Erin Molan, Anthony Seibold call out internet trolls in 60 Minutes interview

Erin Molan has slammed ‘scum of the earth’ internet trolls while Anthony Seibold has told 60 Minutes a person with some ‘very high-profile friends’ was responsible for a recent online smear campaign against him.

The Channel 9 presenter and ex-Brisbane Broncos coach will both share their stories of the toll cyber-bullying has taken on them in a segment to be aired on Sunday night.

“It just really hurts you, you go to some pretty dark places,” Molan, who is a popular target of online trolls, told Channel 9’s 60 Minutes .

“… You’re not big, you’re not tough, you’re scum of the earth.”

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“… Every single Australian should be terrified about what is going on online at the moment.”

Seibold was at the victim of vicious online rumours in August.

The unfounded claims that went viral on social media led the 46-year-old to remain in Sydney following the Broncos’ Round 13 loss to the Rabbitohs to attend to what was described at the time as a family emergency.

It proved to be Seibold’s final game in charge of the Broncos, with the 2018 Dally M Coach of the Year leaving the club by mutual agreement with three years remaining on his contract.

“My situation went viral on social media, defamatory comments, my reputation was ruined,” Seibold told 60 Minutes. 

“It’s been pretty tough, particularly the last couple of months. In some ways it’s like the wild west out there. My situation went viral with defamatory

Interview With Carlos Rivero, Chief Data Officer At Commonwealth Of Virginia

State governments have unique challenges when it comes to budgets, workforce readiness, and technology adoption. Increasingly state and local governments have also been innovative, pushing forward AI technology to help with many operational and constituent facing operations.  Carlos Rivero, Chief Data Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia, was recently a guest on the AI Today podcast as well as a panelist during the recent Data for AI Week Virtual Conference to discuss how states, and in particular the Commonwealth of Virginia, is leveraging data, automation, and cognitive technologies. 

In an interview for this article, Carlos shares how automation, advanced data analytics, and AI play an increasing role in state government, some unique challenges around data at the state level, some interesting or surprising insights you can share about how Virginia is using ML and AI and more.

What are some of the unique challenges around data at the state level?

Carlos Rivero: An important component to successfully use data to enhance agency operations is getting people involved in the data governance process. Part of the mission of the Office of the Chief Data Officer is to figure out how to leverage data as a strategic asset. As we’re working toward that goal it has become apparent that the participation of individuals both horizontally (across different lines of business) and vertically (chain of command) within the organization is critical in being able to share and integrate data assets in a meaningful way. Having data custodians, data stewards, data owners, and executive sponsors participate in the governance discussion is important because everyone has a role to play in our ability to leverage data for analytics, machine learning, and intelligence applications. 

A benefit that can also be a challenge at the

Season 3 of the Africans In Sports Interview Show Launches Alongside New Website

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On September 29th, Africans In Sports (AIS) launched season three of its interview show which features African athletes. The new AIS season is 10 episodes long and will be available to stream for free online on Facebook and YouTube, as well as to watch on PlayersTV, a new sports lifestyle network.

The athletes featured in season three of AIS include Ike Diogu, Denzel Bentley, Seye Ogunlewe, Luther Clay, Izu Ugonoh, Toks Pedro, Ngozi Onwumere, Francis Okoro, and Danny Uchechi. The season’s first episode features an interview with Seyi Olofinjana.

Coinciding with the launch of the new season, Africans In Sports has also launched a new website to offer expanded news coverage and features on African sports and lifestyle. AIS is looking for passionate sports fans interested in contributing original articles about African sports, news, and culture to the website. If interested in contributing, please visit the website here for more information.

“When we were growing up, we knew about Rashidi Yekini, Jay-Jay Okocha, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto‘o, and the list goes on. But to us, they were like gods. I started AIS because I wanted to humanize the athletes we look up to. This show is for the 10-year-old kids kicking a soccer ball made of plastic bags and twine through a goal that’s just two rocks spread apart and cutting their big toes open on the game-winner, or the die-hard fan who wants to feel closer to his or her sports hero,” said Charles Asuen, CEO of AIS. “And now, with our new website, we’re thrilled to extend to other sports fans and members of our community the opportunity to create compelling written content that showcases African