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The Not My President Rallies have demonstrators gathering across the country to support people of color, immigrants, Muslims, workers, LGBTQ people, and the poor.

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A man stands in front of Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., with a message against President Trump on Presidents' Day, Feb. 20, 2017. (Sama Dizayee/VOA Kurdish)
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New York, Feb 21, 2017: Thousands of protesters rallied nationwide to oppose the Trump administration during Monday’s President’s Day holiday.

The Not My President Rallies have demonstrators gathering across the country to support people of color, immigrants, Muslims, workers, LGBTQ people, and the poor.

Events were underway from Boston to Seattle where protesters said they hoped to make it an anti-Trump day. A list of cities on the Not My President’s Day Facebook page showed at least 30 cities where protests inspired by the national movement of Bad Dudes and Nasty Women took place.

A man wearing a Donald Trump costume participates in a rally in New York, Feb. 20, 2017.
A man wearing a Donald Trump costume participates in a rally in New York, Feb. 20, 2017. VOA

Several hundred people gathered in Washington, shouting “Dump Trump.”

In Chicago, hundreds gathered near Trump Tower, holding signs in English, Arabic and Spanish calling for resistance to Trump’s immigration policy.

A woman marching in Los Angeles said she was marching for her parents who have worked hard “to provide for us.”

Protesters stand on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, Feb. 20, 2017.
Protesters stand on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, Feb. 20, 2017. VOA

Protesters stand on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, Feb. 20, 2017.

Another demonstrator in Dallas, Texas, said people were angry.

“There’s a lot of stuff going on and it’s only been a month, and it’s kind of scary for a lot of people because a lot of people are actually being affected by what’s going on,” she said.

“I’m here to protest everything that 45 [45th U.S. president] stands for … From his views on women to his views on immigration, racism, sexism and all the awful things that he is representing is embarrassing our country,” another protester said.

In one month of presidency, Trump has signed 24 executive orders and memoranda including orders withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific trade deal, impose a federal hiring freeze, and temporarily ban travelers from seven Muslim nations.That order was blocked by federal judges.

Most students, school employees and government workers had Monday off work because of the federal holiday.

Geoffrey Supran, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studies renewable energy solutions to climate change. He said scientists are trying to send a message to President Trump that America “runs on science.”

“Science is the backbone of our prosperity and progress,” Supran said.

Demonstrators, some dressed in while lab coats, held signs that read “Science Matters,” “Scientists Pursuing Truth, Saving the World” and “Make America Smart Again.”

The Rally to Stand Up for Science in Boston’s Copley Square was held outside the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting.

Saturday, Trump held a large rally in Florida with about 9,000 supporters gathered in an airport hangar in Melbourne.

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida, Feb. 18, 2017.
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida, Feb. 18, 2017. VOA

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They loudly cheered Trump’s comments. While anti-Trump protests are continuously across the country, the president’s fiercest backers echoed his message.

“He is right on point, because, unfortunately, most of the news media distorts it and twists it [the news] to their benefit,” said Hamilton Campos, who attended Trump’s rally Saturday.“You know, they were hoping that Hillary [Clinton] was going to win and she did not.”(VOA)

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Blind Facebook employee is developing tech for sightless

At Facebook, he works on features to help people with disabilities use the platform.

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  • A blind Facebook employee is developing AI to make social network for sightless fun
  • He is developing AI which will verbalise images and videos
  • This technology will enable alt-text for images and videos

A blind Facebook employee is developing a technology that will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to verbalise the content of an image or video and enable the visually impaired to “see” and determine appropriate content for people and advertisers.

Facebook engineer Matt King is leading a project that is making solutions for visually impaired people on the platform that could eventually be used to identify images and videos that violate Facebook’s terms of use or that advertisers want to avoid.

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This feature will verbalise images and videos for the visually impaired. Image Source: Reuters
This feature will verbalise images and videos for the visually impaired. Image Source: Reuters

“More than two billion photos are shared across Facebook every single day. That’s a situation where a machine-based solution adds a lot more value than a human-based solution ever could,” CNBC quoted King as saying late on Saturday.

King, who was born with a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, lost his vision by the time he got his degree and started working at IBM with the tech giant’s accessibility projects.

He worked on a screen reader to help visually impaired people “see” what is on their screens either through audio cues or a braille device. IBM eventually developed the first screen reader for a graphical interface.

He worked with the accessibility team till Facebook hired him from IBM in 2015.

The man behind this development is Matt King.
The man behind this development is Matt King.

At Facebook, he works on features to help people with disabilities use the platform, like adding captions to videos or coming up with ways to navigate the site using only audio cues.

“Anybody who has any kind of disability can benefit from Facebook. They can develop beneficial connections and understand their disability doesn’t have to define them, to limit them,” King said.

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One of his main projects is “automated alt-text,” which describes audibly what is in Facebook images.

When automated alt-text was launched in April 2016, it was only available in five languages on the iOS app. Today it is available in over 29 languages on Facebook on the web, iOS and Android.

Facebook is available in more than 29 languages across the world. Pixabay
Facebook is available in more than 29 languages across the world. Pixabay

“The things people post most frequently kind of has a limited vocabulary associated with it,” the Facebook engineer said.

“It makes it possible for us to have one of those situations where if you can tackle 20 per cent of the solution, it tackles 80 per cent of the problem. It’s getting that last 20 per cent which is a lot of work, but we’re getting there,” he said.

In December 2017, Facebook pushed an automatic alt-text update that used facial recognition to help visually impaired people find out who is in photos. IANS