The Next Web: This AI tool is translating 2,000 African languages in a bid to boost local economies

The Next Web: This AI tool is translating 2,000 African languages in a bid to boost local economies. “A digital platform called OBTranslate that aims to translate more than 2,000 African languages to enable rural dwellers to gain easy access to global markets has been launched.”

NBC News: Just how much is $250 billion in tariffs?

NBC News: Just how much is $250 billion in tariffs?. “To show the economic stake of each of the $250 billion in items already being taxed, NBC compiled a searchable database of the tariffs along with their import values for 2015-2017. The bigger the dollar amount, the more the U.S. economy spends on these goods.”

New data on governance of national oil companies: Why transparency and oversight matter (Brookings)

Brookings: New data on governance of national oil companies: Why transparency and oversight matter . “The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) conducted a survey of 71 NOCs [National Oil Companies] worldwide in order to assemble the world’s largest open database of NOC operational and financial information. We believe that the database… will help improve oversight—and aid NOCs’ leaders—by providing a stronger basis for understanding what peer companies are doing elsewhere and facilitating research on patterns across NOCs. The database contains more than 70,000 data points covering more than 100 indicators.”

European Commission: New database for EU geographical indications aims to increase transparency and simplify search

European Commission: New database for EU geographical indications aims to increase transparency and simplify search. “Launched today 1 April 2019, the new public database ‘eAmbrosia – the EU Geographical Indications registers’ will give easy access to information on all EU Geographical Indications (GI), including their status (applied, published or registered), their product specification, and a direct link to the legal basis when they are officially protected.” I didn’t have a clear idea of what geographical indications were but WIPO helped me out: “A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.”

Knowledge@Wharton: Using a Company’s Own Words to Assess Its Risks

Knowledge@Wharton: Using a Company’s Own Words to Assess Its Risks. “When analysts or academics want to assess the risks that a company faces, they usually look at macroeconomic factors or internal firm metrics such as a declining sales trend to calculate those risks. But research from Wharton doctoral candidate Alejandro Lopez Lira takes a different approach. He asked this question: What if, instead of letting the outside world tell us what risks a company faces, we let the company tell us itself? After all, a company knows its business best. Lopez Lira used machine learning to read through the annual reports of all U.S. public companies to find out which risks they identified as the most serious ones they face. And the results can be surprising.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google Takes New Policy Approach Amid Growing Global Threats

Bloomberg Quint: Google Takes New Policy Approach Amid Growing Global Threats. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google is reorganizing its approach to global policy, including the addition of resources to emerging markets, according to a person familiar with the moves, which come as the internet giant faces new threats and regulations around the world. In an internal email, the company’s new global policy chief, Karan Bhatia, described the reorganization as a reaction to policy makers who are increasingly empowered to regulate the company’s core businesses, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing personnel decisions.”