The Cost of Convenience

“South Korea’s Coupang promised to make e-commerce lightning fast. A Covid-19 outbreak at one of its warehouses shows that its workers paid the price.”

Author: Max Kim
Source: Rest of World
Published: Nov 17, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,560 words)

Travel Influencers, Meet Authoritarian Regimes

“The influencer industry has grown to be cozy with some unsavory governments, but its clout might not be as effective as it once was.”

Source: Rest of World
Published: Oct 19, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,834 words)

Returning the Gaze

“Uighurs in exile are fighting back against China’s techno-authoritarianism to locate their relatives who have been disappeared.”

Source: Rest of World
Published: Oct 6, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,749 words)

For Domestic Workers, Apps Provide Solace — But Not Justice

Apps can and do help abused migrants find one another and escape abusive situations, but they ‘cannot fix structural inequalities, missing institutional capacity or a lack of human intent.'”

Source: Rest of World
Published: Aug 4, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,998 words)

Tune In, Drop Out

In South Korea, the cultural and familial pressure to conform is massive, and for many, crushing. Meet the individualist loners, the honjok, who are carving out a new way — and changing the Korean economy.

Author: Ann Babe
Source: Rest of World
Published: Jul 14, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,350 words)

Eyes in the Sky

The annual Magh Mela pilgrimage and festival draws 250 million Hindu pilgrims to the spot in northern India where the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati Rivers meet. How do you keep a crowd that big safe? Logistics, AI, and lots and lots of cameras. How do you balance safety, surveillance, and privacy? That’s less clear.

Author: Monica Jha
Source: Rest of World
Published: Jun 23, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,680 words)