announces Adobe Video World Conference and Expo

Adobe Video World Conference

Future Media Concepts, the nation’s leading training provider and conference organizer in the digital media industry, is pleased to announce the return of the Premiere Pro World and After Effects World conferences. For the first time, the events will take place during the same week—Nov. 17-22, 2015—under the umbrella of Adobe Video World.

Organized in close conjunction with Adobe, the conference is designed for Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC and Adobe After Effects® CC professional users and creatives, including tracks for those who are switching from other pro video tools. Adobe Video World will take place on November 17-22, 2015 in San Jose, California.

Adobe Video World will kick off with four full days of sessions for the Premiere Pro World section of the event (Nov. 17-20), followed by four full days of sessions for the After Effects World program (Nov. 19-22). A two-day overlap (Nov. 19-20) is planned to allow the two communities to interact with each other during evening social events and the Expo Night. Hundreds of attendees are expected.

The Adobe Video World program is created for intermediate and advanced video, VFX and motion graphics professionals. Each of the two conference sections is four days long, and includes four tracks with more than 50 sessions to choose from.

“The need for quality training has motivated us to design an ambitious program. We are glad to host both the Adobe Premiere Pro CC and the After Effects CC teams at Adobe Video World. In addition to the many great sessions and keynotes, we know the interaction between the Adobe team members and creative professionals will be particularly valuable to our attendees,” stated Ben Kozuch, President and Co-founder of Future Media Concepts.

Attendees will have the opportunity to spend a full day in the company of Adobe Premiere Pro CC (Nov. 19) and Adobe After Effects CC (Nov. 20) teams, and hear from Adobe app developers, designers and engineers who will join onsite. The schedule includes unique keynote presentations, discussions breakouts and lunch with the Adobe teams.

“Adobe customers always like the opportunity to get together to share ideas, tips and showcase their creative projects,” said Anita Engelman, head of product marketing for Adobe Creative Cloud in the Video segment. “Adobe Video World is the start of an educational and interactive experience that will foster community by bringing together creatives who rely on, or are switching to, Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC.”

Adobe Video World sessions will be led by renowned After Effects and Premiere Pro experts including Ben Radatz, David Simons, Richard Harrington, Eran Stern, Mathias Möhl, Luisa Winters, Jeff Greenberg, Mikey Borup, EJ Hassenfratz, and more.

Adobe Video World offers limited seats and interested attendees are encouraged to register early. Conference packages start at $ 995. Early Bird pricing ends August 1, 2015. For more information, visit


About Future Media Concepts, Inc.

Established in 1994, Future Media Concepts (FMC) is the nation’s premier digital media training organization providing manufacturer-authorized training in digital video and film editing, motion graphics, web design and development, sound design, 3D animation, desktop publishing, architectural and mechanical design, Mac IT, and mobile apps development.

Future Media Concepts is a leading producer of education-rich conferences, many of which take place at today’s leading electronic entertainment trade shows. Some of our events include Editors Retreat and Post|Production World at NAB Show. For a complete list of conferences, visit