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Chinese labor movement aided by technology

 by John Moe // Posted: 06/17/10 11:15 AM

The New York Times has a really interesting article about factory workers and labor unrest in China. Workers are often poor, migrant workers with little education but they have cell phones and know how to use them. They’re organizing walkouts by text message trees, uploading video of plant security guards roughing up workers on to websites that are actually controlled by the government.  They’re also getting word out about what they’re doing to sympathetic labor groups around China. It’s all made possible by a concerted effort on the part of the Chinese government to get the nation more wired and lower the cost of cell phone ownership. Once you have robust and ubiquitous communications technology, good luck trying to remain a closed society.

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09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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