Employment and Immigration

Tech Industry Urges Trump to Continue DACA Program

Tech Industry Urges Trump to Continue DACA Program

The a number of US tech companies, which included some major players, called on President Donald Trump to continue the DACA program. An initiative made under the Obama administration, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), or Dreamers Program, sought to give young immigrants a chance to stay in the country to work or study, instead of getting deported. In an open letter, companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook also urged Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act, stating that the previous DACA recipients are now diligently paying taxes and giving back to the community. Source: TechCrunch

Ex-Googlers Use AI to Match Tech Employees to Employers More Effectively

Ex-Googlers Use AI to Match Tech Employees to Employers More Effectively

Two former Google engineers have announced that they were able to create a system that makes the hiring process in the tech industry more efficient. Around 18 months ago, Richard Liu and Yunkai Zhou founded Leap.ai, a company that seeks to give employees and employers their “dream” match. The two says that their system is able to map the candidate’s dream employer and ideal role more effectively using a range of data including employment history, qualifications, skills, personal interests, career motivation and more. The company says their system is able to address the inefficiency brought by the manual process of […]

Google Hires Legendary Programmer Chris Lattner to Boost AI Efforts

Google Hires Legendary Programmer Chris Lattner to Boost AI Efforts

Confirmed earlier this week is the hiring of Chris Lattner, known as a “legendary” programmer within the tech industry, by Google. Before coming to Google, Lattner had previously worked at two other Silicon Valley giants – Apple and Tesla. He developed the Swift programming language while at Apple, then moved on to Tesla where he worked on the carmaker’s autopilot technology. Sources from Bloomberg say that Lattner will be working on Google’s TensorFlow language used in the search giant’s AI projects. Lattner says that by joining Google’s “Brain Team”, he’s hoping to make AI accessible to everyone.   Source: Engadget

The DICT as Indirect Regulator

The DICT as Indirect Regulator

A Look into the Department’s Potential for Impact on Telecommunications, Government Procurement and Coordination Among Agencies On May 20, 2016, Republic Act No. 1084, otherwise known as the “Department of lnformation and Communications Technology Act of 2015”, was signed into law. The Act’s Implementing Rules and Regulations have since been released as of October 15, 2016. Composed of administrative agencies formerly under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and which will remain autonomous, the DICT has several roles to play, among which are to ensure an increase in cyber security and monitor […]

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