Maybe instead of chalking Black Friday mania up to rampant greed we should be looking at the ever increasing gap between the rich and the poor — and the economic policies that are fording people to participate in a Hunger Games-like spectacle in order to provide for themselves and their families.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday November 29, 2013 8:00 am|
|By: Mike German Saturday November 9, 2013 2:59 pm|
Heidi Boghosian’s “Spying on Democracy” is the answer to the question, ‘if you’re not doing anything wrong, why should you care if someone’s watching you?’ It’s chock full of stories about how innocent people’s lives were turned upside-down by public and private sector surveillance programs. But more importantly, it shows how this unrestrained spying is inevitably used to suppress the most essential tools of democracy: the press, political activists, civil rights advocates and conscientious insiders who blow the whistle on corporate malfeasance and government abuse.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday November 9, 2013 12:57 pm|
There is nothing newsworthy in the latest investigative report on working conditions in Chinese electronics factories—just the same old story, really: Once again, there’s evidence of systematic exploitation of workers, suppression of labor organizing, poor living conditions and chronic economic insecurity for young workers.
What has changed is the intensity of the industry’s resistance to cleaning up the worst labor practices of China’s global manufacturing model.
|By: Michelle Chen Sunday October 20, 2013 5:20 pm|
As tuitions rise and the job market still slumps, many young college graduates are wrestling with the question of how to make their increasingly expensive educations pay off. Now, new technologies are emerging as a potential solution for the college affordability crisis, according to some educational administrators and officials. The growing public fascination with “Massive Open Online Courses,” or MOOCs, suggests that in the near future, a public university degree may become cheaper and more accessible, with a greater economic “return on investments” for the government. Yet some education advocates are wary of the MOOC phenomenon and urge the government to focus on brick-and-mortar educational investments before seeking a magic bullet .
|By: rosalind Saturday October 5, 2013 5:20 pm|
To the lucky concert-goer standing five feet away from Sir Paul McCartney during his free concert down on Hollywood Boulevard, the technology we have today is a wonder and enables us to connect in a whole different way. But it has its time and its place. Should you be so lucky to score a prime seat to a fabulous show, put down the phone, meet the performer eye to eye, and create a memory that no technology can capture.
|By: Kit OConnell Saturday September 21, 2013 3:50 pm|
Can we steer humanity away from environmental collapse, austerity, and war with a dream of a new tomorrow?
|By: Jessica Karp Friday September 20, 2013 1:40 pm|
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are rapidly expanding local law enforcement access to mobile biometrics devices designed for use in war zones. The disturbing story is revealed in detail by new documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the Cardozo Immigration Justice Clinic.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Thursday September 5, 2013 5:45 am|
In an increasingly phantasmagorical world, here’s my present fantasy of choice: someone from General Keith Alexander’s outfit, the National Security Agency, tracks down H.G. Wells’s time machine in the attic of an old house in London. Britain’s subservient Government Communications Headquarters, its version of the NSA, is paid off and the contraption is flown to Fort Meade, Maryland, where it’s put back in working order. Alexander then revs it up and heads not into the future like Wells to see how our world ends, but into the past to offer a warning to Americans about what’s to come.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday August 10, 2013 5:20 pm|
Apple’s growth and reputation for innovation have long been built on the shaky foundation of rock-bottom wages and poor labor conditions in Chinese factories. Now, a new investigation by the New York-based advocacy group China Labor Watch has further revealed the abuses, including wage violations and chemical exposures, at the warped core of Apple’s corporate empire. The report focused on Apple supplier the Pegatron Group, which has become a major producer of an upcoming new model for a scaled-back “cheap iPhone” for lower-end markets.
|By: danps Saturday August 10, 2013 10:30 am|
About two and a half years ago I posted on the danger of the US turning into a tech pariah over its data collection policies. At the time I thought the main sticking points would be foreign governments’ concerns about their own confidential data being sent abroad, and objections to privacy violations that American companies’ indiscriminate collection practices (e.g. Google Street View) would subject their citizens to.
I was wrong about that issue being a simmering pot getting ready to boil. It just sort of stayed on the back burner.