CBC: Montreal publisher launches online campaign to add Cree to Google’s translation software

CBC: Montreal publisher launches online campaign to add Cree to Google’s translation software. “The preamble to John’s petition points out that Maori, the language of Aboriginal people in New Zealand, is available on Google Translate. New Zealand government data suggests there are approximately 50,000 Maori speakers there, but data from Statistics Canada’s 2016 census shows there were more than 96,000 Cree speakers in Canada when information was gathered.”

TechCrunch: Facebook launches petition feature, its next battlefield

TechCrunch: Facebook launches petition feature, its next battlefield . “Gather a mob and Facebook will now let you make political demands. Tomorrow [Monday, January 21] Facebook will encounter a slew of fresh complexities with the launch of Community Actions, its News Feed petition feature. Community Actions could unite neighbors to request change from their local and national elected officials and government agencies. But it could also provide vocal interest groups a bully pulpit from which to pressure politicians and bureaucrats with their fringe agendas.”

The Hill: White House taking down petition website, pledges to launch new one

The Hill: White House taking down petition website, pledges to launch new one. “The White House says it will take down a website that hosts petitions to the federal government, with a promise to restore it as a new site next year. The ‘We The People’ website, launched by then-President Obama in 2011, will be taken down on Tuesday at midnight, The Associated Press reported Monday.”

Quartz: Obama’s White House webmaster says we should cut Trump’s team some slack

Quartz: Obama’s White House webmaster says we should cut Trump’s team some slack. “Since his inauguration, Trump has personally struggled with digital illiteracy, but notable changes also immediately befell whitehouse.gov: The pages for civil rights, climate change, disability, and LGBT rights, among others, disappeared. A Spanish-language version of the site is no longer available. One eagle-eyed user also discovered that signatures on the White House’s digital petitions portal didn’t seem to be getting recorded correctly. Some have called the changes malicious, others simply negligent. But there’s plenty of reason to believe they’re also entirely par for the course.” In 1996 I tried to approach some political folks and ask them what they were doing with the Internet. Most of them had no idea what I was taking about. That was only 21 years ago.

White House Updates “We The People” Petitions Site

The White House has updated its “We the People” petitions site. The big things: the site is now more mobile-optimized and there’s more guidance in creating petitions. “Some things, of course, stayed the same. The threshold for response is still 100,000 signatures. When we do respond, we are still going to be candid and honest with you. And whenever possible, we’re going to find ways to engage further: to talk with you directly, to answer your questions, and to connect you to ongoing opportunities to learn about and participate in a cause that matters to you.” Early versions of We The People caused some controversy, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this new version works.