Securus Technology Improves Service Delivery by Acquiring JPay

In 2015, Securus Technology signed a Stock Purchase Agreement to acquire JPay. JPay is known to have introduced a series of entertainment apps, emails, and electronic payment in the correctional space. It was also operating in 33 states and was crowned the leading technology company.


According to Securus Technologies CEO Rick Smith, the acquisition would see the company integrate the fastest growing segments in the corrections. To acquire JPay, the company received a debt and funding which was approved by the State and federally regulated bodies.


How the Acquisition Benefited the Two Companies


Rick Smith recognized the contribution of JPay in the industry, calling the company an innovative force within the correctional space. He said after years of watching the company’s growth, the acquisition would help Securus Technology offer high-tech services that will see them efficiently run the modern jails and prisons.


He further added that the collaboration of Securus Technology and JPay would see the introduction of most secure products that will reduce recidivism and offered at best price. This is in line with the current market demands for more transparent and cheaper pricing models.


According to JPay CEO, Ryan Shapiro, the company has a vision of expanding and delivering high-value products to every constituent in the industry, notably the inmate, family, prison staff, and friends. The company focuses on developing groundbreaking products and implemented on a massive scale. The collaboration with Securus Technology would help JPay achieve that on a larger scale and within no time.


Ryan praised his team for the relentless pursuit of the company’s vision of developing quality products that improve the safety and efficiency of the prisons. Even after the acquisition, JPay management team was allowed to continue running the company. Securus values not only their management team but the company culture as well.

End Citizens United; Activist For Campaign Funding Reforms

In the first quarter of this year, End Citizen United managed to collect over $4 million through fundraising ahead of the 2018 Congressional midterm elections. The organization expects to raise $35 million according to projections which are significantly higher than the $25 million got for the 2016 election. End Citizen United saw approximately 100,000 people contribute towards their project with 40,000 of the count giving for the first time. The contributions received an average $12 as more and more people Lack faith in the system. End Citizen United aims to elect leaders that are for campaign finance reforms. The organization in recent weeks urged contributors to donate towards the congressional campaign of Democrat Jon Ossoff and helped raise $500,000.

In 2010 a supreme court ruling discredited out 100 years campaign funding laws. The verdict in the case of Citizen United against F.E.C established a legal basis for the idea that corporations are people which opened doors for people to spend unlimited amounts of untraceable money in elections. The ruling changed the American election landscape and reduced accountability and transparency.


This loophole prompted the formation of End Citizen United. Formed in March 2015, End Citizen United is a political action committee committed to fighting against large political donors that have ulterior motives. The political action committee funders are primarily grassroots contributors most of whom are ordinary people who feel like political funding groups rig the system. During its first year, the political action committee received over $2 million in support of their mission from small donors. End Citizen United is also committed to electing pro-reform candidates and keeping the issue of donors using the money to influence elections at the forefront. The political action committee also aims to pass pre-reform laws in states using ballot measures and demonstrate political power through grassroots membership.

The primary goal for End Citizen United is passing a constitutional amendment to reverse the 2010 Supreme court decision in the Citizen United case that allows corporations to pour dirty money into American elections. The political action committee started a petition that had 325,000 signatures as of 2016 to demand Senate pass the legislation. In line with its mission to back pro-reform candidates.

End Citizens United poured tens of millions into the campaigns of eleven democrat senate candidates including former Wisconsin senator; Russ Feingold and Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado who is reform-oriented. The PAC is willing to fund any candidates that can help in achieving its course. In the 2016 election, the political action committee partnered with Hillary’s campaign team to support the candidate’s election. End Citizen United has an active social media presence to reach more people who share similar views and inform the masses about pro-reform candidates.

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The World’s Campaigning Community – Avaaz

Avaaz is a civic organization launched in January 2007. Avaaz promotes a global activism on matters such as human rights, climate change, animal right, poverty, corruption, and conflicts. It is one of the world’s most extensive and most influential activist networks.


The co-founders of the company were Richen Patel, Tom Pravda, Tom Perriellowho is the former Virginia congressman, Eli Pariser, MoveOn Executive Director, Andrea Woodhouse and Jeremy Heimans, the co-founder of The president of the organization is Richen Patel, and the other board members are Sam Barratt and Ian Bassin.

Purpose and Achievements

The company launched a new platform that supports thousands to start campaigns and win them as well at national, local and international levels. They have a total of 44 members in 194countries worldwide. A team of campaignersmanages the global campaign, carrying out their work from over 30 countries, including India, United Kingdom, Brazil, and Lebanon. One of their most significant victories was the Paris Climate Award the company won for the hard work they put on fighting climate change which was a great achievement of human unity.

Campaigns Selection Process

The campaign to communicate with one another via emails, and they apply campaign tactics like online public petitions and email-your-leader tools. They also use commissions’ legal advice and advertisements to clarify how best one can take a campaign forward. Campaign suggestions come from members supplemented by specialists’ guidance. Tester emails are then polled to members of the Avaaz after ideas have been taken up as having potential. The campaign is then opened to the Avaaz members if the emails receive a sufficient response.


Avaaz brings together practical idealists all over the globe. Richen Patel, the director, said that their mission is to close the gap the world mostpeople everywhere want and the world we have. Avaaz supports causes considered progression like challenging Monsanto and calling for a global action on climate change.

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Providing Positive Reputation Online

Online reputation is a big thing in the 21st century, and some firms are capitalizing on it and making revenues out of it. Status Labs is one of the leading online public relations companies in the world today. They are providing reputation management services, online marketing services, public relations services, and search engine optimization services. Status Labs is slowly becoming a global company, and they are headquartered in four major cities: Austin, New York City, Los Angeles, and Sao Paolo. Status Labs has been helping more than a thousand clients by creating a positive reputation for them online, and once a client decides to work with Status Labs, their online presence will increase, and they can gain more traffic to their websites. Their sites can also be displayed as the first result in any search engine, because of the effective SEO services from Status Labs.

Status Labs is dedicated to providing an efficient digital marketing plan for their clients. They are also keen in creating an effective public relations approach, which would provide positive reputation and feedback to their customers. Status Labs is operating in more than 35 countries presently, and they had been featured several times in some publications because of how effective their services are. They are also recognized as one of America’s fastest growing companies.

The current president of Status Labs is Darius Fisher, who has been serving the business for years. According to him, creating a positive reputation for their clients is not that easy. He stated that the customer also has to do something on his or her part, like performing digital hygiene. Darius Fisher explained that digital hygiene refers to the act of being responsible in what to post, and checking the privacy and security settings often to assure that no vital information would leak into the wrong hands. Darius Fisher also gave out tips on how to prevent having a negative online reputation, by doing the following:

1. Never post private information online – this includes phone numbers, home addresses, passwords, bank accounts, identification numbers, and so on. This way one cannot be a victim of hackers, stalkers, and identity thieves.

2. Check the privacy settings – with the rise of the internet and global communications, one should consider being too tight regarding the settings on their social media accounts. Avoid sharing personal information or activities publicly, and choose to limit the audience to your friends only.

3. Frequently change your passwords – by changing the password say, four times a year, hackers would have a lower chance of accessing your accounts without your knowledge.

4. Use Google and search for your name – by typing your name into Google, you can access thousands of websites that might have posted something about you.

NuoDB Surpasses the Traditional Database Approach

NuoDB is a type of an advanced form of elastic SQL database used recently in the cloud and container-based environment. NuoDB design is meant to deliver five fundamental needs. The first requirement that it gives is scaled out in which more computers are added and accommodation catered for whenever a machine is yanked out. Secondly, it never needs to be shut down. The third requirement is that both hardware and software are fault tolerant. The fourth being multi-site operation to enable business flow and the fifth is the automatic balancing. In addition to these five requirements by NuoDB, it also provides the ability to adjust database width and performance without compromising the data integrity, transactional uniformity, and change in the interface used to by the people.

The client-server era was characterized by the application of traditional rational database. However, the modern world has a different environment characterized by cloud and the container based. The cloud relational databases are the traditional databases that are cloud hosted or use traditional databases architecture. Monolithic architecture is queasy and expensive as compared to the distributed approach to database architecture with NuoDB. NuoDB’s approached is cheap, readily available and highly demanded. Besides these, rich SQL interface is maintained together with transactional consistency databases.