Sep 06 2013
Daily News Flash with Rahul Mahajan on NSA’s Encryption Attacks, iPhone Factory Conditions, and Walmart Arrests
Uprising’s guest expert Rahul Mahajan, sitting in for Adele Stan, sociologist and news analyst and author of Full Spectrum Dominance: US Power in Iraq and Beyond, analyzes today’s news headlines:
New documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA has successfully broken encryption methods used by millions of people to keep their emails private. The latest revelation from Snowden is summarized in the Guardian newspaper, showing that the NSA and its British counterpart have invested billions of dollars in breaking encryption methods, often by brute force, and, more shockingly, have partnered with technology companies and internet service providers to do it. Click here to read the Guardian Newspaper article about the story.
As iPhone fanatics salivate at the prospect of owning a brand new model of their favorite smart phone, a new report by the group China Labor Watch based on a secret investigation has revealed that the iPhone 5C is being manufactured under harsh working conditions. Workers at the Jabil factory in China have to sign secrecy documents, are paid so little they have to work 100 hours of overtime a month to make average pay, and sometimes sleep 8 people to one dorm room. Women workers are forced to take pregnancy tests, and security is so tight that workers barely get breaks from long shifts. Click here to read a CNET article about the story.
Speaking of harsh working conditions, here in the US, Walmart workers, sick and tired of low pay and of retaliation for labor organizing, protested in 15 different cities around the country yesterday. It is being reported that dozens of people at the protests were arrested for various actions, including civil disobedience. Click here to read a Huffington Post article about the story.