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The world is changing and we’re here to help you understand how and why — the latest from lowandhigh.xyz.

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In April when the internet was plastered with “nature is healing” memes, it 
actually seemed believable — at least somewhat. The buzz of airplanes 
departing disappeared, gas-guzzling automobiles were parked in driveways 
and roads appeared deserted.

We survived this pandemic, but we're headed towards an environmental one

In April when the internet was plastered with “nature is healing” memes, it actually seemed believable — at least somewhat. The buzz of airplanes departing disappeared, gas-guzzling automobiles were parked in driveways and roads appeared deserted.

As slowly as the virus began to creep into new spaces, our travel habits 
and plans became disrupted — millions of flights cancelled, empty hotels, 
deserted trains and once-bustling cities like Prague, Dubai and Milan sat 
silent. And while we’re still nowhere near from when, if ever, travel 
recovers, it creates the opportunity to explore how our travel habits might 
change.

We don't vacation where we live

As slowly as the virus began to creep into new spaces, our travel habits and plans became disrupted — millions of flights cancelled, empty hotels, deserted trains and once-bustling cities like Prague, Dubai and Milan sat silent. And while we’re still nowhere near from when, if ever, travel recovers, it creates the opportunity to explore how our travel habits might change.

The big decrease in ridership on transit systems across North America and Europe could have devastating effects

A fear of public transit is devastating cities

Early in March as the COVID-19 virus started slowly spreading in North American and European cities, companies including Manulife, Google, Unilever and others send their employees home by the thousands. But as the work-from-home movement took off, buses and subways ran empty. The top health official

Within days of the W.H.O. alerting the world about COVID, it had already 
begun spreading across the globe. The authorities were quick to lock down 
Wuhan, China, where the virus originated, banning all travel in and out and 
cancelling New Year’s celebrations. But by Feb. 1 the virus had already 
spread to dozens of other countries, as far as Australia, the U.S. and 
Spain.

What we got wrong

Within days of the W.H.O. alerting the world about COVID, it had already begun spreading across the globe. The authorities were quick to lock down Wuhan, China, where the virus originated, banning all travel in and out and cancelling New Year’s celebrations. But by Feb. 1 the virus had already spread to dozens of other countries, as far as Australia, the U.S. and Spain.

There’s been a slow and widespread movement brewing in office towers within  the better part of the past decade — the Girlboss, a corporate feminism  term for a take-shit-from-nobody woman. A moment like this has been long  coming, fuelled by a corporate world dominated by white males making  high-powered decisions — a rallying cry for women to seize this power.

When the 'Girlboss' leaves

There’s been a slow and widespread movement brewing in office towers within the better part of the past decade — the Girlboss, a corporate feminism term for a take-shit-from-nobody woman. A moment like this has been long coming, fuelled by a corporate world dominated by white males making high-powered decisions — a rallying cry for women to seize this power.

These cities are taking the call to defund the police

The plea to “defund the police” has become a rallying cry in the growing call for police reform in the wake of growing awareness of racial inequalities within police forces. This movement was thrust into the spotlight with the death of George Floyd, a Black Houston-native. The death was ruled a homi

Amid EU antitrust investigation, Apple does exact thing it's being investigated for

An increasing collection of companies are being scrutinized over the large amount of power they hold, including Amazon, Facebook and Google. Now the European Commission is investigating whether Apple has violated EU competition rules, following complaints from Spotify, Rakuten and others over the

The end of peak-period transit

When the coronavirus began to spread in March, transit demand took a big hit. And while demand will eventually normalise, companies like Facebook, Twitter and Shopify are pivoting to remote-first workplaces — meaning that the demand from peak hour for transit could become more dispersed throughout t

Trump announces a possible war on free speech — with the entire internet

Under a little-known U.S. law, companies are mostly exempt from being held responsible for the content posted on their platforms. But now Trump is threatening to revoke “the most important law protecting internet speech” law after Twitter put a warning label on his tweets. And it all has to do wit

In a historic settlement, Facebook has agreed to pay US$52 million to  current and former content moderators for the mental health issues they  developed on the job — which often stick with them when they leave. But  while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has spoken about how more AI is the  solution, it’s clear that Facebook isn’t moving fast enough to make this  happen.

AI won't eliminate Facebook's content moderators. But it could make their jobs easier.

In a historic settlement, Facebook has agreed to pay US$52 million to current and former content moderators for the mental health issues they developed on the job — which often stick with them when they leave. But while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has spoken about how more AI is the solution, it’s clear that Facebook isn’t moving fast enough to make this happen.

Previously we wrote about how Helsinki had no pedestrian deaths as a result  of traffic accidents, but in other cities, the number of fatalities are  increasing. And while Vision Zero, a holistic approach Sweden pioneered in  the 90s to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths, has helped, more needs  to be done in both Europe and North America.

What cities are safest for pedestrians?

Previously we wrote about how Helsinki had no pedestrian deaths as a result of traffic accidents, but in other cities, the number of fatalities are increasing. And while Vision Zero, a holistic approach Sweden pioneered in the 90s to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths, has helped, more needs to be done in both Europe and North America.

Where did the mall go wrong?

To many, shopping malls are a relic from the past. Located generally in middle-class suburban neighbourhoods, these once-bustling centres are now in steep decline, both in North America and around the world. The idea behind the mall was to build a communal space where people can eat, shop and gather

The choice in delivery apps is getting slimmer as foodora announces its  Canadian operations will cease on May 11, while still owing CA$4.71 million  to 1,264 restaurants in cities including Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver,  Edmonton and Ottawa.

foodora Canada is halting operations, despite owing CA$4.71m to partners

The choice in delivery apps is getting slimmer as foodora announces its Canadian operations will cease on May 11, while still owing CA$4.71 million to 1,264 restaurants in cities including Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa.

‘You’ returns to Netflix with a disturbingly gripping new season

Despite an independent storyline in the premiere season, You has managed to successfully retain its riveting suspense throughout the newest season — with Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) continuing his pursuit of convincing himself and the world that he’s a good person. The 10-episode second season i

Quibi doesn't know what it wants to be

Having been around for less than a month, Quibi launched as a mobile-only app promising dozens of shows and new episodes each day, backed by US$1.1 billion in content spending. The whole premise of the service is that it provides short episodes — Quibi is a portmanteau of “quick bites” — that can

Over 80 public companies have claimed a combined US$357 million from the  Paycheck Protection Program — a fund created to help small businesses  during the COVID crisis, which don’t usually have less liquidity and  reserves to pull from.

Over 80 public companies with $1.5b in combined cash receive funds meant for small businesses

Over 80 public companies have claimed a combined US$357 million from the Paycheck Protection Program — a fund created to help small businesses during the COVID crisis, which don’t usually have less liquidity and reserves to pull from.