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Defining Digital: Extremist Content Chided, Super Mario Maker 2 Teased, Netflix's "Lelia" + more

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NEW YORK - eTradeWire -- Free, open and secure internet offers extraordinary benefits to society, and respect for freedom of expression is fundamental. However, no one has the right to create and share terrorist and violent extremist content online.

In this episode of "Defining Digital", we see countries, companies, and organisations coming together to eliminate extremist content online, we get an update on Super Mario Maker 2, hear about Netflix's upcoming drama series "Leila" and find out how the popular game Hearthstone is being expanded.

In our top story, French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Google, Amazon and others have enthusiastically supported the Christchurch Call to Action, a commitment by Governments and tech companies to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.

The companies committed to a nine-point plan that sets out concrete steps the industry will take to address the abuse of technology to spread terrorist content.

"Terrorism and violent extremism are complex societal problems that require an all-of-society response" read a statement from all the companies. "For our part, the commitments we are making today will further strengthen the partnership that Governments, society and the technology industry must have to address this threat."

Check out a new episode of "Defining Tech" on YouTube (https://youtu.be/Vrp_XKxS74E)



In video game news, Nintendo has shared new details about the Super Mario Maker 2 game, launching exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system on June 28.

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The game includes new course parts and tools; a new single-player story mode with more than 100 Nintendo-created courses; new course themes; details about online course sharing; options to create and play together with others; and information about a special offer for Nintendo Switch Online members.

"Super Mario Maker 2 puts the power of creating unique Super Mario courses into the hands of the player" said Nick Chavez, SVP at Nintendo. "Video game fans of all ages have more tools than ever to help them stretch their imaginations as they make, play and share the Super Mario courses of their dreams."

The presentation also covered the upcoming Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational 2019 tournament, streaming live online the weekend before E3 from Los Angeles.

In other news, Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming drama series "Leila". The show is is based on Prayaag Akbar's award-winning book.

The show stars Huma Qureshi, Siddharth, Rahul Khanna, Seema Biswas, Akash Khurana, Sanjay Suri and Arif Zakaria. "Leila" is produced by Deepa Mehta.

Viewed through a dystopian lens, Leila is set in an imagined world, called "Aryavarta". This is a place of great suffering, extreme and totalitarian rules of engagement and fictional extremes. It is constructed around an obsession with purity, communal and divisive societal dramas and grit.

Leila is the story of a mothers' imperishable maternal love for her daughter. The series is set to release on the service worldwide across 190 countries on June 14th.

Meanwhile, "Have a good time, all the time" is the mantra of Viv Savage in the movie "Spinal Tap". And appears Blizzard Entertainment believes that too.

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The company has again expanded its widely popular digital card game Hearthstone, this time preparing players to pull a deeply dastardly caper… Stealing the entire floating city of Dalaran.

"Hearthstone players let us know they wanted even more highly replayable and entertaining single-player experiences, so the team went all-in and delivered The Dalaran Heist—our biggest and most ambitious Solo Adventure yet" said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. "Beyond the fun of carrying out Rafaam's plot to literally steal Dalaran, we can't wait for players to sink their teeth into the fun twists and turns they'll encounter across all five chapters of The Dalaran Heist."

With more than 100 million players worldwide, Hearthstone is Blizzard's internationally acclaimed, free-to-play digital card game designed for novice and veteran card-slingers alike. Players can choose from nine powerful hero classes and customize their decks with minions, spells, and weapons based on the unique fantasy of the Warcraft universe.

Kicking off the first-ever year-long storyline in Hearthstone, players will do the dirty work of carrying out the League of E.V.I.L.'s nefarious plans. Spanning five massive chapters, the endlessly replayable Dungeon Run-style experience is filled with challenging bosses, strategic decision-making, and not-so-strategically planted explosives.

Guess we should've expected a high level of fulmination... I mean, Dr. Boom is involved, after all.

"Defining Digital" is produced by TVP, and sponsored by RestonLogic, cloud wizards leveraging over 10 years experience helping companies automate, transform and build highly-secure and stable systems. Click over to RestonLogic dot com to book a strategy session today.

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