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For decades, America’s antitrust laws — originally designed to curb the power of 19th-century corporate giants in railroads, oil and steel — have been hailed as “the Magna Carta of free enterprise” and have proved remarkably durable and adaptable[1].

But even as the Justice Department filed an antitrust suit against Google[2] on Tuesday for unlawfully maintaining a monopoly in search and search advertising, a growing number of legal experts and economists have started questioning whether traditional antitrust is up to the task of addressing the competitive concerns raised by today’s digital behemoths. Further help, they said, is needed.

Antitrust cases typically proceed at the stately pace of the courts, with trials and appeals that can drag on for years. Those delays, the legal experts and economists said, would give Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple a free hand to become even more entrenched in the markets they dominate.

A more rapid-response approach is required, they said. One solution: a specialist regulator that would focus on the major tech companies. It would establish and enforce a set of basic rules of conduct, which would include not allowing the companies to favor their own services, exclude competitors or acquire emerging rivals and require them to permit competitors access to their platforms and data on reasonable terms.

The British government has already said it would create a digital markets unit[3], with calls for a Big Tech regulator to also be introduced in the European Union and in Australia. In the United States, recommendations for a digital markets regulator have also been made in expert reports and in congressional testimony. It could be a separate agency or perhaps a digital division inside the Federal Trade Commission.

Significantly, the leading proponents of this path in the United States are mainstream antitrust experts and economists rather than break-’em-up firebrands. Jason Furman, a professor at Harvard University and chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration, led an advisory group to the British government[4] that recommended the creation of a digital markets unit in 2019.

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Breaking up the big tech companies, Mr. Furman said, is a bad idea because that would risk losing some of the consumer benefits these digital utilities undeniably deliver. A regulator is necessary to police digital markets and the behavior of the tech giants, he said.

“I’m a small ‘c’ conservative, and I’m not a fan of regulation generally,” Mr. Furman said. “But it’s needed in this space.”

Regulators that focus on specific sectors of the economy are common in the United States. For financial markets, there is the Securities and Exchange Commission; for airlines, the Federal Aviation Administration; for pharmaceuticals, the Food and Drug Administration; for telecommunications, the Federal Communications Commission[5]; and so on.

There is also precedent for picking out a handful of big companies for special treatment. In banking, the biggest banks with the most customers and loans are classified as “systemically important financial institutions” and subject to more stringent scrutiny.

Several supporters of a new tech regulator were officials in the Obama administration, which was known for being friendly to Silicon Valley. But the advocates said that experience — as well as the conservative, pro-big business drift of court rulings in recent years — left them frustrated with antitrust law[6] as the only way to restrain the growing market power and conduct of the big tech companies.

“The mechanism of antitrust is not working to protect competition,” said Fiona Scott Morton, an official in the Justice Department’s antitrust division in the Obama administration, who is an economist at the Yale University School of Management. “So let’s do something else — use a different tool.”

Ms. Scott Morton led an expert panel on antitrust in a report last year on digital platforms by the Stigler Center[7] at the University of Chicago[8]’s Booth School of Business. The report recommended the creation of a regulatory authority. (Ms. Scott Morton has been a forceful critic of Google, but also a consultant to Apple and Amazon.)

Such a regulatory approach carries the risk of government’s meddling in a fast-moving industry that could hobble innovation, some antitrust experts warned. While antitrust law reacts to alleged anticompetitive behavior and can thus be slow, that shortcoming is preferable to prescriptive government rules and regulations, they said.

“I’m very uncomfortable with the regulatory path, especially if it means things like getting government approval for product changes,” said Herbert Hovenkamp, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. “The history of regulation shows that it is an innovation killer.”

A. Douglas Melamed, a former general counsel of Intel and a former antitrust official in the Justice Department, shared that concern. But Mr. Melamed, a member of the expert panel for the Stigler Center report, said the tech giants did pose a competition problem.

“I think regulation might make sense if it is narrowly focused, not running the industry,” said Mr. Melamed, who is a professor at Stanford Law School.

The last major antitrust action against a big technology company was the landmark Microsoft case[9] in the 1990s. The case began with a suit filed in 1994 by the Federal Trade Commission and a simultaneous consent decree.

The Justice Department and several states later picked up the pursuit, investigated anew, filed suit and conducted an exhaustive trial. Microsoft was found to have repeatedly violated the nation’s antitrust laws, and the company then reached a settlement with the government, which a federal court approved in 2002.

In the Microsoft case, the antitrust legal process worked, in its way. Yet its impact is still debated. Without the suit and years of scrutiny, some observers said, Microsoft could have throttled the rise of Google.

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But others said the technological shift toward the internet and away from the personal computer meant that Microsoft had lost the gatekeeper power it once held. Technology, not antitrust, they insisted, opened the door to competition.

Triumph or not, the Microsoft case was two decades ago. Proponents of a new regulator said antitrust law was ill suited by itself to restraining today’s faster-moving digital giants. In the internet economy, they said, the forces that reinforce and expand the power of a market leader — called network effects — are stronger and more rapid than in the personal computer era.

“Antitrust is not a fully adequate tool to deal with the companies that dominate these markets,” said Gene Kimmelman, who was on the Stigler Center panel and a co-author of a recent report by the Shorenstein Center[10] at Harvard that called for the creation of a “digital platform agency” in America.

Another argument for the regulatory option is that competition concerns now span four companies, not just one. Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google are in different markets, including search, online advertising, e-commerce and social networks. Bringing separate antitrust cases against them would most likely be beyond the resources of the government.

“When the competition issues are larger than a single firm, regulation might be the better tool to use,” said Andrew I. Gavil, a law professor at Howard University.

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It’s time to rethink the legal treatment of robots http://inloop.in/2020/10/22/its-time-to-rethink-the-legal-treatment-of-robots/ http://inloop.in/2020/10/22/its-time-to-rethink-the-legal-treatment-of-robots/#respond Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:00:00 +0000 https://www.technologyreview.com/?p=1011057https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/10/22/1011057/reasonable-robot-ryan-abobott-excerpt-tax-robots/ A pandemic is raging with devastating consequences, and long-standing problems with racial bias and political polarization are coming to a head. Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to help us…

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A pandemic is raging with devastating consequences, and long-standing problems with racial bias and political polarization are coming to a head. Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to help us deal with these challenges. However, AI’s risks have become increasingly apparent. Scholarship has illustrated cases of AI opacity and lack of explainability, design choices that result in bias, negative impacts on personal well-being and social interactions, and changes in power dynamics between individuals, corporations, and the state, contributing to rising inequalities. Whether AI is developed and used in good or harmful ways will depend in large part on the legal frameworks governing and regulating it.

There should be a new guiding tenet to AI regulation, a principle of AI legal neutrality asserting that the law should tend not to discriminate between AI and human behavior. Currently, the legal system is not neutral. An AI that is significantly safer than a person may be the best choice for driving a vehicle, but existing laws may prohibit driverless vehicles. A person may manufacture higher-quality goods than a robot at a similar cost, but a business may automate because it saves on taxes. AI may be better at generating certain types of innovation, but businesses may not want to use AI if this restricts ownership of intellectual-property rights. In all these instances, neutral legal treatment would ultimately benefit human well-being by helping the law better achieve its underlying policy goals.

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Consider the American tax system[1]. AI and people are engaging in the same sorts of commercially productive activities—but the businesses for which they work are taxed differently depending on who, or what, does the work.  For instance, automation allows businesses to avoid employer wage taxes. So if a chatbot costs a company as much as before taxes as an employee who does the same job (or even a bit more), it actually costs the company less to automate after taxes.

In addition to avoiding wage taxes, businesses can accelerate tax deductions for some AI when it has a physical component or falls under certain exceptions for software. In other words, employers can claim a large portion of the cost of some AI up front as a tax deduction. Finally, employers also receive a variety of indirect tax incentives to automate. In short, even though the tax laws were not designed to encourage automation, they favor AI over people because labor is taxed more than capital.

And AI does not pay taxes! Income and employment taxes are the largest sources of revenue for the government, together accounting for almost 90% of total federal tax revenue. Not only does AI not pay income taxes or generate employment taxes, it does not purchase goods and services, so it is not charged sales taxes, and it does not purchase or own property, so it does not pay property taxes. AI is simply not a taxpayer. If all work were to be automated tomorrow, most of the tax base would immediately disappear.

When businesses automate, the government loses revenue, potentially hundreds of billions of dollars in the aggregate. This may significantly constrain the government’s ability to pay for things like Social Security, national defense, and health care. If people eventually get comparable jobs, then the revenue loss is only temporary. But if job losses are permanent, the entire tax structure must change.

Debate about taxing robots took off in 2017 after the European Parliament rejected a proposal to consider a robot tax and Bill Gates subsequently endorsed the idea of a tax.  The issue is even more critical today, as businesses turn to the use of robots as a result of pandemic-related risks to workers. Many businesses are asking: Why not replace people with machines?

Automation should not be discouraged on principle, but it is critical to craft tax-neutral policies to avoid subsidizing inefficient uses of technology and to ensure government revenue. Automating for the purpose of tax savings may not make businesses any more productive or result in any consumer benefits, and it may result in productivity decreases to reduce tax burdens. This is not socially beneficial.

The advantage of tax neutrality between people and AI is that it permits the marketplace to adjust without tax distortions. Businesses should then automate only if it will be more efficient or productive. Since the current tax system favors automation, a move toward a neutral tax system would increase the appeal of workers. Should the pessimistic prediction of a future with substantially increased unemployment due to automation prove correct, the revenue from neutral taxation could then be used to provide improved education and training for workers, and even to support social benefit programs such as basic income.

Once policymakers agree that they do not want to advantage AI over human workers, they could reduce taxes on people or reduce tax benefits given to AI. For instance, payroll taxes (which are charged to businesses on their workers’ salaries) should perhaps be eliminated, which would promote neutrality, reduce tax complexity, and end taxation of something of social value—human labor.

More ambitiously, AI legal neutrality may prompt a more fundamental change in how capital is taxed. Though new tax regimes could directly target AI, this would likely increase compliance costs and make the tax system more complex. It would also “tax innovation” in the sense that it might penalize business models that are legitimately more productive with less human labor. A better solution would be to increase capital gains taxes and corporate tax rates to reduce reliance on revenue sources such as income and payroll taxes. Even before AI entered the scene, some tax experts[2] had argued for years that taxes on labor income were too high compared with other taxes. AI may provide the necessary impetus to finally address this issue.

Opponents of increased capital taxation largely base their arguments on concerns about international competition. Harvard economist Lawrence Summers, for instance, argues that[3] “taxes on technology are likely to drive production offshore rather than create jobs at home.” These concerns are overstated, particularly with respect to countries like the United States.  Investors are likely to continue investing in the United States even with relatively high taxes for a variety of reasons: access to consumer and financial markets, a predictable and transparent legal system, and a well-developed workforce, infrastructure, and technological environment.

A tax system informed by AI legal neutrality would not only improve commerce by eliminating inefficient subsidies for automation; it would help to ensure that the benefits of AI do not come at the expense of the most vulnerable, by leveling the playing field for human workers and ensuring adequate tax revenue.  AI is likely to result in massive but poorly distributed financial gains[4], and this will both require and enable policymakers to rethink how they allocate resources and distribute wealth. They may realize we are not doing such a good job of that now[5].


Ryan Abbott, is Professor of Law and Health Sciences at the University of Surrey School of Law[6] and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA[7]

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  6. ^ Professor of Law and Health Sciences at the University of Surrey School of Law (www.surrey.ac.uk)
  7. ^ Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (cewm.med.ucla.edu)

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Big Tech’s Professional Opponents Strike at Google http://inloop.in/2020/10/21/big-techs-professional-opponents-strike-at-google/ http://inloop.in/2020/10/21/big-techs-professional-opponents-strike-at-google/#respond Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:21:56 +0000 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/21/technology/big-tech-professional-opponents.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/21/technology/big-tech-professional-opponents.html Months before the Justice Department filed a landmark antitrust suit[1] against Google this week, the internet company’s adversaries hustled behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for a case. Nonprofits…

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Months before the Justice Department filed a landmark antitrust suit[1] against Google this week, the internet company’s adversaries hustled behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for a case.

Nonprofits critical of corporate power warned lawmakers that Google illegally boxed out rivals. With mounds of documents, economists and antitrust scholars detailed to regulators and state investigators how the company throttled competition. And former Silicon Valley insiders steered congressional investigators with firsthand evidence of industry wrongdoing.

An unlikely collection of lawyers, activists, economists, academics and former corporate insiders are now fueling the backlash against the world’s largest technology companies. Bolstered by millions of dollars from high-profile sponsors like the financier George Soros and the Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, they have coalesced to become a new class of professional tech skeptic.

To rein in Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, the tech opponents have employed a wide set of tactics. They have lobbied regulators and lawmakers about anticompetitive business practices, filed legal complaints about privacy violations[2], organized boycotts[3] and exposed the risks of disinformation and artificial intelligence.

Their potency was cemented on Tuesday when the Justice Department filed its suit accusing Google of maintaining an illegal monopoly[4] over internet search and search advertising. After years of making the same argument, the opponents claimed the action as a victory.

“It’s a moment of pride,” said Cristina Caffarra, a London-based economist who advised state attorneys general on their Google investigation and worked on an earlier probe of Google in Europe that the Justice Department’s case is similar to. “We did it.”

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Their rise underlines the growing sophistication of opponents to the more than $5 trillion technology industry. Even if the Justice Department’s suit against Google becomes mired in legal wrangling, their swelling numbers and activity suggests that the tech behemoths will face years of scrutiny and court battles ahead. That could eventually lead to new regulations and laws that reshape people’s digital experiences.

“There is a counterweight growing in reaction to Big Tech similar to what we’ve seen in relation to Big Oil over these past decades,” said Martin Tisné, managing director of Luminate, a foundation that has provided $78.3 million since 2014 to civil society groups and law firms focused on tech-accountability issues. “I would hope the companies are concerned and watching.”

Google declined to comment beyond its statements on Tuesday that the Justice Department’s lawsuit was flawed and “would do nothing to help consumers.”

Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple have girded themselves for a long battle. Often outspending their critics, they have hired law firms, funded policy think tanks, built out their lobbying operations and started public relations campaigns. They have also argued[5] that they behave responsibly and that consumers love their products.

Carl Szabo, the vice president of NetChoice, a trade group that represents Google, Facebook and Amazon, dismissed the tech critics as “an industry for activists” and an opportunity for rivals to “put on the moniker of consumer protection.”

The anti-tech professionals agree on many broad points: that the companies have too much power and have transformed commerce and communication. But they have sometimes found themselves at odds with one another and do not agree on the fixes. Some support using antitrust laws[6] to take on the companies, potentially breaking them up. Others said tougher regulations were better to rein in the firms.

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Sarah Miller, executive director of American Economic Liberties Project, a group focused on corporate concentration, favors breaking up the companies[7]. She said there was “jockeying” to put forward ideas, but that the movement was a “fairly aligned, functional ecosystem.”

Many of the groups are increasingly well funded[8]. Billionaires including Mr. Soros and Pierre Omidyar, the eBay co-founder who backs Luminate and other groups, have poured tens of millions of dollars into opposing the tech industry. Mr. Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, is funding[9] think tanks and activists who pressure the companies.

Institutions like the Ford Foundation are also funding civil society groups and research efforts to study tech’s harms. And human rights groups such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Anti-Defamation League have devoted more resources to tech-accountability issues.

“If you compare today to five years ago, there is a much different awareness among policymakers and the public,” said Vera Franz, deputy director of the Open Society Foundations, an organization backed by Mr. Soros that has spent $24 million this year on groups focused on privacy, online discrimination and other tech topics. “The key question is how to translate that awareness to real change and real accountability.”

The anti-tech movement’s first signs of success came in the European Union about a decade ago when some of Google’s rivals banded together to persuade regulators to investigate the company for antitrust violations[10]. The resulting cases cost Google more than $9 billion in fines.

In 2016, the opponents scored another victory when the European Union passed a landmark data privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation[11], which many lawyers and activists now use against the tech companies.

In the United States, few were alarmed by tech’s power until the 2016 presidential election, when Russia used social media to spread disinformation[12] and sow political discord. In 2018, the Cambridge Analytica scandal[13] exposed Facebook’s weak privacy safeguards and added to the momentum.

Since then, the influence of industry critics has swelled. Antitrust lawyers and economists focused on tech accountability are in demand at law firms and think tanks. Civil society groups eager to investigate the industry are hiring data scientists and researchers. Universities are adding programs looking at tech’s harm.

Bookstores are also stocking titles like “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” by the Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff, about how companies like Facebook and Google try to predict and control human behavior. Netflix films like “The Social Dilemma[14],” which is critical of social media, have become surprise hits.

Tristan Harris, a former Google design ethicist, said few shared his concerns about tech five years ago. Now he speaks with American and European authorities about regulating the tech giants as public utilities. Mr. Harris, who starred in “The Social Dilemma,” said he wanted to mobilize “a global movement of regulator people and citizens,” akin to what Al Gore did for the environment after releasing “The Inconvenient Truth.”

“It took a long time to get here,” said Mr. Harris, who in 2018 also co-founded the Center for Humane Technology[15], a nonprofit that raises awareness about tech’s dangers.

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One clear impact of the anti-tech community was the 449-page report released on Oct. 6 by the House antitrust subcommittee[16], in one of Congress’s deepest looks at the industry in years. House lawmakers concluded that Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook had abused their power to block competitors[17].

Tech critics played a central role influencing the direction of the report. Lina Khan[18], an antitrust and competition law scholar, was a counsel for the committee that drafted the report. Fiona Scott Morton, a Yale economist, and Gene Kimmelman, a former Justice Department antitrust official, provided legal and economic background to investigators. Roger McNamee[19], an early Facebook investor who later turned against the social network, also met so regularly with congressional staff members that he thanked several of them in his 2019 book, “Zucked,” about the damage Facebook was doing to society.

A similar coalition helped build momentum for the Justice Department and state attorneys general investigations of Google. Lawyers at the Justice Department built the case off theories developed by economists including Ms. Caffarra.

There was a “consensus that enforcement has not delivered,” said Ms. Caffarra, who works at Charles River Associates, an economic consulting firm. “I’m in favor of really putting on pressure. Too little has happened.”

But their criticism varies by company. While Ms. Caffarra and Ms. Scott Morton have raised alarms about Google and Facebook, they have also done work on behalf of Amazon.

Gary Reback, an antitrust lawyer who has battled Microsoft and Google, said the political momentum could evaporate. Two decades ago, he said, the government filed a landmark antitrust case against Microsoft[20] — but did not produce the safeguards to prevent misbehavior later.

“We should have had a seminal moment 20 years ago,” he said. “Something happened that caused the momentum to dissipate, and that’s the risk here.”

For now, the mood is largely celebratory. After this month’s House report, Google’s critics in Washington passed around a version of a meme that featured dancing pallbearers holding a coffin, essentially jubilant over the misfortune of the coffin’s occupant.

The pallbearers were Representative David Cicilline[21], the Rhode Island Democrat who chairs the House antitrust subcommittee, and Representative Ken Buck, a Republican member of the panel who agreed with parts of the report.

And the coffin? It bore Google’s logo.

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  6. ^ using antitrust laws (www.nytimes.com)
  7. ^ breaking up the companies (www.nytimes.com)
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  11. ^ General Data Protection Regulation (www.nytimes.com)
  12. ^ Russia used social media to spread disinformation (www.nytimes.com)
  13. ^ Cambridge Analytica scandal (www.nytimes.com)
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  21. ^ David Cicilline (www.nytimes.com)

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Best CMS is WordPress! which allows you to both host and build your website[1], while also customizing it to your own preferences. You can choose to build a blog, a business website or even an online ecommerce store by making use of all the features WordPress has to offer. Here we are gathered 50 Top WordPress themes of 2020. This is a big list of Creative, Responsive, Multi-purpose Themes with tons of modern features.

With these WordPress themes[2], you can create any kind of website you wish for, with the power of HTML5, CSS3 and SEO features, the only limit is your own imagination. All WordPress themes are providing amazing user experience and usability with huge number of awesome features like Responsive layout, Mega Menu, product Gird & List view, product Quick view, Slider Revolution, Demo One-click Installation, Visual Composer, RTL and multilingual, Boxed layout and etc.

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Top WordPress Themes Of 2020

In this collection we are gathered 50 top WordPress themes. These WordPress themes are already downloaded hundreds of time and web professionals can create amazing websites with these Best WordPress Themes.

Avada | Website Builder For WordPress & WooCommerce[3]

The Avada Website Builder is the #1 selling WordPress theme on the market and has been continuously for 7+ years. 600,000+ beginners, professionals, agencies, businesses, and creatives trust Avada for total design freedom.

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BeTheme – Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme[6]

Betheme is the best product we ever did. This is more than just WordPress theme. Such advanced Theme Options panel and the Muffin Builder tool give unlimited possibilities. To show you how theme works, we have created 600+ thematic websites so you can see how amazing this product is.

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Salient – Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme[9]

Front-end & Back-end Page Builder – Create and manage your website with ease. Salient includes a highly tailored version of the popular WPbakery Page Builder plugin with a fresh new interface design.

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Goya – Modern WooCommerce Theme[12]

Goya is a modern and minimalist theme with all the necessary features for your next online store. Its beautiful and clear style has been designed to showcase your products and increase your sales.

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Consulting – Business, Finance WordPress Theme[15]

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Houzez – Real Estate WordPress Theme[18]

The worldwide popular WordPress theme for real estate agents and companies. Houzez is a super flexible starting point for professional designers to create top-notch designs. It has features that your client – a real estate agent or company – might not even have dreamt about.

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MaxWeb – Hosting & SEO Agency WordPress Theme[21]

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Education WordPress Theme – Masterstudy[24]

Masterstudy Education WordPress Theme for Learning Management System (LMS) is powered by MasterStudy Pro plugin. No extra fees! MasterStudy Pro plugin is already included with this theme.

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Kalium is perfect for your Portfolio, Agency, Photography, Travel Agency, Corporate, Business, Fitness, Restaurant, Hotel, Medical, Construction, Wedding, Bookstore, Lawyer, Product Landing, Education, Automotive (car dealer) site, just everything is possible to design with Kalium. 36.000+ beginners, professionals, agencies, businesses, and creatives trust Kalium to create the perfect site in minutes. You can use it as a Multipurpose theme too so you can build whatever you like with this template. Kalium is well organized, visually stunning and constantly evolving through updates.

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REHub – Price Comparison, Multi Vendor Marketplace, Affiliate Marketing, Community Theme[33]

REHub is a modern multipurpose hybrid theme. Theme covers many modern Business models for profitable websites. Each part can be configured and used separately or you can combine them all in one site. We used most actual trends and best unique seo instruments to build advanced wordpress functions which you will not find in other themes.

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Corpec – Corporate WordPress Theme[36]

Are you looking for a best premium Corporate WordPress Theme which reflects the most professional Corporate Brand look and accelerate your sales drastically? It is not only ease to use, but also ease to customize? Don’t worry! Corpec – Creative & Clean Corporate WordPress Theme is ready for you now. You will be surprised about it.

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Fincorbus – Finance Corporate WordPress Theme[39]

Fincorbus – The theme is perfect for financial institutions, brokerage companies and all companies who are connected with the financial area. The bright and pronounced style of WordPress Theme will perfectly reflect its uniqueness and functional. All pages are perfectly adapted to different resolutions and stylish design meets all trends and trends in the field of web development.

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Creway – Creative Agency & Corporate WordPress Theme[42]

Creway – Creative Agency & Corporate WordPress Theme is a WordPress theme, created for all kind of business, accounting, financial, brokerage, coaching, law office, business planning, corporate websites.

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BuildPress – Multi-purpose Construction and Landscape WP Theme[45]

We’ve built the best premium WordPress theme for construction businesses. Introducing BuildPress – our most advanced theme to date. BuildPress is super simple to set up and use and is only available on ThemeForest. The BuildPress theme allows you to create a smart website, easily, so you can focus on what’s most important – your building projects and clients.

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Javo Directory WordPress Theme[48]

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JobCareer | Job Board Responsive WordPress Theme[51]

Job Board WordPress theme by Chimp Studio is a complete Job Board WordPress theme that allows you to create a useful and easy to use job listings website and offering Free Mobile App as well. Using JobCareer theme, you can create a complete & fully Responsive job portal, career platform to run human resource management, recruitment or job posting website. JobCareer is not just a job board theme it’s the best WordPress job portal Theme choice for anyone who wants a simple job script that makes money.

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Stack – Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme with Variant Page Builder & Visual Composer[54]

Stack is RTL ready, localize to your own language using the included .pot file, and we’re also WPML ready (sold separately) if you want to run your site as a multi-language setup.

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Blue Diamond – Responsive Corporate WP Theme[57]

Blue Diamond is a premium WordPress Theme for your business. It’s clean, minimal, with modern style. This theme also come with ‘Layer Slider’ which allow you to manage each slider element by drag drop module. With Blue Diamond, you can manage each page easily by our awesome tool ‘Page Builder’. Moreover, with our admin panel, you can control any elements easily and you can change almost element elements colour via this panel.

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Classiads – Classified Ads WordPress Theme[60]

The ClassiAds is all time #1 Premium Classified Ads WordPress Theme on Themeforest. We know its a perfect choice for your business. Super flexible, Rich with features availability, Drag and Drop system with page builder and Top payment gateways 100% responsive design (try resizing your browser). Built with HTML5 and CSS3. A lot of thought and care were put into ClassiAds making it a pleasure to use.

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Centum – Responsive WordPress Theme[63]

Centum is a premium responsive WordPress theme created for corporate and portfolio websites. It features a very clean and minimal design that is perfect for showcasing your work.

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Scalia – Multi-Concept Business, Shop, One-Page, Blog Theme[66]

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Constructo – Construction WordPress Theme[69]

Constructo is focused on building pages in construction company niches. We included 11 fully one click installable demos, WPBakery Page Builder (formerly Visual Composer), Revolution slider, WooCommerce support and advanced admin panel so it can be used for any kind of business but that’s not all, with excellent support you just cannot go wrong. Building your perfect WordPress theme will be a joy, why search further, start building now.

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Flexform – Retina Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme[72]

Flexform is the ultimate multi-purpose WordPress theme. It’s super responsive, retina ready, and built upon the 1170px Twitter Bootstrap framework (v2.2.2). Featuring a clean, modern, and superbly slick design, packed with the most powerful Swift Framework which offers limitless possibilities. The incredible Swift Page Builder is at the core of our framework, giving you the control to create sites that do your content justice. With so many features, tools, variations and options to offer, it’s the last corporate theme we think you’ll ever need.

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Foundry – Multipurpose, Multi-Concept WP Theme[75]

Foundry is a versatile, high-performance WordPress Theme boasting an extensive array of styled elements for all occasions using clean, semantic markup and well-structured CSS and LESS that developers love, alongside ease of use and quick page building that clients adore. Foundry will feel right at home on any business website, and excels in portfolio and personal website applications.

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uDesign – Responsive WordPress Theme[78]

U-Design is a powerful and user friendly theme. It could be used by people with no programming experience as well as advanced developers. You can build your site quickly, with confidence and with minimal effort. With such a powerful tool you can transform your site in seconds and have your project delivered on time. We aim to please our clients and so we want to help you with yours.

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Sterling – Responsive WordPress[81]

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ChurcHope – Responsive WordPress Theme[84]

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Vellum – Responsive WordPress Theme[87]

A new kind of WordPress theme with so much capability, you just have to see it. Fully responsive and SEO optimized. Vellum’s unique structure lets you create any design, layout or style, all from a single theme. No matter the type of site you need, for business, ecommerce, travel, real estate, photography, music, one page, or even a wedding, this theme does it all. This isn’t a single theme, it’s a thousand themes in one.

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Website – Responsive WordPress Theme[90]

Website is easy to use high quality WordPress theme. It’s a responsive theme, which means it adapts to the device on which it’s displayed. The theme cares for your content so it looks great on all devices, but you can also decide to show part of a content on some versions only, and hide on others.

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Rosemary – A Responsive WordPress Blog Theme[93]

Rosemary is a light & bright blog theme, tailored to showcase your content in an effortlessly timeless style. Boasting popular features such as a full-width Instagram footer area, a showstopping featured area slider, and an abundance of post & layout options, Rosemary’s clean, contemporary design is guaranteed to wow and inspire.

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Hemlock – A Responsive WordPress Blog Theme[96]

Take advantage of Hemlock’s clean aesthetic and straightforward functionality to ensure your blog stands apart from the rest in modern sophistication. Aiming to reduce distracting clutter, we’ve trimmed away peripheral elements and lovingly crafted a sleek one-column theme ideal for creative bloggers of any field. Elevate your content with Hemlock’s honest, refined design and rest easy knowing that you’ve got Solo Pine’s highly acclaimed customer support team by your side.

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Avas | Multi-Purpose Responsive WordPress Theme[99]

Avas is multi-purpose responsive WordPress theme with lightweight and less plugins. Ready to use for any purpose such as Business, Finance, Corporate, Agency, Portfolio, App, News, Blog, Magazine, Cleaning services, Construction, Designs, Freelancer, Wedding, Restaurant, Education, Charity, Shop, Mechanic, Moving, Covid-19 Coronavirus, Resume, Startup, Creative, Architecture, Consultant, Kindergarten, Travel, Insurance, Lawyer, Medical, Hosting, Fitness, Gym, Spa, SEO, Pinterest Style, ICO Cryptocurrency, Crypto News, Photographer, Website Builder, Website Solution, Barber Shop, Driving School, Nice & Clean, Music Band, Chef, Tattoo Parlour and many more. Avas has 48+ different demos ready with one click demo install supported so you can choose any of the demo according to your niche.

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Florence – A Responsive WordPress Blog Theme[102]

Allow your content to shine with Florence, a classically crisp blog theme. Featuring both sidebar & full-width layouts, a variety of post layout options, and numerous sidebar & footer widgets, Florence excels at exhibiting your work in an airy and cohesive presentation. Crafted on a foundation of solid coding and bolstered with plentiful color, background, and general theme options, relax in knowing that Solo Pine’s acclaimed customer support is by your side.

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OrganicFood | Responsive WordPress Theme[105]

Organic Food is a clean, modern, functional and easy-to-use responsive parallax wordpress theme that has been purposely built for the organic food, organic shop and organic farm industry.

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Expression Photography Responsive WordPress Theme[108]

Expression is a powerful responsive WordPress Theme, best suited for photographers and creatives who use portfolios to effectively present their work. Expression theme is powered by the advanced Pexeto Panel, which provides tons of options to manage and modify any aspect of the theme. With all the styling options provided you can easily customize the appearance of the theme and build you own custom skin.

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Salutation Responsive WordPress + BuddyPress Theme[111]

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Crevision – Responsive WordPress Theme[114]

Crevision is a creative responsive WordPress Theme created for corporate and portfolio websites.It is a very simple, clean and professionally to view showcasing your work.

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JobCareer | Job Board Responsive WordPress Theme[117]

Job Board WordPress theme by Chimp Studio is a complete Job Board WordPress theme that allows you to create a useful and easy to use job listings website and offering Free Mobile App as well. Using JobCareer theme, you can create a complete & fully Responsive job portal, career platform to run human resource management, recruitment or job posting website. JobCareer is not just a job board theme it’s the best WordPress job portal Theme choice for anyone who wants a simple job script that makes money.

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Brixton – A Responsive WordPress Blog Theme[120]

WordPress blog theme is the core of every good WordPress powered website. It all begins with storytelling. Brixton brings a unique style, loved by hundreds of happy customers.

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Aware – Responsive WordPress Portfolio Theme[123]

Aware is an interactive, responsive portfolio theme perfect for freelancers, web designers, photographers and videographers alike. Its user interactive interface delightfully enhances your most loved portfolio pieces. Now, you can take your portfolio with you, in your pocket.

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Metro Magazine Responsive WordPress Theme[126]

Metro Magazine is a clean and powerful metro inspired responsive magazine WordPress theme designed specifically for magazine, news and blog sites. The theme is highly flexible, fully responsive and packed with awesome features. It is incredibly easy to use and ready to be up and running out of the box. Created using the latest HTML5 and CSS3 techniques.

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Alder – A Responsive WordPress Blog Theme[129]

Clean, bright, and classy, Alder is an airy WordPress blog & shop theme designed to stage your content in structured elegance.

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Sporty Responsive WordPress Theme for Sport Clubs[132]

Sporty is a responsive wordpress sport club theme. It’s suitable for soccer, football, american football, basketball, baseball, rugby, volleyball, ice hockey, handball, cricket etc sport clubs.

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Captiva – Responsive WordPress WooCommerce Theme[135]

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Aku – Powerful Responsive WordPress Theme[138]

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SAHARAN – Responsive WordPress Theme[141]

Saharan, the ultimate theme for WoooCommerce, has been created as a great solution for online stores. This WordPRess theme shows a sophisticated look, well-structured layout and most powerful features of a ecommerce store. Saharan is a responsive WordPress theme. Responsive feature allows web layout change from normal to mobile version automatically which makes customers purchase and view products and website effectively and usefully. Besides that, Saharan supports multi-lingual, compatibles with most of popular browsers IE 10, Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, iPhone, iPad, Android devices.

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PhotoProof | Photography Responsive WordPress Theme[144]

PhotoProof is the Responsive WordPress Theme for Photographers and other Creatives to showcase their latest works. PhotoProof offers plenty of excellent options that will satisfy even the most demanding users.Thanks to them, you are able to modify almost every single aspect of the theme without having knowledge about programming.

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Pillar – Multipurpose Multi-Concept Responsive WordPress Theme[147]

Pillar is the newest Responsive WordPress Theme by tommus & includes over 110 ready to use demo pages and over 160 sections for multi-page or one page WordPress websites and landing pages. Convert visitors with SEO-friendly markup. Pillar is the only salient choice, enfold your content in it, your visitors will thank you. Pillar is based on Bootstrap, the ubiquitous responsive website framework, so you’ll feel right at home using a familiar grid structure to create everything from responsive corporate sites and business landing pages to personal resume and masonry portfolio sites with buttery-smooth parallax effects.

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Tattoo Studio – Responsive WordPress Theme[150]

Tattoo Studio is perfect WordPress Theme for Tattoo, Piercing and Body Art websites but it can be used by everyone. It is fully responsive and looks great on all screen sizes.

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  51. ^ JobCareer | Job Board Responsive WordPress Theme (1.envato.market)
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  54. ^ Stack – Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme with Variant Page Builder & Visual Composer (1.envato.market)
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  57. ^ Blue Diamond – Responsive Corporate WP Theme (1.envato.market)
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  66. ^ Scalia – Multi-Concept Business, Shop, One-Page, Blog Theme (1.envato.market)
  67. ^ Preview (1.envato.market)
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  69. ^ Constructo – Construction WordPress Theme (1.envato.market)
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  72. ^ Flexform – Retina Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme (1.envato.market)
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  75. ^ Foundry – Multipurpose, Multi-Concept WP Theme (1.envato.market)
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  78. ^ uDesign – Responsive WordPress Theme (1.envato.market)
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  87. ^ Vellum – Responsive WordPress Theme (1.envato.market)
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  90. ^ Website – Responsive WordPress Theme (1.envato.market)
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  93. ^ Rosemary – A Responsive WordPress Blog Theme (1.envato.market)
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  96. ^ Hemlock – A Responsive WordPress Blog Theme (1.envato.market)
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  99. ^ Avas | Multi-Purpose Responsive WordPress Theme (1.envato.market)
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  102. ^ Florence – A Responsive WordPress Blog Theme (1.envato.market)
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  104. ^ Download (1.envato.market)
  105. ^ OrganicFood | Responsive WordPress Theme (1.envato.market)
  106. ^ Preview (1.envato.market)
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  108. ^ Expression Photography Responsive WordPress Theme (1.envato.market)
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  111. ^ Salutation Responsive WordPress + BuddyPress Theme (1.envato.market)
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  120. ^ Brixton – A Responsive WordPress Blog Theme (1.envato.market)
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  144. ^ PhotoProof | Photography Responsive WordPress Theme (1.envato.market)
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AOC’s Among Us livestream hints at Twitch’s political power http://inloop.in/2020/10/21/aocs-among-us-livestream-hints-at-twitchs-political-power/ http://inloop.in/2020/10/21/aocs-among-us-livestream-hints-at-twitchs-political-power/#respond Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:26:21 +0000 https://www.technologyreview.com/?p=1011038https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/10/21/1011038/aocs-among-us-livestream-hints-at-twitchs-political-power/ Just before 9 p.m. on October 20, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went on Twitch[1] to play the hottest game in America: Among Us. “Hi, everyone! This is crazy!” she began, urging viewers…

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Just before 9 p.m. on October 20, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went on Twitch[1] to play the hottest game in America: Among Us. “Hi, everyone! This is crazy!” she began, urging viewers to make a plan for how they will vote with I Will Vote[2], an outreach program funded by the Democratic National Committee. 

After a few technical difficulties, Ocasio-Cortez spent three and a half hours playing the game with popular Twitch streamers as well as fellow Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar .

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reacts to being named the game’s “imposter.”

At one point Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitch stream attracted about 430,000 viewers, making her the third most popular streamer on the site ever.[3] Not bad for your first go.

More important, the event offered a glimpse at the future of political campaigning. In the waning weeks of 2020’s volatile American election campaign, Democrats are increasingly turning to Twitch streams of popular video games to reach out to young voters and urge every last one of them to show up and vote. (Politicians are prohibited from using Twitch to fundraise, run ads, or monetize channels, according to a Twitch spokesperson.)

And you don’t get much more popular than Among Us. In September, it was downloaded nearly 84 million times on iOS and Android. And it’s been the most downloaded game on Steam, Apple, and Android since September, gaining nearly 200,000 players[4] in the past few weeks alone.

The game itself is pretty simple. You play as a blob locked in a rocket ship with several other (differently colored) blobs. One of you—maybe you?—is a murderer, an “imposter.” The others, “crewmates,” have one mission: figure out who the imposter is before being “killed” by that imposter. You do this by running around the rocket ship, solving easy puzzles, and keeping an eye on any “sus” (suspicious) activity.

Among Us’s simplicity is reminiscent of Animal Crossing, which similarly has a fervent fan base dating back to the early days of the pandemic, when its explosion in popularity led to a worldwide shortage of Nintendo Switches. That game—you cultivate a deserted island populated by cute animals, build a house, and till the land to create a home—also had a fan in Ocasio-Cortez, who took to Twitter[5] to open her DMs and offer codes to a lucky few who could then visit her virtual island. 

It’s not only Ocasio-Cortez. Just last week, in Animal Crossing, the Biden campaign launched its own island, Biden HQ, featuring a Biden avatar in aviators who only says “No malarkey!” along with a shop and voting area—with text codes for players to sign up to vote and buy in-game merchandise benefiting the campaign. Biden HQ’s launch was streamed[6] to hundreds of thousands live on Twitch. 

Credit: Biden for President

Republicans are on Twitch too-—kind of. The Republican Convention streamed[7] on the platform a couple of months ago, and President Donald Trump has an account[8], mostly used to stream favorable news segments or air campaign videos.

But the Republican Party has scoffed at the Democrats’ activities. “This explains everything. Not only does Joe Biden think he’s campaigning for president of Animal Crossing from his basement, his handlers are keeping him busy with video games while they stash him away to avoid talking about the bombshell reports of his corruption,” deputy national press secretary Samantha Zager said in a statement when asked about the launch of Biden HQ.

That sentiment may miss the potential of Twitch streams as a voter outreach tool. Nearly 140 million people were streaming on Twitch monthly[9] as of July, and the number has grown exponentially[10] during the pandemic. 

Twitch’s video-game streams are far more nuanced than they at first appear, and the Amazon-backed company is arguably evolving into a social-media platform in itself, putting it in a position to become a political player alongside Facebook and Twitter.

The power of social media as a way to reach younger American voters was first identified in 2008, when Barack Obama’s Facebook-heavy grassroots campaign[11] showed that this demographic could be encouraged to turn out in droves. That narrative was turned on its head in 2016, when Russian disinformation[12] worked to target millennials’ parents and grandparents in a multipronged, sophisticated digital effort to ramp up support for Trump. 

“We understand that the strategies in 2016 didn’t cut it,” says Briana Megid, the deputy national press secretary for NextGen, a progressive group focusing on youth outreach. “Poll-tested messaging, traditional spokespersons, and interviews with the political elite aren’t as appealing to your average unregistered voter as they may have been in the past.”

So far, unlike Facebook and Twitter, Twitch hasn’t had a massive disinformation problem or issues with content moderation. With a user group drawn almost entirely from millennials and Gen Z, it has become America’s pandemic-era alternative to TV, where a person can watch celebrities play games and engage in the type of side chats you might enjoy at a bar. 

Democrats have recognized its value. 

“It’s built political will,” says Jordan Uhl, who manages Twitch streaming for the progressive organization MoveOn. “It’s more an engagement platform than a streaming one.”

References

  1. ^ went on Twitch (www.twitch.tv)
  2. ^ I Will Vote (iwillvote.com)
  3. ^ third most popular streamer on the site ever. (kotaku.com)
  4. ^ gaining nearly 200,000 players (steamcharts.com)
  5. ^ took to Twitter (twitter.com)
  6. ^ streamed (www.twitch.tv)
  7. ^ streamed (www.twitch.tv)
  8. ^ account (www.twitch.tv)
  9. ^ Nearly 140 million people were streaming on Twitch monthly (www.businessofapps.com)
  10. ^ grown exponentially (twitchtracker.com)
  11. ^ Facebook-heavy grassroots campaign (www.nytimes.com)
  12. ^ Russian disinformation (www.intelligence.senate.gov)

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OSIRIS-REx survived its touchdown on asteroid Bennu—now we wait to see if it got a sample http://inloop.in/2020/10/21/osiris-rex-survived-its-touchdown-on-asteroid-bennu-now-we-wait-to-see-if-it-got-a-sample/ http://inloop.in/2020/10/21/osiris-rex-survived-its-touchdown-on-asteroid-bennu-now-we-wait-to-see-if-it-got-a-sample/#respond Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:39:46 +0000 https://www.technologyreview.com/?p=1011007https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/10/21/1011007/osiris-rex-survived-its-touchdown-on-asteroid-bennu/ At 6:08 p.m. US Eastern Time on Tuesday, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft finished a four-and-a-half-hour descent to the surface of asteroid Bennu, 200 million miles from Earth. Once there, it briefly…

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At 6:08 p.m. US Eastern Time on Tuesday, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft finished a four-and-a-half-hour descent to the surface of asteroid Bennu, 200 million miles from Earth. Once there, it briefly made contact with the ground in an attempt to collect some rocky pebbles and dust before safely flying away. We won’t know if the sample collection was successful until later.

Why do we want a sample? Asteroids like Bennu are some of the oldest objects in the solar system—they are time capsules chock full of the same materials (such as organics and hydrated minerals[1]) that eventually formed into planets like Earth. Studying these asteroids in depth could reveal new insights into how habitable worlds are made. 

But in order to really understand the origin and evolution of these objects, we need to investigate them in laboratories here on Earth. The main goal of OSIRIS-REx has always been to bring back a sample of Bennu so we can take a closer look.

How did it happen? OSIRIS-REx touched down on a 52-foot-long site called Nightingale, within three feet of the landing target. The sample collection was made possible through a “touch-and-go” pogo method[2] in which the spacecraft descended with a large 11-foot-long, one-foot-wide arm extended to the ground, making contact for about six seconds. During that time it fired off nitrogen gas that wafted small rocks and dust into a collection chamber at the head of the arm, with most of the collection occurring in the first three seconds. The head itself seems to have pushed down into the surface and crushed some material, which is expected to have helped the head collect more material. The spacecraft then flew back out to a safe distance away from the asteroid. 

References

  1. ^ such as organics and hydrated minerals (www.technologyreview.com)
  2. ^ “touch-and-go” pogo method (www.technologyreview.com)

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“It’s a long-term conspiratorial explanation, not a single viral misinformation incident,” conclude the EIP researchers. “This makes it all the more difficult for platforms to respond: any one post or piece of content may receive negligible engagement, however, the accumulation of these references is what matters.”

The most crucial moment in the life of this conspiracy comes on Election Day in two weeks. If there is uncertainty, what immediately follows will show the immediate impact of undermining confidence in the election. Among the possible scenarios is that one candidate prematurely declares victory—which would undermine mail-in ballots that are counted more slowly because of security checks. The reaction of both traditional media and social media will be key here, so that voters understand that certified results are not coming on election day—a timeline that election officials say is just fine[1]

In the event of such an announcement, Facebook says[2] it would apply a warning label to the candidate’s post on its site. Twitter’s policy gives room for either a label or outright removal of such a tweet. YouTube has no stated policy here. 

From a voters’ perspective, the best strategy is to follow verified state and local election officials on social media and on their websites. You can use canivote.org[3], which includes a roster of election officials around the country.

This is an excerpt from The Outcome, our daily email on election integrity and security. Click here to get regular updates straight to your inbox[4].

References

  1. ^ a timeline that election officials say is just fine (technologyreview.us11.list-manage.com)
  2. ^ says (technologyreview.us11.list-manage.com)
  3. ^ canivote.org (technologyreview.us11.list-manage.com)
  4. ^ Click here to get regular updates straight to your inbox (forms.technologyreview.com)

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Google Antitrust Fight Thrusts Low-Key C.E.O. Into the Line of Fire http://inloop.in/2020/10/21/google-antitrust-fight-thrusts-low-key-c-e-o-into-the-line-of-fire/ http://inloop.in/2020/10/21/google-antitrust-fight-thrusts-low-key-c-e-o-into-the-line-of-fire/#respond Wed, 21 Oct 2020 09:00:34 +0000 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/21/technology/google-antitrust-sundar-pichai.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/21/technology/google-antitrust-sundar-pichai.html OAKLAND, Calif. — When Sundar Pichai succeeded Larry Page as the head of Google’s parent company in December, he was handed a bag of problems: Shareholders had sued the company,…

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OAKLAND, Calif. — When Sundar Pichai succeeded Larry Page as the head of Google’s parent company in December, he was handed a bag of problems: Shareholders had sued the company, Alphabet, over big financial packages handed to executives[1] accused of misconduct. An admired office culture was fraying[2]. Most of all, antitrust regulators[3] were circling.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department accused Google[4] of being “a monopoly gatekeeper of the internet,” one that uses anticompetitive tactics to protect and strengthen its dominant hold over web search and search advertising.

Google, which has generated vast profits through a recession, a pandemic and earlier investigations by government regulators on five continents, now faces the first truly existential crisis in its 22-year history.

The company’s founders, Mr. Page and Sergey Brin, have left the defense to the soft-spoken Mr. Pichai, who has worked his way up the ranks over 16 years with a reputation for being a conscientious caretaker rather than an impassioned entrepreneur.

Mr. Pichai, a former product manager, may seem an unlikely candidate to lead his company’s fight with the federal government. But if the tech industry’s bumptious history with antitrust enforcement is any lesson, a caretaker who has reluctantly stepped into the spotlight might be preferable to a charismatic leader born to it.

Mr. Pichai, 48, is expected to make the case — as he has for some time — that the company is not a monopoly even though it has a 92 percent global market share[5] of internet searches. Google is good for the country, so goes the corporate message, and has been a humble economic engine — not a predatory job killer.

“He has to come off as an individual who is trying to do the right thing not only for his company but broader society,” said Paul Vaaler, a business and law professor at the University of Minnesota. “If he comes off as evasive, petulant and a smart aleck, this is going to be a killer in front of the court and the court of public opinion.”

Google declined to make Mr. Pichai available for an interview. In an email to employees on Tuesday, he urged Google employees to stay focused on their work so that users will continue to use its products not because they have to but because they want to.

“Scrutiny is nothing new for Google, and we look forward to presenting our case,” Mr. Pichai wrote. “I’ve had Googlers ask me how they can help, and my answer is simple: Keep doing what you’re doing.”

Few executives have faced a challenge like this, and the most iconic figures in the technology industry have wilted under the glare of antitrust scrutiny.

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Bill Gates, who was chief executive of Microsoft in the last big technology antitrust case[6] brought by the Justice Department two decades ago, came across as combative and evasive in depositions, reinforcing the view that the company was a win-at-all-costs bully. Mr. Gates said last year[7] that the lawsuit had been such a “distraction” that he “screwed up” the transition to mobile phone software and ceded the market to Google.

Mr. Page dealt with impending antitrust scrutiny with detachment, spending his time on futuristic technology projects instead of huddling with lawyers. Even as the European Union handed down three fines against Google for anticompetitive practices, Mr. Page barely addressed the matter publicly.

On a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, officials at the Justice Department declined to reveal whether they had spoken to Mr. Page during its investigation.

In its complaint, the Justice Department, along with 11 states, said Google had foreclosed competition in the search market by striking deals with handset manufacturers, including Apple, and mobile carriers to block rivals from competing effectively.

“For the sake of American consumers, advertisers and all companies now reliant on the internet economy, the time has come to stop Google’s anticompetitive conduct and restore competition,” the complaint said.

Google said that the case was “deeply flawed” and that the Justice Department was relying on “dubious antitrust arguments[8].”

Google is also the target of an antitrust inquiry by state attorneys general looking into its advertising technology and web search. And Europe continues to investigate the company over its data collection even after the three fines since 2017, totaling nearly $10 billion.

At Mr. Pichai’s side are senior executives who are also inclined to strike an accommodating tone. He has surrounded himself with other serious, buttoned-up career Google managers who bring a lot of boring to the table.

The point person for handling the case is Kent Walker, Google’s chief legal officer and head of global affairs. Though Mr. Walker, who worked at the Justice Department as an assistant U.S. attorney and joined Google in 2006, oversees many of the company’s messiest issues, he rarely makes headlines — a testament, current and former colleagues said, to his lawyerly pragmatism.

Credit…Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Google has appointed Halimah DeLaine Prado as its new general counsel. A 14-year veteran of the company’s legal department, Ms. Prado was most recently a vice president overseeing the global team that advised Google on products including advertising, cloud computing, search, YouTube and hardware. While Ms. Prado doesn’t have a background in antitrust, she has been at Google since 2006 and is, by now, well versed in competition law.

The company is expected to rely heavily on its high-priced law firms to help manage the battle, including Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a top Silicon Valley firm, and Williams & Connolly, which has defended Google in other competition law cases.

Wilson Sonsini has represented Google from the company’s inception and helped it defend itself in a Federal Trade Commission investigation into its search business. In 2013, the agency chose not to bring charges[9].

Regardless of the legal argument for prosecuting Google as a monopoly, the case may shape the public perception of the company long after it has been resolved.

Until now, Google’s public posture has been a shrug. Mr. Pichai has said that the antitrust scrutiny is nothing new and that, if anything, the company welcomes the look into its business practices. Google has argued that it competes in rapidly changing markets, and that its dominance can evaporate quickly with the emergence of new rivals.

“Google operates in highly competitive and dynamic global markets, in which prices are free or falling and products are constantly improving,” Mr. Pichai said in his opening remarks to a House antitrust panel[10] in July. “Google’s continued success is not guaranteed.”

Credit…Pool photo by Graeme Jennings

Mr. Pichai is familiar with the machinations of antitrust proceedings. In 2009, when he was a vice president of product management, he lobbied the European competition authorities to take action on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser.

“We are confident that more competition in this space will mean greater innovation on the web and a better user experience for people everywhere,” Mr. Pichai wrote in a blog post[11] at the time, sentiments that search rivals say about Google today.

But shortly after he became Google’s chief executive in 2015, Mr. Pichai displayed his tendency for pragmatism when he buried the hatchet[12] with Microsoft. The two companies agreed to stop complaining to regulators about each other.

Early in his tenure running Google, Mr. Pichai was reluctant to press its case in Washington — a job that one of his predecessors, Eric Schmidt, had reveled in. Mr. Schmidt, a big donor in Democratic politics, was a frequent visitor to the White House during the Obama presidency and served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

In 2018, Google declined to send Mr. Pichai to testify at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Annoyed senators left an empty seat for the company’s representative next to executives from Facebook and Twitter. (Mr. Page was also invited to testify, but there was never any expectation from people within the company that he would.)

Since then, Mr. Pichai has made frequent trips to Washington, testified at other congressional hearings and held meetings with President Trump[13].

Credit…Tom Brenner for The New York Times

Microsoft’s long battle with the government has also influenced how Google plans to wage its antitrust fight. Many Google executives believe Microsoft was too combative with the Justice Department, bringing the company to a standstill.

For most of the last decade, even as Google has dealt with antitrust investigations in the United States and Europe, the company has continued expanding into new businesses and acquire companies, such as the fitness tracker maker Fitbit last year.

Now the bill for that growth may have come due. And like it or not, it has been left to Mr. Pichai. Mr. Page, who is a year younger than Mr. Pichai and who Forbes says is worth $65 billion, is pursuing other interests.

Mr. Pichai “hasn’t had to deal with anything of this magnitude,” said Michael Cusumano, a professor and deputy dean at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. “He has to face the government. He has no choice.”

References

  1. ^ financial packages handed to executives (www.nytimes.com)
  2. ^ office culture was fraying (www.nytimes.com)
  3. ^ antitrust regulators (www.nytimes.com)
  4. ^ Justice Department accused Google (www.nytimes.com)
  5. ^ 92 percent global market share (gs.statcounter.com)
  6. ^ last big technology antitrust case (www.nytimes.com)
  7. ^ said last year (youtu.be)
  8. ^ dubious antitrust arguments (blog.google)
  9. ^ agency chose not to bring charges (www.nytimes.com)
  10. ^ a House antitrust panel (www.nytimes.com)
  11. ^ wrote in a blog post (publicpolicy.googleblog.com)
  12. ^ buried the hatchet (www.cnbc.com)
  13. ^ held meetings with President Trump (www.theverge.com)

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The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone http://inloop.in/2020/10/21/the-police-can-probably-break-into-your-phone/ http://inloop.in/2020/10/21/the-police-can-probably-break-into-your-phone/#respond Wed, 21 Oct 2020 09:00:20 +0000 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/21/technology/iphone-encryption-police.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/21/technology/iphone-encryption-police.html In a new Apple ad, a man on a city bus announces he has just shopped for divorce lawyers. Then a woman recites her credit card number through a megaphone…

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In a new Apple ad, a man on a city bus announces he has just shopped for divorce lawyers. Then a woman recites her credit card number through a megaphone in a park. “Some things shouldn’t be shared,” the ad says[1], “iPhone helps keep it that way.”

Apple has built complex encryption into iPhones and made the devices’ security central to its marketing pitch.

That, in turn, has angered law enforcement. Officials from the F.B.I. director to rural sheriffs have argued that encrypted phones stifle their work to catch and convict dangerous criminals. They have tried to force Apple and Google to unlock suspects’ phones, but the companies say they can’t. In response, the authorities have put their own marketing spin on the problem. Law enforcement, they say, is “going dark[2].”

Yet new data reveals a twist to the encryption debate[3] that undercuts both sides: Law enforcement officials across the nation regularly break into encrypted smartphones.

That is because at least 2,000 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states now have tools to get into locked, encrypted phones and extract their data, according to years of public records collected in a report by Upturn[4], a Washington nonprofit that investigates how the police use technology.

At least 49 of the 50 largest U.S. police departments have the tools, according to the records, as do the police and sheriffs in small towns and counties across the country, including Buckeye, Ariz.; Shaker Heights, Ohio; and Walla Walla, Wash. And local law enforcement agencies that don’t have such tools can often send a locked phone to a state or federal crime lab that does.

With more tools in their arsenal, the authorities have used them in an increasing range of cases, from homicides and rapes to drugs and shoplifting, according to the records, which were reviewed by The New York Times. Upturn researchers said the records suggested that U.S. authorities had searched hundreds of thousands of phones over the past five years.

While the existence of such tools[5] has been known[6] for some time, the records show that the authorities break into phones far more than previously understood — and that smartphones, with their vast troves of personal data, are not as impenetrable as Apple and Google have advertised. While many in law enforcement have argued that smartphones are often a roadblock to investigations, the findings indicate that they are instead one of the most important tools for prosecutions.

“Law enforcement at all levels has access to technology that it can use to unlock phones,” said Jennifer Granick, a cybersecurity lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union. “That is not what we’ve been told.”

Still, for law enforcement, phone-hacking tools are not a panacea to encryption. The process can be expensive and time consuming, sometimes costing thousands of dollars and requiring weeks or more. And in some cases, the tools don’t work at all.

“We may unlock it in a week, we may not unlock it for two years, or we may never unlock it,” Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, testified to Congress in December[7]. “Murder, rape, robberies, sexual assault. I do not mean to be dramatic, but there are many, many serious cases where we can’t access the device in the time period where it is most important for us.”

Along with officials at the Justice Department[8], Mr. Vance has complained for years that smartphone encryption by Apple and Google has hamstrung investigations. His crime lab has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on phone-hacking tools, he told lawmakers, yet remains locked out of roughly half of the iPhones it has warrants to search, or about 300 to 400 a year.

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Law enforcement regularly searches phones with owners’ consent, according to the records. Otherwise, a warrant is required.

An Apple spokesman said in an email that the company was constantly strengthening iPhone security “to help customers defend against criminals, hackers and identity thieves.” But, he added, no device can be truly impenetrable.

Google, which also offers encryption on its Android smartphone software, did not respond to a request for comment.

The companies frequently turn over data to the police that customers store on the companies’ servers. But all iPhones and many newer Android phones now come encrypted — a layer of security that generally requires a customer’s passcode to defeat. Apple and Google have refused to create a way in for law enforcement, arguing that criminals and authoritarian governments would exploit such a “back door.”

The dispute flared up after the mass shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., in 2015[9] and in Pensacola, Fla., last year[10]. The F.B.I. couldn’t get into the killers’ iPhones, and Apple refused to help[11]. But both spats quickly sputtered[12] after the bureau broke into the phones[13].

Phone-hacking tools “have served as a kind of a safety valve for the encryption debate,” said Riana Pfefferkorn, a Stanford University researcher who studies encryption policy.

Yet the police have continued to demand an easier way in. “Instead of saying, ‘We are unable to get into devices,’ they now say, ‘We are unable to get into these devices expeditiously,’” Ms. Pfefferkorn said.

Congress is considering legislation that would effectively force Apple and Google to create a back door for law enforcement. The bill, proposed in June by three Republican senators[14], remains in the Senate Judiciary Committee, but lobbyists on both sides believe another test case could prompt action.

Phone-hacking tools typically exploit security flaws[15] to remove a phone’s limit on passcode attempts and then enter passcodes until the phone unlocks. Because of all the possible combinations, a six-digit iPhone passcode takes on average about 11 hours to guess, while a 10-digit code takes 12.5 years.

The tools mostly come from Grayshift, an Atlanta company co-founded by a former Apple engineer, and Cellebrite, an Israeli unit of Japan’s Sun Corporation. Their flagship tools cost roughly $9,000 to $18,000, plus $3,500 to $15,000 in annual licensing fees, according to invoices obtained by Upturn.

The police can send the trickiest phones to crack, such as the latest iPhones, to Cellebrite, which will unlock them for about $2,000 a device, according to invoices. Law enforcement can also buy a similar premium tool from Cellebrite. The Dallas Police Department spent $150,000 on one, according to the records.

David Miles, Grayshift’s chief executive, said in an email that its products can help the police get into some iPhones in one day and that they have helped law enforcement “solve crimes faster in many areas, including child abuse, narcotics, human trafficking, sexual assault, homicide and terrorism.” He confirmed that Grayshift’s flagship tool costs $18,000 but declined to comment further on prices or customers.

Cellebrite said in a statement that it sold a range of products to law enforcement, and that it now had more than 7,000 customers in 150 countries. “We have experienced double-digit growth for the last few years, and we expect that trend to continue,” the company said. “As long as criminals increasingly turn to technology, there will be a need for law enforcement to stay one step ahead of them.”

Credit…Desiree Rios for The New York Times

Records obtained by Upturn show that law enforcement agencies have spent tens of millions of dollars on such tools in recent years. Andrea Edmiston, director of government affairs at the National Association of Police Organizations, said such prices had created a divide in the justice system, where officers in metro police departments can afford to search phones while rural sheriffs cannot. Money spent on such tools also can take funds away from other needs, she said.

Yet the Upturn data shows that police departments in many smaller communities have invested in phone-hacking tools. For instance, officials in Bend, Ore., population 100,000, have spent more than $62,761 on the technology since 2017. And the police department in Merrill, Wis., population 9,000, with just 10 vehicles and two bicycles, has spent $32,706 on the tools since 2013, though it has divided the cost with two nearby agencies.

With the proliferation of such tools, law enforcement has also sought to search phones for minor crimes. For instance, Upturn obtained warrants that authorized the police to search phones related to a case involving $220 worth of marijuana in Fort Worth as well as an investigation into a fight over $70 at a McDonald’s in Coon Rapids, Minn. At the Baltimore County Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol, a majority of warrants for phone searches that Upturn obtained involved drug investigations.

Logan Koepke, the lead author of the Upturn report, said the findings worried him because they showed that many police departments could gain entry to highly personal and private data, with little oversight or transparency. (Upturn is suing the New York Police Department for its records on phone searches.)

Mr. Koepke’s group asked 110 of the largest law enforcement agencies in the United States for their policies on using such tools and handling the data they extract from smartphones. Only half of those that replied said they had a policy, he said, and of those, just nine policies included substantive restrictions.

“They’re getting a window into your soul; it’s all of your contacts, your text messages, your entire location history, potentially embarrassing pictures, your account credentials,” he said. “We are placing in the hands of law enforcement something that I think is a dangerous expansion of their investigatory power.”

References

  1. ^ the ad says (www.youtube.com)
  2. ^ going dark (www.fbi.gov)
  3. ^ the encryption debate (www.nytimes.com)
  4. ^ report by Upturn (www.upturn.org)
  5. ^ the existence of such tools (www.vice.com)
  6. ^ has been known (www.nytimes.com)
  7. ^ testified to Congress in December (www.judiciary.senate.gov)
  8. ^ the Justice Department (www.nytimes.com)
  9. ^ San Bernardino, Calif., in 2015 (www.nytimes.com)
  10. ^ Pensacola, Fla., last year (www.nytimes.com)
  11. ^ Apple refused to help (www.apple.com)
  12. ^ quickly sputtered (www.nytimes.com)
  13. ^ broke into the phones (www.nytimes.com)
  14. ^ three Republican senators (www.judiciary.senate.gov)
  15. ^ typically exploit security flaws (www.nytimes.com)

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Video: How to Create a Retro Style Badge Design in Illustrator http://inloop.in/2020/10/21/video-how-to-create-a-retro-style-badge-design-in-illustrator/ http://inloop.in/2020/10/21/video-how-to-create-a-retro-style-badge-design-in-illustrator/#respond Wed, 21 Oct 2020 07:00:38 +0000 https://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/?p=11119https://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/videos/video-how-to-create-a-retro-style-badge-design-in-illustrator In today’s Adobe Illustrator[1] tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a retro badge style logo design featuring a simplified vector skull illustration and text elements that follow…

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In today’s Adobe Illustrator[1] tutorial I’m going to show you how to create a retro badge style logo design featuring a simplified vector skull illustration and text elements that follow the circular outline of the badge container. To create the badge logo design, we’ll first start by drawing the vector skull illustration using basic shapes to give the artwork a stylised appearance. I’ll then show you some useful tips for creating Type on a Path effects, which are particularly handy for constructing classic badge layouts like this.

► Activate the Filicudi font – https://spoon.graphics/37cw7qs
Check out Envato Elements for Unlimited Downloads of 2,200,000+ Stock & Design Assets – https://spoon.graphics/envato[2][3]

Subscribe to the Spoon Graphics YouTube Channel[4]

Access This Download[5]

References

  1. ^ Adobe Illustrator (spoon.graphics)
  2. ^ https://spoon.graphics/37cw7qs (spoon.graphics)
  3. ^ https://spoon.graphics/envato (spoon.graphics)
  4. ^ Subscribe to the Spoon Graphics YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com)
  5. ^ Access This Download (blog.spoongraphics.co.uk)

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