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“Societally speaking, we’re only just realizing the impact that tech can have on people’s lives and communities.
Long aware of the disrupting effect that innovative new platforms for delivering services (see Uber) and alternative means of communication (see Facebook) can bring to existing industries, our excitement about economic progress has overshadowed the consequences on people. People, for whom tech was designed to serve in the first place.
Beyond the cataclysmic impact digital offerings have on consumer behaviour, markets and the economy – all part and parcel of a capitalist system where profit is the top and bottom line – the hyperconnected, super convenient and data-managed world we now live in is spilling over into shaping society, influencing politics and fundamentally challenging people’s human rights.
Human rights like the right to earn an income, for example. Tech is displacing work, not just for low-income, low-skilled workers, but increasingly on middle-class professions too. Information-based work, where computers can do more efficient and accurate work is all under threat. Hence the worrying stats from Centre for Cities estimating that 1 in 5 jobs will have disappeared by 2030.”
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"You are being watched. Right now, cookies are tracking which websites you visit and what you click on while you’re there. Your smartphone is logging your location."
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"If the slow-motion crisis that is Gaza ever has a turning point, then this week’s deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, or what’s left of it, and Hamas leaders, under siege, is what the turning would look like."
"Nicholas Parisi's new biography, 'Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination,' fails to present a complete picture of the legendary screenwriter who did his best work outside the TV show that made him famous."
"Nearly a year after the tax cut, economic growth has accelerated. Wage growth has not. Companies are buying back stock and business investment is a mixed bag."
"By shifting accents, Australian expatriates are seen to be shifting class and status, indicating a sense of superiority to those who remain in Australia. The quickly acquired faux-British accent in particular has been associated with pretension..."
"Denim, usually in the form of the humble pair of jeans, is arguably the world’s most popular fabric. Over the years, it’s been worn by everyone from supermodels to soccer moms."
"Capitalism disadvantages women along several axes. The dawn of the industrial revolution enshrined a division of labor that largely confined them to the domestic sphere."
"In the past five or so years, hosting a Thanksgiving meal among friends a week before the actual holiday has become a standard part of the celebration for many young adults."
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"Humanity is on the verge of a weighty achievement. On Friday, representatives of more than 60 nations will convene in Versailles, France, to approve a new definition for the kilogram."
"...the more modern form of the movement has its roots in late 19th-century Europe... The sole focus of some missions based in England and the U.S. was the conversion of the Jews to Christianity..."