Brands, celebrities jump on NFT bandwagon despite growing backlash
05 February 2022 | 12:04 pm
The hype around NFTs is reaching critical mass, with more and more companies and public figures joining the frenzy each day. In this edition of Tech 24, we explore why this might be the case, despite the technology itself being almost eight years old – the first NFT was created back in 2014. We also delve into the controversial world of play-to-earn gaming, which relies on NFTs. It promises money for playing, but does it deliver? Our Technology Editor Peter O'Brien has been finding out.
13 Sep 2020
American Airlines has created a new policy allowing staff members to wear Black Lives Matter pins while on duty. While many support the move, others consider it to be offensive.
15 Sep 2020
A French movie called "Mignonnes" ("Cuties") that arrived on Netflix this week has been met with controversy. Critics of the film say it sexualizes young women, while many argue that the initial marketing of the film didn't do it justice. In other news, big tech names have announced major changes to their platforms. The efforts by Google, Twitter and Facebook aim to avoid misinformation before the upcoming elections in the US.
15 Sep 2020
Disney's new remake of "Mulan" was tailored to appeal to audiences in China. It stars big-name Chinese-born actors like Jet Li, Gong Li and Donnie Yen, and the story itself is based on an old Chinese folk tale. And while the plot is set during the Han dynasty, today's geopolitical issues have added an unexpected bit of drama. The movie is mired in controversy for political reasons ranging from China's human rights record to its crackdown in Hong Kong.
22 Sep 2020
Donald Trump is setting up a “Patriotic Education Commission” to promote a "pro-American curriculum" in US schools–or a propagandist “Hitler Youth” programme, as some commentators see it. Elsewhere, women protesters in Belarus and an anonymous website targeting Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, are both employing a doxing strategy.
28 Sep 2020
Uncle Ben's rice has rebranded as Ben's Original. The brand announced the name and logo change in an effort to eliminate racist imagery. Following the Black Lives Matter movement, other brands have made similar changes. Meanwhile in France, new restrictive measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 have been met with a backlash. Demonstrations will be held in Marseille on Friday as protesters say "no to a reconfinement of the economy".
#ENDSARS: Protesters, Celebrities storm Lagos Deputy Governor's residence to demand an end to Police unit
10 Oct 2020
There are various units in the Nigeria Police Force, but none more maligned than the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). So scorned is the unit that Nigerian's are on the street calling for its eradication.
15 Oct 2020
Tanishq's advertisement film showed a Muslim family organizing a baby shower ceremony for their pregnant Hindu daughter-in-law. The brand was trolled and accused of promoting inter-faith marriages.
8 Nov 2020
Celebrities react on social media as Biden wins presidential race
14 Nov 2020
When Osama Abu El Hosna found himself amidst volleys of bullets shot in Vienna, he didn't hesitate to risk his life to safe others. Now, the 23-year-old fast food restaurant employee from Gaza, who has experienced discrimination in his new home of Austria, is being celebrated as the Muslim antipode to the terrorist who killed four people with a Klashnikov.
11 Nov 2020
President-elect Joe Biden says that Donald Trump's refusal to concede the US election is an "embarrassment" that will reflect poorly on his legacy.
3 Jan 2021
After keeping the coronavirus pandemic largely under control for almost a year, a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases among workers from neighboring Myanmar has ignited anti-migrant sentiment among some Thais.
7 Feb 2021
Popstar Rihanna asked, "why aren't we talking about this?" as she shared news of the Indian farmers' protests. The Indian Foreign Ministry says celebrities should not rush to judge without first understanding the facts.
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Former Somali leader Hassan Sheikh Mohamud won the presidency again on Sunday in a vote by parliamentarians behind blast walls in an airport hangar as a popular election remains impossible in the conflict-wracked nation.
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The Horn of Africa nation chooses its next president on Sunday amid tight security in the capital Mogadishu. The election is over a year behind schedule.
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This year, France is celebrating Portuguese culture with concerts, exhibitions and performances from the country's top artists. To mark the occasion, FRANCE 24's culture show Encore! takes you on a musical voyage to Lisbon. The Portuguese capital has a sound like no other European city, where a boom in music influenced by African beats is eroding social barriers and making waves internationally.
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Guardian Nigeria's Political Editor, Muyiwa Adeyemi speaks to GuardianTV on the leading candidates in a fierce battle to succeed Governor Kayode Fayemi in the 2022 Ekiti governorship election.
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Coal mining has long polluted the natural environment, with devastating consequences. But today, could it be a source of renewable energy? Down to Earth travels to the UK where disused, flooded coal mines are now reservoirs of geothermal energy.