Month: June 2021

Newsletter June 2021

Read the full newsletter here. By Marcel Metze During the first half of 2021 we realised a record number of 17 publications, many of which drew widespread attention. I ask your special attention to the ones resulting from our international collaborations with Le Monde (FR), Knack (BE), VRT (BE), Die Zeit (DE) and The BMJ …

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How Microsoft wants to profit from ‘Big Brother’ software

The COVID-19 crisis gave a huge boost to remote working. Microsoft is profiting handsomely from this development. The use of the company’s software provides Microsoft with enormous amounts of data and opens the door to productivity measurements that leave little room for privacy on the work floor. By Pieter Beens, Sofyan El Bouchtili and Machteld …

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Oligarchs to pay Putin’s COVID-19 bill after his suspension of tax treaty with the Netherlands

Two prominent oligarchs have become victims of Russia’s termination of the tax treaty with the Netherlands, according to research by The Investigative Desk. The journalistic collective investigated the Dutch activities of the 25 largest privately-owned Russian companies. Three of these companies – owned by two oligarchs – appear to use the Netherlands as a transit …

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Covid 19: How harm reduction advocates and the tobacco industry capitalised on the pandemic to promote nicotine

Scientific papers suggesting that smokers are less likely to fall ill with covid-19 are being discredited as links to the tobacco industry are revealed. By Ties Keyzer and Stéphane Horel In the early days of the pandemic, media outlets around the world reported that smokers seemed to be under-represented among patients seriously ill with covid-19 …

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