Reputation, reputation, reputation
“Hiring is rarely a single decision, but rather a series of smaller, sequential decisions that culminate in a job offer—or a rejection.” Upturn takes a look a bias in hiring algorithms.
If Facebook’s tracking you all over the web (even when you’re not logged on to their site) isn’t creepy enough, don’t worry. Now they want to track your physical location, so they can predict where you’ll go next (the gym—>coffee shop isn’t just me?).
Microsoft President Brad Smith is calling for the tech industry to create a set of principles around the use and development of facial recognition software—and outlines what Microsoft itself is specifically committing to do.
Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability
Congrats to the NDWA (and in particular, friend-o-the-blog Palak Shah) on their launch of Alia, which allows clients of domestic workers to make contributions for paid time off and other portable benefits.
Here’s a cool data visualization of 206 of the 238 locations that put in bids for Amazon’s HQ2, thanks to Muckrock and journalists everywhere.
Surely no one could have seen this coming…Instacart won’t be delivering Whole Foods any more, starting in 2019.
Video game developers in the UK just formalized the world’s first game workers’ union.
h/t to Annette Bernhardt for sending me this story about a Danish union that has achieved collective bargaining rights for platform domestic workers—including protecting workers’ data.
Journalist Tony Abraham compiled this cool map of hospital strikes from the 1980s to now.
What’s Going on in the Workforce
Before the fatal crash involving self-driving cars earlier this year, self-driving Uber test cars were apparently involved in an accident approximately ever 15,000 miles. I can’t imagine how expensive my car insurance would be, if that were me.
Google aims to compete with Amazon with highly automated warehouses (like, one hundred robots for every human). They’ve already started, in China.
Why you gotta name your salad-prep robot with a woman’s name, anyway?
For the last link in the last newsletter of the year, have some robotic reindeer pulling a sleigh.