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UK workplace rights reform doesn’t look disruptive to gig economy giants – TechCrunch

UK workplace rights reform doesn’t look disruptive to gig economy giants – TechCrunch The UK government has set out a labor market reform package it bills as a major upgrade to workplace rights in the era of disruptive gig economy platforms. The reforms, which include new legislation, are intended to take account …

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Union’s human rights challenge to Deliveroo dismissed by UK High Court – TechCrunch

Union’s human rights challenge to Deliveroo dismissed by UK High Court – TechCrunch A UK union that has been fighting to win collective bargaining rights for gig economy riders who provide delivery services via Deliveroo’s platform has had its claim for a judicial review of an earlier blocking decision dismissed …

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Now eight parliaments are demanding Zuckerberg answers for Facebook scandals – TechCrunch

Now eight parliaments are demanding Zuckerberg answers for Facebook scandals – TechCrunch Facebook’s founder is facing pressure to accept an invite from eight international parliaments, with lawmakers wanting to question him about negative impacts his social network is having on democratic processes globally. Last week Facebook declined a invitation from …

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UN warns over human rights impact of a “digital welfare state” – TechCrunch

UN warns over human rights impact of a “digital welfare state” – TechCrunch The UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has raised concerns about the UK’s rush to apply digital technologies and data tools to socially re-engineer the delivery of public services at scale, warning in a …

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UK to probe fairness of personalized pricing practices in online retail – TechCrunch

UK to probe fairness of personalized pricing practices in online retail – TechCrunch The UK government has announced an investigation into personalized pricing practices in online retail following growing concerns that vulnerable consumers are at risk of price discrimination through the use of ecommerce technologies that vary prices for products such as …

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Mark Zuckerberg gets joint summons from UK and Canadian parliaments – TechCrunch

Mark Zuckerberg gets joint summons from UK and Canadian parliaments – TechCrunch Two separate parliamentary committees, in the UK and Canada, have issued an unprecedented international joint summons for Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear before them. The committees are investigating the impact of online disinformation on democratic processes and …

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Uber back in court in UK to argue against workers rights for drivers – TechCrunch

Uber back in court in UK to argue against workers rights for drivers – TechCrunch Uber is back in court in the UK today and tomorrow to try once again to overturn a  two year old employment tribunal ruling that judged a group of Uber drivers to be workers — meaning they’re …

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Fake news ‘threat to democracy’ report gets back-burner response from UK gov’t – TechCrunch

Fake news ‘threat to democracy’ report gets back-burner response from UK gov’t – TechCrunch The UK government has rejected a parliamentary committee’s call for a levy on social media firms to fund digital literacy lessons to combat the impact of disinformation online. The recommendation of a levy on social media …

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Applied gets $2M to make hiring fairer — using algorithms, not AI – TechCrunch

Applied gets $2M to make hiring fairer — using algorithms, not AI – TechCrunch London-based startup Applied has bagged £1.5M (~$2M) in seed funding for a fresh, diversity-sensitive approach to recruitment that deconstructs and reworks the traditional CV-bound process, drawing on behavioural science to level the playing field and help …

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UK says Russia’s GRU was behind a spate of chaotic cyber attacks between 2015 and 2017 – TechCrunch

UK says Russia’s GRU was behind a spate of chaotic cyber attacks between 2015 and 2017 – TechCrunch The UK has directly accused Russia’s military intelligence agency of being behind a number of cyber attacks that took place between 2015 and 2017, calling them “indiscriminate and reckless” with a range …

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