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Drowning in ‘digital debt’? AI assistants can help – but we must use them carefully

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Friday, February 16, 2024

It refers to employees’ rights to refuse unreasonable after-hours contact from their employer.

Key Points: 
  • It refers to employees’ rights to refuse unreasonable after-hours contact from their employer.
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) assistants in the workplace are touted as a potential solution to this “availability creep”.

A crushing digital debt

  • It reveals that 57% of the average workday is spent on communications and 68% of respondents couldn’t find uninterrupted blocks of time to focus during the workday.
  • The origins of digital debt can be traced back to the “productivity paradox” from the late 20th century, where increasing technology investments had led to decreasing workplace productivity.
  • Left unattended, digital debt accrues “interest”, with damaging effects on both employee and employer.

AI assistants to the rescue?

  • But the capabilities of these AI assistants are fittingly at the intersection of digital debt, the deluge of data, and the right to disconnect.
  • In the broadest sense, generative AI (think ChatGPT) produces new and meaningful content in response to prompts from a human operator.
  • AI assistants generalise this capability for goal-oriented complex tasks.

A needy assistant that needs supervision

  • By learning from past data and not through lived experiences, it lacks factual knowledge of the world.
  • Therefore, the human using the AI must “peer review” all of the assistant’s output to avoid potential errors and misrepresentations.
  • In most workplaces where we are expected to “do more with less”, such needy AI assistants would create an additional layer of work.

The looming ethics problem

  • It is no secret AI also has an ethics problem, and this extends to AI assistants.
  • There are efforts to regulate AI based on the risks it poses, but the challenge is that the risk itself is dynamic.
  • For example, menial office tasks could go horribly wrong if politically sensitive, tone deaf or workplace-inappropriate content is produced and circulated by an AI.


Daswin de Silva does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

MAISON SOLUTIONS INVESTOR DEADLINE APPROACHING: Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Securities Litigation Partner James (Josh) Wilson Encourages Investors Who Suffered Losses Exceeding $25,000 In Maison Solutions To Contact Him Directly To Discuss Their Options

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities law firm, is investigating potential claims against Maison Solutions Inc. (“Maison Solutions” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: MSS) and reminds investors of the March 4, 2024 deadline to seek the role of lead plaintiff in a federal securities class action that has been filed against the Company.

Key Points: 
  • Faruqi & Faruqi is a leading minority and Woman-owned national securities law firm with offices in New York, Pennsylvania, California and Georgia.
  • In the IPO, the Company sold 2,500,000 shares of Class A common stock at a price of $4.00 per share.
  • On this news, Maison Solutions' stock price fell $12.71 per share, or 83.6%, to close at $2.50 per share on December 15, 2023, thereby injuring investors.
  • Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP also encourages anyone with information regarding Maison Solutions’ conduct to contact the firm, including whistleblowers, former employees, shareholders and others.

Vade Releases 2023 Phishers' Favorites Report

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Vade, a global leader in threat detection and response with more than 1.4 billion mailboxes protected, today announced its annual Phishers' Favorites report for 2023. Phishers' Favorites Year-in-Review is a ranking of the top 20 most impersonated brands in phishing. Headlining this year's report, Facebook was the most impersonated brand after a 74% year-over-year (YoY) increase in unique phishing websites, more than double the runner up on this year's list, Microsoft. This marks a record number of phishing websites for the social media company and the third consecutive year it claimed the top spot.

Key Points: 
  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Vade , a global leader in threat detection and response with more than 1.4 billion mailboxes protected, today announced its annual Phishers' Favorites report for 2023.
  • Phishers' Favorites 2023 Year-in-Review, which can be read in full here , analyzes full-year phishing data captured by Vade's technology.
  • For this report, Vade analyzed 197,000 phishing pages linked from unique phishing emails between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023.
  • Additional key findings from the Phishers' Favorites 2023 report include:
    Hackers are abusing legitimate services to bypass detection by email security solutions.

South Africa has spent billions in 4 years to create jobs for young people: how their wages affect the broader economy

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

By December 2023 it had directly created 1.8 million jobs and livelihood opportunities.

Key Points: 
  • By December 2023 it had directly created 1.8 million jobs and livelihood opportunities.
  • These have been mostly temporary jobs in public employment programmes such as school education assistants.
  • South Africa has an exceptionally high unemployment rate (32% or 41%, depending on the definition), particularly concentrated among the youth.
  • We found that the programme likely does support broader economic activity, and these effects partly persist after the end of the programme.

The study

  • Participants are employed in full-time positions and are paid the monthly national minimum wage, which is approximately R4,000 (US$209).
  • Since it was launched in December 2020 it has employed over 850,000 young people, becoming the largest youth employment programme in South Africa’s history.
  • In our study, we focused on phases 2 and 3 of the programme, from November 2021 to August 2022.
  • This was unsurprising as these necessities already took up a large part of participants’ budget before the programme.
  • Another reason the 15% increase is probably an underestimate is because we can only see each individual’s shopping, and not the rest of their household.

Income effects

  • What can we then say about who receives income from this increased expenditure?
  • With these caveats in mind, the implied direct effect of the programme on the retailer’s sales is about R8 million (US$417,500) per month.
  • Directly, this likely increased the wage bill for workers at the retailer by about R1 million (US$52,188) per month.

What next

  • But the money does not get “thrown away” – one person’s spending is another person’s income.
  • When evaluating the costs and benefits of the programme, and similar programmes such as social grants, these “extra” economic benefits need to be part of the calculation.
  • This independent academic research was commissioned by the South African Presidency.
  • He has previously done academic research and policy advisory work for the South African Presidency and National Treasury.

QazTrade Invites UAE Companies: Explore Export Opportunities of Kazakhstan Goods and Services at Trade Mission in Dubai

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Dubai, United Arab Emirates--(Newsfile Corp. - February 15, 2024) - QazTrade are pleased to announce the forthcoming Kazakhstan Trade Mission in Dubai, taking place from February 27th to 29th, 2024.

Key Points: 
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates--(Newsfile Corp. - February 15, 2024) - QazTrade are pleased to announce the forthcoming Kazakhstan Trade Mission in Dubai, taking place from February 27th to 29th, 2024.
  • Organized by the Ministry of Trade and Integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan and supported by QazTrade, this event promises a unique platform for businesses to explore new businesses emerging from Kazakhstan's diverse range of products and services.
  • Trade and Economic Mission: On February 28th at 9:30, an exclusive session at the National Pavilion of Kazakhstan «EXPO Dubai-2020» will provide unparalleled insights between Kazakhstan and the UAE.
  • Business Networking: Participants can engage in high-level discussions and negotiations with Kazakhstani entrepreneurs eager to explore collaborations and partnerships, enhancing business prospects.

The government wants to criminalise doxing. It may not work to stamp out bad behaviour online

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

This week, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced the government was seeking to strengthen laws to combat doxing.

Key Points: 
  • This week, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced the government was seeking to strengthen laws to combat doxing.
  • Its ongoing review into Australian privacy law will now be expanded to include doxing, as will other laws covering hate crime and hate speech.
  • Doxing (sometimes doxxing) is shorthand for “document drop” and is the act of publishing identifying material about someone publicly, without their consent.

What are other countries doing?

  • Dutch conspiracy theorist Huig Plug was arrested earlier this month under the new legislation for allegedly doxing a member of the public prosecutor’s staff.
  • California has a special part of its law around so-called “indirect cyber harassment”, which is defined essentially as doxing.
  • So, if Australian law follows this pattern, it could be difficult for plaintiffs to prove that being doxed has caused them genuine harm.

Not a new problem

  • One of the most famous global events was the Ashley Madison data breach in 2015, which resulted in job losses and suicides.
  • I wrote at the time the law wouldn’t help victims that much, partly because it was practically impossible to police.
  • While the current discussion into changes in the law around doxing are happening, it’s worth revisiting some of these issues.

How can we police the internet?

  • The first thing to note is that it’s really hard to police what happens on the internet.
  • There’s a mess of different laws around the world, and no real way to use them if you’re in a different country.
  • This means if someone in The Netherlands doxes you in Australia, you can’t sue them under their laws, because you aren’t a citizen there.
  • You also can’t do anything under Australia’s laws, because the perpetrator is not a citizen here.


Jennifer Beckett receives funding from the Australian Research Council, through the Discovery grants scheme for work on online hostility in Australia.

The Jewish creatives’ WhatsApp leak was more whistleblowing than doxing. Here’s why

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Debate around doxing is raging in Australia after the leak of a WhatsApp chat group called “Jewish Australian creatives and academics”.

Key Points: 
  • Debate around doxing is raging in Australia after the leak of a WhatsApp chat group called “Jewish Australian creatives and academics”.
  • While the group was formed as a supportive space, some of its conversations focused on challenging media critiques of Israel.

Personal information

  • According to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus, doxing is the “malicious release” of someone’s personal information without their consent.
  • The first question here is one of personal information.
  • Was any personal information actually leaked?
  • Those who released the information say they scrubbed any details that could be used to track people down, such as phone numbers and email addresses.

Malicious intent

  • This leads to the second question, which is one of intent.
  • The government claims the leak was done with malicious intent, and this claim has been backed by the opposition and organisations such as the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.
  • Yet the malicious intent is also up for debate.
  • But it is debatable whether the anti-facist campaign was malicious or not.
  • This made the Charlottesville leak political, rather than personally malicious.


Simon Copland has signed a statement of solidarity with Palestine from academics in Australian universities.

Doxing or in the public interest? Free speech, ‘cancelling’ and the ethics of the Jewish creatives’ WhatsApp group leak

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Not all of members knew they had been added to the group at first, and many didn’t participate in the conversations that resulted in the leak.

Key Points: 
  • Not all of members knew they had been added to the group at first, and many didn’t participate in the conversations that resulted in the leak.
  • Last week, a transcript from the group chat was leaked and uploaded onto social media by pro-Palestinians, including the writer Clementine Ford.
  • The leak gives rise to a complex tangle of contemporary ethical issues, including concerns with privacy, doxing, free speech and “cancelling”.


Read more:
Israel-Hamas war: What is Zionism? A history of the political movement that created Israel as we know it

Privacy and public interest

  • The WhatsApp group was a private one, where group members would have had a reasonable expectation that their conversation would not be made public.
  • Violating people’s privacy (especially through leaking information onto the forever-searchable internet) is always a moral cost.
  • But sometimes that cost must be paid, particularly if the exposure is in the public interest.
  • It could be argued that revealing the WhatsApp group’s activities was in the public interest.

The ethics of doxing

  • It is usually done without the person’s consent, and aims to expose or punish them in some way.
  • A statement from those behind the release asserted no links had been made to members’ addresses, phone numbers or emails, which were all deliberately redacted.
  • However, the release of people’s identities is still a form of doxing and a serious moral concern.
  • Read more:
    What is doxing, and how can you protect yourself?

What was the WhatsApp group doing?


The WhatsApp group conversations were wide-ranging, and some members made statements many might find offensive or upsetting. One part of the group’s activities involved organised letter-writing, including to the employers or publishers of writers or journalists they felt crossed the line into anti-Semitism.

  • Letters can be used to raise awareness of ethical concerns, to share information and ideas, and to persuade.
  • But letters can also do other things, and an innocuous practice can sometimes gradually progress into more fraught territory.
  • They can also try to get people to act in ways that are morally concerning — such as having someone sacked for their political views.

Should artists be protected?


Before the story broke in the media, but after extracts from the group chat began circulating on social media, the Australian Society of Authors Board published a letter noting its “growing concern” that artists and authors in Australia were facing repercussions for expressing their political positions publicly or in their work. The society stated its commitment to freedom of speech (within the limits set by law) and its opposition to attempts to silence or intimidate authors.

  • The society also opposed attempts to intimidate or silence people through hate speech, explicitly noting antisemitism, and anti-Palestinian and anti-Arab rhetoric.
  • Hate speech, racism and bigotry, and harmful disinformation or stereotyping, should be stopped, and speakers should face the consequences of their wrongdoing.
  • What we perceive as dangerous misinformation or harmful speech (like antisemitism or Islamophobia) will inevitably be coloured by our cultural, political and moral worldviews.
  • But it is precisely those who think differently who will disagree with us about what counts as harmful or wrongful speech.

Ethical worries

  • Punishing, undermining and silencing others on the basis of our political beliefs gives rise to two potential ethical worries (both arise with respect to the modern phenomenon of “cancel culture”).
  • Each side declares: “We are a support group nobly taking a stand against harmful bigotry and hate.
  • Now, I have reason to push back against you – to no longer tolerate your speech.
  • Tragically, some isolated individuals – not necessarily connected to the pro-Palestinians – felt justified in going further, even to threats of violence.


Hugh Breakey does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

What is doxing, and how can you protect yourself?

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

The government response comes after the public release of almost 600 names and private chat logs of a WhatsApp group of Australian Jewish creative artists discussing the Israel-Hamas war.

Key Points: 
  • The government response comes after the public release of almost 600 names and private chat logs of a WhatsApp group of Australian Jewish creative artists discussing the Israel-Hamas war.
  • While we wait for new penalties for doxers under the federal Privacy Act review, understanding doxing and its harms can help.

What is doxing?

  • This includes information that may put users at risk of harm, especially names, addresses, employment details, medical or financial records, and names of family members.
  • The Australian government currently defines doxing as the “malicious release” of people’s private information without their consent.
  • Doxing began as a form of unmasking anonymous users, trolls and those using hate speech while hiding behind a pseudonym.

Why is doxing harmful?

  • In the context of the Israel-Hamas war, doxing has affected both Jewish and pro-Palestinian communities and activists in Australia and abroad.
  • From a broader perspective, doxing also damages the digital ecology, reducing people’s ability to freely participate in public or even private debate through social media.
  • Studies have shown doxing particularly impacts women, including those using dating apps or experiencing family violence.

What can you do to protect yourself from doxing?

  • Some experts believe that the fear of punishment can help shape better online behaviours.
  • And you can also protect yourself without needing to entirely withdraw from social media:


never share a home or workplace address, phone number or location, including among a private online group or forum with trusted people
restrict your geo-location settings
avoid giving details of workplaces, roles or employment on public sites not related to your work
avoid adding friends or connections on social media services of people you do not know
if you suspect you risk being doxed due to a heated online argument, temporarily shut down or lock any public profiles
avoid becoming a target by pursuing haters when it reaches a certain point. Professional and courteous engagement can help avoid the anger of those who might disagree and try to harm you.

  • Employers who require their staff to have online profiles or engage with the public should provide information and strategies for doing so safely.
  • Read more:
    As use of digital platforms surges, we'll need stronger global efforts to protect human rights online


Rob Cover receives funding from the Australian Research Council.

Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP Reminds Investors of Looming Deadline in the Class Action Lawsuit Against Maison Solutions Inc. (MSS)

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Monday, February 12, 2024

You can also contact Charles H. Linehan, of GPM at 310-201-9150, Toll-Free at 888-773-9224, or via email at [email protected] to learn more about your rights.

Key Points: 
  • You can also contact Charles H. Linehan, of GPM at 310-201-9150, Toll-Free at 888-773-9224, or via email at [email protected] to learn more about your rights.
  • On December 15, 2023, Hindenburg Research published a report about Maison, alleging a number of “red flags” concerning potentially illegal activities.
  • To be a member of the class action you need not take any action at this time; you may retain counsel of your choice or take no action and remain an absent member of the class action.
  • Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP, Los Angeles