The Null Device
The risks of globalisation
A Californian hospital recently found itself blackmailed by a third-world data-entry worker threatening to post patient records on the internet
unless she was paid. The UCSF Medical Center did not know that the clerical work had been exported to Pakistan, as the records went through a chain of three subcontractors (each probably being the lowest bidder, chosen hourly, where a fraction of a cent can mean bankrupcy). Looks like someone along the line needs to tighten up their paramilitary death squads, err, industrial-relations practices.
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