Esports Pros Have ‘Dream’ Jobs—but Game Publishers Have All the Power

Esports Pros Have ‘Dream’ Jobs—but Game Publishers Have All the Power

In 2020, Activision launched the Call of Duty League: 12 teams with five players each, representing 12 different cities around the world.As a top competitor playing on the Dallas Empire, Eubanks helped his team take the first Call of Duty League championship in July.

How Animal Activists Exposed the Brutality of Factory Farming

How Animal Activists Exposed the Brutality of Factory Farming

Last week’s episode of the Get WIRED podcast introduced listeners to Direct Action Everywhere—one of the most radical animal-rights organizations around—and the group’s leader, Wayne Hsiung.Sign up for our Podcasts newsletter and never miss an episode of Get WIRED, Gadget Lab, and Geek's Guide to the Galaxy.

How K-Pop Stans Became an Activist Force to Be Reckoned With

How K-Pop Stans Became an Activist Force to Be Reckoned With

Ria, who is 16, based in the US, and whose favorite K-pop group is the boyband BTS, heard about the plan to prank Trump from other K-pop fans on Twitter, though she was aware that the idea was circling on TikTok, too.

Zoom Shut Down US-Based Activists at China's Request

Zoom Shut Down US-Based Activists at China's Request

One potential way to help fix that problem: Give them privacy "nutrition" labels that let customers know exactly how safe a given smart speaker or connected toothbrush is.

India Is Using More Solar Energy—but It Carries a Lead Risk

India Is Using More Solar Energy—but It Carries a Lead Risk

At the 2018 United Nations climate meeting in Poland, the European Union and the Indian-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) signed a joint declaration that climate change activists say could help India meet its renewable energy target by 2022.

Can’t Go Out and Protest? Here’s How to Help From Home

Can’t Go Out and Protest? Here’s How to Help From Home

A Minnesota-based activist and community organizer, Mohammed wanted to hit the streets and march to demand justice for George Floyd and other black victims, but while the coronavirus is still rampant—and the possibility of unknowingly having it without any symptoms — the only option she had was to stay at home and stay safe from Covid-19.

On Instagram, Black Squares Overtook Activist Hashtags

On Instagram, Black Squares Overtook Activist Hashtags

As recent protests have spread across American cities following the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, organizers have worked tirelessly to share images and information across social media, urging followers to take action.

Greta Thunberg's Online Attackers Reveal a Grim Pattern

Greta Thunberg's Online Attackers Reveal a Grim Pattern

However, as the degrading sexualization of Thunberg and others demonstrates, the criticism and harassment women politicians and activists experience is different in kind than that experienced by their male counterparts.

Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

In an Monday, the world’s richest man committed $10 billion of his personal fortune to set up the new Bezos Earth Fund, which would support “scientists, activists, NGOs—any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.” The announcement was light on specifics, and it’s not clear yet how the money will be spent .

Activision Blizzard Pulled Its Games From Nvidia's Streaming Service

Activision Blizzard Pulled Its Games From Nvidia's Streaming Service

That means that, in addition to his presence definitely being off the table for The Game Awards, he'll also not be helming the E3 Coliseum event, which has been a big deal at the show in recent years.

An Esports Exodus to YouTube Reshapes the Livestream Wars

An Esports Exodus to YouTube Reshapes the Livestream Wars

Today, YouTube announced that it will exclusively stream three behemoth esports leagues—the Call of Duty League, the Overwatch League, and Hearthstone Esports, all controlled by Activision Blizzard—that had lived primarily on the game streaming platform Twitch.

Greta Thunberg Takes on the World

Greta Thunberg Takes on the World

Over the course of the last two weeks, at the 25th Conference of the Parties in Madrid—referred to as COP25, an annual United Nations summit that gathers global leaders, scientists, and activists on issues of environmental justice—16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg has commanded an unusual pull.

Google Employees Protest to Fight for the 'Future of Tech'

Google Employees Protest to Fight for the 'Future of Tech'

Rivers and Berland believe they are being retaliated against for speaking up, as part of a small but vocal group of employee activists who have criticized various company policies and projects over the past few years.

Here’s How to Watch the WIRED25 Summit Live

Here’s How to Watch the WIRED25 Summit Live

Today, WIRED25 returns to San Francisco for two days packed with forward-thinking talks and activities by some of the world’s most innovative and influential people .We’ll have climate activists and CEOs, actors and authors, scientists and engineers—plus a guy who can teach you to make the world's best paper airplane.

Hong Kong Is the Latest Tripwire for Tech Firms in China

Hong Kong Is the Latest Tripwire for Tech Firms in China

Over the weekend, an esports player for another Blizzard title, Hearthstone, had shouted a Hong Kong protest slogan on the game's official Taiwanese livestream; in response, Activision Blizzard suspended the player from high-level competitive play for a year and said it would not pay out his past winnings, claiming that he had violated rules barring acts that "offend a portion or group of the public.".

'Destiny 2: Shadowkeep' Is Ready to Kill the Past

'Destiny 2: Shadowkeep' Is Ready to Kill the Past

In Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Bungie's first major game expansion since its break with Activision, the developer allows players to return to the moon.The decision to make Destiny 2's most blatant fan service into its first attempt at horror is a curious one, made more interesting by the way Shadowkeep changes how the game plays.

Greta Thunberg's Digital Rise Calls Back to a Pre-Digital Era

Greta Thunberg's Digital Rise Calls Back to a Pre-Digital Era

“She has a much larger platform because she’s talking about a global phenomenon.” Like the Parkland students—notably Emma González and David Hogg—Thunberg excels at using her personality to humanize a complex political issue, and, as Middaugh puts it, “clapping back at critics.” “They share this ability to use participatory, social media activism methods while also interfacing with public officials,” she says.

Tesla's Million-Mile Battery, Greta Thunberg's UN Speech, and More News

Tesla's Million-Mile Battery, Greta Thunberg's UN Speech, and More News

A lofty Elon Musk promise may soon be realized, a teen activist blistered members of the UN, and we have some recommendations for fitness trackers.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Thousands of Tech Workers Join Global Climate Change Strike

Thousands of Tech Workers Join Global Climate Change Strike

Thousands of workers from Amazon, , Google, Microsoft, , Square, and other tech companies are expected to walk out today as part of a worldwide climate change strike led by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg.

Most of the Google Walkout Organizers Have Left the Company

Most of the Google Walkout Organizers Have Left the Company

Four of the seven Google employees who organized a 20,000-person walkout in November have resigned from the company, including two women who claimed Google retaliated against them for their internal activism.

Cloudflare’s Five-Year Project to Protect Nonprofits Online

Cloudflare’s Five-Year Project to Protect Nonprofits Online

So Al Shafei wrote to the internet infrastructure company Cloudflare and its initiative "Project Galileo," which offers free defense tools and technical support to human rights groups, activists, journalists, and artistic organizations around the world.

The Future of 'Destiny 2' Looks Pretty Swell

The Future of 'Destiny 2' Looks Pretty Swell

Earlier this week, Bungie ran a stream detailing the future of Destiny 2 and revealing the first major moves of the game and the company since they both split from Activision a few months back.

Far-Right Propaganda Floods Facebook Ahead of EU Elections

Far-Right Propaganda Floods Facebook Ahead of EU Elections

According to a new report by online activist group Avaaz, networks of fake accounts, pages, and groups have been spreading divisive, white-nationalist, anti-immigrant content throughout Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Poland, and Spain.

Shell's London Headquarters Vandalized by Climate Protesters

Shell's London Headquarters Vandalized by Climate Protesters

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s London headquarters suffered thousands of dollars’ worth of damage after climate-change protesters smashed doors and glued their hands to windows. One activist has already been arrested for the actions at the Shell office, out of nine that participated, Extinction Rebellion said.

Amazon Employees Try a New Form of Activism, as Shareholders

Amazon Employees Try a New Form of Activism, as Shareholders

Amazon’s proxy statement, released Thursday, includes an employee-backed resolution asking the company to report publicly on how it plans to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and manage the risks posed by climate change.

Security News This Week: The US Tracked Journalists Reporting on the Migrant Caravan

Security News This Week: The US Tracked Journalists Reporting on the Migrant Caravan

After the Migrant Caravan, the US Gov Tracked Journalists and Activists According to documents obtained by the local NBC 7 news station in San Diego, the US government has reportedly created a secret database to track journalists, activists, and at least one lawyer.

The Conference Where Diversity in Tech Is Celebrated

The Conference Where Diversity in Tech Is Celebrated

"It was great to show up to an event that not only had a diverse group of panelists and attendees, but also hired talented photographers who are queer or women of color—like Meg Allen and Ashleigh Reddy." This year's Lesbians Who Tech panelists and speakers included Georgia politician Stacey Abrams, Laurene Powell Jobs, Pose ’s Angelica Ross, and activist Alicia Garza.

The Fallout of the Activision Layoffs Will Last a While

The Fallout of the Activision Layoffs Will Last a While

Unity Might Be Going Public, Which Could Be Troubling for the Independent Developers Who Rely on Unity Unity Technologies, the company behind the incredibly popular Unity game engine, might be up for an IPO in 2020, according to rumors rounded up by Variety .

Don't Blame Fortnite for Activision-Blizzard's Layoffs

Don't Blame Fortnite for Activision-Blizzard's Layoffs

There is a Fortnite Effect, yes, but it's not being caused by the game's continuing utter dominance—the source is a lack of original thinking among developers and investors both. Activision-Blizzard announced that it would pour money into its games, increasing development staff up to 20 percent over the next year.

A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering

A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering

With this approach it’s binary: Either the hash matches or it doesn’t, and it's all publicly verifiable." "We can show that there are ways to ensure that all parties have faith in the video and how it was captured." Josh Mitchell, Amber Security Consultant A tool like Amber has obvious appeal for human rights activists, free speech advocates, and law enforcement watchdogs wary of potential abuse coverups, but governments also have an interest in video integrity tools.

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