Unions, social media and young workers—evidence from the UK

Academics Andy Hodder and David Houghton analysed tweets sent by unions’ young workers sections. They found potential for engagement but also a risk of an echo chamber, where those already active become more active, and reach ultimately diminished.

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FOI helps reveal the new surveillance tools deployed by police

MySociety’s Myfawny Nixon interviews Privacy International’s Camilla Graham Wood about her research into the range of digital surveillance being used currently by police forces. As well as being used in investigating crime, there is concern growing that this stuff could have an impact on surveillance of protest and activism.

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The new world of work: report warns of an unprecedented rise in workplace activism

Employers’ law firm Herbert Smith Freehills interviewed 400 global company executives about their predictions on worker activism. Their concerns are an interesting view from the other side of the bargaining table. An increase in digital worker activism is predicted, more driven by networked individuals than union co-ordination.

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