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In the recent times, being social is only limited to facebook, twitter, and other social networking sites

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Live performances are great for community events. Wikimedia Commons.

October 17, 2016: In the recent times, people with busy scheduled life and nuclear families have isolated themselves from the rest of social activities. To them, being social is only limited to facebook, twitter, and other social networking sites. In this world of increasing loneliness, community events have become a must for the society. They help people in getting to know each other and also to spread awareness about various social issues. Here are 10 ways to have community gatherings that also happen to be extremely fun.

  • Throw a street party, less talk and more action!

Street parties also known as ‘block parties’ have a long history. They first originated in New York at the beginning of World War I.

Whole blocks were sealed in order to hold a parade and patriotic singing to honour the warriors of that particular block. In the UK, street parties began taking place in 1919 in the form of ‘Peace Teas’ after the war. They were thought of as a treat for children who had struggled in those hard times. These parties were formal events.

Since then, street parties were regularly held in England and Wales on national days of celebration, such as  the wedding of Diana and Charles in 1981.

Today Street parties are held at any time, for all age groups, in order to build community relations at the local level. They are a fun and friendly affair where people bring a dish to share.

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Party. Gif Source: Giphy
  • Organise a film screening: Serious or Funny, people will have a good time!

Everyone enjoys a great movie on a big screen with yummy popcorn. You could plan a film screening at a public place such as  local school, or even in the open, under the sky. You can  Choose to screen a recent blockbuster or if you want to deliver a certain message, you can play movies related to it. For instance, you could choose ‘Fault in Our Stars’ if you want to spread awareness about cancer. However, under UK copyright law, you require a licence to do screen films outside your home.

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Watching movies. Gif Source: Giphy
Watching movies. Gif Source: Giphy
  • Have a pub quiz: Get Mind boggling questions to engage all!

A quiz game with questions related to general knowledge  can be fun for a broad audience. You can also focus on different groups by having questions on topics such as music, sports etc. To make things more interesting, you can have a theme quiz with matching decorations and costumes.Writing questions for the quiz is a very important and also difficult task. Use help from the internet, library or buy a ready-made quiz book.

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Quiz. Gif source: Giphy

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  • Relax and Go for Gardening!

Gardening is one of the most peaceful and relaxing activities that is also quite fun. Find a green area in your locality that in not in the best condition and try to restore it with your community members. Removing weeds, picking out litter, and growing flowers will transform it into a beautiful recreational spot. You could also try turning unused land into vegetable patches. Holding vegetable growing competitions would also do the trick!

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Gardening, Giphy
  • Organize a swap shop, offer a helping hand!

Organising a swapping event will lead to both social and environmental advantages for the community. It will minimise the magnitude of junk filling up the landfills. This activity will also help the poor as they would be able to get items that they need.

  • Bring out the talent! Organise an arts & crafts festival

Artists and craft enthusiasts are present in every community. Having your own crafts and art festival would be fun. You can have stalls selling hand-made craft items such as jewellery, decorations etc. Street art would be a great way to attract the younger generation. You can also have an auction for charitable causes.

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Drawing, Giphy
  • Have a Theme Day: Look for weird Costumes!

There are a lot of themed days you can organise. Take help from the internet to select a fun theme that would interest all age groups. A good way to involve the community is by asking them to dress up as particular. You can also call local or even famous writers who are related to your community. You can have story writing and poetry competitions.

Theme parties may turn as hilarious as this. Gif Source: Giphy
Theme parties may turn as hilarious as this. Gif Source: Giphy
  • Organise a performance for multi-talented people!

Everyone Performances by artists are a wonderful community event. You can organise live performances by dancers, singers martial artists etc. For example, you could have a live theatre  performance for your community.

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Dance, Giphy

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  • Plan a  Food Fest and make Foodies happy!

Everyone loves delicious food with irresistible aroma! Food fests are a great way of highlighting  the local producers, sellers and chefs of the community. People will get to eat amazing local food while socialising among themselves. You could also donate the profit made for some charitable cause.

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Foodie, Giphy
  • Fireworks always attract Crowd!  

Fireworks always attract a crowd. People are amazed by the glowing and sparkling sky. Add a bonfire and you have an amazing community event. Serve delicious food to make the night even better.

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Firework. Gif Source: Giphy

-by Pragya Arora of NewsGram. Twitter: @Wanderlust6400

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Facebook Introduces Digital Training and Start-up hubs in India to Promote Digital Economy

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Facebook launched digital training in India.Pixaby.

New Delhi, Nov 23: Facebook on Wednesday introduced its digital training and start-up training hubs in India aimed at helping small businesses and people grow by giving them the digital skills they need to compete in today’s digital economy.

Facebook said it plans to train more than half a million people in the country by 2020 through these online training hubs, which are being rolled out first in India.

The learning curriculum which is personalised to the individual’s needs and available in English and Hindi on mobile, the social network, which is used by 217 million people in India, announced.

“We believe the best way to prepare India for a digital economy is by equipping people with the tools, knowledge, and skills they need to succeed,” said Ritesh Mehta, Head of Programmes, Facebook, India and South Asia.

To develop the learning curriculum, the social network worked with several organisations, including Digital Vidya, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), DharmaLife and the government’s StartupIndia initiative.

The curriculum includes vital skills for digital skill seekers and tech entrepreneurs, including how to protect their ideas, how to hire, how to go about getting funding, what regulations and legal hurdles they need to consider, how to build an online reputation, and a host of other critical skills.

This could mean teaching a small business owner how to create an online presence; helping a non-profit reach new communities and potential donors; or it could mean helping a tech entrepreneur turn their product idea into a startup through practical business advice.

Facebook said its digital training hub would provide free social and content marketing training for anyone – from students to business owners – who is looking to develop their digital knowledge and skills.

According to new research by Morning Consult in partnership with Facebook, small businesses use of digital translates into new jobs and opportunities for communities across the country.

Since 2011 Facebook has invested more than $1 billion to support small businesses globally.

The “Boost Your Business” and “SheMeansBusiness” initiatives have trained more than 60,000 small businesses, including 12,000 women entrepreneurs, in India, Facebook said. (IANS)

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Facebook, Google, Bing and Twitter Join The Trust Project to Help Users Combat Fake News

In their bid to combat fake news and help readers identify trustworthy news sources, Facebook, Google, Twitter and several media organisations have joined the non-partisan "The Trust Project"

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To Combat Fake News Facebook, Twitter , Google have joined 'The Trust Project'. PIxabay.

San Francisco, Nov 19: In their bid to combat fake news and help readers identify trustworthy news sources, Facebook, Google, Twitter and several media organisations have joined the non-partisan “The Trust Project”.

“The Trust Project” is led by award-winning journalist Sally Lehrman of Santa Clara University’s Markkula Centre for Applied Ethics.

Starting from Friday, an icon will appear next to articles in Facebook News Feed.

When you click on the icon, you can read information on the organisations’ ethics and other standards, the journalists’ backgrounds, and how they do their work.

“Leading media companies representing dozens of news sites have begun to display ‘Trust Indicators’. These indicators, created by leaders from more than 75 news organisations also show what type of information people are reading a” news, opinion, analysis or advertising,” the university said in a statement.

Each indicator is signalled in the article and site code, providing the first standardised technical language for platforms to learn more from news sites about the quality and expertise behind journalists’ work.

“Google, Facebook, Bing and Twitter have all agreed to use the indicators and are investigating and piloting ideas about how to best to use them to surface and display quality journalism,” the university said.

German press agency DPA, The Economist, The Globe and Mail, the Independent Journal Review, Mic, Italy’s La Republica and La Stampa, Trinity Mirror and The Washington Post are among the companies starting to go live with “Trust Indicators” this month.

The Institute for Non-profit News has developed a WordPress plug-in to facilitate broader implementation by qualified publishers.

“An increasingly sceptical public wants to know the expertise, enterprise and ethics behind a news story. The Trust Indicators put tools into people’s hands, giving them the means to assess whether news comes from a credible source they can depend on,” Lehrman explained.

The eight core indicators are: Best Practices; Author Expertise; Type of Work; Citations and References; Methods; Locally Sourced; Diverse Voices and Actionable Feedback.

New organisations like the BBC and Hearst Television have collaborated in defining the “Trust Indicator” editorial and technical standards, and in developing the processes for implementing these.

“Quality journalism has never been more important,” said Richard Gingras, vice president of news products at Google.

“We hope to use the Type of Work indicator to improve the accuracy of article labels in Google News, and indicators such as Best Practices and Author Info in our Knowledge Panels.”

“The Trust Indicators will provide a new level of accessibility and insight into the news that people on Facebook see day in and day out,” said Alex Hardiman, Head of News Products at Facebook.

A growing number of news outlets are expected to display the indicators over the next six months, with a second phase of news partners beginning implementation work soon. (IANS)

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Send Your own Nudes to Facebook to Stop Revenge Porn

Facebook is testing a new method to stop revenge porn that requires you to send your own nudes to yourself via the social network's Messenger app

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Send your own nudes via messenger app to yourself.Pixabay.

Sydney, Nov 9: Facebook is testing a new method to stop revenge porn that requires you to send your own nudes to yourself via the social network’s Messenger app.

This strategy would help Facebook to create a digital fingerprint for the picture and mark it as non-consensual explicit media.

So if a relationship goes sour, you could take proactive steps to prevent any intimate images in possession of your former love interest from being shared widely on Facebook or instagram.

Facebook is partnering with a Australian government agency to prevent such image-based abuses, the Australia Broadcasting Corp reported.

If you’re worried your intimate photos will end up on Instagram or Facebook, you can get in contact with Australi’s e-Safety Commissioner. They might then tell you to send your own nudes to yourself on Messenger.

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Facebook is coming up with a method to prevent revenge porn if you send your own nudes to yourself. Pixabay.

“It would be like sending yourself your image in email, but obviously this is a much safer, secure end-to-end way of sending the image without sending it through the ether,” e-Safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant told ABC.

Once the image is sent via Messenger, Facebook would use technology to “hash” it, which means creating a digital fingerprint or link.

“They’re not storing the image, they’re storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies,” Grant said.

“So if somebody tried to upload that same image, which would have the same digital footprint or hash value, it will be prevented from being uploaded,” she explained.

Australia is one of four countries taking part in the “industry-first” pilot which uses “cutting-edge technology” to prevent the re-sharing on images on its platforms, Facebook’s Head of Global Safety Antigone Davis was quoted as saying.

“The safety and wellbeing of the Facebook community is our top priority,” Davis said. (IANS)