Focus on feeding platforms like Twitter and Facebook generates junk news

Ev Williams is not a fan of the increasingly homogenised media he currently sees, with its emphasis on feeding the great, gaping maw of platforms like Twitter and Facebook too often producing what he describes as tantamount to junk food. “We’re still stuck in some very naive thinking, with the idea that people consuming media …

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Can technology solve social problems?

Technology empowers people, opens up multiple opportunities, but will it get rid of the biases, prejudices and injustice inherent in a society? Uber, the taxi riding company said “only” 5 claims of rape and less than 170 claims of sexual assault were received by the company between December 2012 and August 2015 in US. This …

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Is today’s tech world gender and colour (and religion and caste and class) neutral?

“Technology is for everyone. It sees all humanity as one. It doesn’t know it’s being handled by a man or a woman or a black or a white but inadvertently it often fails to deliver to the ‘other’. Women and blacks.” says an article in ciol.com Gadgets and apps are designed to solve the problems …

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Minimum wages raised in California, New York

California state government reached a deal to raise minimum wage to $10.50 an hour next year and then gradually to $15 by 2022. (On Thursday, March 31, 2016) Just hours later, lawmakers in Albany struck a deal that will raise the minimum within New York City to $15 by the end of 2018, before gradually …

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BPO automation, cost reductions – implications for employees?

BPO companies and their customers strive continuously for more and more cost reductions (read more work with less employees, less pay and benefits) “Customers want beyond 10-15% cost and performance benefits, to which we found the answer in Robotics –non-invasive software technology to quickly increase efficiencies from business processes.” “BPO 1.0 was about pure offshoring …

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Mass Surveillance silences minority opinions – study

A new study shows that knowledge of government surveillance causes people to self-censor their dissenting opinions online. The research offers a sobering look at the oft-touted “democratizing” effect of social media and Internet access that bolsters minority opinion. The study finds that in the wake of widespread knowledge of government surveillance people tend to silence …

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Indian IT majors reduce hiring numbers

The Big Five software exporters – TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL and Cognizant – together added net 24 per cent fewer employees in 2015 at 77,265. US-listed, Chennai-based Cognizant Technologies down 74.6 per cent from 2014, HCL Technologies down 71 per cent and TCS dip by 6.6 per cent at 26,066. Infosys made a whopping 111.4 …

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Einstein’s Big Idea

History and science behind E=mc2

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Scrap performance appraisal !

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Scrap Performance Appraisal

WORKERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE! Scrap performance appraisal ! Dear IT friends, We would be confronting this year’s appraisal cycle in the backdrop of massive layoffs by IT giants such as TCS and IBM. After slogging day-and-night for one whole year, we expect pay-hike and promotion as righteous rewards for our efforts. Although we have …

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TCS Layoff – NLDF combats

This entry is part 3 of 19 in the series Struggle Against Layoffs

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TCS Retrenchment

This entry is part 2 of 19 in the series Struggle Against Layoffs

India’s largest IT services provider, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been issuing termination letters to more than 25,000 employees. However, the company says that “workforce optimization is a continuous process which happens throughout the year taking into account employee performance, business needs, and people aspirations. This is nothing out of the ordinary or a special …

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