Physicists Investigate Unusual FourQubit Entanglement

first_img Quantum Communication Over Flawed Networks may be Possible Four-qubit bound entanglement may have applications in secret sharing protocols, such as the secret code used to protect the launch sequence of a nuclear missile. Credit: DOD Defense Visual Information Center. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — For the first time, physicists have experimentally demonstrated a four-qubit bound-entangled state – a peculiar form of entanglement that cannot be distilled (optimized) by the usual means. However, the scientists have found a novel method for distilling the entanglement by working with two qubits at a time. As the researchers explain, the special properties of bound entanglement could make it a useful quantum resource for new multiparty communication and secret sharing schemes, and the results could also contribute to a deeper understanding of the foundations of quantum mechanics. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img To create the Smolin state in the laboratory, the scientists used polarized photons as qubits. Using a laser, they pumped two ultraviolet pulses into a nonlinear crystal to create four photons, entangled in pairs. Then, by applying single-polarization-qubit flip and phase gates between one photon from each pair, the scientists created a bound-entangled state that is an equal mixture of all four Bell states of the four photons. The researchers fully characterized the entanglement properties of the Smolin state, including constructing its density matrix using quantum-state tomography.After creating the four-qubit bound-entangled state, the scientists investigated distillation. In general, entanglement distillation is a way to maximize entanglement by overcoming noisy channels. Although a bound-entangled state cannot be distilled by local operators and classical communication, it can be distilled in a different way. “We have experimentally demonstrated the unlocking entanglement protocol where two of the four parties sharing the bound entangled state join and perform a Bell measurement, and then broadcast their measurement results to the other two parties, which will then share a maximally entangled state,” Bourennane said. As the physicists explain, these unusual properties make the Smolin bound-entangled state useful for novel multiparty quantum communication schemes, such as secret sharing, communication complexity reduction, and remote information concentration. “For example, in the secret sharing protocol, the splitting of a secret in a way that a single person is not able to reconstruct it is a common task in information processing and especially high security applications,” Bourennane said. “Suppose, for example, that the launch sequence of a nuclear missile is protected by a secret code. Yet, it should be ensured that a single lunatic alone is not able to activate it, but at least two lunatics are required. Solutions for this problem, and its generalization and variations, are studied in classical cryptography. Such problems are called secret sharing. The aim is to split information, using some mathematical algorithms, and to distribute the resulting pieces to two or more legitimate parties. However, classical communication is susceptible to eavesdropping attacks. As the usage of quantum resources can lead to unconditionally secure communication, protocols introducing quantum cryptography to secret sharing have been proposed. The distribution of the four-qubit bound-entangled Smolin state among four communicating parties allows the information splitting and the eavesdropper protection simultaneously.”More information: Elias Amselem and Mohamed Bourennane. “Experimental four-qubit bound entanglement.” Nature Physics. Published online 23 August 2009. DOI: 10.1038/NPHYS1372Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Physicists Investigate Unusual Four-Qubit Entanglement (2009, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-physicists-unusual-four-qubit-entanglement.html In their study, physicists Elias Amselem and Mohamed Bourennane of Stockholm University have investigated the counterintuitive puzzles of bound entanglement. While entanglement of two pure states is fairly well understood by physicists, the entanglement of mixed and multipartite (more than two) states, such as bound entanglement, is still under intense research. “Quantum entanglement leads to the most counterintuitive effects in quantum mechanics, and it is of great relevance in advanced quantum information methods and also opens a number of questions about the nature of entanglement itself,” Bourennane told PhysOrg.com. “Until now, there is, in general, no known measure for entanglement for a system of more than two particles; therefore, no one is able to say that a state is more or less entangled than the other. At the same time, it is still quite difficult to observe multi-particle entanglement.” As Bourennane explained, inevitable interactions with the environment can cause quantum entanglement to become noisy during the information processing. An important and crucial question is to know which of the noisy states can be distilled to maximally entangled states, with the help of local operations and classical communication, and then be useful again for further information processing. For this reason, the theoretical discovery of bound entanglement (by Ryszard Horodecki, Michal Horodecki and Pawel Horodecki) is very important, being a class of quantum entangled states where no entanglement can be distilled.“Our paper reports for the first time on the experimental evidence of the existence of the bound entangled state, the so-called Smolin state, and fully characterizes it using quantum state tomography,” Bourennane said. “We also study its entanglement properties, using the separability criterion, the Bell inequality, and the witness method. As can be seen, the paper contains new achievements and new insight regarding the general understanding of entanglement.”last_img read more

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Meerkats have ability to distinguish different voices

first_img Citation: Meerkats have ability to distinguish different voices (2011, October 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-meerkats-ability-distinguish-voices.html The new study, led by Dr. Simon Townsend from the University of Zurich, looked at a group of wild meerkats living in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. To test the possibility of vocal recognition, they conducted an experiment using simple audio playback.In the meerkats foraging areas, the researchers placed two audio speakers to play recordings of the staccato calls that the meerkats make while foraging. It is believed that these calls work to keep the group of foraging animals together and let each other know an individual’s location.They began by playing a call from one of the members of the group from one speaker. They repeated this later with another member’s voice from the other speaker. But it was the next part of the experiment that drew the awareness of the meerkats. The call of one meerkat was played from the first speaker and within seconds was played from the other speaker on the other side of the foraging area.This caused the foraging meerkats to stop what they were doing. As if they knew that something was wrong. They were able to identify that there was no way the same voice could be coming from two different locations. This shows the researchers that while the calls made by the animals are similar, the tone and voice of each meerkat is different and the animals are able to identify the difference.This study was the first to demonstrate vocal recognition in a non-primate animal species and the researchers note that this ability may be more widespread than originally thought, especially in animals that live in social groups. Meerkat. Taken in Victoria, Australia in February 2009. Image: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos. Under GNU Free Documentation License. via Wikipedia. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Vocal recognition is widespread in primates but a new study, published in Biology Letters, provides evidence that it may not be limited to humans and primates. The ability to recognize the voice of another may be more widespread in the animal community than previously thought. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Tradition explains why some meerkats are late risers More information: A simple test of vocal individual recognition in wild meerkats, Biology Letters, Published online before print October 12, 2011, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0844AbstractIndividual recognition is thought to be a crucial ability facilitating the evolution of animal societies. Given its central importance, much research has addressed the extent of this capacity across the animal kingdom. Recognition of individuals vocally has received particular attention due, in part, to the insights it provides regarding the cognitive processes that underlie this skill. While much work has focused on vocal individual recognition in primates, there is currently very little data showing comparable skills in non-primate mammals under natural conditions. This may be because non-primate mammal societies do not provide obvious contexts in which vocal individual recognition can be rigorously tested. We addressed this gap in understanding by designing an experimental paradigm to test for individual recognition in meerkats (Suricata suricatta) without having to rely on naturally occurring social contexts. Results suggest that when confronted with a physically impossible scenario—the presence of the same conspecific meerkat in two different places—subjects responded more strongly than during the control, a physically possible setup. We argue that this provides the first clear evidence for vocal individual recognition in wild non-primate mammals and hope that this novel experimental design will allow more systematic cross-species comparisons of individual recognition under natural settings.last_img read more

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Heat from global warming captured by the Pacific Ocean being transferred to

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers working in the U.S. has found what they believe to be the answer to the question of what happened to the heat uptake in the Pacific Ocean due to global warming. In their paper published in Nature Geoscience, they suggest that it has been transferred to the Indian Ocean. Jérôme Vialard with Université Sorbonne offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. Pacific trade winds stall global surface warming—for now Explore further Illustration of increased trade winds in the Pacific and Indian Oceans during the recent warming hiatus, which increased the inter-ocean pressure gradient and thus enhanced Indonesian throughflow. This resulted in an abrupt increase of Indian Ocean heat content. Credit: Sang-Ki Lee Citation: Heat from global warming captured by the Pacific Ocean being transferred to Indian Ocean (2015, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-global-captured-pacific-ocean-indian.html Journal information: Nature Geosciencecenter_img © 2015 Phys.org More information: Pacific origin of the abrupt increase in Indian Ocean heat content during the warming hiatus, Nature Geoscience (2015) DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2438AbstractGlobal mean surface warming has stalled since the end of the twentieth century, but the net radiation imbalance at the top of the atmosphere continues to suggest an increasingly warming planet. This apparent contradiction has been reconciled by an anomalous heat flux into the ocean, induced by a shift towards a La Niña-like state with cold sea surface temperatures in the eastern tropical Pacific over the past decade or so. A significant portion of the heat missing from the atmosphere is therefore expected to be stored in the Pacific Ocean. However, in situ hydrographic records indicate that Pacific Ocean heat content has been decreasing9. Here, we analyse observations along with simulations from a global ocean–sea ice model to track the pathway of heat. We find that the enhanced heat uptake by the Pacific Ocean has been compensated by an increased heat transport from the Pacific Ocean to the Indian Ocean, carried by the Indonesian throughflow. As a result, Indian Ocean heat content has increased abruptly, which accounts for more than 70% of the global ocean heat gain in the upper 700 m during the past decade. We conclude that the Indian Ocean has become increasingly important in modulating global climate variability. Most scientists now agree that planet Earth is experiencing global warming, and has been for several decades—most also agree that the cause is an influx of carbon dioxide from human activities. But recent reports that global surface temperatures stopped rising over the past ten to fifteen years, has caused some to become skeptical of the whole idea, even as many scientists have suggested that the surface temperature plateau has been caused by the worlds’ oceans serving as a giant heat sink. The problem with that argument though, has been lack of data suggesting that the biggest of our oceans, the Pacific, has seen a temperature increase. In this new effort, the researchers believe they have found out why.In studying ocean temperature data provided by NOAA covering the past several decades, the researchers found that surface temperatures for the Pacific actually decreased over the past ten years. Recognizing that the heat had to go somewhere, the researchers input the data into models that have been built to show global temperatures, wind movement and other meteorological data. The model showed heat building up in the western Pacific and then being carried by easterly trade winds through the Indonesian archipelago. Upon closer inspection, the team found that surface temperatures (down to 700 meters) in the Indian Ocean had in fact increased to the point that it could account for approximately 70 percent of the heat taken up by the atmosphere over the past decade.The finding by the team appears to be both good and bad news. The good news is that it adds credence to global warming theories—the bad news is that it means that it is possible that at some point in the future all that heat in the ocean could be released back into the atmosphere, creating a sudden temperature spike which would almost assuredly cause massive worldwide problems for those of us that caused the problem in the first place. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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The Lunchbox stumped not Indias Oscar choice

first_imgIn a decision that is likely to break many hearts, The Lunchbox, the film that won over critics and your average film buffs alike, has not been picked as India’s official pick for the Oscar. Instead, debut feature filmmaker Gyan Correa’s Gujarati film The Good Road has been chosen to represent India in the best foreign film category at the Academy Awards. It is said to be the first Gujarati film to have made it.‘It was a unanimous decision to select The Good Road, which is a movie produced by the National Film Development Corporation,’ renowned filmmaker Goutam Ghose, who headed the selection committee appointed by the Film Federation of India, said. The movie left behind 21 other Oscar contenders, including strong films like The Lunchbox, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, English Vinglish, Vishwaroopam, among others.last_img read more

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Am happy that festival films are doing well

first_imgAnurag Kashyap said he is happy that the festival films are doing well commercially as well. ‘I think the myth that the festival films don’t work commercially has changed. This myth is thing of the past now its good the audience has changed and the credit goes to the audience,’ Kashyap said at the 16th MAMI film festival where he presented his Black Friday. Directed by Kashyap, Black Friday featured Kay Kay Menon, Nawazuddin Siddiqui among others.last_img

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Eminent economist and former LF minister Ashok Mitra dead

first_imgKolkata: Noted scholar and former finance minister of the Left Front government in West Bengal, Ashok Mitra, today passed away in a city hospital. He was 90 and his wife had passed away 10 years ago.Mitra was admitted in the hospital almost a month back with complaints of diarrhoea and later developed respiratory problems.A prolific writer of several books, Mitra, also an eminent economist, penned several columns in newspapers on social and economic issues.He was appointed as the finance minister in the Left Front rule and held the portfolio from 1977 to 1987.Prior to that, he was the Chief Economic Adviser to the Central government from 1970 to 1972.last_img read more

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Politics to poetry

first_imgPolitics and films seldom mix, however in one of the firsts for the Indian film fraternity, Former Union Minister and a vibrant literary enterprise in his leisure time, Kapil Sibal has penned yet another 5 beautiful numbers including an item song and a Qawwali for a commercial gripping romantic political Bollywood potboiler that will hit theatres this year end apart from marking his debut as a Bollywood lyricist for the aforesaid film.On Saturday evening, the capital was witness to a gathering of friends, family and fans of the very illustrious and multi-faceted lawyer-politician, when his latest B-town venture, Zainab- A Celebration Of Humanity, was announced with much fanfare in the city in the presence of Jimmy Shergill, Lalit Pandit, and others.  Jay Bhanushali seamlessly conducted the discussion and anchored the event which was hosted for a selective gathering at Imperial Hotel, in the Capital. The event encompassed an item song showcase and unveiling of the film poster.last_img read more

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Anderson takes six as Australia skittled for 136

first_imgEngland bowler James Anderson ripped shellshocked Australia to shreds with six wickets to bowl the tourists out for a paltry 136 on the first day of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday. Anderson took six for 47 and fellow quicks Stuart Broad and Steven Finn, on his Test return after a two-year absence, two apiece as rejuvenated England put their heavy second Test defeat at Lord’s firmly behind them. Only plucky opener Chris Rogers, passed fit after suffering dizzy spells at Lord’s, offered resistance with a half-century for Australia who failed to cope with the seam and swing-friendly conditions after winning the toss and batting first.  Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaRogers was eighth man out for 52, lbw to Broad, and Anderson fittingly took the final wicket when Nathan Lyon played on as Australia were dismissed in just 36.4 overs. Anderson, who went wicketless in London where Australia squared the series with a 405-run victory after losing the opener in Cardiff, took four wickets in 19 balls after lunch. His quickfire burst started when he had Adam Voges caught behind for 16. Mitchell Marsh (0) also nicked a swinging delivery to Jos Buttler and then Peter Nevill’s bad misjudgement saw him bowled for two without offering a shot.  Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: ShastriEngland’s leading wicket-taker in Tests then bagged his 18th five-wicket haul when Mitchell Johnson (3) sliced to Ben Stokes at fifth slip. Australia lost three wickets in a rain-interupted morning with Finn, branded “unselectable” by former England limited overs coach Ashley Giles 18 months ago due to a breakdown in his bowling action, took the scalps of Steve Smith (7) and skipper Michael Clarke (10).  After Anderson had given England a flying start by trapping David Warner (2) lbw, Finn, recalled in place of an unfit Mark Wood, found bounce and movement on the quickest pitch of the series so far.last_img read more

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Govt points finger at Metro Railway over fire in rake Fire department

first_imgKolkata: The state government has blamed Metro Railway for the incident of fire that took place on Thursday in an air-conditioned rake near Maidan station.On Friday, a meeting was held at Kolkata Police headquarter Lalbazar with state Fire minister Sujit Bose, officials from Kolkata Police and officials from the Fire department, where it was decided that Metro Railway will be issued a notice in connection with the incident. If any flaw or negligence is found on their part, action will be taken accordingly. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to sources, a high-level inquiry has already been ordered by the Metro Railway in this regard. However, the Fire department will also inquire about the matter. Metro Railway will be asked to furnish details of the fire safety management system installed in the rakes. They have also been asked to inspect the passenger safety systems which should be maintained strictly. Bose alleged on Friday that the incident has happened due to the negligence of Metro Railway. He said: “No one can deny the fact that there was negligence on part of Kolkata Metro. It needs to be looked into.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Director General (DG) of Fire Jag Mohan stated that after Metro Railway provides them the necessary information mentioned in the notice, the Fire department will probe the matter. Fire department officials may also check the fire safety management system to make sure that the installed machineries are in working condition. “We are going to issue a notice to Metro Railway asking for the fire safety and life safety system details. After getting the details we will probe whether the systems are working properly or not. If any irregularity is noticed then action will be taken accordingly,” said the DG. During the fire on Thursday, several passengers had alleged that the motorman of the rake had locked the door between the passenger coach and the motorman’s cabin and left the rake. According to Metro Railway guideline, in case of an emergency passengers should be evacuated using the front door of the motorman’s cabin. But on Thursday, passengers were evacuated using the motorman’s entry as there was no ladder which could be used at the front door. Though Metro authorities claimed that the rescue operation was started within 20 minutes, passengers stated that the claim is not true. They were evacuated by the police personnel. Before the arrival of police, a few passengers had managed to break the window glasses to get out of the coach which was on fire. Apart from Thursday’s incident, police and Fire department officials also discussed about taking steps for better coordination between the police and Fire department during emergency situations. It was also mentioned that during a distress call, fire tenders should be given free passage to reach the incident spot as early as possible. On Thursday, Metro Railway passengers faced a tremendous ordeal after fire broke out inside an air-conditioned rake of a Dum Dum bound train just before entering Maidan station at around 5 pm. Smoke was detected inside the compartment just next to the motorman’s cabin, soon after the train left Rabindra Sadan. The train came to a halt inside the tunnel at a distance of around 50 metres from Maidan station. A number of passengers were injured and were admitted at SSKM Hospital.last_img read more

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Cricket betting racket busted in Kolkata 4 arrested

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Police Thursday claimed to have busted a cricket-betting racket in the city by arresting four people and seizing over Rs 1 crore from them. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Detective Department officers conducted raids at 12 places in the city, a senior officer said. The money was seized from four places under Burrabazar Police Station and Posta Police Station area, he said, adding that four people have been arrested so far. “Raids are still being conducted at different places under Bowbazar, Jorabagan, Burrabazar and Posta Police Station areas,” he said.last_img read more

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BREAKING Facebook Live killer manhunt ends in suicide in Pennsylvania

first_imgVideo of the crime scene: Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams press conference following the conclusion of the manhunt:MORE: @CLEpolice chief gives details on “short pursuit” of Facebook murder suspect Steve Stephens https://t.co/UOWsuDHOhG pic.twitter.com/YwQwBgdccG— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 18, 2017 The manhunt for Steve Stephens, the individual who broadcast the murder of 74-year-old Robert Godwin in Cleveland on Facebook Live this past Sunday, is over.According to GoErie.com, Stephens died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his white Ford Fusion in Eerie, Pennsylvania as state police closed in at 11:10 AM this morning.Stephens’ death concludes a massive manhunt since news of his live broadcast murder broke on Sunday.Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County. After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself.— PA State Police (@PAStatePolice) April 18, 2017center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

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There is now video evidence of Andrew Luck throwing real NFL footballs

first_imgHey Huntsville friends…former @LeeFootballAL standout @ChesterRogers80 just caught a pass from Andrew Luck. The two spent time working together this summer at Stanford. pic.twitter.com/E4ERgg8Nhe— Taylor Tannebaum (@TaylorTannebaum) July 26, 2018 That’s a throw folks! And yes, it is The Duke he’s tossing for the skeptics out there. Andrew Luck making his first throws of camp, getting warmed up ahead of the first practice #Colts pic.twitter.com/tNXFfWBReD— Larra Overton (@LarraOverton) July 26, 2018 Andrew Luck’s year-long rehab from shoulder surgery was more kept more top secret than the Manhattan Project. There has been more footage of Bigfoot than Luck actually throwing a ball, and even when he did, the balls weren’t regulation size.Well, sound the trumpets, Colts training camp is underway, and Luck was throwing NFL regulation balls around just like the rest of the guys. He stuck to mostly soft tossing and short throws, but should quiet critics that weren’t yet convinced his arm was fully attached to his body. Now we can start dissecting every pass and overanalyzing if he still has the same arm strength. God, football is awesome.Take a look at Luck:Andrew Luck going through normal throwing drills with receivers during first #Colts practice. #ColtsCamp2018 pic.twitter.com/bytgFAaC8A— Clark Wade (@ClarkWade34) July 26, 2018 ANDREW LUCK throwing at #Colts training camp right now!#13 T.Y. Hilton#80 Chester Rogers pic.twitter.com/dY0Z8He9ez— PirateLife Football (@PirateLifeFF) July 26, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

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How to Make Sure Company Secrets Stay When Employees Move On

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now June 13, 2012 Does your data stay put when your employees move on? Maybe not. Nearly 60 percent of employees steal company information when they leave or are fired, with 67 percent of them taking it to a new job, according to a study by Traverse City, Mich.- based privacy and data protection research firm the Ponemon Institute. Yet only 15 percent of respondents’ employers performed any sort of review of the digital or paper documents employees were taking.You, however, should take more protective measures. Well before employees leave, you should have a plan for how you’re going to protect the data, says Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of Ponemon Institute. That includes extra measures for dreaded scenarios such as the departure of a disgruntled senior manager or IT administrator.Here’s a guide to preventing data from walking out the door with departing employees:Know your people and keep them happy.Get to know your employees and determine who may pose more of a risk, whether because they have their fingers on your crown jewels or because they seem unhappy or volatile. Be suspect of new employees who offer to deliver customer lists or other secrets from their previous employer. You could get the same treatment when they move on again, Ponemon warns.And cultivate a happy work environment. Content employees tend to be more loyal, while the disgruntled have fewer qualms about taking things. The Ponemon study found that 61 percent of respondents who were negative about their company stole data, while 26 percent with favorable views did so.Related: Tech Tools for Keeping a Digital Eye on EmployeesSet expectations.Spell out rules of acceptable and unacceptable use of company information and create a culture of confidentiality. When crafting policies, begin by asking yourself: “What is valuable to your organization?” says Carrie Gates, an engineer at Islandia, N.Y.-based CA Labs. For example, a jewelry company concerned about its designs might want to prohibit employees from transferring design documents to personal email or Dropbox accounts. To boost compliance, explain the reasons for your rules, emphasizing the company’s data-control needs rather than communicating distrust of your workers, she says.Have employees sign an agreement that affirms their understanding of the rules and the need to keep company secrets confidential. You might consider having employees in particularly sensitive roles sign separate confidentiality and non-compete agreements, says Teresa M. Thompson, an employment attorney at Fredrikson & Byron in Minneapolis. Such agreements can set a tone of seriousness that can prevent misbehavior and strengthen your legal hand in trying to compel a pickpocket to return what he or she took.”Smaller companies … could go under if they don’t take an aggressive position,” Thompson says. If companies in competitive fields don’t take precautions, “they’re just open game for people to come and pluck their information and their people.”Related: 3 Tips for Legally and Ethically Monitoring Employees OnlinePut technology controls in place.Protect your sensitive data with technology controls that limit access. Salespeople, for example, shouldn’t have access to design blueprints. Use tools such as Active Directory from Microsoft or more advanced identity-management software available from Microsoft and many others.You also may want to protect sensitive data itself. Microsoft provides tools for protecting documents with passwords, encrypting files and folders, and designating who may access a file. Also consider WatchDox, which offers higher-end controls for documents on computers and mobile devices (prices vary). Installing software on laptops and smartphones can allow you to wipe their contents remotely.Another option is data loss prevention (DLP) technology, which can detect and stop data from slipping through exit points, such as email, instant messaging, thumb drives, file-sharing services, printers and malware. BeyondTrust offers such a product called PowerBroker DLP that’s available to companies of all sizes ($80 per user per year). Zscaler offers a cloud-based DLP service that can help protect data on your network, in other cloud services and in mobile devices ($1 to $5 per user per month).Monitor key employees before they depart.If you’re in a risky situation with an employee — you think a salesman is interviewing with a competitor or a top designer has given notice, for instance — consider tracking that person’s digital activities. Software from SpectorSoft, for example, can record everything that occurs on company devices and provide reports about suspect activity, including data uploads and downloads. It starts at $99 for one basic license.Terminate access quickly.Move fast to cut off departing employees’ access to the company network, applications, email accounts and physical files. If such workers used your company Twitter or Facebook pages, change the passwords. Ask yourself what other cloud-service accounts you might need to secure. Backupify can help you remove data from Google Apps ($3 per user per month) when employees leave.People you fire or lay off should be escorted out and watched to make sure they don’t take anything that doesn’t belong to them, including mobile devices and thumb drives. Review email and other activity during an exit interview or, if you’re really concerned, hire a forensic expert to investigate.Related: 7 Tips for Upgrading IT Security  This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 5 min readlast_img read more

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5 Lessons for Brands From the Burger King Twitter Hack

first_img 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on PR Daily Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Burger King regained control of its Twitter account Monday night, after a day in which its feed was overtaken by hackers and made to look like McDonald’s.Around 10 p.m. ET, Burger King tweeted: Interesting day here at BURGER KING®, but we’re back! Welcome to our new followers. Hope you all stick around! — BurgerKing (@BurgerKing) February 19, 2013The breach began in the morning on Monday and lasted for hours. Hackers tweeted a flurry of messages, most of them made little sense and contained offensive language. By the afternoon, Twitter had suspended the account. Burger King did not update its Facebook page on Monday, though it did release this statement to the media:”We have worked directly with administrators to suspend the account until we are able to re-establish our legitimate site and authentic postings. We apologize to our fans and followers who have been receiving erroneous tweets about other members of our industry and additional inappropriate topics.”Anyone who’s managed a brand account can certainly empathize. In the hours after the hack, even McDonald’s tweeted from its verified account: We empathize with our @burgerking counterparts. Rest assured, we had nothing to do with the hacking. — McDonald’s (@McDonalds) February 18, 2013As bad as it seemed, the fallout won’t be severe—just a week or so of mass embarrassment and a lifelong cautionary tale for PR pros, marketers, and social media gurus everywhere. But it’s unlikely that the brand itself will take any kind of real hit. The word “Whopper” will not suddenly become synonymous with this or any social media hack.In fact, some are even seeing obvious positives in the wake of the fiasco. Cameron McPherson, of strategic communications firm The Hodges Partnership, points out that Burger King saw an increase in followers (more than 30,000) and as well as a number of media mentions.Monday was a slow news day. That the account was hacked and made to resemble that of its notorious rival probably served to fuel the fire.That’s not to minimize the severity of the situation. It’s a huge deal if you’re the people that manage the Burger King account. But it was done in such outlandish fashion that there was no question that it was a hack job from the very beginning. With a more thought-out and subversive approach, you could do some real damage. As it happened, however, it just looked like a bunch of teens messing around. I mean, they linked to a Chief Keef video. You can’t get much more amateur than that.Still, it’s not difficult to extrapolate and see how social media accounts could be an avenue for some crazy corporate sabotage. Therefore, a more likely effect will be that C-level executives could become less gung-ho about signing off on any big social executions. If all they see is nightmare headlines and no extra product moving off shelves, they’ll ask, What’s the point?That said, here are a few measures social media managers should be taking to ensure that they can avoid or mitigate these scenarios.Change your passwords regularly. And change them to something obscure that has nothing to do with the product you sell. Random numbers, letters, and symbols are your best friend. We change our passwords every month—that will probably change to every two weeks in light of this development.Have procedures in place to stop an attack in its tracks. Create a fail-proof social escalation policy that can end something like this before it gets out of hand. Have the assets you need on hand to be able to restore the images on your profile.Minimize the number of mobile devices that can access the account. If you look at all the apps that can access your account, you should know for certain where they’re all coming from and what their purpose is. If you’re unsure about any of them, ax them.Make it mandatory that any mobile phones that link to corporate accounts are password protected. That way, if you leave your phone at, say, a Burger King and you’re signed into your brand’s account, no one can have easy access to it. Similarly, make sure that if you leave your computer at, say, a Burger King, it’s not logged into any accounts. Password protect everything that allows access to accounts that are password protected. Thinking about the computer I’m typing on, if I were to leave it somewhere and some swarthy character logged onto Facebook, they would be able to wreak havoc on about six different accounts (none of which are my personal account). That’s pretty scary when you think about it.Change your passwords every time someone leaves the company—whether or not it’s amicable. Don’t trust people. There’s too much at stake here.   February 20, 2013 Register Now »last_img read more

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10 Stories From the Web to Know About This Week

first_imgSeptember 20, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Jay Z bails on the Nets, parsing the weird productivity tips of historical figures, San Francisco partners with Kiva.org, the CBO weighs in on a government shutdown, Twitter and GoDaddy get together, online merchants ditch credit-card processing, ethical fashion gets a bump, tips for delivering a knockout speech… This week’s notable news and tantalizing tidbits for entrepreneurs.1. Jay Z goes pro: The Jigga is liquidating his share in the Brooklyn Nets for $1.5 million after starting his own sports agency, Roc Nation Sports. The all-star roster already includes, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, Victor Cruz of the New York Giants and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant. (Forbes)2. Historic productivity tips: Benjamin Franklin used to read and write in the buff; Beethoven demanded 60 beans per cup of coffee. Some of the world’s greatest thinkers had some borderline crazy methods for staying productive. Here are a few. (Fast Company)3. Kiva partners with SF: San Francisco moved to partner with online lender Kiva.org to bring crowdfunded loans to local entrepreneurs at zero-percent interest. Loans, which will be accessible through the site KivaZip.org, are seen as critical for bridging the lending gap for startups in particular. (SFGate)4. CBO talks shutdown: The Congressional Budget Office Chief Douglas Elmendorf says a government shutdown would damage the economy and “scale up” problems over time. He also added that only President Obama can “cushion” the effects. (CNNmoney)5. The kibosh on credit: The results of a recent National Small Business Association survey shed light on the growing trend of online merchants refusing to accept credit-card payments. Only 69 percent of online merchants currently accept credit cards, down 22 percent in the last three-years. The culprit? Cyber insecurity. (Businessweek)6. Ethical fashion falls short: After the recent tragedy at the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, the push to make the fashion industry more ethical has lost steam. Still, new online platforms are hoping to buck the trend. (The Guardian)7. The golden minute: Nailing the first 60-seconds of a speech is critical to success. From dealing with public-speaking anxiety to preparing the room for your arrival, get insightful tips for delivering a knockout speech. (LinkedIn Today)8. Boston’s new Innovation Studio: T3 Advisors, a commercial real-estate consulting firm, has moved to a new space on the Boston waterfront. Included in the new office is an “Innovation Studio” meant to bring T3 closer to the local startup scene. (Boston.com)9. GoDaddy and Twitter unite: As part of its Website Builder tool, GoDaddy is offering a Twitter functionality aimed at small businesses looking to quickly and easily set up a profile page. Russ Laraway, the director of small and medium businesses at Twitter says, “we’re helping businesses get online faster to reach the followers most likely to purchase from them.” The service ranges from $1 to $5 per month. (Mashable)10. The land of engineering: The phrase “German engineering” has become synonymous with quality cars, but now the term is used more broadly, as people head to the country for a chance to win a key apprenticeship. The system has its perks, including partly subsidized earn-as-you-learn schemes. (BBC)  How Success Happens Listen Nowlast_img read more

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Why This Restaurant Chain Has Started Using VR to Train Employees

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 10 min read July 17, 2017 In this series, The Fix, Entrepreneur Associate Editor Lydia Belanger shares her conversations with founders and executives whose solutions to inefficiencies can inspire others to find new ways to save themselves time, money or hassle. Every new hire at Honeygrow, a fast-casual chain that specializes in stir-fry and salads, sits through a training session, as is standard in the foodservice industry. They hear about protocol for cleaning up messes, stocking the fridge and preparing menu items. But they don’t learn these protocols by donning an apron and shadowing someone who knows the ropes. Nor do they pore over a thick handbook or passively sit through a safety video.Instead, they put on a virtual reality headset, tour a Honeygrow location with a 360-degree view and hear about company values from founder and CEO Justin Rosenberg, who virtually stands before them. Everyone who starts at Honeygrow, across 17 (and counting) locations, has the same immersive and engaging training experience.Related: Businesses Disrupting Industries With Their Brilliant Ideas — And What You Can Learn From Them“We like to do things a bit differently here,” the pre-recorded virtual Rosenberg says after introducing himself. “So for example, we get to onboard you and train you through VR.”By the time new hires are ready for training, many of them (mainly managers for now) have already seen some of the VR training features during their interviews. Honeygrow also uses this experience, which it developed in collaboration with Philadelphia-based Klip Collective, as a recruiting tool.Those who experience Honeygrow’s VR training watch real-life employees in action, in addition to playing a game in which they virtually stock an animated walk-in refrigerator. The game is complete with background music, punctuated by animal sounds that play when users place a computer-animated cow, chicken, pig and fish on shelves using a remote control — and falling confetti when they complete the game successfully.Click and drag as you watch this 360-degree preview of the Honeygrow VR training experience. “The truth is, retail, and especially fast-casual in restaurants, is so competitive for the same sample pool of people,” Rosenberg says. “ We want people to interview and have an amazing first impression and really to want to be part of this company.”Honeygrow is not the only retail company that’s applied VR to employee onboarding. In early June, Walmart announced plans to incorporate the technology into its 200 training academies, from which more than 140,000 associates graduate annually, by the end of 2017. Walmart worked with VR research and development startup Strivr, which formed out of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, to develop the tech. Strivr “uses VR to improve performance of athletes, brands and organizations,” according to its website. It has tested its VR experiences on athletes: NFL quarterbacks who trained with Strivr saw a 30 percent increase in their ability to recall topics.Walmart does not release data regarding the results of its pilot program for VR training, but a company spokesperson told Entrepreneur in an email that “the results were significant enough to cause us to expand the program, and we’re seeing better outcomes in both retention of the material and engagement with the content. Assessment scores in the pilot Academies have also generally improved.”Honeygrow rolled out VR training in early May. Even before adding VR, the five-year-old company had been tracking what percentage of its managers were certified on different categories within its training program, from cooking noodles to company culture. Within 30 days of implementing VR, the proportion of Honeygrow team members who were certified on culture jumped from 50 to 77 percent.“Of the people who are getting certified, those certifications are happening faster, so they’re learning quicker,” Rosenberg says, noting that it’s too early to know how effective it’s been in reducing food safety breaches, but that “mistakes theoretically would be eradicated earlier” as people are trained faster and more efficiently.Entrepreneur spoke with Rosenberg as well as Honeygrow Chief Brand Officer Jen Denis about how the idea for VR training came about and the possibilities it offers.This conversation has been edited for clarity and brevity.How did this solution come about? What was your a-ha moment?Rosenberg: The story for us using VR stems from me just collecting my New York Times one Sunday, opening it up and there was the Google Cardboard headset. I tried it and thought, “This is crazy.” It was a 360-degree story in a 360-degree environment, and I thought, “That’s insane.”Just doing some research on VR and where Facebook is going with it, and Google and all of these companies, I thought, “Well, cool, but how could we use it at our level?” Then I texted Jen [Denis] and I was like, “We need to figure something out, probably for training, right?”Denis: You brought it in. We all played with it. And we thought, “How great would it be if you could put someone in a Honeygrow no matter where they are?” You could be training someone in a conference room in a hiring center, and they could be far, far away. And also, as our stores evolve, it will be great to show them the beginning and how we started.Rosenberg: Any business has business challenges. One of them for us would be, “How do we engage our team when it comes to training and onboarding our employees?” So specifically, people at the store level, and probably ultimately people at the corporate level. When we’re bringing people on at the store level, we have to sit with them, and there’s the classic training book and they’re reading the text. I’m watching the guys that come in. You can just tell they’re not all there. And when they’re not all there, they’re missing points.Related: 6 Common Things Good Managers Do to Create Engaged TeamsI used to be GM of our stores. I know how hard it is to train our people. So, let’s say I’m having a great day. In training and onboarding, my tone will be great, I’m covering all points, I’m not rushing it. Whereas if I’m having a bad day, I might be curtailing that message and not giving you the right tone or the right message. So a group of people training in Chicago will not be getting the same consistent authentic connection to who we are relative to people in Philadelphia or DC.With VR, right from the beginning, you’re getting a consistent message on things that, for us, are critical: hospitality, food accuracy, safety, cleanliness. All of those key points, we’re telling you, from the absolute beginning, with a super positive and consistent message. Plus being super authentic.I’m on there, I’m communicating with these guys, so they get to see who I am. They realize that we’re not just some corporate chain just out to make dough. We spend time, and my goal would be to connect with all of our team. That’s impossible, obviously, as we grow, but this is also a cool way to do that and really engage those employees.What was the process of building it like?Denis: Klip was getting into the VR space, so they were really excited to do something with us, and also to do something useful and not just fluff. There are tons of games out there, so they were excited that we were really going to apply this and use it. It was very collaborative, and the directors there worked with us to help us figure out which of our locations would be the best ones suited. Then we closed one of our stores for an entire day in order to do this. We gave out discounts and things to people who showed up outside just to not make them upset, and we gave them lots of fair notice. But it was great to take over the space, and we got to feature everybody in the piece — they all work for the company. Store-level employees got to star in the show.What was the process of implementing this like? Rosenberg: We had to educate our district managers. They’re kind of the keepers of this — when to use it, how to use it, how to store it, when to charge the phones — there definitely was a training aspect of that as well. It was easy — it wasn’t too complex. It wasn’t anything too different than managing your own iPhone or whatever.What do you weigh when you decide to implement new technologies in your company? Rosenberg: It’s not like, “Oh, let’s use VR, because it’s trendy and cool.” Like, who gives a shit?This space is getting so fierce for people and for real estate and for impressions that if, if this is something that can help us stand out, we’ll do it, and we’ll make sure that it’s thoughtfully designed.A lot of people are like, “Hey, is it worth the investment?” And my answer in my head was always like, “Well, people don’t know what they want until you give it to them.”What are the common misconceptions about this program?Rosenberg: I don’t think people realize the amount of time and thought that we put into this, and then, when they take the headset off, they’re like, “Wow, that’s awesome.” I haven’t heard anything about anyone saying “that wasn’t cool” or not looking really excited when they took the headset off.What work is left to be done or how will this solution evolve over time?Rosenberg: We’re talking about doing a 2.0 version of this. With it being so experiential and entertaining and a little bit comical, people are just that much more engaged to learn and you keep their attention longer. We want to study a bit more what impact it has, and we want to capture some data if possible. We’re always thinking about, “What else could we be doing to engage our team in different ways?”Related: Future Technology Will Bring Terrifying Prospects You Can Innovate AgainstWhat applications of this technology can you envision?Rosenberg: Our space, fast-casual, or even retail in general, is so competitive for real estate, and so competitive for people. We plan to use the VR headset to show landlords in different cities who we are and what we do, and it’s a great first impression. You’re like, wait, these guys are really thinking different, and they’ve invested in technology to impress me or to get this piece of real estate or to engage the right management team.It’s our chance to be totally different than the hordes of fast-casual out there. You gotta stay ahead of the curve. That’s something I’m super proud of, and that’s certainly, in this case, what we’re using technology for.center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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Think Twice About a Company When You Keep Hearing These 4 AI

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 7 min read July 28, 2018 For every business that’s using AI to do something groundbreaking, there are more that, well, aren’t. Adobe’s 2018 “Digital Trends” report found that while only 15 percent of companies are currently using AI, 31 percent have it on the agenda for the next year — but that rising demand doesn’t necessarily correlate with a rise in high-quality AI products. Much of it is fluff.I learned this the hard way in 2016. We were looking to license a model for a very specific task, and it led to horror. We’re an AI company ourselves, but we focus exclusively on language understanding and NLP. One of our clients was looking to add image recognition to one of our big AI models, so we started looking for partners that were good at image recognition. And it was really hard. We ended up settling on a vendor that our client recommended.On paper, the company seemed good. The sales team showed us case studies, and I’d heard the names of the data scientists mentioned in Slack channels about machine learning. But when we actually plugged into the AI, the results were wholly unsatisfying. We should have spent more time doing due diligence and speaking with the machine learning team (or at least an informed executive). When we tried to address the problem with the sales team it became clear they had no idea what the tech did. This separation between the sales team and the engineering team is a huge problem with AI — the people selling the solutions have to understand how the AI actually works.Because AI technology is getting so much hype, many companies are pivoting to AI without any experience in the field. And when you combine the complexity of the technology with the number of people getting in on the game, it’s a recipe for disaster. It’s hard to validate what good performance looks like; there aren’t that many widely established benchmarks for AI confidence or accuracy across different verticals, and some companies are taking advantage of the confusion. And AI is complicated enough without having to sort out bandwagon hustlers.Related: 5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Already Influencing Your Daily Life and You Don’t Even Know ItAI’s turbulent hype cycleAI has huge potential — its market value is expected to reach more than $190 billion by 2025, according to Research and Markets — which has given rise to a frothy hype cycle the likes of which the tech world hasn’t seen. Some newbies to the the industry would have you believe they can solve all your problems with an off-the-shelf recurring neural network when, in reality, AI works best when it’s hyperspecialized.Discerning between real and fake means digging deeper for a closer look at the implementation and engineering teams. There are differences between data scientists, QA testers, linguists, data engineers and machine learning engineers. Figuring out whether these people truly know AI or are just trying to cash in is imperative — it will save you heartache down the road. Being on the lookout for these buzzwords should help you distinguish between the hype and the real.Genius?Anyone who says he or she created some AI-powered sentient thing that will magically solve every problem in the world is lying. AI and machine learning models work well when they’re focused on specific tasks. We’re not in the “Age of Ultron.” Like the “geniuses” at Apple’s Genius Bar, AI can only do what it’s trained to do.The fantasy of a “genius” AI is a marketing tactic that actually obscures how valuable AI can really be. When a model is supposed to do it all and actually falls flat, people trust AI less. Even tech giants with well-paid AI talent have trouble when they go too far too fast. In 2016, for example, a self-driving Uber powered by image recognition AI ran red lights in San Francisco.Related: Walking With AI: How to Spot, Store and Clean the Data You NeedDeep learningDeep learning is powerful, but many companies throw the term around without warrant. There’s an industry joke about this: “Deep learning is like sex in high school. Everyone says they’re doing it, but only a few actually are, and they’re probably doing it poorly.”Fake AI companies love putting “deep learning” on their homepage because it makes it seem like their AI is “super deep, man.” Deep learning can, in fact, be a powerful tool, but sometimes it just doesn’t make sense for the problem at hand. Taking cooking, for example. When a scientist tried teaching a deep learning model to put together recipes, the results were hilariously bad.If a company says it’s using deep learning on problems where there aren’t extremely large data sets, it’s probably faking it. Deep learning can change your life, but it can also waste your time if you use a deep neural network just for the hype factor. There are companies using deep learning to write speeches even though it doesn’t work.Natural language understandingNLU is, simply put, AI’s ability to process and comprehend language and carry out a command based on that language. NLU can be a necessary part of business, and the technology has come a long way in just a few years. Consider the difference between Siri stumbling out of the gate before straightening things out. The capacity for AI to process an idea relayed from a person and then attach a response to it that solves the person’s problem is mind-boggling. But you still have to beware of the charlatans.A lot of consultants seem to think they’ve magically encapsulated AI expertise, and they throw around NLU to describe their work, but they’re not doing NLU unless they’re actually training the model, not just adding a service layer on top. This can be helpful in some instances, but the term itself doesn’t always mean what it seems. To determine whether a vendor is legit, ask what approach it used to tune its training data.Related: Is Artificial Intelligence Replacing Your Intelligence?Augmented intelligenceNon-tech people try to latch onto the AI trend by advertising “augmented intelligence,” as in “we will augment your intelligence with AI” — but AI already does that out of the box. That’s the idea. Adding a middleman that doesn’t actively touch the algorithms can add a lot of trash in an industry that’s supposed to eliminate waste.Steer away from companies that sold digital stickers 24 months ago but call themselves AI experts today. Many of these companies are hiring “machine learning specialists,” a job title that didn’t exist even six months ago. Machine learning engineering job listings have grown nearly tenfold since 2012, according to LinkedIn’s 2017 “U.S. Emerging Jobs Report.” It’s great to see growth in the industry, but can all those engineers write algorithms and train models? If not, be cautious.There are plenty of AI companies doing groundbreaking things that may very well change lives for the better. But every success story spawns a dozen new “know-it-alls.” Make sure you ask the hard questions to ensure you’re talking to the right people — or at least enjoy laughing at the plethora of huckster pitch decks you’ll now be able to identify. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

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Trans activists are urging a boycott of Matt Bomers film Anything

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘The decision to put yet another man in a dress to portray a transgender woman touches a nerve for transgender people, and rightfully so. It’s yet another painful reminder that, in the eyes of so many people, transgender women are really just men,’ Nick Adams, a trans staffer at GLAAD, wrote.In fact, there were trans actors who auditioned for this film, only to be rejected for the role.‘I auditioned for this. I told them they shouldn’t have a cis man play a trans woman. They didn’t care,’ Tweeted trans actress Jen Richards in 2016 in response to the announcement of Bomer’s casting.Representation mattersIn a post on Medium, activist Phaylen Fairchild writes:‘Anyone can put on lipstick and a dress, in fact, most men have at one point in their lives just for Halloween. The problem with Hollywood doing it over and over again (Jared Leto, Hillary Swank, Eddie Redmayne, Dakota Fanning) is that it never delivers the portrayal from an authentic emotional or psychological perspective. It’s reductive, and the Hollywood machine is so busy patting these “courageous” actors on the backs that they never see it.’‘While the concept of “Anything” is compelling, one cannot watch without seeing Matt Bomer playing a Transwoman, which completely breaks the immersion.’‘Clearly, Bomer has not had any access to the lives of Trans women, thus, he is forced to make it up as he goes along, trying to play a character rather than portray a figure whose life experiences have shaped them as a Transgender individual. Beyond that, seeing a cis Man, like Bomer, who can wipe off the makeup, go home to his family and leave it all behind because being Trans for 6 months was just his job is an insult to the actual brave men and women who walk out of their house into the hellish streets of prejudice and judgement every single day. They do not have the privilege of taking off their identity and resuming a “normal” life.’‘Here’s the thing- Trans women and men both young and old deserve to be accurately represented on-screen. We deserve to have a public presence where we are provided beacons of hope, enlightenment, and we have the right to be given our own screen idols. Glossing over the Trans existences in favor of a makeshift one by proxy of some cis actor is repeated negligence and a deliberate slap in the face to the entire Trans community. We’re asking for representation and visibility in media.’‘This is not it.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Matt Bomer’s indie flick Anything is slated for release next month. In the film, Bomer is playing a trans sex worker.However, many trans people and allies are urging a boycott of the film, as it’s yet again featuring a cis male actor as a trans woman. This was the case in films such as Dallas Buyers Club (starring Jared Leto) and The Danish Girl (starring Eddie Redmayne), among others.Anything boycottTrans Narratives, an organization focused on helping trans people share their stories, recently posted the following to Facebook:The post, which urges people to see A Fantastic Woman—which star trans actor Daniela Vega—over Anything, received widespread attention, being shared over 2,000 times.‘Here is some feedback. The meme resonated enough to get more than 2,000 shares in a couple of days,’ the page wrote. ‘Feedback indicates that most trans people are offended by Hollywood’s employment of cis men who put on a dress trying to imitate trans people. If it is no longer acceptable for white folks to play African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, why is it acceptable for men to play trans women?’Still, the people behind Trans Narratives got some backlash—mostly from gay men who are defending Bomer’s role.‘As a trans woman, I know from personal experience that many gay men believe that trans women are really gay men who refuse to deal with being gay men. I’ve been told this to my face,’ an admin of the page wrote.‘So perhaps the gay men who insist on “gay-splaining” that Matt Bomer should be playing a trans woman just can’t get over the notion that trans women are in fact women, not gay men.’The admins of the page practically begged cisgender people to listen to the voices of trans people about this.‘On Trans Narratives I asked the trans community what they thought of cis men playing trans women. The vast majority of trans people say it exploits us. Don’t debate us! Don’t tell us it’s just a movie and these men are just acting. Listen to us! Listen to a mother of trans children.’Problematic castingEven well-respected LGBTI organizations like GLAAD have pointed out the harm of casting cisgender men to play trans women. Help us to tell our stories, transgender groups call on HollywoodA first look at Matt Bomer as a trans sex worker in indie film AnythingLaverne Cox made an important point about trans representation in the mediaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trans-activists-urging-boycott-matt-bomers-film-anything/ Photo: YoutubeMatt Bomer portrays a transgender woman in the independent film Anything GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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300 transphobes leave Labour Party in protest over protrans policy

first_img‘If some transphobes want to leave Labour because of its support of an evidently vulnerable and underrepresented group, they can be my guests.‘If hating people like me is more important than fighting to beat the Tories, they didn’t belong here anyway,’ she added.Today, approximately 300 transmisogynist women left the Labour Party. Today is a good day — Lily Madigan (@LilyTMadigan) May 1, 2018Madigan believes trans people face higher levels of discrimination all around. This is through little representation in parliament, higher rates of sexual assault, belittling attitudes from men and social media abuse.She then said: ‘Labour are very clear that transphobia is against Party rules. Labour’s most important principle is the pursuit of socialism and everything that comes with that – chiefly, equality.’Labour Party members send support to Lily Madigan. | Photo: Lily Madigan FacebookWhen Madigan first became a Women’s Officer for the Labour Party last year, trolls sent horrific abuse via social media.As a result, the hash tag ‘I stand with Lily’ began trending on social media.At the time, the activist said: ‘There’s only so many times I can read lies or my deadname or misgender.’Madigan also called for more trans and non-binary people to strive to become elected officials earlier this year.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Trans Women’s Officer Lily Madigan and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. | Photo: Lily Madigan / Instagram Transgender Labour activist Lily Madigan loses out on Jo Cox leadership placeWoman posts transphobic poll – internet responds in best way possibleTrolls target trans people by donating to anti-transgender fundraiser in their nameRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/300-transphobes-leave-labour-party-in-protest-over-pro-trans-policy/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The group were part of a small – yet vocal – minority of women within the Labour Party who have been objecting to the notion of ‘all-women shortlists’ being open to trans women.The current Labour Party platform states trans people who self-identify as women are welcome to join the shortlist. This is even if they haven’t physically transitioned.Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party. | Photo: Andy Miah / FlickrLabour activist group Mayday4Women sent a draft letter to The Times. In it, they threatened: ‘We are dismayed at the Labour Party’s support for sex as a self-identified characteristic for all-women shortlists.‘We now face a situation in which any man can simply claim to be a woman and be included on all-women shortlists.‘Sex is not a self-defined characteristic and it is disingenuous for Labour to pretend that it is. Self-identity – ‘I am what I say I am’ – reeks of male authority and male supremacy.‘It is for that reason that we – alongside 300 other women – are resigning from the Labour Party today,’ the letter read.Lily Madigan: ‘Transphobia is against Party rules’Lily Madigan is the first transgender woman to become the Women’s Officer in the Labour Party.In response to the letter, she told GSN: ‘Women who don’t share our party’s fundamental values are right to leave.’center_img Over 300 female ‘transphobes’ threatened to leave the UK Labour Party in protest today (1 May) over the party’s new pro-trans policy. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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