London not calling
London not calling
Nina Trentmann

LONDON — Britain's departure from the European Union would have immediate far-reaching consequences for the British job market as hundreds of thousands of British and European Union citizens want to leave the UK to work on the continent instead, according to a recent survey by the StepStone global private markets specialist found.

Some 600,000 British-based professionals plan to leave the UK, the study said, as the country becomes a less enticing work destination, the value of the pound falls, and the economy risks weakening amid coming restriction on the free movement of labor.

In the face of such staggering numbers, Germany stands to profit as the country needs qualified workers and is an attractive destination for such mobile professionals.

Depending on Britain's negotiations over the next two years, more than 2.1 million Europeans living in Britain will leave the country. Newly installed Prime Minister Theresa May has said that until the 1.5 million British citizens living in the EU were explicitly allowed to continue living there, the resident status of European citizens in Britain could not be guaranteed.

If Britain were to lose its access to the single European market, employees would leave the country because large companies with strong ties to Europe such as Vodafone, Easy Jet and banking institutions would be forced to move their operations on the continent.

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How Facebook Knowingly Undermines The World's Largest Democracy

Facebook whistleblower Sophie Zhang says that the tech giant knowingly facilitates undermining democracy in India. Fair voting cannot be guaranteed if real people's voices are drowned out by armies of fake online commentators.

The Tek Fog app is allegedly used by online operatives to hijack social media

Sophie Zhang

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NEW DELHI — Earlier this month, The Wire published an exposé on Tek Fog, an app allegedly used by India's ruling, right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to make social engineering easier. The app is allegedly used by online operatives to hijack social media and amplify right-wing propaganda in the country.

The investigation immediately grabbed the attention of the Indian public. For the first time, everyday Indians were given insight into the inner workings of a major political party's Information Technology Cell (IT cell). Indians were forced to confront the possibility that their everyday reality was shaped not by the Indian public but the whims of shadowy political operatives.

They also discovered that their own ruling party would seek to phish their phones with spyware for the purpose of sending party-line propaganda impersonating them to friends and family. Such serious allegations more closely resemble an authoritarian dictatorship like the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and their hired online commentators, the 50 Cent Army (五毛党), than the world’s largest democracy.

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