“If we’re to truly beat corruption, we need to instil a culture of lawfulness…

first_imgEach year, on December 9, the world marks International Anti-Corruption Day. We treat this not only as a means to raise awareness, but also as an opportunity to showcase innovative ways that people and organizations can work together to counter this scourge. Corruption affects each and every one of us: our healthcare suffers when funds for medical equipment are stolen; our education systems are hit when school budgets are illegally siphoned off; and our political institutions are undermined when bribes are paid and kickbacks sought. The transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to which the world committed last year, has put efforts to fight corruption in context and has given us a new perspective. Preventing and fighting corruption is an essential investment to the infrastructure that we need to put in place to achieve the 2030 Agenda. Our challenge is to create and sustain effective, transparent and accountable institutions at all levels. The task that we have ahead of us therefore is to develop a new norm – one where corruption is not seen as part of life, or as a part of doing business, or where impunity is accepted.But what can we do to achieve this? Last year, the world’s key policymakers and practitioners dealing with crime prevention and criminal justice gathered in Doha for the 13th United Nations Crime Congress. Over 5,000 people from across the globe attended the Congress which adopted the Doha Declaration, a solemn and robust commitment by the world’s governments to promote peaceful, corruption-free and inclusive societies because they are essential to achieving sustainable development. My office, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, has rolled out a set of concrete actions to help countries build up the institutions and put in place the measures necessary to implement the Doha Declaration and thus prevent and fight crime, including corruption. One of the pillars of this program is the ‘Education for Justice’ initiative, which works with primary, secondary and tertiary education institutions. It looks to prevent crime through education activities and curricula which will help educators teach the next generation to understand and address problems that undermine the rule of law. We believe that the best way to achieve the peaceful, corruption-free and inclusive societies the world needs for sustainable development is to ultimately promote a culture of lawfulness. Building respect for the rule of law, and instilling its core values among the world’s future adults directly complements our activities concerning strengthening today’s legal and institutional frameworks. As the guardian of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, UNODC works with states on a daily basis to devise responses to this crime. The convention is the world’s only legally binding international anti-corruption instrument. With 180 states parties having ratified the convention, it is nearing universal participation and is bolstered by a peer review mechanism, where states parties assess progress towards effective implementation. This International Anti-Corruption Day, let’s work together to build a ‘new norm,’ one of respect for the rule of law and rooting out corruption.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mobile Marketing Made Easier & Smarter: Urban Airship Launches New Publishing & Reporting Tools

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Cross-platform mobile push notification and in-app purchase service Urban Airship announced two new features this morning that mobile savvy marketers are sure to find compelling. In a world fast becoming more mobile, more real time and more data-centric, these technologies are very well timed. Hopefully they’ll be self-correcting enough that app users won’t be driven crazy. The company’s new Push Composer is a simple web-based publishing platform for publishing messages that will be delivered to app users’ iOS, Android or BlackBerry screens. Messages can be scheduled ahead of time and delivered to groups of users segmented by a variety of tags. The second new feature, UA Reports, displays daily metrics about notification open rates by time of day. With nearly 10 million notifications sent each day, Urban Airship says it intends to offer mobile marketing benchmarks, best practices for maximizing engagement through push and more data-centric insights in the near future.An Unusual CompanyWe first wrote about Urban Airship eighteen months ago, when the then tiny startup unveiled its plans to act as a technology middle-man for app developers interested in outsourcing the infrastructure required to take advantage of the new push notifications and in-app purchasing on the iPhone. The company was founded by a scrappy group of engineers with a bizzarre story: their previous employer collapsed overnight, offering company computers in lieu of final checks, they built and sold an online bacon delivery website and a number of them were fortunate enough to receive unemployment payments for bootstrapping entrepreneurs under an innovative program from the state of Oregon. Then they built Urban Airship. Led by serial innovator Scott Kveton, the company started landing customers fast and furious.Fast forward to today and the now venture-backed startup says it has more than 7500 customers, using the company’s services in almost 16,000 different apps, and adds an average of 43 new customers each day. In addition to push and in-app sales, the company was powering some of the first experiments with iOS content subscription. Urban Airship’s list of customers is long and interesting, from Target to the Guardian, Warner Brothers, the Vancouver Canucks and Groupon. That’s right – this little startup powers the push notifications for the fastest growing tech company in history. Say what you will about Groupon (I’m no fan) but that’s impressive.As we discussed in depth when it was revealed that push notifications were coming to the Twitter iPhone app, push enables new forms of interaction with mobile apps. Beyond increasing user engagement, push offers users opportunities to interact with apps in ways that are real-time, synchronous and rich with flow. The interruptive nature of push allows for finer-tuned prioritization of certain messages from certain sources. Push is a big deal, and Urban Airship makes it easy and systematic for app developers to implement it.From its humble beginnings, the startup has now grown to 25 employees, has taken over a spacious office in Portland, Oregon and is quickly hiring many of the most cutting edge engineers, designers and sales people in that tech-rich town. The building now houses a number of mobile startups, including former Twitter engineer Alex Payne’s forthcoming BankSimple. A publicly available mobile device testing lab is in the works as well, gathering devices from manufacturers around the world for anyone to come and test their apps on. Moving Beyond Speaking to GeeksUrban Airship says that companies come to it to save time and money on deploying push notifications, but there’s far more than can be done once the customers are in the door. The startup is building new features quickly – some go over well (like RSS to push) and others have been slower to gain adoption, like the feature the company calls “rich media push.”The two features the company is releasing today speak to a new audience, though. While the legacy product is ultimately an API play, the new features adress the needs of marketing organizations. Both features are being tested with existing customers but will be made generally available once that testing is complete.The new Push Composer is like a little blogging platform, or a Twitter client, but for writing Push Notifications. An attractive UI allows anyone to compose short messages, schedule them for delivery and segment the audience based on tags that users may have opted-into or that a mobile app provider applied to people themselves. For example: one group of recipients might like the Portland Trailblazers, another group may be people who have opened a push notification within the previous 24 hours. Tagged groups can be whatever you like. Click send and boom, the message will be sent and received in seconds.At launch the Composer does not allow users to determine what screen in an app gets opened when a notification is viewed, but the company says that may be offered in the future. Right now when recipients view a notification, the app simply opens up its front page.Even more interesting are the new UA Reports. At first the reports are simple. They just track app opens, time in app, and push volume over time.In time, Urban Airship hopes to see what kinds of data their customers want and to offer a wide variety of information based on that data it collects, cross referenced with other data sources. The company says it believes that app developers will eventually make decisions based on the data the reports deliver: what kinds of notifications get the most response? What kinds of features are users best alerted to by push? Which features or content types should be more prominent in the experience of the app? marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts The company says, for example, that one of its magazine customers found that push notifications and icon badges for its mobile apps were being opened more often at 9 PM than at any other time of the day. In response, the magazine now regularly pushes new content and notifications around 8:30 to prime the pump for evening readers.Push notifications are great for keeping users engaged with apps, but some mobile devices handle them better than others. On iOS they are frankly terrible – though rumors are flying that drastic improvements may be forthcoming. Will putting push composition in the hands of marketers lead to notification overload, a declining user experience and consumer backlash? That seems like one of the risks, but one that Urban Airship hopes to tackle with data-based education about best practices. The company says it has one full time engineer dedicated to metrics right now, but does not offer any formal training or guidelines in pushing just right instead of too much.“2011 is the year that mobile apps need to prove their value,” says Urban Airship’s Jason Glaspey in the company’s announcement today. “With thousands of apps fighting for consumer attention and an average app lifespan of one month or less, developers and marketers need powerful tools.”With a full-speed-ahead attitude and plenty of momentum, Urban Airship will now try to provide just that kind of tools. Hopefully the data analysis the company shares with its customers will help keep trigger-happy push composers in check and not lead to an overwhelming flood of notifications. Time will tell. It looks like this new mode of communication is about to become easier and smarter than ever before. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Slovakia Defeats Russia, Switzerland & Romania Draw

first_imguefa euro 2016 – group stage (group a) Switzerland and Romania kicked off Matchday 2 of group play of UEFA Euro 2016. Switzerland was the better side in the opening 15 minutes and threatened on two occasions Romania’s goal. But it was the Romania’s who opened the score when they were awarded a penalty, which was successfully converted by Stancu. After the goal,the Swiss continued to dominate the game and and pulled level 12 minutes after the restart. Romania poorly cleared a corner and the ball fell to Mehmedi who rocketed one passed Tatarusanu. Neither team created a chance to take the lead as Switzerland dominated the possession. The game ended 1-1, a result that favors Switzerland in Group A. The Swiss now sit in a comfortable position to advance to the knockout stages, sitting in 2nd place on 4 points. A win will only do for Romania in their final group match against Albania, to keep their hopes alive for progression. Slovakia defeated Russia 2-1 in the second matchday of Group B and earned 3 important points in their quest to progress to the Knockout Stages. In Group A, Switzerland and Romania played to a 1-1 draw, a result that puts Switzerland in a good place to advance from the Group Stages. Slovakia was the overall better side in today’s match against Russia. The opening goal came at the half-hour mark from former Olympiacos player Vladimir Weiss. Weiss’s right footed shot was well placed, beating Akinfeev to give Slovakia the 1-0 lead. Right before the halftime whistle, Hamsik’ tremendous strike doubled Slovakia’s lead and gave them the clear advantage to get all three points. Russia created minimal opportunities to get back in the game but with ten minutes remaining, the Russian’s pulled on back. The one goal was not enough for the comeback and Slovakia came away with the victory and all three points. Slovakia’s win complicates matters in Group B, keeping them well in contention to progress. On the other hand, Russia’s loss will put them in a difficult position with one game remaining against Wales. Both teams will await to see the results of the other group match between Wales and England , which is scheduled for tomorrow. **PAOK’s Robert Mak was in Slovakia’s Starting XI and played for 80 minutesSwitzerland’s Breel Embolo controls the ball in front of Romania’s Vlad Chiriches, left, during the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between Romania and Switzerland at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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