The failure of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger in April 2015 had many causes, but certainly the substantial amount of public attention to the issue of net neutrality over the past two years contributed to it. How exactly net neutrality rose from a somewhat obscure issue to one of mass attention stands as a compelling case study in new forms of digital communications — and the degree to which online actors may play a role in shaping public policy.Full Story»
One of the nation’s largest banks discriminates against black, Latino and Asian homebuyers by offering lesser qualified white borrowers higher loan amounts and using hidden racial criteria in one of its loan programs, according to a lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Manhattan. The suit also accuses the bank of steering homebuyers to certain neighborhoods based on their race or ethnicity.
Columnist Gael O’Brien examines an embarrassing customer misstep by financial software giant Intuit and suggests that corporate leaders should more closely question the “why” of major business decisions. “It is a powerful deterrent to mistakes,” she says, “and a key asset in keeping trust.”
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up one of the most important civil rights cases of the last decade when it considers the case of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project. The case concerns whether the Fair Housing Act, which sought to end the longstanding segregation of America’s neighborhoods, should be read to only bar intentional discrimination. For four decades, federal courts have held that the law should be interpreted more broadly.
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