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In September 2019, we published Disinformation and the 2020 Election: How the Social Media Industry Should Prepare. This report looks at the types and sources of false content likely to surface during the next presidential campaign. It also provides recommendations to the major social media companies for responding to disinformation.
Research Director Dorothee Baumann Pauly and research intern Serra Cremer lyi describe a guest lecture in NYU Stern’s Fashion & Luxury MBA program delivered by Auret van Heerden, a senior adviser to the Center.
Senior Program Manager Casey O’Connor-Willis explains in this article the importance and complications of social audits in the apparel industry.
Deputy Director Paul Barrett is quoted in this article by Maggie Miller, which explores the threat of bots in the upcoming 2020 election.
Michael Posner writes about how cost-cutting in the wake of the recently announced combination of Gannett and GateHouse will further undermine local news coverage.
Research Director Dorothee Baumann-Pauly discusses the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that led to the creation of policies protecting employees in the manufacturing sector.
Center Director Michael Posner considers the most recent sanctions placed on Myanmar by the Trump administration and highlights how they reflect human rights leadership.
Author Dianna Games cites our work as she examines the dilemma many African countries face when seeking to create jobs and promote higher wages.
The Center’s report on apparel manufacturing in Ethiopia is cited to show that unrest and worker turnover are high in the East African country.
Director Michael Posner weighs in on the State Department’s relationship with Saudi Arabia following the death of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
In his leadership column, Michael Posner criticizes dramatic recent cuts in the U.S. refugee-admission program and makes the case for safeguarding the international system of refugee protection.
In a recent op-ed, Michael Posner explains the value of the Fair Labor Association’s corporate accreditation process and argues that investors should rely on it when choosing investments.
With the Democratic debates fast approaching, social media companies are preparing themselves against the spread of disinformation.
Asset managers, nonprofits and others are working on making a positive social impact but many companies still struggle with how to define their own positive social results. In the article, Casey O’Connor Willis shares insights from our research into the current limits of social measurements.
After creating controversy in Myanmar, Facebook has decided to create a new response team. Paul Barrett comments on this new system calling for the company to create local teams internationally.
This research brief compares and contrasts the designs of four examples of human rights disclosure legislation enacted in California, the UK, Australia and France. It discusses how differences in these designs impact firm compliance and highlights that while enactment of these kinds of laws is an important step towards ensuring firm accountability for human rights abuses, how best to design them remains an open question.
In his op-ed, Michael Posner proposes a three step plan for how social media companies can address disinformation concerns globally.
This research brief analyzes the cost of recruiting migrant laborers from South Asia to work on construction projects in Qatar. Using data from one large construction company, the Center's team shows that recruitment costs are far less than generally assumed by the industry, reinforcing that recruitment expenses ought to be paid by companies rather than by workers.
Michael Forbes writes in his latest op-ed that the creation of a new “Commission on Inalienable Rights” could seriously undermine the U.S.’ human rights efforts.
After our report revealed that wage rates in Ethiopia were found to be far more exploitative than other developing nations, a newly amended Ethiopian labor law, is said to have incorporated provisions that would help protect the basic rights of workers in terms of safe working environment and decent and livable wages.
Deputy Director Paul Barrett is quoted in an article from Vice on Facebook’s decision to kill more than two billion fake accounts in the first quarter.
The Center’s report on Ethiopia is referenced in this article about the country’s newly amended labor law, which incorporates provisions that would help protect the basic rights of workers.
The Center’s research on Ethiopia’s apparel manufacturing sector is highlighted in this article about the role of purchasing practices in alleviating poverty.
The Center’s research on Ethiopia’s rock-bottom wages is featured in this article on our report.
In this clip, Michael Posner and Ted Widmer from Macaulay Honors College discuss local journalism and local elections. Would a "Marshall Plan" for the media industry make democracy stronger?
Deputy Director Paul Barrett’s op-ed in the Washington Post following the release of the Center’s report “Made in Ethiopia: Challenges in the Garment Industry’s New Frontier.”
In May 2019, the Center published “Made in Ethiopia: Challenges in the Garment Industry's New Frontier,” an examination of how the global apparel industry operates in Ethiopia. The report features a set of nine recommendations for how the industry and the Ethiopian government, foreign manufacturers, and Western brands can address the human rights challenges created by the lowest wages in the entire global supply chain for clothing.
This article reveals how the Sri Lankan social media shutdown brought to light the weakness of Facebook’s global ambitions. Paul Barrett is quoted as saying that Facebook’s "combination of unwillingness and inability to deal with the misinformation problem is one of their great weaknesses.”
This article looks at the global fashion industry and its ethical pitfalls. Our report on Bangladesh’s garment industry is used as an important case study in this overview.
Anna Maria Tremonti of CBC radio discusses the Sri Lankan social media blackout. Paul Barrett is questioned as an expert, in light of his work on online disinformation.