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Umberto Bacchi


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Past articles by Umberto:

As lockdown fuels domestic abuse, social media users fight back

As coronavirus curbs trap victims under the same roof as abusers, the United Nations has called domestic violence a 'shadow pandemic', and the issue has led to a flurry of online campaigns by charities, celebrities and ordinary social media users. → Read More

Amid coronavirus, God goes online to reach worshippers

As coronavirus closes churches, synagogues and mosques worldwide, religious leaders are taking faith online to ensure God's word gets to the millions marooned by the pandemic. → Read More

UPDATE 1-Dating apps share intimate data about users, says consumer group

(Adds comment from Grindr) By Umberto Bacchi TBILISI, Jan 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Popular dating apps like Grindr and OkCupid share personal data about users, including their location and sexuality, with about 100 other businesses, a Norwegian consumer group said on Tuesday, as it filed a complaint about breach of privacy rules. The Norwegian Consumer Council found that 10 widely used… → Read More

'Living laboratory': New Dubai city pushes for green revolution in the desert

Comprising low-lying villas that are home to thousands, the city aims to be a → Read More

Lack of rules leaves experts puzzled about data ownership after death

LONDON - From photos to personal posts and private messages, social media users leave a long digital trail behind them. But who owns that data when they die? → Read More

Space invaders: celestial billboards spark debate about who owns the sky

LONDON, Jan. 31, 2019 – (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Some day soon, stargazers searching for answers in the night sky might see the logo of a soft drink company blazing past the Milky Way, or a promotional message from a fast food restaurant. That at least that is the hope of StartRocket, a Russian start-up aiming to put billboards in space. The firm plans to turn hundreds of tiny satellites… → Read More

Africa: Factbox

From hackers exposing private information online to the handling of users' data by internet giants, online privacy has become a matter of growing concern for countries, companies and people alike. → Read More

'No place to hide': Twitter contacts give your preferences away, study finds

LONDON, Jan 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bad news for anyone coming off social media in the hope it will preserve their privacy. It won’t. Research published on Monday showed social media platforms such as Twitter can be used to glean information about the preferences of former users by monitoring as few as eight of their one-time contacts. “You alone don’t control your privacy on social… → Read More

U.N. reaches 'remarkable' but vague 'milestone' in anti-slavery fight

Migrants are considered particularly vulnerable to exploitation as they often incur high debts to fund their journeys → Read More

Legalizing prostitution lowers violence and disease, report says

LONDON, Dec 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sex workers in countries where selling or buying sex is illegal are more likely to face violence, not use condoms and contract HIV, researchers said on Tuesday, calling for prostitution to be decriminalized. → Read More

Britain behind in anti-slavery fight due to lack of victim support

Lack of adequate support for victims and uncertainty over their immigration rights are hampering efforts to prosecute and convict traffickers, according to legal experts → Read More

Cheap or kind? Europeans say they want clothes with a conscience

LONDON, Nov 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shoppers in western Europe care how clothes are made and want to be kind to workers and the environment when they update their wardrobe, according to a survey released on Wednesday that shows public pressure on fashion to clean up its act. Yet, the shoppers faced no questions about the cost of their conscience, with manufacturers caught in a tug of… → Read More

Cheap or kind? Europeans say they want clothes with a conscience

Companies are facing growing scrutiny to clean up their supply chains as campaigners estimate some 25 mln people are trapped in forced labour worldwide → Read More

Africa: Number of Hungry Children in Africa's Sahel Hits 10-Year High

An estimated 6 million people did not have enough to eat across the region during the lean season, says the U.N. food agency → Read More

Most big companies failing U.N. human rights test, ranking shows

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Most big companies operating in sectors at high risk of labor abuses are failing to meet human rights standards set by the United Nations, according to an analysis of 100 major companies published on Monday. → Read More

Traffickers use drugs to coerce British addicts into crime

Traffickers systematically target homeless people and those with mental health issues, or a history of drug or alcohol abuse → Read More

With books and jewels, drag queens teach children tolerance

Thirty cross-dressing male performers are touring British schools as part of Drag Queen Story Time, telling stories that spread a message of self-acceptance to promote diversity in early education. → Read More

Companies falter in global drive to end modern slavery: index

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The global drive to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking is faltering as businesses worldwide are failing to increase efforts to clean up their operations, leaving millions of workers at risk of exploitation, analysts said on Wednesday. → Read More

World sinks to 10-year happiness low

It said the global mood was at its gloomiest since the first such survey in 2006. → Read More

Big cities vow to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leaders of some of the world's biggest cities vowed on Thursday to make all buildings carbon neutral by 2050, ensuring they make no contribution to climate change. → Read More