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The College Board attempts to tackle inequality in admissions; the Philippines and Canada are in a spat over trash.


Can an “adversity score” tackle inequality in college admissions?


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  • Students applying to college will now receive an “adversity score” from the College Board to measure their social and economic background. [WSJ / Douglas Belkin]
  • The College Board, a nonprofit that oversees the SATs, will calculate a score out of 100 using 15 factors, including neighborhood crime rates and family education levels. The idea is that the higher the number, the more disadvantages the student experienced. [CBS News / Brian Pascus]
  • The score is part of a larger rating system, the “environmental context dashboard.” Students won’t see their score, only colleges. [Washington Post / Nick Anderson and Susan Svrluga]
  • The “adversity score” tackles the question of fairness in the college application process — a debate that reignited after a federal investigation revealed a nationwide scheme to get the children of wealthy parents into elite schools via bribery and other methods. [NYT / Anemona Hartocollis]
  • The adversity score does not address race, which is notable since colleges’ affirmative action policies have recently been challenged in court. Still, college admissions experts say it will inevitably lead to increased racial diversity on campus because of the correlation between ethnic background and average household income, which is reflected in test scores. [BuzzFeed News / Ellie Hall]
  • An evaluation of a student’s background has never been done in such a systematic way, and experts are hoping this will finally make the admissions process more holistic. [Atlantic / Natalie Escobar]

The Philippines wants Canada to take back its trash

  • Canada and the Philippines are in a diplomatic spat after Canada failed to collect trash it sent to Manila six years ago. [Reuters]
  • The dispute dates back to 2013, when the Canadian business Chronic Inc. sent more than 100 shipping containers worth of plastic to be recycled in the Philippines. Further inspection, however, revealed that the containers were mostly filled with household waste — a claim that Chronic’s owner denied in 2014. [CNN / Paula Newton and Sandi Sidhu]
  • Canada has tried to address the issue by tightening its laws so that global shipments of hazardous waste are more regulated. However, it’s yet to take back the trash — part of which has been disposed of in landfills and part stored at the Manila port — and failed to meet a May 15 deadline to collect the waste. [BBC]
  • The Philippines has taken a strong stance in the conflict by recalling its envoys in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not apologize for missing the deadline but said he hopes to work closely with the Philippines to solve the problem. [Globe and Mail / Steven Chase and Jeff Lewis]
  • Waste isn’t just a problem for the Philippines. Ever since China, the world’s largest importer of waste, announced it would no longer accept trash, garbage has been piling up in Southeast Asia. [NYT / Jason Gutierrez]
  • The Philippines situation mirrors a larger global trend: Small nations are pushing back against being the dumping ground for wealthier countries. [Washington Post / Amanda Coletta]

Miscellaneous

  • Taiwan made history today by voting to legalize same-sex marriage. It’s the first place in Asia to do so. [BBC]
  • This chef has a new approach to eliminating environmentally destructive invasive species: eat them. [Vice / Meredith Heil]
  • Are you an expert at crafting the perfect Instagram feed? The queen may want to hire you as her social media manager. [CNN / Amy Woodyatt]
  • Google is tackling the global language barrier by translating your speech into a different language — and retaining your voice in the translated audio. [Futurism / Kristin Houser]
  • From sparkly vampire to brooding superhero: Robert Pattinson is reportedly in talks to play Batman in an upcoming film. [Variety / Justin Kroll]

Verbatim

“This is about finding young people who do a great deal with what they’ve been given. It helps colleges see students who may not have scored as high, but when you look at the environment that they have emerged from, it is amazing.” [David Coleman, chief executive of the College Board, on the new “adversity score”]


Watch this: What we get wrong about affirmative action

The latest allegation that Harvard discriminates against Asians could kill affirmative action altogether. [YouTube / Alvin Chang and Ranjani Chakraborty]


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DoorDash finally released more details about its new tipping policy

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A month after food delivery app DoorDash said it would change its controversial tipping policy, the company released more details about the planned changes — but there are still a lot of unanswered questions.

In a company blog post on Thursday, DoorDash CEO Tony Xu gave a timeline and more details about when and how the company will change its pay model to stop effectively pocketing workers’ tips.

The announcement comes a few days after Recode first reported that the company had continued to pocket drivers’ tips despite promising drivers nearly a month ago that it would share more details on changes “in the coming days.”

In the post Thursday, Xu defended DoorDash’s original tipping policy — saying that in many cases the company boosted drivers’ pay when customers gave little or no tip. But the CEO also acknowledged that DoorDash’s model had “the unintended effect of making some customers feel like their tips didn’t matter.”

Many drivers have voiced outrage over the tipping policy, which is still in place for most workers.

“They’re still stealing tips,” DoorDash delivery person Dawnielle Turner recently told Recode. “I don’t think [the company] understands how many people rely on this as a primary source of income.”

As part of its new pay model, DoorDash said it will increase minimum base pay (from $1 to $2) and will offer more performance-based bonus options to its drivers.

There are still unanswered questions about what DoorDash’s pay policy changes will mean for workers. DoorDash did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Here’s what we don’t know yet:

  • How exactly the pay model will change. The company says that its new pay model will result in higher average earnings for drivers, and that it will use a third party to verify that. That’s a good first step toward greater pay transparency, according to Sage Wilson, an organizer for labor advocacy group Working Washington.

But DoorDash still won’t give its drivers a breakdown with a tip amount for how much they will make for each delivery when they first accept an offer. Only once a job is done will drivers see how much they’ve been tipped. That means that drivers have to trust that the company isn’t factoring in a customer’s tip when it quotes them on base pay. To help clear this up, drivers have called for the company to disclose exactly how much it pays workers for distance travelled and time spent making deliveries. Competing delivery apps like Postmates and UberEats do this already, according to Wilson.

  • The date when these changes will become effective. The company said it will roll out the pay changes to all drivers next month, and it already starting to test the new model — but there’s still no exact date when it will be official. Considering the company has been slow to make changes at the same time that it has closed major acquisition deals and a new round of funding, workers have expressed frustration over the company’s opaque timelines when it comes to worker pay.
  • If it will provide back pay to its drivers. Many drivers have argued that they’re owed for the tips that DoorDash might have directed toward base pay in the past. When Instacart made similar changes to its tipping policy earlier this year, it retroactively compensated workers.

Overall, DoorDash’s announcement represents a win for drivers, labor advocates, and customers who have continued to pressure the company to change its pay practices. But it’s too early to say for sure if these changes will end up universally helping drivers.

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Digital Trends Live – 7.10.19 – Nintendo Switch Lite Confirmed + India May Ban Cryptocurrencies

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25 Users Showed How Different Instagram Is From Reality, and It Can Make You Way More Confident

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According to the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), Instagram is the most harmful social media for psychological health. Every day, we are disappointed when we start comparing our lives to the photos online without even thinking about how these perfect pictures were created. Fortunately, there are users who are ready to reveal what their lives look like without photoshop and filters.

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Some people look like aliens in their photos.

It should be prohibited to tag people in photos.

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Do you prefer to post real or idealized photos?

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