“We have entered a new era of work in this country,” says the introduction to the second annual Freelancing in America survey. The 2015 report by the Freelancers Union and online freelancing platform Upwork (FU/U) found that over a third of U.S. workers (nearly 54 million) did some freelance work in the past year. That represents a growth of 700,000 more freelancers than the previous year. advertisement advertisement The study went on to report how these numbers are increasing by individuals’ choice of employment, rather than as a result of circumstances such as job loss, and the majority (60%) who left to freelance said they now earn more than they did with traditional employment. But Lawrence Mishel, an economist and president of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), said the study “greatly overestimates the number of people who derive their primary income from freelancing.” In an article for the independent, nonprofit think tank titled, … [Read more...] about Is The Freelance Economy Not Growing As Much As We Thought?
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“It’s always tragic when people run off with half information and don’t really have the truth set up in front of them,” Clint Eastwood said in a rare interview with the Associated Press this week. “The press is sometimes in a hurry because there’s so much competition to be the first to do something.” advertisement advertisement The director is referring in his quote to the catastrophe that befell Richard Jewell, the security guard who saved many lives from a domestic terrorist attack at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta before being wrongfully accused of the crime himself. A journalist from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kathy Scruggs, reported that the hero was actually a suspect—before Jewell was even made aware he was under investigation. Ultimately, it would take nearly three months before he was able to clear his name. The irony, however, is that despite Eastwood’s stated disdain for those who might “run off … [Read more...] about Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’ uses national hostility toward media (and women) to its advantage
Amid heightened concerns about the integrity of the voting process in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, two election security experts recently quit Verified Voting, a respected election accountability group, in protest. They claim that it has been downplaying security risks in popular voting machines. advertisement advertisement Richard DeMillo, a Georgia Tech professor who sat on Verified Voter’s advisory board, just left the group, soon after the departure of UC Berkeley mathematics professor Philip Stark, a board member who sent a fiery letter of resignation on November 21st. Stark and DeMillo believe that Verified Voting has been giving election officials false confidence in their voting machines and providing cover for the companies that make and sell the machines. The accountability group wields a lot of clout, since public officials rely on its recommendations when purchasing expensive voting systems. DeMillo, a professor at Georgia Tech … [Read more...] about Two experts quit election accountability group over claims it has been endorsing untrustworthy machines
Do you remember the day when Netscape became a $2 billion company, or when Amazon upended our online expectations by introducing 1-Click shopping? How about when Napster faced down Metallica and Twitter showed us what was really happening on the streets of Tehran? These are the moments of innovation that changed our world and continue to point us to the future. advertisement advertisement 1995: The birth of the fast company It was the IPO pop heard round the world: How Netscape’s triumph signaled the arrival of a new business model—and a new mind-set. I first realized that August 9, 1995, would be a day to remember when two coworkers bet each other on the opening and closing price of a new stock issue from a Mountain View, California–based company called Netscape Communications. Their excitement was electric, and it only grew as the stock doubled its offering price from $14 to $28 that morning; by the time it started trading after 11 a.m., the stock had … [Read more...] about 20 Moments From The Past 20 Years That Moved The Whole World Forward