Amazon plans on spending $700 million to retrain 100,000 members of its U.S. workforce over the next six years, according to the company.
This initiative, dubbed “Upskilling 2025,” will focus on several different types of employees. For example, the Amazon Technical Academy will attempt to move “non-technical Amazon employees” to software engineering roles. Meanwhile, those employees with some technical background will have the opportunity to participate in Machine Learning University, which will (theoretically) impart them with the skills needed for machine-learning and artificial intelligence (A.I.) roles. more . . . .
- The unemployment rate remains high for young workers.
- Younger workers are more likely to work part time for economic reasons
- As school enrollment continues to rise, the labor force participation rate for 16- to 22-year-olds continues to decline
- Choosing to pursue an education over work experience may come with risks and trade-offs; the college debt burden continues to swell while the body of research on college food insecurity grows.
- As anxieties and predictions about the future of work abound, it is crucial that researchers avoid overlooking the young workers who will eventually enter the labor force.
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The Federal Government Thinks That’s Illegal.
In a first, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that companies violated civil rights law through their use of Facebook’s targeting advertising.
Two years ago, ProPublica and The New York Times revealed that companies were posting discriminatory job ads on Facebook, using the social network’s targeting tools to keep older workers from seeing employment opportunities. Then we reported companies were using Facebook to exclude women from seeing job ads. Experts told us that it was most likely illegal. And it turns out the federal government now agrees. A group of recent rulings by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found “reasonable cause” to conclude that seven employers violated civil rights protections by excluding women or older workers or both from seeing job ads they posted on Facebook. full article
Technological progress has created a situation of severe tension and incompatibility between the right to privacy and the extensive data pooling on which the digital economy is based.
In the last decade, both governments and giant corporations have become data miners, collecting information about every aspect of our activities, behavior and lifestyle. New and inexpensive forms of data storage and the internet connectivity revolution — not only in content, but in fact — in just about everything (from smart appliances to nanobots inside people’s bodies) — enable the constant transmission of big data from sensors and data-collection devices to central “brains”; the artificial intelligence revolution has made it possible to analyze the masses of data gathered in this way.
The intensive collection of data and the inherent advantages of the new technology have spawned the cynical idea that privacy is dead, and we might as well just get used to that fact. In what follows, I will describe three aspects of the right to privacy that have become especially relevant in the digital world. I will then demonstrate that not only is privacy still alive and kicking, but also that we should treat it with the respect it deserves as the most important of all human rights in the digital world.
The first perspective on privacy in the digital world is the idea that . . . read full article here
AT&T has cut more than 23,000 jobs since receiving a big tax cut at the end of 2017, despite lobbying heavily for the tax cut by claiming that it would create 7,000 jobs. AT&T also cut capital spending despite promising $1 billion capital boost. READ REPORT HERE
Two updated energy jobs reports have been released, and they paint a picture of how the last year has affected different energy sectors.
Energy jobs reports say solar dominates coal, but wind is the real winner. Latest report offers a look at how the last year of policy has affected energy jobs. READ REPORT HERE