Gig platforms’ claims over worker chat groups: fraught territory indeed | Kimberlee Weatherall

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Food delivery platform Foodora, it seems, is trying to claim intellectual property rights over an encrypted chat group that Foodora riders were using to swap tips and shifts, and talk about pay and conditions. This raises important questions about what digital privacy rights we have, especially over what might once have been “water cooler” conversations. […]

Gig economy jobs: Australians back proactive fix for regulatory black hole | Ariadne Vromen

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Uber, Airtasker, Foodora, and Amazon Mechanical Turk are brokering a new workplace infrastructure where workers bid directly for work via apps. As much as the developments are heralded by some as cutting transaction costs and reducing barriers to entry into work, they are coming under increasing scrutiny over questions of worker rights and fair labour […]

New style lobbying: how GetUp! channels Australians’ voices into politics | Ariadne Vromen

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GetUp!’s 2016 election campaign has claimed a big win. An online petition to save the Great Barrier Reef, started by 11-year-old Sophia on GetUp!’s citizen-led site CommunityRun, received public acknowledgement from its target: international celebrity Ellen DeGeneres. GetUp! claimed Ellen’s announcement as a win for its five-year campaign to stop dredging and new coal mines […]

Removing social media hate speech within 24 hours sounds like a good idea, but… | Fiona Martin, David Rolph

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In a bid to fight escalating anti-migrant propaganda, the this month released a blueprint for regulating online hate, which requires social media companies to take down racist material within 24 hours. This joint code of conduct sounds like a positive political compromise. But it’s unclear how it will work in practice and how it will […]

Why Facebook needs to do more to protect you from online abuse | Fiona Martin, Jonathon Hutchinson

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It took some persuading, but Facebook has agreed to join an international social media task force to help combat online hate in the wake of anti-refugee xenophobia on its pages. It’s a good outcome for the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and her Justice Minister, Heiko Maas, who last week called on Facebook to remove racist […]