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Google’s cyberpeace campaign aims to educate the youth on cyber safety

Teaching the youth on digital responsibility

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The Internet has touched many aspects of society in the modern era. More so, it has revolutionized the way people interact with each other. With the Internet becoming more accessible than before, more people are depending on it to make their lives easier.

However, easier Internet access also introduces some challenges to society. For the youth, one of the challenges to Internet access is ensuring safety from malicious sites. It facilitates instant communication — a key avenue for cyberbullying and harassment.

Google and the Teach Peace, Build Peace movement are aware of the rising cases in cyberbullying and harassment. That is why they partnered together to launch the “Cyberpeace: Creating a peaceful internet together” campaign. The campaign aims to educate safety etiquette and responsibility on cyberspace to the youth.

Teaching peace together

With the campaign, Google will mobilize YouTube vloggers, teachers, employees, and volunteers to various public and private high schools across the Philippines. They will teach high school students on using the Internet in a more responsible and safer way. Google’s Be Internet Awesome will serve as the curriculum for these educational teach-ins.

Google’s curriculum will tackle key issues in cyber safety. It will focus on online reputation, critical thinking to fight scams and misinformation, privacy and security, cyberbullying, and reporting inappropriate online behaviors. Plus, it will also tackle catfishing and cancel culture — specific issues arising from social media.

It launched on February 11 with San Francisco High School in Quezon City as the pilot school. The campaign will proceed to other high schools in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Janine Vela teaching kids at San Francisco High School in Quezon City.

“Through the Cyberpeace campaign, we hope not to only help Filipino families stay safer online but provide a springboard for a shared, nationwide commitment to a more peaceful internet, at the heart of a vibrant digital economy for all Filipinos,” said Bernadette Nacario, country director of Google Philippines.

Cultivating a peaceful cyberspace

The need to educate the youth on digital citizenship is important as the Philippines has the highest number of households using digital technologies. The total figure tallies at 71 percent. Meanwhile, 85 percent of the family surveyed in the Philippines worry about their child being exposed to inappropriate content online.

Google’s campaign answers the need for educating youth about cyber safety and digital responsibility. It goes along with other tools from the company such as 2-step verification, Family Link, SafeSearch, and YouTube Kids.

At the end of day, however, it is best for families to teach their child about proper and safe browsing. Proper education goes a long way in ensuring responsible and informed digital citizens. After all, the Internet is a powerful resource that entails great responsibility to those who use it.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake final trailer

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From the time it made a huge splash in E3 2015, we’ve been glued and have been waiting anxiously for this game to come out. And now, it’s finally upon us. The Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming and this is the final trailer with just days away from the April 10, 2020 release.

If you pre-ordered the game, you already pre-load it now so you can play right away on April 10. Square Enix also shipped the game early to some areas earlier than scheduled considering the Coronavirus situation that has everyone on lockdown.

With the game coming, it’s highly likely PlayStation gamers will now have more incentive to stay home.

Watch the final trailer.

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Zoom’s security is tied to China

Opening access to Chinese authorities

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Days ago, Zoom’s status as an indisputable teleconferencing solution today blew out of proportion. Though its userbase is still on the rise, Zoom is constantly finding more and more flaws in its infrastructure. For example, a report has recently revealed the platform’s lack of true end-to-end encryption.

Today, The Citizen Lab, a research laboratory in Toronto, revealed another concerning flaw with the popular app. Apparently, the mostly American company employs “at least 700 employees in China. Though the company is still primarily American, Zoom’s Chinese presence can open it up to “pressure from Chinese authorities.” Even if a meeting’s participants are in the US, for example, Chinese parties can still access the meeting.

As we already know, Zoom’s encryption is lackluster, allowing Zoom employees to access private information if they need to. Of course, despite the revelation, Zoom has still claimed its respect over its users’ information.

However, with potential Chinese interference, who can really tell? In the report’s conclusion, The Citizen Lab does not recommend the platform for secrecy. Though a good chunk of users come from university settings, government officials, like UK’s Boris Johnson, have also started using the platform for official state meetings.

Additionally, the report goes into a potential flaw with Zoom’s “waiting room” feature. Before a meeting starts, a host can keep participants in a virtual waiting room before starting. Apparently, the feature can allow malicious parties to infiltrate the call. However, The Citizen Lab chose not to disclose the flaw to the public. Instead, they forwarded the flaw to Zoom; the company quickly turned the feature off for now.

Regardless, even without the feature, Zoom-bombing is quickly turning into a trend. All over the world, students have found ways to access meetings from other classes even without official access. Though disruptive, Zoom-bombing is still within the realm of jokes and pranks. Of course, the infiltrative method is easily exploitable by more malicious entities.

Despite its ease of access, Zoom is quickly losing its potential as a secure online platform for the quarantine era.

SEE ALSO: Zoom, Skype now used for virtual drinking parties

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OnePlus 8 Pro breaks 13 records in display tests

Display “visually indistinguishable from perfect,” according to DisplayMate

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To be clear, the OnePlus 8 series hasn’t officially launched yet. Currently, the company has the online launch event set on April 14th. However, some organizations have already received early review units of the anticipated flagship series. As you might have surmised from the title, a prominent display testing company has received one of these early units, granting its top prizes to the OnePlus 8 series.

Confirmed by DisplayMate through a tweet, the OnePlus 8 series has earned an A+ display rating, the highest possible score for the test. Further, the series has broken “10+ display performance records.” Apparently, the series’ color accuracy is “visually indistinguishable from perfect.”

Complementing this report, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau retweeted the accomplishment with his own clarifying comment. “Actually, the OnePlus 8 Pro hasn’t broken a single record. It’s broken 13,” he said.

Lau’s clarification confirms something we already know: that the OnePlus 8 Pro is way better than its lesser sibling, the OnePlus 8. Ironically, the CEO took down a more PR-friendly post about his company’s upcoming flagship series. DisplayMate likely referred to the more general “OnePlus 8 series” to draw attention to both phones. In contrast, Lau clearly attributes most of the accolades to just one phone of the two.

Regardless, we should also note that this isn’t the first groundbreaking phone for the display test. Last year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 similarly broke 13 records as well. It’s easy enough to assume that the OnePlus 8 Pro has successfully grabbed the crown from Samsung’s premium model from yesteryear.

According to previous leaks, the OnePlus 8 Pro will sport a 6.78-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, among other specs.

SEE ALSO: New OnePlus 8 leak reveals purple-orange gradient

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