May Repudiates Russian Information Warfare but Misses an Opportunity to Challenge Platforms

May Repudiates Russian Information Warfare but Misses an Opportunity to Challenge Platforms

British Prime Minister Theresa May helpfully reminded us that Russia’s politically motivated online disinformation constitutes a threat to human rights. But May missed an opportunity to issue a challenge to the social media and search platforms that Russian operatives and others have used to disseminate harmful content online.

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YouTube Uses Hashing to Dramatically Reduce Videos Featuring Anwar al-Awlaki

YouTube Uses Hashing to Dramatically Reduce Videos Featuring Anwar al-Awlaki

YouTube has taken a narrow but important step to protect its users and society at large from dangerous content online. The world’s most popular digital video site has markedly reduced its inventory of taped sermons delivered by the late terrorist recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki, the New York Times reported on Nov. 12.

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Venezuela Joins the Ranks of Nations that Stymie Free Speech to Muffle Criticism of Government

Venezuela Joins the Ranks of Nations that Stymie Free Speech to Muffle Criticism of Government

A new Venezuelan law clamping down on social media and broadcast organizations demonstrates in extreme fashion the dangers of government regulation of online content. The measure requires operators of social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter to remove hateful posts immediately, with potential punishments of 10 to 20 years in prison for those who violate the law.

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The Future of Factory Safety in Bangladesh

The Future of Factory Safety in Bangladesh

Four years after the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse, the two largest programs dedicated to garment factory safety in Bangladesh are nearing their end. As the Accord and Alliance get ready to leave, the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights recognizes that there is still much work to be done in Bangladesh. There is also a new opportunity for locally led efforts to make real change.

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Beyond Bangladesh: The need for responsible purchasing practices in supply chains is a global issue

Beyond Bangladesh: The need for responsible purchasing practices in supply chains is a global issue

New research by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Ethical Trading Initiatives (ETI) confirms the Center’s research into the purchasing practices of international clothing brands and retailers and their detrimental affect working conditions in supplier factories. Now, findings and shows that these practices are not unique to Bangladesh.

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Determining the True Cost of Remediating Bangladesh's RMG Sector

Determining the True Cost of Remediating Bangladesh's RMG Sector

The IFC/ILO concluded that as of June 2016, the remaining funding gap of the total cost of remediating Bangladesh’s apparel industry is 448 million USD. While this estimate draws valuable attention to the magnitude of the financing gap, new research by the NYU Stern Center finds that this estimate is far too low.

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Assessing the true size of the garment industry in Bangladesh and why it matters

Assessing the true size of the garment industry in Bangladesh and why it matters

A recently released follow-up study from the BRAC University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Development in Dhaka, confirms the NYU Stern Center’s findings. Using a similar methodology that combines analysis of several online databases and field research the BRAC University Center found over 8,000 garment factories in Bangladesh.

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Legislating the Internet is Not a Silver Bullet, it is Potentially Dangerous

Legislating the Internet is Not a Silver Bullet, it is Potentially Dangerous

The German government passed a law today requiring social media companies remove illegal, racist or slanderous content within 24 hours or face fines as large as $57 million. While governments have a legitimate interest in ensuring the safety of their citizens, laws like this are not the answer. Government legislation is a blunt tool that is likely to compound problems in this space, not solve them.

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Mapping the Landscape of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives – Few MSIs Are Equipped to Address Governance Gaps

Mapping the Landscape of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives – Few MSIs Are Equipped to Address Governance Gaps

Over the past 30 years of globalization, it has become increasingly evident that, in many parts of the world, local governments are either unwilling or unable to protect their own people or the planet. As a result, governments, companies and civil society groups have formed a series of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives (MSIs) to address environmental and human rights challenges. A review of them reveals that only few MSIs are equipped to address governance gaps

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Making the Bangladesh Garment Sector Safe and Sustainable: Setting the Future Agenda

Making the Bangladesh Garment Sector Safe and Sustainable: Setting the Future Agenda

The three year extension of the Bangladesh Accord for Fire and Building Safety (“Accord”) is good news. As members of the Accord develop plans for the next four years they should pay special attention to the need for shared responsibility, local partners and subcontracting facilities. 

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