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5 not-to-miss articles from November

Every month we present 5 articles that caught our attention for their relevance, originality and/or depth of insight. Gender equality and inclusive writing, managerial strategies… Here is our selection for November. Happy reading!

“Hackers Are Targeting Your Mobile Phone. Here Are 15 Ways to Slow Them Down”
by Luke Bencie, Camille Mouliard et Maxime Proud (HBR)
Your smartphone is a choice target for hackers looking to profit from your personal, professional, and financial information. How can you protect yourself? 3 experts in tech security offer 15 tips ranging from common sense to more original ideas.


“A Nobel laureate explains why we get the bad economic policies we deserve »
by Eshe Nelson (Quartz)
In this Quartz interview on his latest book, Jean Tirole (2014’s Nobel Prize Winner in Economics), explains that as long as the public has difficulty understanding economic mechanisms, government and corporate decision-makers will not feel very inclined to implement more effective policies.


“The Role of Language in the Gender Gap »
by Selin Kesebir (Knowledge Insead)
In the midst of the French debate on inclusive writing, the London Business School’s Selin Kesebir explains how words really do play a key role in gender inequalities. His research demonstrates in particular how the use of generic masculine words alters our perceptions of jobs and in this way reinforces gender stereotypes.


“To Grow Talent Don’t Move Fast and Breaking Things — Move Slow and Build Them”
by Alida Miranda-Wolff (Medium)
Many companies seek to replicate the innovative, agile cultures of tech companies, whose ethos are embodied by Facebook’s motto « Move fast and break things. » But what if tech companies are wrong? What if the drive to push forward as hard and fast as possible is actually counterproductive when it comes to talent management? This article explains why you should encourage your teams « to move slow and build things, » NOT « move fast and break things. »


“Internet est mort, vive le Trinet?”
by Annabelle Laurent (Usbek et Rica)
Over the last 4 years, it might not seem like much has changed on the Internet, with activity maintaining a steady growth, but in fact the underlying power dynamics have undergone a fundamental shift, with Google and Facebook now directly influencing 70% of internet traffic. The web is no longer a peer-to-peer space with infrastructural diversity: it’s now controlled almost exclusively by the GAFA.

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