Note to Self

A Beginner's Guide to International Tech Etiquette

June 21, 201625 min
You might personally aspire to leave work at the workplace, but in some parts of Europe there is actual legislation built around a worker's "right to disconnect." And in Korea, Wi-Fi is so strong and available that people watch hours-long live broadcasts of other people eating. This week we're taking you overseas to learn how people in other countries commune with tech. Consider this podcast your RTW ticket for the world's tiniest, pocket-sized airplane. Eleanor Beardsley, Elise Hu, Gregory Warner — if these names get you excited, you might be a nerd. They're NPR international correspondents who live and report in France, Korea and East Africa. We asked them to share some of their insider knowledge about how tech functions differently in the lives of people abroad. For example, mukbong in Korea. See for yourself:   In the name of discovery, we hope this week's episode inspires you to do some personal reflection. Does your culture influence how you use technology? Also, look outside of yourself. Here's a reading list to get you started: France: France bans Wi-Fi in nurseries (Feb., 2015) French employers agree to ban company email after work hours (April, 2014) More email-after-work bans (May, 2016) French parents try to explain terror attacks to their kids (Nov., 2015) France tries to tax smartphones (May, 2013) French people don't love cat videos as much as Americans (Nov., 2014)  Korea: Korean teens are addicted to the internet (May, 2015) The first Korean tech rehab (Nov., 2007) Korean tech rehab today (Jan., 2016)  Koreans have an insatiable appetite for watching strangers binge eat (March, 2015) East Africa: Ethiopia's Internet (Feb. 2016)  Kenya's taxi economy (June, 2015)  The Kenya-based company, Toto Health (May, 2016)   Kenya's digital currency, M-Pesa (May, 2014)  Subscribe to Note to Self on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, I Heart Radio, Pocket Casts or anywhere else using our RSS feed.

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