Tim Berners-Lee Seeks to Address Privacy Issues, Fake News via ‘Magna Carta for the Web’ | ExecutiveBiz

Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, has introduced a new contract that outlines a set of principles for internet companies to protect privacy, advance transparency of their algorithms and address online abuse, The Telegraph reported Monday.

Berners-Lee said at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, the “Magna Carta for the web” was launched in response to fake news, abuse of personal data and privacy issues.

Source: Tim Berners-Lee Seeks to Address Privacy Issues, Fake News via ‘Magna Carta for the Web’ | ExecutiveBiz

EU lowers its ambitions on African migration control | EURACTIV.com


At the June Council summit in Brussels, EU leaders asked the Commission to study ways to set up “regional disembarkation platforms” in North African countries, including Tunisia, for migrants rescued by European vessels in the Mediterranean.

That demand didn’t last very long.

Within days of the summit, Morocco and the African Union led continent-wide rejection to the EU’s idea of setting up ‘regional disembarkation platforms’ or ‘hot spots’ on their territories.

Rabat’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita has accused European leaders of over-reacting, pointing out that the number of migrants attempting to enter Europe has dropped to around 80,000 so far this year, compared to 300,000 in 2016.

Source: EU lowers its ambitions on African migration control – EURACTIV.com

In the Future, Companies Won’t Hire Remote Employees. They’ll Hire Remote Teams | Nextgov


Terminal has launched in a number of Canadian cities that have a density of engineering talent and engineering universities, including Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. To its mostly Bay Area clients, Terminal provides the infrastructure of a WeWork with the knowledge of a staffing firm that knows how to source talent on the ground.

According to Serota, the company is trying to do for people resources what Amazon Web Services does for computing resources.

Source: In the Future, Companies Won’t Hire Remote Employees. They’ll Hire Remote Teams – Nextgov

Education philanthropy: why the billions spent aren’t working | Vox


My beef, rather, is that improving the American education system, while important, is neither a neglected cause nor a tractable one.

It is a system on which hundreds of billions of dollars are spent annually by diffuse governments whose policies are difficult and expensive to change, where matters of importance are intensely contested, and where interest groups tend to fight each other to a standstill.

And it’s a system where, even after investing millions if not billions in research, we still don’t have a lot of confidence as to which interventions are helpful and which are not.

The views of key actors, notably the Gates Foundation, have tended to shift rapidly on those substantive questions.

Source: Education philanthropy: why the billions spent aren’t working – Vox

Factbox: Ten years of bitcoin | Reuters


Bitcoin, the world’s first and most famous cryptocurrency, celebrates its tenth birthday on Wednesday.

Its emergence has spawned a multitude of other digital currencies, brought blockchain technology to global attention, and vexed regulators worried about its crime misuse and weakness to hacking.

Source: Factbox: Ten years of bitcoin | Reuters

There be monsters: from cabinets of curiosity to demons within | Aeon Essays


The meaning of monstrosity has morphed dramatically over the course of history.

Traditionally, monsters came from elsewhere: at the unknown edges of maps, from distant times and places. But as the bounds of the known Universe have expanded, the habitats of monsters shrunk back.

The world is now so thoroughly charted that there seems to be little space left for indigenous monsters; instead, we import extraterrestrials and summon up artificial intelligence or cutting-edge technologies to act as the fearsome ‘Others’ for our books, TV series and films.

Source: There be monsters: from cabinets of curiosity to demons within | Aeon Essays

Across the World, Where Kids Go to School Matters| US News


“If you come from a poor family, you really only have single card to play: a good school,” Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills at the at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, which published the report Tuesday, said during a press call.

“If you miss that boat, you’re unlikely to get a second chance. So providing more equitable education is certainly our most powerful bet to creating a more level playing field.”

Source: Across the World, Where Kids Go to School Matters | Education News | US News

It’s dangerous to think virtual reality is an empathy machine | Aeon Ideas


.. For a time after their VR experience, people found themselves eating less meat.

In his subsequent book Experience on Demand (2018), Bailenson quotes one subject who said: ‘I truly felt like I was going to the slaughterhouse … and felt sad that as a cow I was going to die.’

Results such as these have led Bailenson and others to hail VR as a modern-day empathy machine. VR researchers tell us that simulations can let us see what it’s like to experience the day-to-day indignities of racist microaggression, of becoming homeless, or even of being an animal primed for butchering. The hope is that this technologically-enabled empathy will help us to become better, kinder, more understanding people.

But we should be skeptical of these claims.

Source: It’s dangerous to think virtual reality is an empathy machine | Aeon Ideas

Fishing for Plastic Is the Latest Way to Clean Up Amsterdam’s Canals | Smithsonian


Fifteen years ago, Marius Smit had an idea that was so outlandish he called it his personal “man on the moon” mission: What if he collected plastic waste polluting the canals running through Amsterdam, Netherlands, recycled it and used the materials to build a boat?

After years of plotting and planning, Smit eventually made his idea a reality and now has a fleet of nine boats navigating the waterways of Amsterdam, along with two boats in Rotterdam, a city located 50 miles to the south. And he’s only getting started.

Source: Fishing for Plastic Is the Latest Way to Clean Up Amsterdam’s Canals | Travel | Smithsonian

Equity could become the gig economy’s next benefit | Axios


Airbnb made headlines last week for sending a comment letter to the SEC, asking it to allow the home-sharing company to give equity to its hosts.

Why it matters: The number of gig economy workers continues to rise, but monthly payments have been on a lumpy decline path, according to a new JPMorgan study. This could become an attractive new benefit.

To be clear, this isn’t going to happen overnight. The SEC comment period officially closed this past Monday, but I hear that some gig economy companies are still working on comment letters that they’ll just submit late. Then the SEC must review the letters, possibly issue a new rule and likely then open up yet another comment period.

Source: Equity could become the gig economy’s next benefit – Axios