Japan firms fall woefully short of meeting government goals on women in management: Reuters poll

By Tetsushi Kajimoto

TOKYO (Reuters) – About one-fifth of Japanese companies have no female managers and most say women account for less than 10% of management, a Reuters monthly poll found, highlighting the struggle for the government’s “womenomics” drive to make headway.

The survey results come as Japan is seen to delay its target this year to raise the share of women in leadership posts to 30% as part of the government’s campaign to empower women, dubbed “womenomics”, and cope with Japan’s ageing population.

The Reuters Corporate Survey, conducted Sept. 29-Oct. 8, found 71% of Japanese firms said women accounted for less than 10% of management, while 17% had no female managers at all.

Asked how much scope there was to increase female managers, 55% said by around 10%, a quarter said by about 20%, one in 10 firms said by around 30%, while 5% saw no room for that.

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Itronics’ Rock Kleen Technology Seen As Way U.S. Government Can Produce Key, Critical Minerals in the U.S.

RENO, Nev., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Itronics Inc. (OTC: ITRO), which has invented the Rock Kleen silver/gold mine tailings processing technology that recovers silver, manganese, copper, nickel, potassium and other metals from silver mine tailings, said today its technology fits perfectly with a recent Executive Order issued by the President on how to avoid excessive reliance on Critical Minerals from Foreign Adversaries. Both Manganese and agricultural potassium are Critical Minerals. 

Among the points raised in the Executive Order, The Departments of Interior, Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency shall identify ways to use materials from mining sites for the recovery of critical minerals.

“Our Rock Kleen Technology is exactly what our Government needs to recover minerals critical to make airplanes, computers, cell phones, generate electricity and to produce electronic products,” said Itronics President Dr. John Whitney

The Executive Order states: “These minerals are indispensable to our country

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Annabelle Southcoat, Government Scientist, On The Positive Power Of Champions In The Workplace

In honor of #WorldMentalHealthDay I’d like to share with a story from another inspirational woman in my network. Annabelle Southcoat is a genuine polymath – someone whose intellectual curiosity and drive for humanity and social justice has led her down so many fruitful paths already. Her story is interesting because she so nearly wasn’t. Her story is relevant to business leaders because she demonstrates the value of authentic adjustments to our inclusion practice and how, with the right champion, we can change the course and direction of lives. Ms Southcoat is now a Psychologist at the UK Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) a drummer in a band, an innovative thinker and a pussy cat mother.

The Significance Of Childhood Narratives

In Ms Southcoat’s own words. ”I’m also a dyslexic, gay, trans woman (though I tend to just say woman these days) and

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Australian science and technology sectors talk of ‘revival’ as Federal Government splashes the cash in Budget

It was 2013 and the Coalition, under the leadership of Tony Abbott, had just taken power.

The new prime minister unveiled his cabinet, what he called one of the most experienced in Australian history.

But one portfolio was missing.

For the first time since 1931, there was no minister for science.

The CSIRO, and the country’s climate science body was significantly watered down.

A year later, the science portfolio would be reinstated, but for many in the science community, the damage was done.

Fast forward to today and it’s a different story: the Morrison Government is winning widespread praise from the science and technology sectors.

As soon as the Budget landed this week the praise started flowing from science bodies across the country.

The Budget would spur a “research revival”, according to Science & Technology Australia, Australia’s peak body for science and tech industries.

It said it was a “shot

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Why the Government Should Get Comfortable with Technology Escrow for Classified IP

The federal government has been using technology escrow to safeguard their commercial off-the-shelf software for decades, but agencies appear hesitant to use this same protection for classified software and other technology.

Technology escrow is a service that mitigates the risk of technology acquisition. With an escrow contract, software source code or other IP from the developer is placed in a secure escrow account held by an escrow agent—a trusted independent third party. If in the future, the developer is no longer able to support the product for reasons specified in the escrow agreement—such as bankruptcy, obsolescence, merger or acquisition—the technology buyer will still have access to the source code, IP, and other “know how” to keep their mission-critical applications and systems up and running. 

Any technical data package can be protected with a technology escrow agreement. If escrow will be required, the government entity should make this requirement known in

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U.S. government scrutinizes Microsoft’s hiring practices as tech giant looks to boost diversity

Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg)

Microsoft in June announced a sweeping racial justice plan, including an initiative to spend $150 million on diversity and inclusion programs, and double its number of Black and African American managers and senior employees by 2025 in the U.S.

Now the United States Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is taking a closer look at the company’s hiring and whether it constitutes unlawful discrimination on the basis of race.

“We have every confidence that Microsoft’s diversity initiative complies fully with all U.S. employment laws,” Dev Stahlkopf, corporate vice president and general counsel at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday. “We look forward to providing the OFCCP with this information and, if necessary, defending our approach.”

The OFCCP asks Microsoft to “prove that the actions we are taking to improve opportunities are not illegal race-based

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Facebook, Amazon And Apple Shares Are Down On Fears Of Government Forcing Big Tech Breakup

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Broad-market indexes are up Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump returned to the White House following his three-day hospitalization at Walter Reed Medical Center, but tech stocks are down as the House’s antitrust report on big tech firms nears release.

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The tech-heavy Nasdaq, down .1%, is the only major index down this morning following a Monday evening report from Politico that revealed a draft of the U.S. House of Representatives’ antitrust report on big tech firms, slated for release later this week, contains provisions that would make it easier to break up Silicon Valley giants Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google-parent Alphabet.

Each of the big four tech firms are down close to 1% this morning, with all of them now down

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A future-proof security model for a modern, mobile government — FCW

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A future-proof security model for a modern, mobile government

 

The shift to telework has required many federal agencies to consider new security approaches to fill in the gaps between traditional network-centric security that is not built to scale to a dynamic telework environment, the IT network architecture, and various cloud architectures.

To address these complexity and cybersecurity issues, agencies are turning to policies including CISA’s Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) 3.0 that provide guidance on reducing risks and enabling secure connections to government networks.

TIC 3.0 opens the door for modern, hybrid cloud environments, and provides agencies with greater flexibility. Rather than focusing on a physical network perimeter that no longer exists, the guidance recommends considering each zone within an agency environment to ensure baseline security across dispersed networks. As agencies continue to support a remote and distributed workforce, this security approach will be critically important.

In

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West Bengal Government And IIM Calcutta Tie Up To Set Technology Development Centre

West Bengal Government And IIM Calcutta Tie Up To Set Technology Development Centre

West Bengal Government And IIM Calcutta Tie Up To Set Technology Development Centre

Kolkata:

The West Bengal Government on Monday has signed an agreement with Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta-run Entrepreneur and Innovation Park to set up a Technology Development and Adaptation Centre (TDAC). The TDAC will build technologies which will address need-based, location specific problems, an official release said here.

“The state Department of Science and Technology and Biotechnology and the IIM Calcutta-run Entrepreneur and Innovation Park have mutually agreed to set up the TDAC through the West Bengal Science and Technology Council with the objective of building and nurturing an ecosystem to support science and technology-led entrepreneurship, promoting Scientific research and innovation,” it said.

“This will entail mentoring product development, motivating youth to take up S&T [Science and Technology] entrepreneurship, supporting job creation and employment. The promising S&T solutions/research in the state will enable sustainable ventures, businesses,

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This is How the Government Can Ramp Up Climate Tech Investment

(Bloomberg) — The last couple of weeks have brought a steady stream of new pledges to achieve net-zero carbon emissions within the next handful of decades. China committed to it; so did Walmart Inc. And yet a report released last month by the International Energy Agency, which advises governments on energy policy, estimated that roughly half of the technologies that will be needed to get us to net zero globally by 2050 aren’t even commercially available yet. Yikes.



Equipment installed as part of the Petra Nova Carbon Capture Project stands at the NRG Energy Inc. WA Parish generating station in Thompsons, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. The project, a joint venture between NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp., reportedly captures and repurposes more than 90% of its own Co2 emissions.


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Equipment installed as part of the Petra Nova Carbon Capture Project stands at the NRG Energy Inc. WA Parish generating station in Thompsons, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. The project, a joint venture between NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp., reportedly captures and repurposes more than 90% of its own Co2 emissions.

The dirty secret of deep decarbonization is that it won’t occur from

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