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New York gig economy under threat as city cracks down on app-based services | US news | The Guardian
City has jumped to the forefront of a worldwide push to clamp down on companies such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb
Airbnb  Uber  Lyft  sharingeconomy  regulations  NewYork  USA  Guardian  2018 
august 2018 by inspiral
The War on Soy Milk | The New Republic
America has federal laws about milk that leave little room for interpretation: The product must be produced in sanitary environments to prevent milk-borne disease. It also must be packaged in hermetically sealed containers, to prevent leaks and spoilage. But what is milk, precisely? That’s not as black and white.
soy  milk  regulations  USA  NewRepublic  2018 
august 2018 by inspiral
Millennials Are Screwed - The Huffington Post
All of these trends—the cost of education, the rise of contracting, the barriers to skilled occupations—add up to an economy that has deliberately shifted the risk of economic recession and industry disruption away from companies and onto individuals. For our parents, a job was a guarantee of a secure adulthood. For us, it is a gamble. And if we suffer a setback along the way, there’s so little to keep us from sliding into disaster.
Millennials  finance  decline  insecurity  employment  casualisation  uncertainty  poverty  healthcare  incomeinequality  inequality  racism  retirement  housing  regulations  zoning  USA  HuffingtonPost  Highline  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
RA: Opinion: How the UK election could affect the club scene
Joe Seaton, the DJ and producer better known as Call Super, examines the election's consequences for club culture, and explains how to get involved.
clubbing  music  politics  Brexit  regulations  ResidentAdvisor  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
Gawpers go home: how luxury flat-owners could shut down the Tate's viewing platform | Art and design | The Guardian
They were sold on their proximity to Tate Modern. Now the residents of luxury flats are taking the gallery to court, arguing its viewing platform invades their privacy. It’s part of a wider hijacking of cultural hotspots by property developers
TateModern  gentrification  urbandevelopment  regulations  review  critique  Guardian  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
The Uber Conflation – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
The first thing to understand about not just the current Uber controversy (controversies), but all Uber controversies is that while it not usually articulated as such, in fact there are multiple questions being debated.

Question 1: Is Uber a viable business that can one day go public, make a profit, and return the unprecedented amount of capital it has raised?
Question 2: Is Uber’s approach to regulation wrong?
Question 3: Is Uber wrong with regards to the specific issue at the center of this controversy?
Uber  management  ethics  regulations  sexism  review  critique  Stratechery  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | Why Fabric's Reopening Is A Pyrrhic Victory & The War Is Not Won
Fabric will soon reopen under a new set of stringent licensing conditions after a deal was reached between the club, police and local authority. Here, Christian Eede looks at why the club's concessions for reopening might have come at a greater cost than they were worth
Fabric  music  clubbing  regulations  drugs  London  TheQuietus  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
Preventing direct marketing | ICO
Individuals have the right to prevent their personal data being processed for direct marketing. An individual can, at any time, give you written notice to stop (or not begin) using their personal data for direct marketing. Any individual can exercise this right, and if you receive a notice you must comply within a reasonable period.
directmarketing  directmail  DataProtectionAct  regulations  suppression  MailingPreferenceService  TelephonePreferenceService  InformationCommisionersOffice 
october 2016 by inspiral
Don’t plan on using your autonomous Tesla to earn money with Uber or Lyft | Ars Technica
On Thursday night, Tesla announced the new Model X and Model S electric vehicles will now come with the necessary hardware to allow them to drive completely autonomously at a future point in time. But buried in the notes about this new functionality there was also a warning to future Tesla owners: don't expect to be able to use your EV driving for Uber, Lyft, or any other ride-sharing service that isn't owned by Tesla.

On Tesla's website, the section that describes the new "Full Self-Driving Capability" (A $3,000 option at the time of purchase, $4,000 after the fact) states "Please note also that using a self-driving Tesla for car sharing and ride hailing for friends and family is fine, but doing so for revenue purposes will only be permissible on the Tesla Network, details of which will be released next year."
Tesla  selfdrivingvehicles  ridesharing  regulations  automation  TeslaNetwork  ArsTechnica  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
When Paris Closed A Major Road To Cars, Half Its Traffic Just Disappeared | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
Turning more space over to bikes and pedestrians means that drivers are finding reasons to ditch their vehicles.
transportpolicy  regulations  advocacy  automotive  opportunity  Paris  FastCompany  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Attitudes to potentially offensive language and gestures on TV and radio | Ofcom
As the regulator for the UK communications industries, one of Ofcom's important responsibilities is to set standards for offensive language in TV and radio content, and to assess if there are breaches of the rules in Ofcom's Broadcasting Code. Ofcom commissioned this research to inform its decisions about potentially offensive language. The research aimed to assess how perceptions of this language differed based on context, and by different demographic groups.

The main objectives for this research were:

to understand current public attitudes towards offensive language on TV and radio;
to establish a contemporary barometer of offensive language in terms of acceptability; and
to give Ofcom an understanding of the contextual factors which influence the acceptability of offensive words on TV and radio - both generally and in particular.
language  research  review  regulations  UK  Ofcom  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
City of London fears May government is shifting towards ‘hard’ Brexit —
Senior financiers are alarmed at growing political momentum behind a so-called “hard Brexit” that they fear will erode business confidence, trigger corporate departures and damage the City of London.
Brexit  EuropeanUnion  financialservices  passporting  regulations  review  impact  economy  UK  FinancialTimes  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | Fabric's Closure & The Rise Of A New British Puritanism
Nightclubs have been incredibly important spaces for me. Without the contacts and friendships made in them and the exposure to new music that I'd never have found trawling the internet, there is no way I would be writing this now. Without them The Quietus would not exist. Without them much of the music this website loves and has supported in our eight years would not exist. For all the freedoms and new networks of the internet, they're best complemented by a physical space in which people can meet, speak, dance, exchange ideas, kiss, fuck. Our nervous systems are stimulated by the presence of others, by the movement of the group, in a way that can never be replicated when online and isolated in small and overpriced flats. The closure of Fabric is another loss in what feels like an increasingly bitter and difficult war between those of us who love, live and breathe culture ranged against the conformist force of hyper-capitalism and its useful idiots in positions of power. I don't know quite how we can fight the new puritanism, but fight we must, in words, in music, in action, in debate, in love.
Fabric  music  culture  London  clubbing  regulations  alcohol  drugs  neopuritanism  critique  TheQuietus  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Brexit: An Impossibly Complex Task for the UK’s New Trade Negotiators?
Will the UK claw back its regulatory authority, only to realize that the major players—including the US in addition to the EU—are doing just the opposite, as they seek to better align their standards and reduce these trade-barrier problems?
Brexit  EuropeanUnion  trade  services  manufacturing  economy  regulations  review  InternationalBanker  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
YouTube Creators Chafing at Ad-Friendly Policies | Digital - AdAge
YouTube has revised its approach to nixing ad revenue to any controversial video creators as it hopes to keep brands from appearing against objectionable material.
The problem with the YouTube community is over what it considers "objectionable."
On Wednesday, YouTube video creator Philip DeFranco, with 4.5 million subscribers, said he was put on the no-ad list after he mocked "political correctness."
Google has not changed its policies regarding what videos are ad-ready and not, but it is more open with the creators when they cross the line, according to YouTube. It now sends channel owners a notice when a video is marked as unfriendly for advertisers and there is a new appeals process.
Youtube  influencer  monetisation  regulations  onlinevideo  review  AdvertisingAge  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Blow to telecoms companies as EU outlaws network-wide ad blocking —
Plans by European mobile phone companies to block advertisements across their networks have been dealt a heavy blow after new EU telecoms rules outlawed the process.

Software that blocks adverts from appearing on smartphones has proved a hit with consumers who have flocked to the technology. That has led some mobile phone companies to consider implementing a network-wide block on adverts to appeal to customers sick of invasive marketing that eats into their data allowance.

Yet guidelines published by the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications on Tuesday advised local telecoms regulators that while consumers should be allowed to install “ad blocking” apps on their phones, network-level blocking should be prohibited.
telecoms  mobileadvertising  adblocker  regulations  EuropeanUnion  legal  netneutrality  ShineTechnologies  FinancialTimes  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Inside The Global “Club” That Helps Executives Escape Their Crimes - BuzzFeed News
A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment. Part one of a BuzzFeed News investigation. Part one of a BuzzFeed News investigation — read the whole series here.
ISDS  legal  regulations  multinational  internationalrelations  critique  Egypt  ElSalvador  Indonesia  Buzzfeed  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Fintech – Disruptor or Saviour?
Why is the financial technology revolution happening now? Our expert on Asian financials describes the exciting technological developments that will change the way we all do business in the future.
fintech  financialservices  opportunity  review  peertopeerlending  blockchain  mobilepayments  inclusion  regulations  China  India  SouthKorea  NikkoAssetManagement  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
CMA paves the way for Open Banking revolution - Press releases - GOV.UK
A package of measures being imposed by the CMA will ensure banks work harder for customers and the benefits of new technology are fully exploited.
opendata  banking  regulations  reform  consumer  SME  CompetitionandMarketsAuthority  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Laissez-Faire in Tokyo Land Use - Marginal REVOLUTION
Rising housing prices are not an inevitable consequence of growth and fixed land supply–high and rising housing prices are the result of policy choices to restrict land development.

The policy choices were made–they can be unmade.
housing  prices  regulations  deregulation  advocacy  Tokyo  Japan  FinancialTimes  MarginalRevolution  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
The big puzzle in economics today: why is the economy growing so slowly? - Vox
Instead, the US economy has turned in its weakest performance in decades. Since 2009, inflation-adjusted output has barely grown at 2 percent per year. Business investment has been weak, wages have been stagnant, and worker productivity has improved at its slowest pace since World War II.

We’re not in a recession — the economy has grown and unemployment has fallen to a healthy 4.9 percent. But the economy isn’t delivering the kind of rising prosperity previous generations took for granted.

So what’s going on? It’s one of today’s most important economic questions, and there’s no consensus among economists. Here are eight of the leading theories.
economy  growth  critique  innovation  management  debt  regulations  housing  ageingpopulation  USA  Vox  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
“Airbnb’s Sheryl Sandberg” is the Valley’s Quiet Superpower — Backchannel
Belinda Johnson is the brain behind the $25 billion startup’s attempts to befriend everyone.
BelindaJohnson  Airbnb  profile  management  regulations  legal  review  BackChannel  Medium  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
The Horrific, Predictable Result of a Widely Armed Citizenry - The New Yorker
Once again, the difference in policy views is clear, and can be coolly stated: those who insist on the right to concealed weapons, to the open carrying of firearms, to the availability of military weapons—to the essentially unlimited dissemination of guns—guarantee that the murders will continue. They have no plan to end them, except to return fire, with results we know. The people who don’t want the regulations that we know will help curb (not end) violent acts and help make them rare (not non-existent) have reconciled themselves to the mass murder of police officers, as well as of innocent men and women during traffic stops and of long, ghostly rows of harmless civilians and helpless children. The country is now clearly divided among those who want the killings and violence to stop and those who don’t. In the words of the old activist song, which side are you on?
guns  guncontrol  concealedcarry  regulations  critique  Dallas  USA  NewYorker  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
Is there a market liberal case for Brexit? - Marginal REVOLUTION
Even when you add in the <1% of GDP that is paid to Brussels, this is just not a picture of a system that has forced Britain to become a big-spending social democracy. (Neither, of course, is it a picture of a system that has forced Britain into neoliberal austerity, a charge one hears from the left.)
Brexit  regulations  EuropeanUnion  advocacy  UK  comparison  CzechRepublic  Denmark  Finland  Germany  Sweden  Austria  Ireland  JacobLevy  MarginalRevolution  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Dublin Facing Another Housing Bubble? |
In a recent column in the Sunday Independent, Ireland's largest weekend newspaper, one of Ireland's leading economists, Colm McCarthy of University College (Dublin) raised the prospect another housing bubble in Dublin, Ireland's leading weekend newspaper. Dublin is the nation's capital and home to approximately 40% of the population. This is a potentially serious concern, given the economic devastation that the previous Dublin housing bubble contributed to across Ireland during 2006-2010.
Dublin  housing  bubble  regulations  critique  NewGeography  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
The Short-Lived Career of an Austin Uber Driver - The New Yorker
All told, they spent more than nine million dollars on the campaign, which was about eight million dollars more than anyone has ever spent on a local campaign here. The coalition opposing Prop 1 spent less than a hundred and fifty thousand dollars. One theory about why the measure ultimately failed is that voters were disgusted by the amount of money Uber and Lyft threw at it—or, relatedly, that people were just so fed up with all the pestering that they chose to register their annoyance at the polls. In other words, they voted against the campaign itself.
Uber  Lyft  ridesharing  Austin  referendum  politics  publicrelations  regulations  USA  NewYorker  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
State of Blockchain Q1 2016
CoinDesk’s Q1 2016 State of Blockchain report summarizes key trends, data and events from the first quarter of 2016.

You'll be able to read analysis of the key trends in this article:
Bitcoin  blockchain  startup  prices  innovation  regulations  investment  publicrelations  journalism  creativeshowcase  Coindesk  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Google Public Policy Blog: An Update to Our AdWords Policy on Lending Products
In that vein, today we’re sharing an update that will go into effect on July 13, 2016: we’re banning ads for payday loans and some related products from our ads systems. We will no longer allow ads for loans where repayment is due within 60 days of the date of issue. In the U.S., we are also banning ads for loans with an APR of 36% or higher. When reviewing our policies, research has shown that these loans can result in unaffordable payment and high default rates for users so we will be updating our policies globally to reflect that.
GoogleAdWords  paydayloans  regulations  Google  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Antitrust and Aggregation - Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Similar, I have made the case that while Google may still grow, the company has peaked in relevance as well, eclipsed by Facebook. So sure, the European Commission can prosecute Google, but it won’t dent Android’s dominance, and it won’t deter whoever else has the problematic monopoly in the future. The incentives and feedback loops that drive towards domination are simply too strong (one could make the case that the most effective monopoly killer is the next monopoly).

To that end, there is no question that the broader point underlying Aggregation Theory holds: the (metaphorical) rules have changed, and it’s fair to believe that at some point the laws may have to as well. It won’t be easy, though, and the possibility of unintended consequences will be strong, particularly given the self-corrective resiliency tech has shown to date that provides a compelling argument for leaving well enough alone.
Google  Android  antitrust  monopoly  regulations  EuropeanUnion  AggregationTheory  review  competition  Stratechery  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
European Commission - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google on Android operating system and applications
The European Commission has informed Google of its preliminary view that the company has, in breach of EU antitrust rules, abused its dominant position by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators.
Android  Google  competition  monopoly  regulations  legal  EuropeanCommission  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Why the Great Divide Is Growing Between Affordable and Expensive U.S. Cities - Real Time Economics - WSJ
Across the country, a divide is emerging between cities that are growing outward and remaining affordable and ones that are hemmed in by geography and onerous zoning codes and are becoming more and more expensive.
housing  urbandevelopment  regulations  sprawl  prices  affordability  USA  review  WallStreetJournal  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
RA: What's the way forward for UK nightlife?
Nightlife professionals from London, Berlin and Amsterdam sit down to discuss how to deal with the many threats facing one of the world's best club scenes.
nightlife  clubbing  dancemusic  gentrification  regulations  London  Berlin  Amsterdam  localgovernment  ResidentAdvisor  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
China law of the day - Marginal REVOLUTION
A new set of regulations released recently by the government of the eastern city says that adult children living apart from their parents should “visit or send greetings often.” Parents who think their children are not fulfilling this responsibility can file lawsuits against them for neglect.
parents  children  neglect  regulations  China  author:TylerCowen  MarginalRevolution  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Regulation to blame for England’s surging house prices | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal
It costs a relatively large amount of money to buy a house in the UK – something readers from the UK will almost certainly agree with. But economists differ over why this is. This column argues that strict planning regulations are a prime culprit for sky-high prices and that without any real regulatory change, it is the young that will suffer.
housing  prices  regulations  supply  constraint  critique  UK  CEPR  Vox  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Bernie Sanders Is the Developing World’s Worst Nightmare
With those last few words, Sanders has effectively written off trade with any country that is not already rich and prosperous—which is simply inhumane.
BernieSanders  trade  regulations  labour  developingworld  critique  Slate  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
China to tax luxury goods bought abroad - Business Insider
A new Chinese fee on packages purchased abroad may bring down a multibillion-dollar "gray market" for luxury goods in the country.

The market is called "daigou." Basically, sellers based overseas buy goods from luxury brands for Chinese buyers at a markup, but for less than it would cost the Chinese buyer to purchase the goods at home.
luxury  regulations  China  daigou  BusinessInsider  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
What will the bank of the future look like? — TransferWise Ideas — Medium
will be the true democratisation of finance. The nature of the current “bundled” model of banking is fundamentally unfair. The costs of the system and the profits of the banks are overwhelmingly accrued from fees and charges that hit the poorest hardest. International payments are a prime example. A large proportion of those making transfers are those to whom the average 7.68% cost is a huge burden. As fintech extends opportunity and drives change, the end result will be the extension of financial opportunity to many more people. The fees charged will no longer be disproportionate to the service. and savings and investments will accrue better returns for the people that hold them.
fintech  banking  financialservices  trust  expectations  millennials  mobileinternet  regulations  opportunity  disruption  TransferWise  TaavetHinrikus  Medium  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
The great race | The Economist
In the next 15 years India will see more people come online than any other country. Last year e-commerce sales were about $16 billion; by 2020, according to Morgan Stanley, a bank, the online retail market could be more than seven times larger. Such sales are expected to grow faster in India than in any other market. This has attracted a flood of investment in e-commerce firms, the impact of which may go far beyond just displacing offline retail.

India’s small businesses have limited access to loans; most of its consumers do not have credit cards, or for that matter credit. The e-commerce companies are investing in logistics, helping merchants borrow and giving consumers new tools to pay for goods. Amit Agarwal, who runs, holds out the hope that “We could actually be a catalyst to transform India: how India buys, how India sells, and even transform lives.
ecommerce  mobilecommerce  growth  Flipkart  Snapdeal  Amazon  regulations  retail  delivery  logistics  revenues  profitability  India  Economist  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
The Next Amazon (Or Apple, Or GE) Is Probably Failing Right Now | FiveThirtyEight
But there is also evidence that the economy has become more hostile to new companies. Startups are failing at a higher rate than in the past, while older, larger businesses are increasingly dominating nearly every sector of the economy. Economists on both sides of the political spectrum have found evidence of increased “rent-seeking,” efforts by companies to use government regulation or other policies to protect themselves from competition.
startup  growth  decline  regulations  entrepreneurship  research  USA  FiveThirtyEight  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Helmet laws and lycra make bikes unhealthy for casual cyclists
Like most of my generation, I spent half my childhood on bikes, disappearing at dawn on summer days and returning by nightfall. I thought I’d spend my twilight years cycling too, but not if I look and feel like a dolt. So instead of a twinkly-eyed, sprightly old cove, I will become a bloated burden on the state.

“Ah but the head trauma,” the nanny statisticians say. Helmet advocates are quick to point to the slight fall in such injuries, but not so quick to tell us cyclist numbers have dropped by a third since the law’s introduction 25 years ago.

Nor do they quote studies from Holland, France, Germany, Britain — or the majority of the world’s countries which have no such laws and calculate that the overall health benefit of increased participation outweighs the impact of accidents. Examine that research and it’s hard not to echo the observation that what helmets protect you against in Australia is fines.
cycling  safety  helmets  regulations  critique  Australia  health  TheAustralian  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Uber: a route out of the French banlieues -
Ride-hailing apps have created jobs for Paris’s poorer youth, but a regulatory clampdown looms
Uber  ridesharing  banlieues  socialclass  immigration  socialmobility  Paris  France  regulations  review  FinancialTimes  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Zenefits and Regulation - Stratechery by Ben Thompson
We are living in a time when technologies like the smartphone and the Internet are fundamentally changing what is possible, what is dangerous (or not), and incumbents in industries everywhere are threatened and heavily incentivized to exercise their influence on governments struggling to keep up with the pace of change. The last thing we need is companies voluntarily tying their own hands about something that is “right” simply because it’s legally gray.

But, on the flip side, regulatory risk is a real thing, and companies operating in this area must have more judgement and better execution and only choose battles worth fighting. Conrad failed on all three counts, and I suspect it may ultimately doom the company he started.
Zenefits  softwareasservice  startup  regulations  management  critique  review  Stratechery  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Google Reverses Its Decision To Ban Ad Blocking Apps From The Google Play Store | TechCrunch
Google appears to have reversed its earlier decision to ban ad blockers from the Google Play store – a move which had seen the company pulling apps like Adblock Fast and stalling the updates for others, like Crystal’s ad blocker. Now, following an appeal from Rocketship, the developers behind Adblock Fast, Google has re-approved and republished its app to Google Play.

The decision represents a change in course for Google, regarding its position on what sort of apps the company will allow in its app store for Android devices.
Google  adblocker  GooglePlay  regulations  Android  Techcrunch  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Will Performance Royalties Create a New Class of Radio Pirate? - Radio Survivor
Thousands of internet radio stations have gone silent in 2016, while thousands more may yet shut down, primarily because of new performance royalty fees that have skyrocketed for small and mid-sized internet radio stations. In this piece I explore how this challenge might encourage some webcasters to give up complying with the law and simply stop paying royalties altogether. Will this make them a new–perhaps reluctant–class of radio pirate?
radio  pirateradio  internet  licensing  streamingmedia  music  SoundExchange  USA  regulations  RadioSurvivor  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Google removes Samsung's first Android ad blocker from the Play Store | The Verge
Just days after it shot to the top of the Play Store, Android's newest ad blocker has been removed for violating developer guidelines. Called Adblock Fast, the plug-in from startup Rocketship Apps worked within Samsung's mobile browser thanks to a partnership with the phone maker, which opened an API this week allowing third-party developers to build content blocking features for the preinstalled Samsung Internet app.
adblocker  AdblockFast  Samsung  Android  Google  regulations  mobileapps  TheVerge  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Would the last person in Sydney please turn the lights out?
Ruled by a succession of incompetent governments, everything in Sydney is now illegal- including fun.
Sydney  licensing  regulations  alcohol  nightlife  critique  author:MattBarrie  LinkedIn  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
2. Creating The Perfect Storm | TransferWise
The rise of financial technology disruptors has finally come about over the last five years primarily as the result of five key developments that laid the foundations for change. Alone they may not have been enough. But together they provided enough impetus for the first wave of companies like TransferWise, Lending Club, Funding Circle, Betterment and Nutmeg to gain traction.
fintech  opportunity  trust  millennials  mobileinternet  regulations  review  TransferWise  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
EU Data law gets tough - Smart Insights Digital Marketing Advice
EU data law will be much stricter while the ICO is to hold brand owners directly responsible for agency behavior
directmarketing  regulations  privacy  EuropeanUnion  review  SmartInsights  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
The Serial Swatter
Internet trolls have learned to exploit our over-militarized
police. It's a crime that's hard to stop — and hard to prosecute.
gaming  swatting  Twitch  harassment  review  crime  regulations  critique  NYTimes  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
A Police State to Avoid Any Critical Evaluation? | La Quadrature du Net
Today the French National Assembly1 adopted the bill on the state of emergency2. This text was adopted in great urgency in an unprecedented one-upmanship autoritarian atmosphere. La Quadrature du Net expresses its concerns about several measures found in the bill, especially regarding police searches of electronic devices, Internet censorship and freedom of association. Rather than enganging in any thorough consideration of the causes that led to the killings and of the way to solve this complex situation, the entire French political class betrays itself by responding to this unprecedented attack on our liberties with a broad restriction of our civil liberties.
terrorism  France  regulations  surveillance  freedom  government  critique  LaQuadrature  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Large Companies Game H-1B Visa Program, Costing the U.S. Jobs - The New York Times
Then his visa was denied. So Mr. Négri combed through public documents that employers file with the Department of Labor as a first step in an H-1B application. For the limited quota of visas, Mr. Négri discovered, the outsourcing companies had submitted far more applications than a small company like BuildZoom could manage or afford — each application costs up to $4,000.

migration  visa  H1B  TataConsultancyServices  Infosys  Accenture  Wipro  critique  policy  regulations  USA  NYTimes  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Social Media Real Time Alerts To Protect your Business and Employees
SecureMySocial, a new offering created by cybersecurity veteran, Joseph Steinberg, alerts people in real time if they make social-media posts that may break the law, violate internal-policy guidelines, deface their employer’s brand, or might otherwise harm either the person making the post or their employer. Within seconds of a problematic post being made from anywhere, SecureMySocial can notify the poster with information as to why the post may be problematic and instructions on how to remove the post, or it can even automatically and instantly delete the post if so authorized. This is a potential lifesaver.
socialmedia  security  regulations  safety  utility  SecureMySocial 
november 2015 by inspiral
Living and Dying on Airbnb — Matter — Medium
My dad died in an Airbnb rental, and he’s not the only one. What can the company do to improve safety?
Airbnb  death  sharingeconomy  regulations  safety  liability  author:ZakStone  Matter  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Cheap Oil an Opportunity for Fossil Fuel Price Reform | Chatham House
Immediate impacts of low oil prices depend on whether people and industries will actually use significantly more oil when it's 'cheap' and choose to buy less efficient vehicles in which to burn it. While traders may be filling up supertankers in anticipation of a higher future price, drivers face a different price reality. With the exception of the United States, pump prices for petrol and diesel have not dropped as much in other rich countries due to duties and taxation - 16 per cent in Japan and 18 per cent in the UK.
petroleum  prices  climatechange  government  policy  regulations  ChathamHouse  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Revealed: how corporations captured our democracy | New Economics Foundation
It’s clearer than ever that we need robust, properly enforced and democratic regulation to protect our rights – whether it’s to clean air, safe food, decent work or a healthy environment.

Yet new NEF research, released today, reveals that the UK government is putting these rules into the hands of the very same corporations they exist to constrain.

Under cover of a little-known and innocuous-sounding initiative called ‘Better Regulation’, the entire policy machine is being reshaped around short-term, narrowly-defined business interests – reducing the ‘burden’ of public protections regardless of the long-term costs.
regulations  government  reform  critique  politics  UK  NewEconomicsFoundation  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
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