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Find the summaries of the articles studied in the course.
Get to know more about ICT, Labour and Inequality.
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A bit about myself
I am Eva and I am from France. In this part, I want to explain the reasons behind my choices concerning the additional articles. By the way, I hope that you can read my comments on them and express yourself concerning their relevance or not. Thank you!
I chose two broad topics for my articles because I find interesting to look at several facets of the same problem. Thus, the articles are linked with each other within the same topic and their different points of views help to trigger critical thinking. However, my comments reflect my way of thinking linked to everything that I have read, experienced, heard so far. As a consequence, you might disagree and feel free to express it. Besides, I did not want to discuss every point that the articles discussed but rather only a few of them that make me think about new things to explore and share it with you.
Firstly, I wanted to include articles dealing with gender inequality. Indeed, even though everyone is aware of this kind of inequality, I wanted to stress it out here as well, and explain my personal view about it in the comments attached to them. As a woman rose in the Western world, I never felt diminished because of my gender. I still feel that I can do whatever I want even though there are indeed differences between men and women. You have to keep in mind that differences are not negative, yet the contrary. It is not a synonym of inequality. What I want to express here is that even if I do not feel any less than a man, there are in reality inequalities between genders. Even in the Westen world. That is why I wanted to show with the article talking about Sweden. It is not an old article but yet Swedish needed to take measures to favorize wage equity. Moreover, I also want to add that as a woman, you do not need to always feel persecuted. You need to think about all the determinants that set wages (education, experience, skills, etc.) before claiming that the salary difference only comes because of the gender difference.
Secondly, I wanted to talk about ICT and its impact on wage inequality. There are a lot of threats around it such as that robots will take humans' job and I wanted to see a broad picture of the pros and cons regarding this claim. Moreover, I wanted to see which extend ICT could help with wage inequality. Indeed, it is impossible and even a bad idea to stop technology advances, but maybe what can be a good idea is to use these advances to counter inequalities in the labour market. Nonetheless, it is not because we do not wish to stop technological progress that we should not try to regulate it. Ethical issues, for instance, can come with the implementation of some technologies and therefore policies need to regulate it.