Have you been brobilized?


Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

Caroline O’Donovan takes a look at the phenomenon of tech companies using their customer base as lobbyists, and coins the genius term “brobilizing.” There’s also a great tumblr that’s been capturing some of the ongoing efforts of tech companies to mobilize their users.

Reputation, reputation, reputation

How gig economy apps create a digital security divide for their contractors and direct employees.

Is your bank using biometric behavior tracking to authenticate your online activity? Creepily, this entire article was populated by ads for my bank, for me…

Organizing Theory

Long, but super-interesting read about a talk given to folks from the Tech Workers Collective about the anarchist unions in Spain in the 1920s & 30s—and what worker organizers of today can learn from them.

From Partners

From the Roosevelt Institute, a new report on rebuilding worker voice for the 21st century.

What’s Going on in the Workforce

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that New York City Council voted to cap the total number of ride-sharing cars in the city.

An interesting data visualization
that shows how to figure out which jobs are most similar to jobs that will likely be automated, for retraining purposes.

Will AI-powered robots start picking your vegetables?

This worker is living in her car, after being injured in an Amazon warehouse.

“They all packed up and dipped.”

Geeking Out

“They all packed up and dipped.” If you haven’t seen the video of a wildcat construction strike in Indianapolis, check it out. #nsfw on language, so put your headphones on first.

What’s Going on in the Workforce

A week in the life of a smoothie maker in NYC.

If you’ve been to a Dodgers game this summer, have you eaten food cooked by a robot?

Uber ended their self-driving truck development program last week, to focus on cars.

Increased automation in factories will likely lead to a rise in human trafficking.

SumofUs is working to get out the news about Amazon delivery drivers, who are fighting to get the company to pay workers’ comp when they are injured.

Organizing Theory

The ACLU is using some of the money they’ve raised since the 2016 election to build a suite of privacy-first activist digital tools.

Reputation, reputation, reputation

Friend o’ the blog Ben Werdmüller points out that our tendency to embrace monopolistic spaces on the internet makes surveillance easier.

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

The UK’s Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce looks at how it might be possible for automation to increase jobs.

The Poor People’s Campaign in Kentucky has faced incredible challenges from their governor.

Check out this interview with one of the founders of Molenbike, a worker-owned bike delivery system.

Rob Ford just cancelled Ontario’s basic income program, only part of the way through, leaving low-income people who were counting on it scrambling to achieve their goals.