UK Supreme Court rules in favour of worker’s rights for ride-share drivers
The UK Supreme Court has ruled in favour
of ride-share workers in a landmark case between Uber and 20 of its UK-based drivers. While the long-term impacts of the ruling are still unclear, general secretary of the App Drivers and Couriers Union James Farrar believes that “[the] ruling will fundamentally reorder the gig economy,” giving ride-share drivers explicit rights to the same rights enjoyed by all UK workers: a minimum hourly wage, workplace pension, and paid holidays.
Endangered black-footed ferret Elizabeth Ann shows biotechnology has lasting impacts outside traditional healthcare, food production, and biomaterials fields
A black-footed ferret named Elizabeth Ann
has made history as the first endangered species to be cloned in the United States. She was created using the DNA of Willa, another ferret who died in 1998. According to Ben Novak, lead scientist on the project, Elizabeth Ann will bring “an eighth gene pool” into the existing endangered population, “a huge paradigm shift” in endangered species work.
Technologies like artificial intelligence and hydrogen continue to transform the global energy system
Toyota and Lyft are making hydrogen-powered sedans
available to Lyft drivers in Vancouver, BC to showcase the benefits of hydrogen-powered cars. Cars fueled with green hydrogen are zero emissions and take significantly less time to refuel than electric vehicles. BC has four hydrogen fueling stations, including three located in Vancouver.
Shell, Baker Hughes, C3 AI, and Microsoft announced the Open AI Energy Initiative
this week, creating an open framework for energy operators, energy providers, and other stakeholders to build and offer AI-based energy solutions.
The Government of Australia and Facebook reached a deal on Tuesday regarding Australia’s proposed media legislation—the legislation has since passed
The Government of Australia and Facebook reached a deal
on Tuesday regarding new amendments to the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code. These events followed a temporary news ban
whereby Facebook blocked all news content on its platform in Australia.
The legislation, which has since passed, will require online platforms to reach compensation deals with local Australian news outlets. It is being hailed as a possible model for other countries to follow, and as one commentator noted, has proven that regulation can work. Canada and Australia have since announced
that they will coordinate regulatory efforts going forward to ensure platform revenues are shared equally with creators and the media. - Mairead Matthews