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Freelance Creative Jobs Thrive Despite AI Surge

FREELANCER.COM

New data released today by Freelancer.com (ASX: FLN) (OTCQX: FLNCF), the world’s largest freelancing marketplace by number of users and jobs posted, shows an incoming startup boom amongst an unprecedented surge in freelance creative design and AI job growth. The Fast 50 Q1 2023 Index, the world’s largest forward indicator of freelance job trends, analyzes over 304,000 jobs posted to Freelancer.com between January and March 2023. The index finds that jobs for T-Shirt Design (up 33.1%, from 1,403 to 1,868), Covers & Packaging Design (up 27.3%, from 1,128 to 1,436), and Corporate Identity Design (up 24.2%, from 2,474 to 3,073) were the three fastest growing job types by total percentage growth when compared to Q4 2022. These were followed by Product Design (up 22.9%, 1,214 to 1,493) and 3D Design (up 22%, from 5,027 to 6,135) jobs. Design skills with the largest job counts on the platform also grew significantly this quarter. There were a whopping 7,495 extra Graphic Design jobs in Q1 (up 12.1%, from 61,709 to 69,204), followed by an additional 6,731 Logo Design jobs (up 20.4%, from 32,963 to 39,694) and 5,902 extra jobs requiring skills in Photoshop (up 15.4%, from 38,224 to 44,126). Design is both the most in-demand and the highest paying skill on Freelancer.com, as found in the Freelancing in 2022 Report. These types of jobs, particularly logo design, packaging design and t-shirt creation, are typically the starting point for many founders launching a new business. The sudden influx of design, eCommerce and marketing jobs are a key indicator of a boom in startups. Simultaneously, jobs requiring skills in Artificial Intelligence were the seventh fastest growing skill on Freelancer.com (up 20.62% in Q1 2023 from 1,038 to 1,252). Jobs demanding Generative AI skills, such as ChatGPT, Dall-E, Midjourney and Chatbots, grew by more than 325% from 286 in Q4 2022 to 1,216 in Q1 2023. “While many speculate whether AI will take design jobs, our latest data shows that this is certainly not the case. Design jobs are the most popular job type on the platform and continue to grow despite advances in hyper-realistic generative AI tools,” said Matt Barrie, Chief Executive at Freelancer.com. “What’s more interesting in this data is zooming out and looking at the main trend: the startup boom. The most in-demand jobs on the platform for this quarter are all related to the launch of new businesses. New logo, website and branding jobs. In fact, there were 75 extra logo design jobs posted each day last quarter, which could suggest the launch of 75 new businesses.” The data also shows an increase in Digital Marketing (up 12.8%, from 1,524 to 1,720) and Videography (up 14.2%, from 2,716 to 3,102) jobs which also suggests businesses are focusing more on their online marketing and content creation strategies to amplify their brands. Fastest Falling Jobs of Q1 2023 While design jobs dominated the fastest growing, the jobs that were in less demand in this quarter are related to tech, development and writing. Software Development, which was ranked as the fastest growing job in Q2 2022, began to decline this quarter and was down by 34.4% (from 2,001 to 1,311). Similarly, programming related jobs which were one of the fastest growing skills in Q4 2022 also declined this quarter by 20.9% (from 5,899 to 4,665). Demand for these types of jobs surged last year as many tech employees were laid off globally. However, the new data suggests demand is beginning to stabilize and return to pre-mass layoffs levels. Seasonality also plays into employers moving away from specific types of jobs quarter-to-quarter. Report Writing, Technical Writing, Research Writing and Business Plans were ranked as the fastest growing jobs in Q4 2022 as many employers traditionally turn to freelance support to help prepare end of year reports and 2023 plans. These types of jobs naturally reduce in the first quarter of the year. Fast 50 Q1 2023 - Data Analysis Startup Boom Fuels Creative Design Job Growth Historically, more businesses are started during a recession. Economic downturns have led to the creation of some of the world’s most well known brands, such as Microsoft, Uber and Burger King, just to name a few. Only a few years ago, the world witnessed this trend playing out as COVID sparked a startup boom, which saw a 24 percent increase in new business applications in the United States alone. According to the latest US Census Business Formation Statistics, the number of new business applications is beginning to grow in 2023 by an increase of 451,752, an increase of 4.5 percent compared to February 2023. Data from the latest Freelancer Fast 50 Index suggests there’s a sudden increase in the number of new businesses and startups being launched globally. The fastest growing skills, such as T-Shirt, Covers & Packaging, and Corporate Identity Design, as well as the growth of major jobs such as Logo Design, are all usually posted by founders at the starting point for a new business or venture. T-Shirt Design jobs, as an example, are growing as people hire freelancers to create t-shirts with their business logo as a way of promoting a brand or creating business uniforms. An uptick in Covers and Packaging Design jobs are the result of businesses turning to freelancers for new product labels and marketing brochures. Growth in website building jobs, such as Shopify (up 20.5%, from 2,302 to 2,775), Shopify Templates (up 16.1%, from 1,392 to 1,617) and eCommerce (up 15.5%, from 4,212 to 4,866), also support the rise of new businesses last quarter. Almost three quarters of the fastest growing jobs (72%) posted on Freelancer.com in the last quarter required skills in creative design or marketing. Serial entrepreneur Davuud Ghani, who recently founded Pivitt, a creative and branding support agency based in the United Kingdom, is just one example of how founders are turning to freelancers to support the growth of their business in 2023. “As a start-up, agility is our advantage over mature businesses with similar service offerings. It’s becoming easier for businesses to locate and leverage global talent, with platforms such as Freelancer.com. We are able to really finetune the skills needed on a project basis to drive excellence through our service offering to our partners, keeping us competitive in the market. That’s what our model is built from and has allowed us to secure partnerships with the likes of BMW & MINI,” said Davuud Ghani, founder of Pivitt. Generative AI Jobs Triple In Last Quarter Advancements in artificial intelligent and generative AI are impacting almost every faucet of business and creativity. Powerful AI tools, such as ChatGPT, Dall-E and Midjourney, are becoming smarter and more sophisticated by month, resulting in rapid leaps in capabilities and applications. In the first quarter of 2023, Open AI released GPT-4, introducing a more powerful and intelligent version of the application which could exhibit human level performance on several benchmarks. In the AI image generation space, research lab Midjourney also released the alpha iteration of its 5th version which allowed users to create photorealistic generations. Growing interest for AI is represented clearly in the Fast 50 Q1 2023 data which ranks jobs for Artificial Intelligence as the seventh fastest growing job on the platform, growing by 20.6% up to 1,252 jobs in total. Many projects posted in the first quarter aim to harness AI text generators or automate mass image generation, while some look for freelance experts who can help create their own AI models and applications. Generative AI skills (ChatGPT, Dall-E, Midjourney, Chatbots) grew the fastest over the quarter, recording a total percentage increase of 325% from 286 last quarter to 1,216 in Q1 2023. In total, there were 5,262 jobs requiring skills in AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, TensorFlow, ChatGPT and Dall-E. Digital Marketing & Content Creation Popularity of content marketing is growing amongst businesses. Major success stories, such as Netflix’s Drive to Survive series or Spotify’s Wrapped, are pushing businesses and marketers towards incorporating content marketing within their strategies. It’s a trend that was identified in the Fast 50 Q3 2022 Index and is continuing in Q1 2023. Videography (up 14.21%, from to 3,102), Digital Marketing (up 12.86% to 1,720), YouTube (up 11.30% to 1,576), and Video Production (up 10.25% to 5,401) were all in-demand skills last quarter. This finding suggests that businesses are increasingly focusing on online marketing and content creation strategies to reach their target audiences. While YouTube remains as the main platform people are turning to freelancers for support, employer interest in TikTok video creation is also growing, increasing by 25% in Q1 2023, from 405 projects in Q4 2022 to 507 total jobs Q1 2023. Product Design Jobs Apart from design projects specific to branding and new business ventures, the number of 3D Design, Product Design and general Design collectively grew over Q1 2023. ##### Freelancer Fast 50 The Freelancer Fast 50 index is the world’s largest forward indicator of trends in online jobs related to industries, technologies, products, and companies. The data is based on 304,000 jobs posted to the Freelancer platform between January 1 to March 31 2023. Fast 50 Quarterly Index – Q1 2023 About Freelancer Freelancer.com is the world's largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and projects posted. More than 64 million registered users have posted over 22.3 million projects and contests to date in over 2,000 areas as diverse as website development, logo design, marketing, copywriting, aerospace engineering and manufacturing. Freelancer also owns Escrow.com and Loadshift. Freelancer Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker ASX:FLN and is quoted on OTCQX Best Market under the ticker FLNCF. Contact Details freelancer.com Marko Zitko +61 404 574 830 mzitko@freelancer.com

April 21, 2023 08:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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LUX stands with female athletes and challenges sports media to "Change The Angle"

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SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 20 April 2023 - Unilever's global beauty brand, LUX, is rallying people once more to stand up against everyday sexism. This time it is calling out the objectification of women’s bodies in sport, highlighting how the media zeroes in on female intimate body areas rather than focus on their sporting prowess. At South Africa’s highly anticipated Durban Open Women’s Beach Volleyball tournament this week, female athletes sported QR code on precisely those areas the cameras tend to focus on. Upon scanning, these ‘viewers’ were directed to a short film – ‘ Hey Camera’, which calls on those behind the cameras to end the blatant objectification of women and, instead, focus on their strengths. Bringing this campaign to live, LUX partnered with one of South Africa’s leading broadcaster, The South African Broadcasting Corporation, SABC Sport, which has an audience of 19.7 million in South Africa to livestream the event on 15th and 16th of April. LUX’s #ChangeTheAngle campaign aims to get broadcasters and photographers reconsidering their portrayal of women in sport. The integrated campaign has also been pulled through online, social and PR channels with thousands of generated content via influencers, celebrities, athletes and media such as Gsport4girls, 2 times olympic gold medal Caster Semenya, Cricket commentator Kass Naidoo, Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi. LUX understands the need to stop objectification of women as it can lead to more serious forms of sexism. According to its research, women are 10 times more likely to be objectified than men. While this objectification is rife across society, the brand saw that sports was the perfect, attention-grabbing example to call this out. Men in sports are frequently portrayed as strong role models who are at the top of their game. On the contrary, women's body parts are what receive the most attention, with cameras zooming into their breasts or exposed butt cheeks. LUX believes this objectification can diminish female achievements and also undermine confidence. The #ChangeTheAngle campaign aims to create a sense of urgency among people to call out what are increasingly unacceptable behaviours in real time and put pressure on broadcasters to change the camera gaze by sharing 6 guidelines for them to adhere to while filming women in sport. “Women in sports are 10 times more likely to be objectified by camera angles that focus on certain body parts compared to their male counterparts. When we found out that this is also an issue for top female athletes who have achieved incredible things, we knew we had to act,” Severine Vauleon, Global Brand Vice President of LUX says, “This doesn’t only devalue the female athletes’ professional performance and achievements, but also perpetuates the objectification issue many women face every day. At LUX, we believe that beauty should be a source of strength, and that the focus should be on celebrating the beauty of their strength, skills and achievements in sport.” “This is a bold and powerful move for a beauty brand like LUX to take, and it makes me even prouder to be a part of the LUX family. I am hoping to see the change that we need in the sports fraternity so that women athletes are celebrated for the amazing talent that they have rather than being objectified in a sexual manner. I encourage everyone to do what they can to participate and push media in South Africa and across the world to #Change the Angle” Says Zozibini Tunzi former Miss Universe. “This initiative is part of our Positive Beauty mission, which is at the heart of our Beauty, Wellness and Personal Care category, championing progressive commitments and actions for our brands into a new era of beauty which is equitable and inclusive. LUX is one of South Africa’s most iconic heritage brands representing women, earning itself a heartfelt voice to challenge stereotypes by supporting woman in different aspects of their lives. A woman’s beauty is inclusive of her strength, her capabilities and her talent. LUX #ChangeTheAngle”, amplifies the voices of women in sport and their strength on the field or on the court.” - Sphelele Mjadu Unilever Beauty, Wellbeing & Personal Care Senior PR Lead for Africa. Hinoti Joshi, Global Business Lead, from Wunderman Thompson, Singapore, who spearheaded the campaign says, “The media and broadcasters have the power to change the sexist portrayal of women. We are actively calling them out so that they can recognise the flaws in this antiquated practice and become change agents to end everyday sexism.” Watch the film here: https://youtu.be/nNhekoeNh2g Contact Details Media Contact Paula Fisher, Director paula.fisher@ogilvy.com Media Contact Priya Veeriah, Senior PR Manager priya.veeriah@ogilvy.com

April 20, 2023 02:13 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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HeartCore announces company has secured 10th Go IPO Consulting agreement

HeartCore Enterprises Inc

HeartCore President Sumitaka Kanno joined Steve Darling from Proactive to share news the company has announced it has signed a 10th Go IPO consulting agreement. This deal is with rYojbaba Inc. Kanno tells Proactive the contract calls for the company helping in rYojbaba’s efforts to go public and list on the Nasdaq Stock Market by helping throughout the audit and legal firm hiring process, translating requested documents into English, assisting in the preparation of documentation for internal controls required for an initial public offering. The company feels its Go IPO pipeline remains robust and more announcements could be happening in the future. Contact Details Proactive Investors +1 604-688-8158 na-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

April 19, 2023 01:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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AMPD Ventures discusses the future of its digital content and media services with emergence of Web3

AMPD Ventures Inc

AMPD Ventures CEO James Hursthouse joins Natalie Stoberman from the Proactive studio to share his vision for the next chapter of AMPD and its subsidiary Departure Lounge. Hursthouse highlights the transition from media viewed on screens to digital content experienced through technologies such as virtual reality. Hursthouse also adds how his long-standing involvement in 3D immersive digital environments and how that experience is shaping AMPD's approach to generating revenue from this sector. Contact Details Proactive Investors +1 604-688-8158 na-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

April 19, 2023 12:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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PTOP Hires an Audit Firm and Has Made Payment For Audit To Commence - PTOP IS Pink Current

Peer to Peer Network

McapMediaWire -- Peer To Peer Network a.k.a MobiCard Inc. (OTC: PTOP ) - The auditors will audit the consolidated balance sheet of Peer to Peer Network Inc. as of December 31, 2022 and 2021, and the related statements of operations, comprehensive income, stockholders’ equity, cash flows, and schedules supporting those financial statements for the period then ended. Based on the audit, the auditors will issue a written report on the Company’s consolidated financial statements and schedules supporting the financial statements. “I have been trying to advance the company forward and have been looking for alternative funding solutions for a while. As our shareholders know, I embrace transparency and I am trying to accomplish a few strategic objectives that are contingent on having an audit completed. I will continue to do right by shareholders. By getting auditors, we are just that much more transparent, and it will aid us in a few objectives at the same time,” stated CEO Joshua Sodaitis. The objective of an audit of the financial statements is the expression of an opinion on the financial statements. Accordingly, the objective of our audit is the expression of an opinion about whether the Company’s financial statements are fairly presented, in all material respects, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. The design and implementation of programs and controls to prevent and detect fraud and identifying and ensuring that the Company complies with applicable laws and regulations, and informing of any known material violations of such laws and regulations that would have an effect that is material to financial statement amounts or disclosures. An audit includes performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor’s judgment, including the assessment of risks of material misstatements of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the Organization's preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Organization’s internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. Examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used, and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. “If any shareholders want to help the company, this is the time. Getting an audit is one step closer to achieving multiple goals that I laid out in our annual letter to shareholders. We welcome the audit with open arms and will be glad to showcase the clean record PTOP has had under my management in 2021 & 2022. Even better news will be coming soon, too. I have been hard at work behind the scenes to do anything I can to advance the interests of the company. Don’t listen to the bears, as usual, I will prove them wrong again and again. Next week's news will be even better,” concluded CEO Sodaitis. PTOP’s CEO plans to answer shareholder questions on the PTOP message boards on Thursday evening, so I encourage anyone with any comments, questions, or concerns to reach out on the message boards at www.ptopnetwork.com Like us @MobiCard on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @freemobicard PTOP A new phase is coming soon. Contact Info: Joshua Sodaitis, Chairman & CEO MobiCard, Inc. 45 Prospect Street Cambridge, MA 02139 Phone: 1-617-481-1971 Email: info@freemobicard.com Investor website: www.ptopnetwork.com Safe Harbor Statement: This release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Company invokes the protections of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements regarding our expected future financial position, results of operations, cash flows, financing plans, business strategies, products and services, competitive positions, growth opportunities, plans and objectives of management for future operations, as well as statements that include words such as "anticipate," "if," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "could," "should," "will," and other similar expressions are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control, which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from anticipated results, performance, or achievements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include those set forth in our filings at www.sec.gov. The company is no longer a fully reporting SEC filing company. We are under no obligation to (and expressly disclaim any such obligation to) update or alter our forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Contact Details MobiCard, Inc. info@freemobicard.com

April 19, 2023 10:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Comcast and The Arc Partner to Expand Tech Training and Special Education Advocacy for People with Disabilities

Comcast Colorado

Comcast announced that it is expanding its partnership with The Arc of the United States to foster digital and advocacy skills in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. The expansion comes in the form of Comcast providing two new grants to The Arc totaling $710,000, which includes $22,000 for The Arc of Weld County. The funding will allow The Arc to establish more Tech Coaching Centers at chapters across the country, including one at The Arc of Weld County. The centers will offer The Arc@School special education advocacy curriculum to Spanish-speaking families. These programs have already helped over 3,500 people with IDD develop more independence, equity, and opportunities for their future. “We know and deeply understand that digital access is essential to inclusion and many times it can be the great equalizer to support community participation,” said Amelia Koehmstedt, Executive Director of The Arc of Weld County. “Tech coaching centers address digital inequities while providing a unique niche for learners of all abilities to gain skills that translate into greater independence. Transitioning this opportunity to include family and caregivers allows these individuals to learn alongside those they care for with IDD and maximize opportunities and effectiveness of digital literacy. By supporting all community members, the inclusion of people with IDD and their success with technology grows exponentially. These opportunities support our vision of inclusion, acceptance and belonging for all.” A first grant of $560,000, will support The Arc’s Tech Coaching Centers at 10 locations across the country. It will also expand the training model to include caregivers and family members of people with IDD to ensure they can support in the implementation of technology across all environments, including assistive technology. With technology being an increasingly vital part of navigating and participating in today’s plugged-in world, including transportation, employment, recreation and social interaction, people with IDD face unique barriers to understanding and adopting digital tools, which is exacerbated by a higher rate of poverty and lower overall income. Since 2014, Comcast has supported The Arc’s Tech Coaching Center, reaching nearly 2,500 people with IDD through 19 chapters and giving them access to devices, services, and training that advance measured outcomes in employment, health, independent living, education, and interpersonal connections. “We know that digital skills training can open new doors to opportunity and help people living with disabilities gain independence,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, EVP and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation. “That’s why we are proud to continue our long-standing partnership with The Arc to reach even more people with IDD – including their caregivers and families — and to create pathways that can help enrich their lives.” A second grant of $150,000 will go towards advancing efforts to help marginalized communities better advocate for their education. This investment will allow The Arc to fully translate the curriculum into Spanish to better meet this population’s needs and increase access to the content. Academic achievement and graduation rates for students with disabilities lag far behind their peers, trends marked by inordinate discrimination, suspensions, and isolation within school settings across the country. In 2016, The Arc created The Arc@School, an evidence-based, self-paced online training program designed to help families, educators, and advocates navigate the special education system. Since 2021, Comcast has partnered with The Arc to connect underserved communities to these educational advocacy resources. To date, more than 500 families of color and low-income households have been given free access to The Arc@School, in addition to a facilitation guide, Spanish language overview of the special education process, and cultural competency resources and sections. These grants were distributed through Project UP, Comcast’s $1 billion commitment to reach tens of millions of people in order to advance digital equity and help create a future of unlimited possibilities. About The Arc of the United States The Arc advocates for and serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy, and other diagnoses. The Arc has a network of nearly 600 chapters across the country promoting and protecting the human rights of people with IDD and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes and without regard to diagnosis. Visit www.thearc.org or follow us @TheArcUS to learn more. Editor’s Note: The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on connectivity, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. Contact Details Comcast Colorado Leslie Oliver +1 303-810-6326 leslie_oliver@comcast.com Company Website https://colorado.comcast.com/

April 19, 2023 07:45 AM Mountain Daylight Time

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Shareholders Ask Goldman Sachs Board to Rein in Chairman/CEO

National Legal & Policy Center

Please visit http://www.nlpc.org Goldman Sachs will host its annual meeting in Dallas next Wednesday, April 26, and National Legal and Policy Center will ask its fellow shareholders to vote on a proposal to implement a policy to require the Chairman and CEO positions, currently occupied by David Solomon, to be held by two different executives. The leader of the iconic Wall Street bank has retained both roles since he was elevated to Chairman in January 2019, only three months after he was named CEO. The company has had several stumbles and unforced errors under Solomon’s watch, and NLPC will argue at the shareholder meeting that a separate counterpart as chairman, creating more accountability for the CEO, represents a stronger corporate leadership structure. “David Solomon is yet another ‘woke’ big bank CEO who immerses Goldman Sachs needlessly in political virtue-signaling that later brings disrepute on the company,” said Paul Chesser, director of the Corporate Integrity Project for NLPC. “There are countless examples, but perhaps the biggest sin of this New York City financial icon was to back anti-police Black Lives Matter initiatives, and now ‘Gotham’ has predictably become crime-ridden and less populated. We may see Snake Plissken roaming the streets before long.” In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission in support of its proposal, NLPC highlighted several examples of Solomon’s leadership stumbles, including: placing Goldman Sachs as a member of the Net Zero Banking Alliance and participating in the federal government’s voluntary Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures. Net Zero targets are unrealistic, unnecessary and violate fundamental tenets of the scientific method, and related policies have contributed significantly to high energy prices; leading the Company in a joint effort with several other corporations and labor unions to pressure the Trump administration to keep the United States in the non-binding Paris Climate Agreement, which was never ratified by the U.S. Senate, and does not require compliance to similar standards by China and India; signing a statement “opposing ‘any discriminatory legislation’ that makes it harder for people to vote,” in opposition to the Georgia Election Integrity Act, which is now a law that saw no diminished voter turnout in 2022; forcing diversity requirements on its client companies, while internally at the bank African-Americans and women make up 3 percent and 29 percent of senior management roles, respectively; allegedly using his relationships with Goldman Sachs clients to promote his EDM DJ career; reportedly using the company’s private jets for personal travel, despite a policy to limit such use -- going as far as to book seven trips over seven consecutive weekends, according to the New York Post; demonstrating personal conduct that reportedly led to Goldman Sachs reaching a $12-million settlement over its “sexist culture,” with Mr. Solomon allegedly boasting “about his sexual prowess;” forays into retail banking and lending enterprises Marcus and Greensky, which were jettisoned after barely getting started. “Goldman Sachs works its junior bankers an average of 98 hours a week, while Mr. Solomon prioritizes useless Net Zero gambits and promotes his side hustle,” Chesser said. “Really we are going easy on him by asking the board to just make him either Chairman or CEO, but not both.” NLPC has also filed a report with the SEC in support of a shareholder proposal sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research, which seeks a congruency report about Goldman Sachs’s China-focused ETFs to assess whether they are aligned with the company’s commitments to support human rights. NLPC also opposes three shareholder proposals that seek adherence to Net Zero priorities and an end to the company’s funding of fossil fuel development. Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education, and legal action. ### For more information or to schedule an interview with Paul Chesser, contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or drene@nlpc.org. Contact Details National Legal and Policy Center Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 drene@nlpc.org Company Website http://www.nlpc.org

April 19, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Sekur Private Data, Ltd. (OTCQX: SWISF) (CSE: SKUR) (FRA: GDT0): A Comprehensive Suite of Data Privacy Solutions to Help Individuals and Enterprises Battle Rising Cyber Threats

Sekur Private Data, Ltd.

The global cybersecurity market is witnessing a significant surge in demand as organizations across the world are increasingly recognizing the importance of securing their digital assets, communications, and infrastructure. With the rapid expansion of e-commerce platforms, deployment of cloud solutions, and proliferation of smart devices, the threat landscape has evolved, making cybersecurity a top priority for businesses and governments alike. As a result, the market is projected to experience substantial growth in the coming years. In 2022, the global cybersecurity market was valued at USD 202.72 billion, and it is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.3% from 2023 to 2030. This impressive growth can be attributed to the rising number of cyber-attacks and the increasing adoption of intelligent and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. To combat these evolving threats, organizations are investing heavily in advanced cybersecurity solutions that can detect, mitigate, and minimize the risk of cyber-attacks. Revenue in the cybersecurity market is projected to reach US$162.00 billion in 2023, with the largest segment being Security Services, which is expected to have a market volume of US$85.49 billion in the same year. The global data privacy software market, valued at USD 1.68 billion in 2021, is projected to grow from USD 2.36 billion in 2022 to USD 25.85 billion by 2029, exhibiting a remarkable CAGR of 40.8% during the forecast period. This rapid growth can be attributed to the increasing adoption of advanced technologies, the rise in cyberattacks, and the growing awareness of data privacy solutions across various sectors, including BFSI, IT and telecommunications, retail, government, manufacturing, travel and transportation, healthcare, energy and utilities, and others. As the digital landscape continues to evolve, the need for effective cybersecurity privacy solutions becomes increasingly crucial to protect sensitive information and maintain trust in the digital ecosystem. Enter Sekur Private Data Ltd. (OTCQX: SWISF) (CSE: SKUR) (FRA: GDT0), a company dedicated to providing cutting-edge privacy solutions that safeguard your personal and professional data. In this article, we will delve into the various products and services offered by Sekur Private Data, highlighting their unique features and benefits. Overview: Sekur Private Data Sekur Private Data Ltd. is a leading cybersecurity and internet privacy provider that specializes in Swiss-hosted solutions for secure communications and data management. With a suite of encrypted emails, VPN, encrypted messenger, secure communication tools, secure cloud-based storage, disaster recovery and document management, the company caters to consumers, businesses, and governments worldwide. The company distributes its products through its websites www.sekur.com, www.sekurvpn.com and www.sekursuite.com, as well as through various approved distributors and telecommunications companies across the globe. One of the key differentiators of Sekur Private Data is its Swiss-based data storage, using its own servers, and no third party hyperscaler big tech provider, such as AWS or Microsoft Azure cloud. All client-user data is stored in Switzerland in a state-of-the-art ISO-certified data center, which has been approved by Swiss banks. This ensures that all information is completely confidential and safely stored under the protection of the Swiss Federal Data Protection Act (FADP) and the Swiss Federal Data Protection Ordinance. These laws offer some of the strongest privacy protection in the world for both individuals and entities. Furthermore, the data centers used by Sekur Private Data are also utilized by Swiss and global banks, United Nations organizations, international corporations, and governmental organizations, ensuring the highest level of security and confidentiality. In addition to the robust Swiss privacy laws, Sekur Private Data employs military-grade security measures to protect user data. This includes physical, network, and proprietary, and non-open-source encryption security, ensuring that all information is held in a safe place and manner. By combining proprietary, non-open source, and military-grade encryption security with Swiss data privacy, Sekur Private Data offers unparalleled protection for its users' sensitive information. The company's product offerings are designed for strategic use by key personnel in large organizations, such as C-Level executives and board members, as well as high net-worth individuals (HNWI) who require heightened privacy and security. This focus on catering to users with sensitive data needs sets Sekur Private Data apart from other cybersecurity providers. Switzerland's stable, prosperous, and high-tech economy further bolsters the company's unique position in the market. The country is ranked as one of the wealthiest in the world per capita and is home to several large multinational corporations. Additionally, Switzerland's economy is considered the most competitive globally, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report, and is ranked by the European Union as Europe's most innovative country. Overall, Sekur Private Data offers a unique combination of Swiss-based data storage, military-grade security measures, and a focus on catering to users with heightened privacy and security needs. This, coupled with Switzerland's strong economy and reputation for innovation, makes Sekur Private Data a standout choice for individuals and organizations seeking the ultimate in cybersecurity and privacy protection. SKUR: Products & Services SekurMessenger: Secure Communication at Your Fingertips One of the flagship products of Sekur Private Data is SekurMessenger, a secure messaging platform designed to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of your communications. Unlike other popular messaging apps, SekurMessenger does not require users to share their phone numbers or personal information, thereby minimizing the risk of data breaches and identity theft. The platform employs end-to-end encryption, ensuring that only the intended recipients can read the messages. Additionally, SekurMessenger offers self-destructing messages and remote message deletion features, giving users complete control over their communication history. SekurMail: A Safe Haven for Your Emails Emails are an indispensable part of modern-day communication, but they are also vulnerable to hacking and data leaks. Sekur Private Data addresses this issue with SekurMail, a secure email service that prioritizes privacy and data protection. SekurMail uses advanced encryption algorithms to safeguard your emails from prying eyes, while its Swiss-based servers ensure compliance with stringent data protection laws. Furthermore, SekurMail offers a unique "Compose in Sekur" feature, which allows users to send encrypted emails to non-SekurMail users, ensuring that sensitive information remains protected even when communicating with external parties. SekurSuite: A Fortified Storage Solution for Your Files In addition, to secure communication tools, Sekur Private Data also offers a robust file storage solution called SekurDrive. This encrypted cloud storage service allows users to store, share, and access their files securely from any device. With SekurSuite, you can rest assured that your sensitive documents are protected from unauthorized access, thanks to its state-of-the-art encryption technology and strict access controls. Moreover, SekurSuite's Swiss-based servers guarantee compliance with the highest data protection standards, providing an added layer of security for your valuable files. SekurVPN: A Secure and Private VPN Service SekurVPN is a highly private and secure VPN service that was recently launched on April 7, 2023. It offers robust data encryption, no data tracking, no IP address leaks, no DNS leaks, a kill switch, and multi-factor authentication. Unlike most other VPNs, SekurVPN uses its proprietary infrastructure and does not rely on big tech hosting providers. Hosted in Switzerland, it provides users with Swiss IPs, ensuring enhanced privacy and protection from hackers and data miners. Ideal for privacy enthusiasts, e-banking, online shopping, and regular internet usage, SekurVPN guarantees high-speed connections and strong encryption. With a special launch price for the first 5,000 registrants, SekurVPN aims to provide true data privacy and security for individuals and businesses alike. Click HERE to View Sekur’s Investor Presentation Upcoming Product & Service Launches Sekur Private Data is also working on some new and upcoming products & services, which are estimated to be available through next year: SekurPro: A private video conferencing service that includes encrypted calls, emails, and messages for enterprises. SekurPro is estimated to launch during the fourth quarter of 2023. SekurVoice: A service that allows clients to communicate privately in a secure environment. SekurVoice is also slated for a Q3 2023 release. SekurIdentity: An identity theft product that will help clients keep and protect their personal information away from thieves and hackers. This product has an estimated launch of next year. Sekur 2023 Budget and Guidance Sekur Private Data’s management team has announced its finalized budget for the fiscal year 2023. The company has successfully cut nearly 50% of its expenses, amounting to CA$3,200,000 (US$2,360,000), while still expecting an increase in sales. Sekur is ending 2022 with an annualized monthly sales rate of CA$555,000/year (US$410,000/year) and had cash and cash equivalents as of the date of the announcement, of CA$4,050,000 (US$3,000,000) with no debt or convertible debt. The company plans to focus on establishing more B2B relationships and expanding its direct-to-consumer base in 2023, without the need for additional funding. In February 2023, the company announced it had launched SEO marketing efforts. To reduce its Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC), the company has kickstarted optimization and SEO marketing for its Sekur website. The goal is to get the CAC below US$75 by 2023 and further down to US$60 by 2024. Sekur aims to draw in more customers and SMBs to its privacy and security communications platform, all while cutting down on marketing costs, by focusing on targeted digital marketing campaigns and website optimization. Alain Ghiai, CEO of Sekur Private Data stated: "We have lowered our budget for 2023 and are focused heavily on our CAC for this year and moving forward. Our focus on direct marketing is to lower our acquisition cost and we should have more data to share with everyone in the coming weeks and months. Once we achieve US$75 CAC or lower, we plan to accelerate spending on AdWords and digital marketing to increase our subscriber base at a higher rate than we are doing today. Our prime directive is to provide private and secure communications for everyone, and, as we are not connected to any Big Tech platform, we offer a truly independent, private, and secure means of communications without any data mining, through our proprietary technology and our secure servers based in Switzerland. We look forward to continuing to offer true data privacy to all individuals and their businesses and protect their intellectual property, and their privacy, from data miners and malicious hackers." The rapidly evolving digital landscape has made cybersecurity and data privacy essential for businesses and individuals. Sekur Private Data, a Swiss-hosted company, offers advanced privacy solutions, including SekurMessenger, SekurMail, SekurSuite, and SekurVPN. With the cybersecurity market projected to grow at a CAGR of 12.3% until 2030, now is the time to invest in reliable privacy solutions that protect your digital assets. 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(OTCQX: SWISF) (CSE: SKUR) (FRA: GDT0): A Comprehensive Suite of Data Privacy Solutions to Help Individuals and Enterprises Battle Rising Cyber Threats " First Appeared On Spotlight Growth. Contact Details Sekur Private Data, Ltd. Spotlight Growth info@spotlightgrowth.com

April 19, 2023 05:35 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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FEC Complaint Calls Out AOC’s Credit Card Spending Spree

Coolidge Reagan Foundation

[Washington, DC] [April 18, 2023] – Government Ethics watchdog, the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, announced it has filed a formal Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint against New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). The Complaint, filed by Dan Backer on behalf of the Foundation, details repeated, blatant violations of federal campaign finance law by AOC and her campaign in concealed how it spent thousands of dollars of campaign funds. Backer and the Coolidge Reagan Foundation have a long history of winning FEC battles, including a $15,000 fine levied against Bernie Sanders’ campaign and an historic 6-figure fine against Hillary for America and the Democratic National Committee for lying about their funding of the Russia hoax. The Complaint filed on Monday states in part, “…On numerous occasions throughout 2022, AOC for Congress reported tens of thousands of dollars of disbursements for card payments and card payment reimbursements to Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez herself; American Express; and an entity called “Veyond!,” which appears to have provided virtual reality services and apparently no longer operates under that name. In each case, the reports do not fully disclose the purposes of each payment for which the charge card was used…” The Complaint describes how campaigns are permitted to use charge cards (or reimburse candidates for use of their personal charge cards) for otherwise permissible campaign-related expenses, however, disclosure reports must accurately identify both the recipient of those funds, as well as each of the campaign-related goods and services purchased. “Without disclosing her credit card spending spree, it is impossible to determine if AOC is illegally using campaign funds to pay personal expenses,” explained Dan Backer. “Not only is the public entitled to that information, but without such disclosure, who knows what AOC and her campaign are hiding?” “For someone who harangues former President Trump on what amounts to trumped-up campaign finance allegations, it seems AOC should look in the mirror,” Backer continued. ### Please visit: https://www.coolidgereagan.org/. For more information or to schedule an interview with a CFR spokesperson, contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or danrenejr@gmail.com. Contact Details Coolidge Reagan Foundation Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 danrenejr@gmail.com Company Website https://www.coolidgereagan.org/

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