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E-NEWS BULLETIN

 
Your weekly round up of alternative news you ought to know • 9 December 2016

CONTENTS
SOUTH AFRICA:
  1. Media Monitoring Africa Reveals SABC Failed to adhere to the ICASA order and the Public Protest Ban
  2. #DataMustFall – how cellphone giants are milking you
INTERNATIONAL:
  1. Trump as Cyberbully in Chief? Twitter Attack on Union Boss Draws Fire
  2. The global economic slowdown
  3. John Pilger: The Coming War on China
  4. ‘Fear of testimony’: Ruling parties try to block Snowden’s questioning on German soil
  5. Extensive British Spying Throughout Africa Revealed in Le Monde
MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY AND FREEDOM
  1. E.U. Court’s Decision on Uber Will Set Precedent for the Gig Economy
  2. Amazon’s Grocery Would Eliminate Thousands Of Jobs
  3. Warehouses promised lots of jobs, but robot workforce slows hiring
  4. Rio Tinto’s plan to use drones to monitor workers’ private lives
  5. Can technology replace teachers? You asked Google – here’s the answer
  6. “The rise of digital empires is creating a colonial vision of the internet – we have to stop it”
  7. The Internet, Privatization And Communication Rights With Leandro Navarro from Pangea
  8. Petition to Facebook: Don’t Censor Human Rights Documentation

Media Monitoring Africa Reveals SABC Failed to adhere to the ICASA order and the Public Protest Ban

The SABC has elected to walk out of the parliamentary inquiry into the public broadcaster to divert attention from a deluge of damning evidence… mediamonitoringafrica.org/


​#DataMustFall – how cellphone giants are milking you

South African cellphone giants are not only charging higher prices for data than those in other developing countries but, in general, they are also banking substantially more profit… mg.co.za/


Trump as Cyberbully in Chief? Twitter Attack on Union Boss Draws Fire

Thirty years as a union boss in Indiana have given Chuck Jones a thick skin. But even threats to shoot him or burn his house down did not quite prepare him for becoming the target of a verbal takedown by the next president of the United States… nytimes.com/


The global economic slowdown

The 1980s finance-led phase of capitalism has been characterised by marked cycles led by the US economy, with periods of expansion leading to increasingly serious recessions in 1990/91, 2001/02 and of course 2007/09. The most recent expansion, now in its seventh year, has been especially weak, and the latest forecasts anticipate that growth will remain low… global-labour-university.org

John Pilger: The Coming War on China

The greatest build-up of American-led military forces since the Second World War is well under way… telesurtv.net/


‘Fear of testimony’: Ruling parties try to block Snowden’s questioning on German soil


Germany’s ruling CDU and SPD parties have filed an appeal to the Federal Supreme Court to revise its earlier decision that allowed the US whistleblower Edward Snowden to testify before the German parliament on the NSA scandal and Berlin’s ties to it…. rt.com/news/


Extensive British Spying Throughout Africa Revealed in Le Monde

Top-secret British surveillance operations targeted the director of the World Trade Organization, several multinational corporations, a top French businessman, and heads of state across Africa, according to a new series of reports by Le Monde… theintercept.com/


E.U. Court’s Decision on Uber Will Set Precedent for the Gig Economy


The European Court of Justice will decide whether Uber is a taxi transportation company or a digital platform. A Barcelona judge submitted the request for a decisive clarification for the future of platform capitalism in Europe. On Aug. 7, 2015, the judge referred the decision to the Luxembourg-based courts after a complaint of the Spanish company Elite Taxi against Uber… ilmanifesto.global/


Amazon’s Grocery Would Eliminate Thousands Of Jobs


What happens when you start to enable the dismissal of huge numbers? It’s been one of the concerns about robotics and artificial intelligence. The latest sign is Amazon’s plan to run automated grocery stores — eventually establishing 2,000 of them… forbes.com/


Warehouses promised lots of jobs, but robot workforce slows hiring

When Skechers started building a colossal distribution center in Moreno Valley six years ago, backers promised a wave of new jobs. Instead, by the time the company moved to the Moreno Valley, it had closed five facilities in Ontario that employed 1,200 people and cut its workforce by more than half. Today, spotting a human on the premises can feel like an accomplishment. latimes.com/


Rio Tinto’s plan to use drones to monitor workers’ private lives

In the remote Australian outback, multinational companies are embarking on a secretive new kind of mining expedition… theguardian.com/


Can technology replace teachers? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Anxiety about losing your job to technology is both a rational and growing fear. Andy Haldane, the chief economist at the Bank of England, recently estimated that 15m jobs in the UK were threatened by automation. Technology is reaching such levels of sophistication that it is capable not only of manual tasks but cognitive ones too, putting a wide range of jobs are at risk… theguardian.com/

 

“The rise of digital empires is creating a colonial vision of the internet – we have to stop it”

The internet’s decentralised nature has diminished and its status as a global public resource is under threat. In the 21st century, a handful of tech giants with massive sway and reach are consolidating power, playing the parts of gatekeeper and rule-maker online… newstatesman.com/


The Internet, Privatization And Communication Rights With Leandro Navarro from Pangea

The IFG 16 started on December 5, 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico and the issue of privatization of the internet and communication rights is part of the debate. Leandro Navarro of Pangea.org in Spain discusses the affect of the privatization and corporatization of the internet. Leandro Navarro was part of the APC delegation at the conference.

https://youtu.be/kqHrOk14rO0


The Internet is becoming a rapacious instrument of capture

Anita Gurmurthy at the Internet Governance Forum 2016


Most of us who come back to the IGF, year after year, share a dream; a dream that the internet – as a cherished innovation, can make possible a society that is free and equal.

With ten IGFs behind us, we need to ask ourselves, how well we have done. Let’s take access. Over 40% of the 7.5 billion people on this planet are connected. However, we are told that connectivity rates are slowing down… itforchange.net/


Petition to Facebook: Don’t Censor Human Rights Documentation

Facebook, a platform increasingly used to document human rights abuses, has censored human rights documentation, including content that depicts police violence…petitions.signforgood.com/

Masters’ Programmes open for application

The Global Labour University (GLU) invites trade unionists and social activists to apply to its Masters’ Programmes in Germany, India and the USA. Students have the opportunity to study together in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment and benefit from the expertise of the international GLU network of universities, Global Unions, national trade union centers, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The Masters’ programmes focus on policies for social justice including global governance, international labour standards, development, economics, trade and multinational companies. Discussions, internships and field research with trade unions and other progressive movements provide unique insights into the international world of labour. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded. More information and application forms at http://www.global-labour-university.org

The deadlines for application to the Masters’ Programmes are:

  • 31 January 2017 at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania, USA, contact: lgwr@psu.edu
  • 1 February 2017 at the Berlin School of Economics and Law/University of Kassel in Germany, contact: glu.germany@uni-kassel.de
  • 31 January 2017 at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, contact: glu.jnu@gmail.com