Mark Zuckerberg says hes going outside his comfort zone in 2019 to

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said his personal challenge for 2019 is to host regular public discussions about the future of technology in society.The chats will focus on “the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes and the anxieties” of how technology will shape human behaviour, Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday. He said the chats will help him expand his thinking beyond engineering.“Every few weeks I’ll talk with leaders, experts, and people in our community from different fields and I’ll try different formats to keep it interesting,” he wrote. “These will all be public, either on my Facebook or Instagram pages or on other media.” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says tech giant’s problems will take years to fix, if ever Facebook wielded user data to reward or punish rivals, internal materials show Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s reputation has been stained by one crisis after another Every year, Zuckerberg comes up with a resolution for himself. In past years he’s learned Mandarin, gone on a tour of U.S. states, and sent daily thank-you notes. In 2011, he challenged himself to only eat meat he killed himself. Lately, his personal challenges have been more aligned with Facebook’s business needs. The company has come under fire the past several years for its data-collection practices, user privacy breaches and information sharing, and its stock fell 26 per cent last year. Zuckerberg’s 2018 task was to fix Facebook.“I’m an engineer, and I used to just build out my ideas and hope they’d mostly speak for themselves,” Zuckerberg said. “But given the importance of what we do, that doesn’t cut it anymore. So I’m going to put myself out there more than I’ve been comfortable with and engage more in some of these debates about the future, the tradeoffs we face, and where we want to go.”Bloomberg.com read more

UN agencies join forces with Johnson Johnson to tackle violenceAIDS link

Under the initiative, contributions from the company, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) will go to groups in ten developing countries.UNIFEM’s Executive Director, Noeleen Heyzer, welcomed the partnership, pointing to the importance of public-private initiatives in contributing needed resources to the fight against gender-based violence and the AIDS epidemic.She said in the coming year, the Trust Fund would “support innovative community initiatives to raise awareness and spur public action, provide medical, psycho-social and legal assistance to survivors of violence and women living with HIV, and support HIV-positive women’s networks to diminish stigma.”Dr. Anu Gupta, Director of Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions, said the grants will help women “who have become infected with HIV/AIDS as a result of violence or who suffer escalated violence due to their HIV-positive status.”Praising Johnson & Johnson for its contribution, Deborah Landey, Deputy-Executive Director of UNAIDS said the initiative was critical. “There is an urgent need for programmes like this one that provide funds to community initiatives that directly benefit women in developing countries.”Data from around the globe show a growing link between gender-based violence and HIV, particularly among young women. Studies from Rwanda, Tanzania and South Africa indicate that the risk for HIV among women who have experienced violence may be up to three times higher than among those who have not. Sexual violence, increasingly prevalent in recent conflicts around the world, is fuelling the spread of the disease. During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, a large majority of the estimated 250,000 women who were raped contracted HIV.Projects receiving support include community initiatives targeting social groups that have suffered spikes in rates of HIV-infection and gender-based violence, cultural radio programmes, and assistance to survivors of violence and women living with HIV/AIDS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Vietnam, India and Haiti.The grants were awarded as part of the UNIFEM-managed UN Trust Fund to Eliminate Violence against Women. read more