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Secretive disaster charity GSD, founded by Sergey Brin, uses drones, superyachts, and more to deliver humanitarian aid during high-profile disasters (Mark Harris/The Daily Beast)

Mark Harris / The Daily Beast: Secretive disaster charity GSD, founded by Sergey Brin, uses drones, superyachts, and more to deliver humanitarian aid during high-profile disasters  —  WHERE THERE´S A WILL  —  Global Support and Development is made up of ex-military men and Brin´s former bodyguards.  But their mission isn´t warfare.

Urbint, which uses AI to predict and prevent threats to energy infrastructure and worker safety, raises $20M Series B (Christine Hall/Crunchbase News)

Christine Hall / Crunchbase News: Urbint, which uses AI to predict and prevent threats to energy infrastructure and worker safety, raises $20M Series B  —  Urbint, an artificial intelligence company for infrastructure and utility safety, secured $20 million in a Series B funding round co-led by Energy Impact Partners and Piva, the company said Thursday.

Nextdoor discontinues a feature that let users forward posts directly to police departments, but retains other ways, like DMs, to contact police via its app (Sarah Holder/Bloomberg)

Sarah Holder / Bloomberg: Nextdoor discontinues a feature that let users forward posts directly to police departments, but retains other ways, like DMs, to contact police via its app  —  “Forward to Police,” one of several Nextdoor programs to strengthen law enforcement relations, has been criticized for elevating racial profiling.

Social media execs owe it to staff, users, and society to examine structural forces empowering racists online and how their platforms undermine social justice (Kevin Roose/New York Times)

Kevin Roose / New York Times: Social media execs owe it to staff, users, and society to examine structural forces empowering racists online and how their platforms undermine social justice  —  Shows of support from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube don´t address the way those platforms have been weaponized by racists and partisan provocateurs.

Germany amends its NetzDG hate speech law, now requiring social media platforms to send flagged suspected criminal content directly to the federal police (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)

Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: Germany amends its NetzDG hate speech law, now requiring social media platforms to send flagged suspected criminal content directly to the federal police  —  While a French online hate speech law has just been derailed by the country´s top constitutional authority on freedom of expression grounds …
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