Challenger Center – Teacher in Space

Challenger:The Shuttle Disaster

I was sitting up, trying to help my baby son through colic, and watching television, when the Challenger blew up, on TV, In front of me.

I dragged my sleeping wife out of bed to share this terrible moment.

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For me, the seminal moment was watching a NASA PR person pull Christa McAlliffes parents off the viewing platform, as they tried to figure out what had happened.

NASA has honoured her, by performing the experiments she was going to perform in zero gravity on the space shuttle, years later,  on the ISS.

Look at them here, and think for a moment about the price she paid in the hope of educating her students.

Sharon Christa Corrigan McAuliffe – Teacher-in-Space Payload Specialistcher-in-Space Payload Specialist

Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar

Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar:

Facebook, once again shows itself to be wanting. Mark Zuckerberg’s god is money, and to hell with all the poor people…

His position on the Du*b Fu*ks is on record.

One day, he will be held to account for his failures.

 

Even now, Facebook doesn’t have a single employee in the country of some 50 million people. Instead, it monitors hate speech from abroad. This is mainly done through a secretive operation in Kuala Lumpur that’s outsourced to Accenture, the professional services firm, and codenamed “Project Honey Badger.”

According to people familiar with the matter, the project, which handles many Asian countries, hired its first two Burmese speakers, who were based in Manila, just three years ago. As of June, Honey Badger had about 60 people reviewing reports of hate speech and other content posted by Myanmar’s 18 million active Facebook users. Facebook itself in April had three full-time Burmese speakers at a separate monitoring operation at its international headquarters in Dublin, according to a former employee.

Honey Badger employees typically sign one-year renewable contracts and agree not to divulge that the client is Facebook. Reuters interviewed more than a half-dozen former monitors who reviewed Southeast Asian content.

A Facebook official said outsourcing its content monitoring is more efficient because the companies it uses are specialists in ramping up such operations. He declined to disclose how many Burmese speakers the company has on the job worldwide, saying it was “impossible to know, to be definitive on that.”

“It’s not enough,” he added.