Category: Society

The W: A Weekly Reading List

In this week’s edition…what’s causing the Eurozone downturn…the effects of Brexit on the EU’s smaller member states…blockchain explained for a child or an expert (and everyone in between)…Openwater proposes using holograms to read and write your thoughts…Pulitzer Prizes giving a “Damn”…a Russian cultural nuance explained…and more.   Have a great weekend!   Business & Economics

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Why Facebook can’t be fixed: Part 2

I recently wrote a post claiming that it’s not possible to fix Facebook’s serious, and dangerous, flaws by merely tweaking or adjusting the current business. I argued that there are inherent flaws in the company’s platform, business model and leadership that that make it impossible to fix this platform without starting again from scratch. I hardly

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AdAge: AS FALLOUT FROM FACEBOOK AND CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA CONTINUES, MARKETERS SHRUG

I wrote last week that Facebook can’t be fixed, and though I was not alone in voicing that sentiment it looks like the brands feel otherwise. AdAge lays out the latest developments in a good summary here.  Bottom line is that brands are staying put: Though marketers such as Mozilla and Pep Boys have said

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FT: How the US left the UK behind on aristocrats in power

Interesting commentary on FT.com about America’s aristocracy problem here Some highlights:   We think of America as having distinct mores from Britain — but there are traditions she retains, even after Britain has let go of them. Hunting with dogs was outlawed in Britain more than a decade ago. But on winter mornings in Maryland and

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MIT: Algorithms Are Making American Inequality Worse

Don’t miss MIT Tech Review’s interview with political scientist Virginia Eubanks about her new book, Automating Inequality. Some highlights:   In Automating Inequality, author Virginia Eubanks argues that the poor are the testing ground for new technology that increases inequality. The book, out this week, starts with a history of American poorhouses, which dotted the

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Will CEO Pay Ratio Be 2018’s Most Discussed Business Metric?

Back in 2015 a new provision of the Dodd-Frank law was approved stipulating that U.S. companies had to start disclosing the pay gap between their top boss and regular employees, i.e., the “CEO pay ratio.” This provision wasn’t discussed very much at the time, and there was debate in 2016 about how to actually measure and

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FT: Big Tech should hit the reset button

In case you missed it, there is a good piece on FT.com on how tech companies are mis-managing the rising discontent with their power written by Rana Faroohar. Some highlights: The Fangs — Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google — are having a crisis that encompasses the cognitive, the political and the economic. Activists, regulators and even some

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Diversity In the C-Suite Is All About the Economics of Inclusion

In recent months I’ve had the good fortune to speak with several authors and thinkers working in the Diversity & Inclusion field, and all of them shared with me a genuine sense of frustration at the slow progress minorities and women have made into the C-suite.  In thinking about this issue, and reflecting back on

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Recent Read: Auténtico: The Definitive Guide to Latino Career Success

As has often been remarked, the United States is undergoing a demographic transformation, and a large dimension of that evolution is the significant increase in the number of people who identify with Hispanic heritage and/or ethnicity.  A new book by Robert Rodriguez and Andrés Tomás Tapia, Auténtico: The Definitive Guide to Latino Career Success, provides a sound analysis

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