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Avie Schneider and Shannon Bond January 22, 2020
The United Nations has urged a probe after an investigation pointed to a 2018 WhatsApp message, sent by an account of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince to the CEO of Amazon that when opened allowed exposed contents of the phone. The target, Jeff Bezos, commissioned the investigation and report, reviewed by UN human rights experts. “The forensic analysis assessed that the intrusion likely was...
Alasdair Sandford January 21, 2020
The House of Commons approved the EU Withdrawal Bill without change, but the House of Lords approved three changes. The first would give EU citizens an automatic right to stay in the UK after Brexit rather than expecting them to apply. The upper chamber also approved issuing physical documents to EU citizens as proof of their right to stay post-Brexit. The government supports a digital system and...
Tim Harford January 20, 2020
There is a long history of companies embracing and spurring social progress, intentionally or not. Tim Harford recounts the history of the sewing machine. A workshop owner rented out space to would-be inventors in 1850 and asked Isaac Merritt Singer, a reported womanizer with three families who did not know about one another, for assistance with a failed sewing machine. Singer spotted problems...
Hilary Osborne and Bibi van der Zee January 20, 2020
The human population tripled since 1950 and the global trade in farm animals has more than quadrupled. “Every year nearly 2 billion farm animals are loaded on to trucks or ships and sent to new countries in journeys that can take days and sometimes weeks,” reports the Guardian. “Every day, at least 5 million animals are in transit.” The animals are grown and fattened in areas that can support...
Theo Leggett and Rupert Wingfield-Hayes January 15, 2020
Japan arrested Carlos Ghosn, chairman of Nissan and citizen of Brazil, France and Lebanon, at the Tokyo airport in November 2018, initially charging him for under-reporting deferred compensation and eventually other financial crimes. Ghosn, also CEO of Renault, was known as a cost cutter, credited with saving Nissan from bankruptcy: “The two companies were linked under a strategic alliance first...
Edward Luce January 2, 2020
The world’s western leaders would express outrage if China detailed a million Christians or if India pointedly excluded refugees who identify as Christians. About 1.8 billion people, a quarter of the world’s population, are Muslim. “By downplaying much larger-scale violations against Muslims, [western leaders] jeopardise what remains of the west’s human rights credibility,” argues Edward Luce for...
Chris Horn December 27, 2019
Commuting carries economic costs. Businesses of all types should try to be innovative, encouraging remote work arrangements and reducing long commutes. “Cloud computing enables any staff member to access software and data resources from anywhere, provided of course that there is a reasonable internet connection,” writes tech CEO Chris Horn for the Irish Times. “Given that many functions of a...