What trends do you see with background checks today? How are companies using social media to find their next candidate? How are HR departments currently utilizing Blockchain technology? Will this alter how HR works?
It's been called "'American Idol' for science geeks." The George Barley Water Prize will award $10 million to the team that develops the most promising technology to remove excess phosphorus from freshwater lakes and streams. Phosphorus pollution, from chemical fertilizers and septic tanks, has led to the growth of toxic blue-green algae in the Florida Everglades and elsewhere.
Marketplace’s Amy Scott talked with Loren Parra, director of the George Barley Water Prize. She said the goal is to spark innovation. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.
Loren Parra: The way that we've previously been looking at the issue, or how...
This week the European Parliament passed a law establishing basic rights for workers in the gig economy. It could apply to some 3 million people, everyone from Uber drivers to couriers for the United Kingdom's Deliveroo. The law requires companies to pay when work is canceled last minute or for mandatory training. It also bans "exclusivity clauses," which prevent freelancers from "gigging" for other companies. It's supposed to make working short-term gigs a little more stable.
Marketplace’s Amy Scott talked with Joe Miller, a business and tech reporter with the BBC who's been following this law. The following is an edited...
Last year, California passed the California Consumer Privacy Act, which requires companies to be more careful in the way they handle consumer data. It doesn't go into effect until next year, and it's still a work in progress. Big tech companies have been proposing almost constant changes to the law since it passed, while on the other side privacy advocates push for even more teeth. But however the final law is written, companies are also working on compliance, which is clearly confusing and can also be costly.
Host Molly Wood checked in with Jessica Lee, a partner at the law firm...
In a new book, Janet Napolitano, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security, says it is “impossible to overstate the urgency of improving our country's cybersecurity.” She says we're vulnerable all over the place, from critical infrastructure like utilities and 911 dispatch systems to our elections and our personal data. But there are lots of federal agencies in charge of it, and they have to work with lots of private companies to address it.
Host Molly Wood spoke with Napolitano about her new book “How Safe Are We? Homeland Security Since 9/11.” She asked her what she wishes her agency...
Today, most video conference calls are full of pauses, delays, garbled audio and complex interfaces. Those conditions remain the norm, even though a Gallup Poll found that 70% of employees around the world work remotely at least once a week — and globalization means even more remote offices and bureaus. Video conferencing company Zoom goes public on Thursday, promising to make customers happier with their meetings.
Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talked to Nick Barber, an analyst at Forrester Research, about the current state of video conferencing. He said the technology is still hard to work with, whether the issue is...
Tesla announced late last week that all its cars will now come with its semi-autonomous driving technology, called Autopilot, as a standard option. Another way to look at it is that you can't buy a Tesla without some self-driving features, even if it would cost less. Tesla is at the same time pushing hard toward fully self-driving cars. It will hold an autonomy investor day Aprill 22 to tell shareholders how it plans to get there.
But other companies are pulling back. Ford said last week that driverless tech is taking longer than expected, and when self-driving cars do appear it...
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