Friday, October 22, 2021
Uber Drivers Say a ‘Racist’ Algorithm Is Putting Them Out of Work

Uber Drivers Say a ‘Racist’ Algorithm Is Putting Them Out of Work

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Abiodun Ogunyemi has been an Uber Eats delivery driver since February 2020. But since March he has been unable to work due to what a union supporting drivers claims is a racially-biased algorithm. Ogunyemi, who is Black, had submitted a photograph of himself to confirm his identity on the app, but when the software failed…
Afghanistan Faces a ‘Make-or-Break Moment,’ U.N. Chief Says

Afghanistan Faces a ‘Make-or-Break Moment,’ U.N. Chief Says

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UNITED NATIONS — Warning that Afghanistan is facing “a make-or-break moment,” the United Nations chief on Monday urged the world to prevent the country’s economy from collapsing. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also appealed to the Taliban to stop breaking its promises to allow women to work and girls to have access to all levels of education.…
Most Current Tests Bring Israel a Step Closer to Commercial Drones

Most Current Tests Bring Israel a Step Closer to Commercial Drones

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TEL AVIV, Israel — Dozens of drones floated through the skies of Tel Aviv on Monday, ferrying cartons of ice cream and sushi across the city in an experiment that officials hope provided a glimpse of the not-too-distant future. Israel’s National Drone Initiative, a government program, carried out the drill to prepare for a world…
Netflix Defends Dave Chappelle’s Anti-Trans Remarks and Suspends a Trans Employee

Netflix Defends Dave Chappelle’s Anti-Trans Remarks and Suspends a Trans Employee

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Netflix Inc. co-Chief Executive Officer Ted Sarandos defended the company’s decision to air a controversial Dave Chappelle comedy special featuring trans jokes as “artistic freedom.” “We don’t allow titles [on] Netflix that are designed to incite hate or violence, and we don’t believe ‘The Closer’ crosses that line,” he wrote in a memo last week…
The Overlooked LGBTQ  History of the Harlem Renaissance

The Overlooked LGBTQ History of the Harlem Renaissance

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When Passing debuts on Netflix on Nov. 10, the film—starring Oscar nominee Ruth Negga (Loving) and Tessa Thompson—will draw new attention to Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel on which it is based. The story and its title most obviously raise questions about race in American society, with the tale of two light-skinned Black women, childhood friends…
Austria Picks Leader Who Will Rule Under Predecessor Kurz’s Gaze

Austria Picks Leader Who Will Rule Under Predecessor Kurz’s Gaze

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Austria’s new Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg vowed to work closely with his predecessor and future party whip, Sebastian Kurz, who was reduced to a parliamentary role by a corruption scandal. The new premier, almost two decades older than Kurz, said he’ll continue to work along the lines of a coalition program signed with the Green Party…
David Card Shares Nobel Prize in Economics for Natural Experiments

David Card Shares Nobel Prize in Economics for Natural Experiments

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Three U.S.-based academics won the 2021 Nobel Prize for economics for work using experiments that draw on real-life situations to revolutionize empirical research. David Card at the University of California Berkeley, Joshua D. Angrist of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Guido W. Imbens at Stanford University will share the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic…
An Innovative Washington Law Aims to Get Foreign-Trained Doctors Back in Hospitals

An Innovative Washington Law Aims to Get Foreign-Trained Doctors Back in Hospitals

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Growing up in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu, where people sometimes die of preventable or treatable illnesses like diarrhea, typhoid and malaria, taught Abdifitah Mohamed a painful lesson: adequate health care is indispensable. In 1996, Mohamed’s mother died of septicemia after spending nine months hospitalized for a gunshot wound. Her death, Mohamed says, inspired him to…
What Happened, Brittany Murphy?, Britney Spears and the Gendered Perils of Child Stardom

What Happened, Brittany Murphy?, Britney Spears and the Gendered Perils of Child Stardom

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Slowly but surely, we’re looking back at the tragic it girls of the aughts and finding out how little we actually knew—or, sadly, cared—about the people they were. Paris Hilton came forward, in last year’s film This Is Paris, with allegations that she was abused as a teenager at a series of residential reform schools—and…
Timothée Chalamet Wants You to Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

Timothée Chalamet Wants You to Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

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Timothée Chalamet and I are on the run, chasing down Sixth Avenue on a bright September day in search of a place to talk. The restaurant in Greenwich Village where we had planned to meet ended up getting swarmed by NYU students while I was waiting for him, chattering excitedly to one another—“Timothée Chalamet is…