“Anything that becomes digital can eventually get exploited.”

Original Content
Do you like the stuff that gets posted in this section? Wish there was more of it? Guess what—you can help make that happen!
And on that note—Douglas Williams had a new post, last week, about the need to be very specific, when making campaign demands.
What’s Going on in the Workforce?
“Anything that becomes digital can eventually get exploited.” Transcript of an interesting talk by Trebor Schulz about the alienating effects of digital labor.
Chinese factory owners are investing in automation…and not really talking about what that will mean for the workers whose jobs are displaced.
As someone who is plagued by “rolling” veins, this automation fills me with hope. On the other hand, I’m worried about my phlebotomist friends’ future employability.
Geeking Out
I know, you’ve often thought “the government needs hacking.” Surprisingly, the ROI of hacking your government can be three times what you put into it.
I guess if the government can’t figure out a way to track police violence, the rest of us are going to have to do it. Here are two efforts at doing just that.
I’m taking my kids to Japan this summer. What are the odds I can convince them to stay in a robot-only hotel?
Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability
Redditors have declared May 1st to be a day of action in support of Universal Basic Income.  We’ll be doing a google hangout that day, to talk about it—especially this article in Vox about how a GOP presidential candidate seems to support it!  Ping me, if you want info about the Hangout.
Organizing Theory
The US electorate is going to get less white, between 2012 and 2016 (and even after that!). How are campaigns changing their targeting tactics?
Is it possible to reform government through breaking down the units of participation into smaller chunks? Tim O’Reilly has some interesting thoughts about that. I think we’d all support fewer 3,000 page bills…
From Partners
Have you thought about running a hackathon to solve a community problem through code, but are not sure how to do it? Greenpeace has some helpful tips.

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