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U.K. Government threatens social media CEOs with jail 

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A new social media bill is currently being developed by legislators in in the UK, that could send the CEOs of social media sites and large digital firms to jail, if they fail to protect minors from harmful content on their platforms. 

The U.K.’s Online Safety Bill aims to prevent its social media users – especially children – from being exposed to violent and sexual content online, content including but not limited to sexual abuse and revenge porn. 

Political commentators predict the Online Safety Bill will be approved soon, and will result in digital platforms such as Meta, TikTok, Twitter and Google being liable for fines and/or other legal action if violent and sexual content is not removed from its platforms, particularly when content of this nature is already prohibited within the platform’s existing terms and conditions and community standards. 

Tech companies have pushed back on the proposed Bill stating that it will be impossible to enforce and have urged UK legislators to loosen its requirements so that it can be successfully adhered to. 

However, UK legislators have not agreed with this notion.

Instead, the Bill is expected to make it to the House of Lords this coming February and become law be the end of 2023, meaning that CEOs of social media and other digital platforms will become liable if harmful content is not removed from its platforms, possibly resulting in a prison sentence. 

Previous governments, such as the Australian Federal Government, have attempted to impose hefty fines on digital giants such as Meta, but to no avail.

It will be interesting to see whether the threat of jail time will force tech heavyweights to expedite their research, development and processes to clean up their platforms and protect children from harmful content more rapidly than has been the case thus far.  

Dr Karen Sutherland is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she designs and delivers social media education and research. Dr Sutherland is also the Co-Founder and Social Media Specialist at Dharana Digital marketing agency focused on helping people working in the health and wellness space.

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Commercial real estate targeted for producing 40% of global emissions

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Commercial real estate contributes significantly to global emissions, with reports suggesting it makes up to 40% of the total – so is there a solution in sight?

Global strategies are setting out to transform this impact by promoting the development of sustainable buildings.

As climate change continues to be a pressing global issue, the commercial real estate sector must pivot towards more eco-friendly solutions.

One of the most impactful actions that can be taken to mitigate the environmental impact of commercial real estate is the implementation of building automation systems.

Louise Monger, Vice President, Digital Buildings of Schneider Electric, joins to share her key insights into the issue. #featured

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Australia’s electricity grid faces an urgent overhaul as consumption dramatically doubles

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By 2050, AEMO has predicted that Australia’s electricity use will double due to renewable energy and electrification, prompting a necessary overhaul of the country’s aging power grid.

The adoption of renewable energy sources and electrification is set to double Australia’s electricity consumption by 2050.

The fast-adoption has created an urgent need for reconfiguration and enhancement of the nation’s century-old electricity grid.

James Hunt, Pacific Vice President of Power Systems and Services of Schneider Electric joins to discuss. #featured

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House of the Dragon season 2 profits despite review scores

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Viewership Surge: 1 Million Revisit “House of the Dragon” Ahead of Season 2.

 

HBO took a big bet on its “Game of Thrones” spin-off, with one million people rewatching the first season of “House of the Dragon” in the days leading up to the Season 2 premiere, according to Warner Bros. Discovery. However, not all reviews have been glowing. #featured #trending

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