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The NYU Stern Center for Business & Human Rights received the North Star Award at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards in Milan. The award acknowledged the Center’s report, “Made in Ethiopia: Challenges in the Garment Industry’s New Frontier,” authored by Paul Barrett and Dorothee Baumann-Pauly, as the most important academic research development from the past year. Dorothee Baumann-Pauly and Auret van Heerden accepted the award on NYU Stern CBHR’s behalf.
The center’s report on disinformation and the 2020 presidential election is cited to highlight the risks posed by Instagram, WhatsApp, deepfake videos, and foreign interference. Michael Posner is quoted, urging social media companies to combat disinformation to achieve public and private gains.
Author Maggie Miller quotes Michael Posner and Deputy Director Paul Barrett on the potential use of social media to spread disinformation related to the 2020 presidential election. Barrett calls on Congress to use its position to educate the public about the threat and increase digital literacy through bipartisan hearings.
Deputy Director Paul Barrett is interviewed about the center’s report on disinformation in the 2020 presidential elections. Barrett highlights the risks around Instagram and WhatsApp, and what to expect over the next 14 months.
Author Cat Zakrzewski cites our latest report, and its nine recommendations to social media companies, on combating disinformation in the run up to the 2020 presidential election.
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?