Mark Zuckerberg and philanthropy: it’s not like it was in Rockefeller’s day | Evgeny Morozov | Opinion | The Guardian

Mark Zuckerberg has ploughed funds into health and education but there’s a fine line between philanthropy and speculation

Fuente: Mark Zuckerberg and philanthropy: it’s not like it was in Rockefeller’s day | Evgeny Morozov | Opinion | The Guardian


Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions

The decision by U.K. voters to leave the EU is such a glaring repudiation of the wisdom and relevance of elite political and media institutions that — for once — their failures have become a prominent part of the storyline.

Fuente: Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions


Why Silicon Valley is embracing universal basic income | Technology | The Guardian

Silicon Valley has, paradoxically, become one of the most vocal proponents of universal basic income (UBI). Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, web guru Tim O’Reilly and a cadre of other Silicon Valley denizens have expressed support for the “social vaccine of the 21st century”, and influential incubator Y Combinator announced on 31 May that it will be conducting its own basic income experiment with a pilot study of 100 families in Oakland, California – a short hop over the San Francisco bay.

Fuente: Why Silicon Valley is embracing universal basic income | Technology | The Guardian


A universal basic income is an old idea with modern appeal – FT.com

When Andy Stern wanted someone to transcribe an interview he had recorded for a book, he posted the job details on upwork.com. He was pleased to receive almost instant replies from US freelancers as well as those from as far away as the Philippines and Sri Lanka. But whereas US freelancers pitched between $12.50 to $25 an hour, those elsewhere offered $3 to $7.50.

Fuente: A universal basic income is an old idea with modern appeal – FT.com


Nueva plataforma promueve y financia emprendimientos de impacto positivo – El Mostrador

Firstep es un portal web que hace posible el desarrollo de emprendimientos sociales, ambientales y culturales, gestionando alianzas entre RSE de empresas y estas iniciativas de impacto positivo, según su alcance en Facebook y Twitter.

Fuente: Nueva plataforma promueve y financia emprendimientos de impacto positivo – El Mostrador


Digital economy transforms UK workforce – FT.com

Digital economy transforms UK workforce – FT.com.

March 11, 2015 12:01 am

Digital economy transforms UK workforce

 

Ofifice lights illuminate commercial office buildings and skyscrapers, including from left to right, the Shard, 20 Fenchurch Street, also known as the "Walkie-Talkie," the Leadenhall building, also known as the "Cheesegrater," 30 St Mary Axe, also known as "the Gherkin," and the Heron Tower at dusk in London, U.K., on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said the U.K. is just beginning to see a pickup in wages, a key metric for policy makers as they debate the timing of the first interest-rate increase since 2007. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg©Bloomberg

In central London 10 per cent of workers are employed in jobs that did not exist in 1990 but regional cities are rapidly embracing new careers, according to PwC’s 2015 economic outlook

The transformation of the workforce is rapidly expanding beyond London as the UK embraces the digital economy, with about 1.8m people — 6 per cent of workers — now employed in a type of job that did not even exist in 1990.

 

In central London 10 per cent of workers are employed in jobs that did not exist in 1990 but regional cities are rapidly embracing new careers, according to PwC’s 2015 economic outlook. Official classifications have added 1,500 job titles since then.

Carl Benedikt Frey, of Oxford university, and John Hawksworth, of consultants PwC, found that the proportion of workers in these new jobs in 2004 was a good predictor of relative rates of regional jobs growth during the following 10 years to 2014.

 

Based on similar projects, employment in central London should rise by about 25 per cent during the next decade, if there is sufficient investment in commuter transport links and affordable housing. That is down from 35 per cent in the past decade.

 

The biggest jump should be in suburban London, with employment growing 9 per cent in the next decade, compared with 2.6 per cent in the last.


Wikipedia boss Lila Tretikov: ‘Glasnost taught me much about freedom of information’ | Technology | The Guardian

Wikipedia boss Lila Tretikov: ‘Glasnost taught me much about freedom of information’ | Technology | The Guardian.

She has taken flak from the online encyclopedia’s hardcore users for being an ‘amateur’, but after 18 years in open source software the 36-year-old is determined to expand the ‘knowledge-building community’l


Internet: entre Mente y Cuerpo


Si algo no está en Internet, es porque no tiene importancia. Hoy vivimos de acuerdo a ese credo. Uno que permea y reconfigura aspectos centrales de nuestra visión de mundo. Por ejemplo: Considere la hoy masiva alianza de Internet con la sexualidad. Sin erótica, Internet perdería mucho —eso no lo niegan ni los más puritanos. Internet debe incluir sexo. Pero también parece hoy cada vez más posible, limitar la sexualidad al ciber-mundo virtual. A muchos hoy les parece que no necesitamos experienciar nada más real. Ello, a pesar de que aún entendemos que la sexualidad es, sobre todo, una pulsión que destilan nuestros cuerpos; esos mismos cuerpos que no pueden ser subidos a Internet; que en los momentos álgidos de la ciber-erótica, permanecen apartados. ¿Cómo es posible que la sexualidad triunfe en Internet dándole la espalda a aquello que parecía ser su principal motivación? Se privilegia la facilidad e inmediatez que ofrece Internet, para gatillar efímeras emociones mentales. Y con ello, al mismo tiempo, se obvian vivencias más profundas que precisarían recurrir a la solvencia sexual de los cuerpos  ¿Será por eso que hasta las gracias de esa solvencia, la competencia y la fiabilidad corporal, ya no seducen tanto? No sería el único caso en que subir la mente a Internet conlleva traicionar al cuerpo que queda abajo.


Online marketplaces dare not forget the human touch – FT.com

Online marketplaces dare not forget the human touch – FT.com

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It takes more than an app to keep customers happy
Model Molly Sims at Airbnb's Hello LA event at The Grove on Monday, September 30, 2013 in Los Angeles.©Getty

It is every tech entrepreneur’s dream. Think of a new idea for a marketplace, throw up a website (or, these days, an app) for buyers and sellers to connect, then sit back and rake in the cash.

It also helps to come up with some lofty rhetoric to ennoble your opportunism. Calling yourself part of the new “sharing economy” makes the endeavour sound so much grander.

Online marketplaces such as Uber, for high-end taxi services, and Airbnb, for temporary accommodation rentals, have struck a chord with start-up investors. Economies, however, depend on more than just the marketplaces where willing buyers and sellers meet and transact – even if those happen to be the most profitable places for middlemen to insert themselves.

They need infrastructure and services to support the new forms of activity they promote. And they must generate the trust among customers that comes from a consistent, reliable and safe experience – even when the service is being delivered by a third party.

As Brian Chesky, chief executive of Airbnb, put it at a press conference this month: “We used to think the product was the website and we only designed the online experience – because that’s what every other tech company does.”

Along the way, though, reality intruded. It was not just that some landlords returned to find their homes damaged by paying guests, or that regulators and tax authorities got interested in the company’s success. Renters wanted the assurance that they would get a decent place to stay – and, when things went wrong, that there would be someone on the end of a phone to make them right again. It takes more than an app to keep customers happy.