QuickLinks - Employment and social issues
QuickLinks - Employment and social issues
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Issue no. 408 - 25 April 2010
The new media monsters we've created for our kids
Two leading new-media thinkers – Sonia Livingstone of the London School of Economics and Henry Jenkins at the University of Southern California – both have concerns about the phrase "digital native". Dr. Livingstone said in a
at a University of California, San Diego, conference that all the hype around "digital natives" suggests that new media "brought into being a whole new species, a youth transformed, qualitatively distinct from anything that has gone before, an alien form whose habits it is our task to understand," when what we need to do is think about and work with children in the context of their full life – home, school, friends, media and cultural environments, etc. – in order "to understand what young people do online," not the other way around.
Issue no. 405 - 24 January 2010
Mobile-phone culture - The Apparatgeist calls
How you use your mobile phone has long reflected where you live. But the spirit of the machines may be wiping away cultural differences.
Issue no. 399 - 7 June 2009
CH - 'Ill' worker fired over Facebook
A Swiss woman has lost her job after her employers spotted she was using the Facebook website when she had claimed to be too ill to use a computer. The unnamed woman was suffering a migraine and had told her employer, Nationale Suisse, she needed to lie in a darkened room. The company said its discovery that she was also using Facebook destroyed its trust in her and prompted her sacking.
Issue no. 381 - 8 December 2007
EU - Commission calls for an all-inclusive digital society
Despite technological progress and enhanced competition, more than one in three Europeans are still excluded from fully benefiting from the digital society. Benefits of ?35-85 billion over five years could be generated if society would be made more inclusive, websites more accessible and broadband Internet made available to all EU citizens. The Commission presents its e-Inclusion initiative to Council, calling on Member States to support a number of key actions, including an awareness campaign for 2008 "e-Inclusion, be part of it!" e-Accessibility legislation, similar to that of the USA, is also under consideration.
Issue no. 369 - 5 November 2006
US - Yale Student's Resume Video Raises Wall Street Eyebrows
(New York Sun)
Thousands of Ivy Leaguers circulate their resumes each year to New York's investment banks, but few garner as much attention as Aleksey Vayner, who last week submitted an 11-page resume and video to UBS's human resources department. By the week's end, the Yale University senior's video had raised scores of eyebrows and sparked much laughter in nearly every firm on Wall Street.
Issue no. 366 - 3 September 2006
CN - China opens internet addicts' shelter
Shanghai has opened mainland China's first shelter for internet addicts to help them bridge the gap between virtual worlds and dysfunctional family homes. The inauguration of the centre highlights growing government concerns about the explosive growth of the web in China, where one in eight young net users are reportedly addicted.
Issue no. 365 - 15 August 2006
How to blog - and keep your job
A British secretary allegedly sacked from her job in Paris over an internet diary is the latest in a growing line to pay a heavy price for blogging. Catherine - who blogged anonymously under the pseudonym 'Petite Anglaise' about life, love and work - has now launched a test case under French employment law.
AOL to cut 5,000 jobs
Some 5,000 AOL employees, or about 26 percent of the company's 19,000-person work force, will lose their jobs. Time Warner has announced that the long-struggling AOL plans to make e-mail, instant messaging and other services available at no cost to users with broadband Internet access. AOL is in the process of selling its European Internet access business.
Issue no. 357 - 26 March 2006
JP - Internet Suicides Alarm Japan
Six young Japanese were found dead from asphyxiation in a car, charcoal stoves still smoking beside them - apparently the latest victims of a surge in suicide pacts arranged over the internet.
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