Employment and Immigration

Jack Ma: No More 1 Million Jobs in the US From Alibaba

Jack Ma: No More 1 Million Jobs in the US From Alibaba

Alibaba chief Jack Ma said this week that he is retracting his promise of 1 million jobs in the US to President Donald Trump after the latest round of tariffs from both countries were announced. Ma said that he made the promise in 2017 on the premise of friendly and rational trade relations between the US and China, so he can no longer fulfill his promise since the premise no longer exists. Ma also said last Tuesday in an investor conference that the Sino-US trade war is likely to have ramifications that will extend for decades. Source: CNBC

Complaint Filed Against Facebook for Gender Discrimination

Complaint Filed Against Facebook for Gender Discrimination

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) submitted last Tuesday a complaint against Facebook to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging that the social media giant’s platform allows advertisers to target job ads based on gender.   The complaint says that 10 different companies had used Facebook’s targeting system to show ads for positions such as mechanic, roofer, and security engineer to men aged 25 to 35 near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A related investigation by ProPublica had discovered a similar pattern for Uber’s jobs ads. Galen Sherwin, from the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project says that the practice is illegal and […]

US Introduces Bill to Counter Dwindling Cybersecurity Workforce

US Introduces Bill to Counter Dwindling Cybersecurity Workforce

A bipartisan bill which seeks to address the shortage of workers in the cybersecurity industry was recently introduced by US lawmakers in the House of Representatives. Based on Nevada’s new cybersecurity apprenticeship program, the ‘Cyber Ready Workforce Act (H.R.6791)’ will establish a grant program under the Department of Labor which will allow the Secretary of Labor to fund workforce intermediaries that support the creation, implementation, and expansion of apprenticeship programs in cybersecurity.   A recent CompTIA report says that there were 301,873 cybersecurity-related job openings in the private and public sectors between April 2017 and March 2018. Source: ZDNet

Tech Giants Hunt for New Talent in Cambridge

Tech Giants Hunt for New Talent in Cambridge

Silicon Valley’s tech giants are reportedly taking their talent hunt to Cambridge, England where they are snapping up engineers and researchers, particularly those working in the fields of artificial intelligence. It is said that the arrival of firms such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple will provide a much needed boost to the British economy which had been hurt by its departure from the European Union. British secretary of state Matthew Hancock, who also oversees digital policy, says that while they welcome the tech giants, they are working to ensure that the next generation of companies are built in Cambridge. […]

Macron’s Efforts for French Tech a “Double-Edged Sword”

Macron’s Efforts for French Tech a “Double-Edged Sword”

French president Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to nurture the country’s tech sector are reportedly being met with mixed and even negative reactions from domestic tech firms that are being adversely affected by the influx of business from global tech giants. Computer expert Randi Hindi said that big names such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Samsung make it difficult for his company to land deals with big local companies. A number of French entrepreneurs also criticized Macron for overlooking local talent when he invited foreign CEOs including Mark Zuckerberg and Satya Nadella at the Tech for Good Summit last month. Macron’s appointed AI […]

Silicon Valley Condemns Trump’s Decision to Separate Migrant Children

Silicon Valley Condemns Trump’s Decision to Separate Migrant Children

Silicon Valley leaders criticized this week a policy of the Trump administration which seeks to separate migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Facebook’s Zuckerberg said that he has already donated to organizations like Texas Civil Rights Project and RAICES which help families at the US border get legal advice and translation services. He called on the public to do the same and implored the government to stop the policy. Meanwhile, Apple’s Tim Cook called the policy “inhumane” and “heartbreaking” since children are the most vulnerable people in society. Source: CNBC

US Mulls Visa Limitations for Tech Students

US Mulls Visa Limitations for Tech Students

Trump administration officials are said to be planning to limit the validity of some visas issued to Chinese students to prevent the alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property by Beijing. The State Department says the changes may start June 11, after which U.S. consular officers may limit Chinese students to a one-year visa, rather than issuing them the maximum possible length as previously practiced, if they are studying in fields like robotics, aviation and high-tech manufacturing. US embassies and consulates were also instructed to require special clearances from multiple US agencies from Chinese citizens who wish to apply for a […]

France, Germany Call for EU Startup Funding

France, Germany Call for EU Startup Funding

In a paper presented to European Union leaders at the Balkan summit last week, Berlin and Paris urged the European Innovation Council to fund innovative start-up projects across the bloc in order for the region to catch up with other tech superpowers. The EU heavyweights are pushing to create a network to attract and grow “ambitious” tech startups and wishes for other EU member countries to follow their national initiatives. France has already committed 1.5 billion euros ($1.75 billion) to the artificial intelligence industry to counter the brain drain caused by China and the US. The two countries are said […]

“Trade War” May Hurt China More Than US

“Trade War” May Hurt China More Than US

The managing director of Parry Global Group, an investment services company, told CNBC earlier this week that China may lose more in its escalating “trade war” with the US. Parry predicts that the tariffs announced by US President Donald Trump, which focuses on technology parts and components, could result to job losses in China. He explained that if a company like Apple were to shift assembly in the US, around 350,000 workers can instantly lose their jobs in Zhengzhou. Parry says that while the move may only cause ripples in China, it would be enough to give Trump leverage for […]

Tech Giants: AI to Create Jobs, Shift Skill Sets

Tech Giants: AI to Create Jobs, Shift Skill Sets

A number of experts in the tech industry recently commented on concerns regarding AI and its impact on jobs at a panel discussion in the recently held Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week. Google’s Behshad Behzadi said that while shift in jobs should be expected, AI will serve to complement it and make tasks easier for humans. IBM chief digital officer Bob Lord said that AI will augment a worker’s intelligence and address mundane jobs, allowing humans to rise to another level. Salesforce’s John Carney meanwhile said that it could be a threat to workers who do not upskill, […]

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