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Hannah J. Dawson

Hannah J. Dawson

Post-doctoral fellow at the Society, Work and Politics Institute (SWOP) , University of the Witwatersrand
I am an anthropologist with research interests in youth marginality and unemployment, inequality, the future of work, and new forms of social welfare in the Global South. I received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2019, and am currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Society, Work & Politics Institute (SWOP) at the University of the Witwatersrand. I am working on a manuscript provisionally entitled “The productivity of unemployment: emerging forms of work and life in urban South Africa” which explores young people's everyday experiences of unemployment in South Africa, and the ways in which unemployment is actively shaping the form and texture of economic life, gender and family relations, and political expectations and demands in contemporary South Africa.

Digital labour platforms subject global South workers to 'algorithmic insecurity'

Jul 18, 2022 07:03 am UTC| Economy

Digital labour platforms are rapidly transforming the world of work. Many governments in the global south have welcomed platforms that bring businesses, workers and consumers together, creating opportunities to reduce...

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: a seductive idea requiring critical engagement

Jun 09, 2022 08:48 am UTC| Insights & Views

Narrative frames are fundamental to unifying ideologies. They frame what is possible and impossible, which ideas can be accepted and which must be rejected. In her book, Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics, storyteller...

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Economy

McDonald's Adjusts Royalty Fees for New US, Canada Franchises After 30 Years

McDonalds announced an increase in royalty fees for new franchises in the US and Canada. The move aligns with global standards and follows the companys revenue challenges and recent price reductions. Starting from...

India's MHA Develops CIAT to Combat Rising Cryptocurrency-Related Crimes

Indias Ministry of Home Affairs initiated the Cryptocurrency Intelligence and Analysis Tool (CIAT) project to mitigate cryptocurrency-related crimes by offering advanced monitoring, data collection, and alert mechanisms to...

EPRS Report Urges Harmonized Crypto Regulation for Global Market Stability

The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) report emphasizes the need for harmonized regulations across major jurisdictions for the cryptocurrency market. Highlighting U.S. regulatory fragmentation, it underscores...

Why delaying the ban on petrol and diesel cars won't slow UK's shift to electric vehicles

The UK has delayed its ban on the sale of new cars which burn petrol or diesel in internal combustion engines (ICE) from 2030 to 2035. In some ways, this is no surprise: the original plan was to ban them from 2040, a...

Politics

Sunak should be wary of backtracking on net zero – what history tells us about flip-flopping on the environment

Rishi Sunak has delivered a speech in which he announced delays to key net zero targets, including postponing the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars until 2035. It is a remarkable event given that the UK...

The fraught history of India and the Khalistan movement

The Indian government has warned its citizens living in Canada to exercise extreme caution due to a deteriorating security environment in the country. The warning came after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau...

City watchdog finds no evidence for recent political 'debanking' – but private banks have been picky for centuries

After a row over the closure of his bank account earlier this year, former politician Nigel Farage has hit out at the UK financial regulator for saying it has found no recent evidence of customers being de-banked over...

Nagorno-Karabakh: longest war in post-Soviet space flares yet again as Russia distracted in Ukraine

A 24-hour anti-terrorist operation launched by Azerbaijan to restore the countrys constitutional order threatened briefly to escalate into a full-scale war with Armenia over the contested territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. But...

Racism and democracy: why claims of ‘division by race’ in the NZ election and Voice referendum need challenging

Its a coincidence that New Zealand elects a new parliament on October 14, the same day Australians decide whether (at the request of Indigenous people) they will entrench in the constitution an Aboriginal and Torres...

Science

A Nasa spacecraft is on course to deliver material from an asteroid to Earth – here's what we could learn

Around 15 years ago, I was on a European Space Agency (Esa) committee, looking at Esas strategy for proposed forthcoming space missions. Under consideration was a mission to an asteroid. Over dinner, one of the committee...

Five golden rules for effective science communication – perspectives from a documentary maker

Over the past three years, people from all walks of life have learned a great deal about different branches of science. The COVID-19 pandemic introduced many of us to information about virology and vaccine production....

Discovering the universe from our own backyards

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Our planet is burning in unexpected ways - here’s how we can protect people and nature

People have been using fire for millennia. It is a vital part of many ecosystems and cultures. Yet human activities in the current era, sometimes called the Anthropocene, are reshaping patterns of fire across the...

Jamais vu: the science behind eerie opposite of déjà vu

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Technology

McAfee Unveils AI-Driven Tool to Battle Rising Sophistication of Cyber Scams

McAfee Corp unveils its AI-based McAfee Scam Protection, a response to the surge in AI-aided cyber scams, aiming to detect and block deceptive cyber threats proactively. Phishing scams, which continue to be the top...

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YouTube revealed a range of cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI)-powered features aimed at assisting creators in producing videos and expanding their audience reach. As companies incorporate generative AI technology...

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In future, we'll see fewer generic AI chatbots like ChatGPT and more specialised ones that are tailored to our needs

AI technology is developing rapidly. ChatGPT has become the fastest-growing online service in history. Google and Microsoft are integrating generative AI into their products. And world leaders are excitedly embracing AI as...

The joke's on us – how big tech is replicating our laughter online

Human laughter as we know it likely developed between ten and 16 million years ago. For context, the stone tools our distant human ancestors made in the Early Stone Age date back around 2.6 million years. These are vast...
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