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Why Accenture, Genpact et al. may struggle to execute Facebook’s content-moderation contracts

Lawsuits in the West are pushing more content-moderation jobs into countries like India, where norms are lax. A cocktail of murder, threats, rape, child abuse, suicide, and hate speech means that these jobs leave the moderators scarred. Facebook will stipulate that its BPOs screen potential content-moderation employees for emotional resilience. But companies may struggle to meet these terms.

Jobs

Why Accenture, Genpact et al. may struggle to execute Facebook’s content-moderation contracts

Lawsuits in the West are pushing more content-moderation jobs into countries like India, where norms are lax. A cocktail of murder, threats, rape, child abuse, suicide, and hate speech means that these jobs leave the moderators scarred. Facebook will stipulate that its BPOs screen potential content-moderation employees for emotional resilience. But companies may struggle to meet these terms.

Space

Message from Planet Labs’ eye in the sky: India is a medieval knight in the age of modern warfare

Satellite pictures of the Galwan valley region shared by US-based Planet Labs exposed China backtracking on the agreement with India to disengage. While the images did help India foster its case in shaping global opinion, it also exposes the country’s unpreparedness in advanced technologies. The episode underlines the urgent need to nurture companies in satellite imaging and space technology.

Ed-tech

When Bansal sir goes the Byju’s way to steer past the pandemic. Up next: hybrid teaching model

Online classes for courses, including review tests, assignments and doubt-solving sessions are being conducted. Challenges like poor connectivity and lack of physical interaction do exist. However, pre-recorded lectures are helping students prepare better. Going forward, institutes feel that a hybrid model, comprising online and offline teaching, would help enhance the learning experience.

Cybersecurity

Under the dragon’s thumb: Chinese heft in VPNs and India’s vulnerability in a quantum-computing era

India, a booming hub of user data, is among the most exposed in the world to cyberattacks. While it ranks second in VPN usage globally, more than half of free VPN apps available over the Internet in the country have Chinese links. Given India’s volatile relation with its neighbour, securing users’ data from Chinese clutches should be a top priority.

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