OneDegree News Brief … October 19, 2017

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Facebook set to unveil plan to guard against fake news during Canadian election campaign

Facebook is set to unveil a made-in-Canada measure to guard the 2019 vote from the scourge of fake news and misinformation online — while south of the border the social media heavyweight details how foreign players may have used the platform to spread discord in the 2016 presidential election.

The new tool, billed as the “Canadian Election Integrity Initiative,” is a response to a warning from the country’s top cybersecurity agency in June that multiple hacker groups would “almost certainly” attempt to influence the next federal election.

According to a news release, Facebook Canada’s initiative will “help make its platform a safer and more secure environment for genuine civic engagement.”

 

Tentative Deal Reached Following Month-Long CAMI Strike

After four weeks on the picket lines, it appears Unifor employees have struck a deal with GM.
INGERSOLL, Ontario | The union negotiators Uniforms and those of General Motors have reached an agreement in principle Friday, putting an end to the strike by employees of CAMI automotive company in Ingersoll, Ontario. Terms were not disclosed.

“The Master Bargaining Committee, along with our Unifor National Representatives, is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been achieved”, Unifor Local 88 said on its website. The union had wanted GM to designate the plant as the main Equinox producer.

In a statement released by Unifor, details of the agreement will not be released until Saturday morning after they’ve been finalized.

“These members have shown incredible courage and strength by standing up for good jobs and a secure future for their families and their community”, Unifor National President Jerry Dias said in a statement. The company can make the same vehicle at two plants in Mexico, drawing the disputed North American Free Trade Agreement into the labor dispute.

 

The technology revolution is transforming the travel industry

Last year, three quarters of consumers booked their holidays online rather than by visiting a high street travel agent. A fifth of holidaymakers booked on their phones.

While this may not come as a huge surprise given how digital and mobile-centric the world has become, the demand for technology in the travel sector has no intention of slowing down. In fact, almost half (48%) of UK travellers now want to see increased use of interactive tech like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to help them interact with destinations before they arrive. 21% want to see artificial intelligence (AI) to provide them with more personalised holiday suggestions and intuitive support.

 

Stop Putting So Much Stock in Streaks

The September 2017 jobs report, which was released in early October, contained a bit of shocking news: The U.S. economy, for the first time in nearly seven years, shed payroll jobs. Collectively, employers cut 33,000 positions, thus bringing to an end an extraordinary streak. For the previous 83 months, the U.S. economy had added payroll positions, the longest such run in the recorded history of payroll jobs, which dates back to 1939.

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