The United States will endorse a motion at the World Trade Organization seeking to waive draconian patent and related intellectual property protections that have thus far prevented the world from achieving global COVID-19 vaccines equity, the Biden-Harris administration announced this week. Pope Francis announced his support of “universal access to the vaccine” and condemned the “virus of individualism” that “makes us indifferent to the suffering of others”.
"It is not surprising, therefore, that there is now a vast global coalition of NGOs, states and UN agencies that favour the recognition of vaccines (and health in general) as a public good and not a business, and the consequent temporary suspension of patent rights."
Research by The Markup found that searching Google’s ad buying portal for “Black girls,” “Latina girls,” and “Asian Girls” led to pornographic content, and searching for “White girls” returned no suggestions, indicating "a racial bias that equated people of color with objectified sexualization while exempting White people from any associations whatsoever."
Boycotting Amazon on Black Friday, the e-commerce’s behemoth’s profitable day of the year, would #MakeAmazonPay for its widely-documented labour malpractices, anti-democratic practices, and ongoing COVID-19 profiteering, says Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis.
A coalition of consumer and privacy groups from the US, Canada and the European Union is urging Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to ensure that his company adopts the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy rules “as a baseline standard” for all Facebook users around the world.
The Oxfam sexual exploitation scandal signals the arrival of the moment for an honest public conversation about charities' role in society, the white saviour mentality, gender relations, charity accountability, and the impact of western aid and power in developing countries.
While Facebook professes a commitment to stopping hate, harassment and discrimination, the social media behemoth's reporting policies and human moderators often punish users of color who speak out against racism or justifiably criticize white people.