New report says Foxconn employees abused Foxconn, the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical components, is facing a leaked report that states the company abuses its employees. The report also says that the company has been responsible for harsh punishment, illegal labor practices and unsafe working conditions for its workers. In May,it was reported that 11 workers had committed suicide and that the last employee had only been working for Foxconn for 42 days. The tense situation ended with Foxconn announcing a 30% pay-raise for its workers. A survey, conducted by more than 60 teachers and students from 20 different universities in Hong Kong and Taiwan found that at the company’s Shenzhen, Kunshan, Taiyuan, Wuhan and Shanghai plants, workers were being abused and were the victims of other human rights violations. Global Times has reported that 38.1% of all Foxconn workers had been subject to privacy invasion by management and that 16.4% had been physically abused. Image Source: Gizmodo
Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Steve Rosenbaum: MySpace is Reborn as Social Curation First look at the New MySpace promises changes in design -- embraces community knowledge and passion. Today MySpace is reborn as a content centric discovery platform. It's a big shift, and it might just work. First, there's a new look. But pretty much everyone agrees that a new coat of paint isn't going to bring the site back from the wilderness. Far more interesting is the wholesale change underlying the editorial thinking of the site. There's one word that sums up the new MySpace says Music Chief Courtney Holt: "Curation." "When I look at the word curation I think what's interesting to me is that everybody can be a curator." As Mike Jones, CEO of MySpace explains: "Myspace is unique in that it is powered by the passions of our users, who program the site by expressing interests, sharing tastes and knowledge around particular topics, and scouting out up-and-coming subcultures." In the past, MySpace music's editorial process was much like many media companies. Why does it matter?
What Would a Fair-Labor iPod Cost? - Umair Haque - Harvard Busin by Umair Haque | 4:52 PM July 30, 2009 Just how much of a Constructive Capitalist is Apple? There’s been a ton of discussion about Apple’s Chinese suppliers, and their relatively poor labour conditions recently — along the lines of, “enjoy your sweatshop produced iPods, evil Americans.” What’s more interesting is the counter-factual: how much would it cost to produce a “Good iPod”? One not produced in a sweatshop, but under decent labour conditions. That’s what I calculated. The results are surprising. Now, these numbers aren’t exact — they’re estimates I threw together in 20 minutes. Is a 23% price difference between a “Good” and “Evil iPod” worth it — to Apple, society, communities, and our economy? I think the real question is: how long can we afford not to? The American manufacturing sector has been eviscerated by an insistence on near-term cost-cutting — and today, our lack of standards and manufacturing competence has led to a dearth of innovation exactly when we need it most.
The Future Of Education And Teaching These talks offer insights, concerns, and inspiration while discussing today’s educational practices and shortcomings, from a variety of perspectives. TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”, bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. If you’re not already a fan of TED, maybe these will open your eyes to this wonderful resource. Education is only one of the vast array of topics covered in TED talks, so if you enjoy any of the videos below, you might want to click through the the site and check out some more of them. Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms This delightfully illustrated video entertains while educating. Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education This video discusses “The Hole In The Wall” experiment that Mitra started in New Delhi in 1999. Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers Math as it’s taught in classrooms rarely echoes math as it used in the real word. About Kelly Walsh Print This Post
Why Social Media Curation Matters - Technorati Blogging Over the past few weeks I've raved about the current raft of social media curation start-ups. I've rambled on and on about all of the new features that are being added to sites like Curated.By, Storify and Keepstream. What I haven’t explained to my friends, family, Twitter followers and just about anybody I engage in tech conversation with for more than a couple of minutes, is why it all matters. With registered Twitter users numbering somewhere in the region of 150 million, their fire hose is pumping out tens of millions of tweets a day. Granted, not all of this data is worth capturing. So, how do you decide what’s worth keeping?
Google Fashion Shopping Site Makes Debut Google The site allows shoppers to use the choices of prominent style makers as inspiration. Its developers expect most users to find their “style twin” and shop in that individual’s boutique. On Google’s new fashion Web site, visitors can browse boutiques created by designers, celebrities, bloggers and other users. But go a couple of blocks from the main building, and the mood and the desk décor are conspicuously more invested in style. In a deliberate collision between nerds and fashion mavens, Google has created a new e-commerce site that significantly improves how fashion is presented and sold online. Boutiques.com has so many capabilities and components that even Google engineers have a hard time qualifying it. It is a place, then, to show off your fashion acumen, much as millions of Polyvore users already do in their picture collages. It is also a source of inspiration. The process at Boutiques.com is accomplished through visual search technology, and what style experts like Ms.
Formation en ligne Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. La formation en ligne, terme recommandé en France par la DGLFLF, ou encore : l'apprentissage en ligne (au Canada), l'e-formation ou l'e-learning, désignent l'ensemble des solutions et moyens permettant l'apprentissage par des moyens électroniques. La formation en ligne inclut ainsi des sites web éducatifs, la téléformation, l'enseignement télématique, ou encore l'e-training, notamment. La formation en ligne est une des technologies de l'information et de la communication pour l'éducation (TICE), intégrée dans la cyberculture. C'est aussi un des éléments et enjeux de ce que certains, comme M. Toupin, désignent comme le « cybermarché de la formation », marché évalué selon la commission européenne à plus de deux milliards de dollars en 2000. En présentiel, ou éventuellement à distance, le vidéoprojecteur et/ou le tableau numérique permettent au formateur d'interagir avec le groupe Diagramme coût-efficacité.