What’s Going on in the Workforce
“Alexa, what is ‘child labor’?” “It’s what we’re using to build Echo devices, customer!”
“There is value to resistance that doesn’t challenge the status quo,” Great look by Sam Adler-Bell at the tactics that Amazon warehouse workers use to overcome and undermine the company’s culture in order to save their own bodies and minds.
New York’s Taxi & Limousine Commission just extended its cap on ride-share vehicles for another year.
Survivors Know is launching a new training program for people who want to fight sexual violence at work systemically, rather than one bad actor at a time.
Congrats to Trebor & others in the platform coop movement, who have recently launched the Institute for Cooperative Digital Economy.
Reputation, reputation, reputation
You might think you can code your way out of surveillance, but you probably can’t.
Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability
If you haven’t read the NY Times 1619 Project yet, let me be just one more voice prompting you to do so.
The city of El Monte, CA just passed a law that requires ride-share drivers be paid a minimum of $30 per hour.
“We have only to look to IBM’s role working with the Nazis during the Holocaust to understand the role that technology can play in automating mass atrocity.” Googlers are petitioning the company not to bid for a new contract with the CBP, and to stop contracting with ICE until they end human rights abuses inside the agency. Whole Foods workers are issuing a similar demandto Amazon (which now owns WF).
“Anticipating where the real protest will happen feels just like hoping you’re one of the people cool enough to be told about the afterparty. You keep one eye on the cool kids, in this case the fully masked protesters. As long as they are still around, we know we haven’t missed out on anything.” A fascinating street-level view of what’s actually happening, inside Hong Kong democracy protests.
Are you making a thing that is designed to help improve the world (or to Decrease World Suck?). The Vlogbrothers (aka YA novelist John Green & his brother Hank) want to help you fund it.