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Tech disrupts economies and changes the nature of work.

Access to technology shapes our opportunities. Mobility has disrupted economies and changed the nature of work. Minutes and data become their own form of currency. The lines between work and life blur.

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Labor protests at FoxConn smartphone manufacturing plants

Image of female chinese workers on the FoxConn assembly line.
Image of female chinese workers on the FoxConn assembly line.

FoxConn workers iPhone manufacturing facilities in Zhengzhou held walkouts on three separate days to protest working...

Rise of the gig economy

Members rally during a California Gig Workers Union demonstration on October 12, 2022, in San Francisco. They are holding protest signs about labor protections for gig work.
Members rally during a California Gig Workers Union demonstration on October 12, 2022, in San Francisco. They are holding protest signs about labor protections for gig work.

Mobile apps enabled temporary, flexible jobs. The entire process, from finding a job, accepting it, completing it, to...

M-Pesa enables mobile payment economy in Kenya

Customers make money transfers at an M-Pesa stall in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2011.
Customers make money transfers at an M-Pesa stall in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2011.

M-Pesa is a virtual banking system that uses a SIM card to provide transaction services. The system allows users to...

Infinite scroll invented

Mock up of Shakespeare infinite scrolling on an iPhone. The fabric of the text extends beyond the screen in a pile of fabric.
Mock up of Shakespeare infinite scrolling on an iPhone. The fabric of the text extends beyond the screen in a pile of fabric.

Infinite scroll is a design technique used where content continuously loads as the user scrolls down the page or screen....

– Eli Pariser, Brooklyn, NY

Describe a moment when you realized you couldn't live without your mobile phone.

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Photo of a hand holding the 2021 yearbook, which is a collection of the community’s work over 12 weeks.

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