SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM

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In June we met to investigate “surveillance capitalism” i.e. How do big companies make money off our data?

Data collection and analysis is not new. It has long been practiced by banks, insurers, finance, and many other industries. But with the advent of increasingly complex networked tools and......

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VERIZON FIOS & THE LABOR PERSPECTIVE ON MUNICIPAL BROADBAND

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For our March meeting we heard from Bob Master, the District 1 Political Director of the Communication Workers of America (CWA)—the union representing Verizon FiOS technicians, and the largest union to endorse Bernie Sanders in 2016. He’s also a co-founder of the NY Working Families Party and a......

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From Net Neutrality to Public Internet

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In January 2018 “Net Neutrality” was on everyone’s minds. Our goal for this meeting was to shift our thinking about net neutrality away from liberal tech regulation and toward the conflict between public and private ownership of the internet infrastructure.

Readings

  1. Backbone Bullies. An......

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SOCIALISTS ON DAMORE

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This meeting was centered on a group discussion about the many issues surrounding the case of James Damore, the Google engineer who was fired after internally publishing an anti-diversity memo. We did not discuss the ideas put forth in the memo or Damore himself, per se – that’s......

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WORKER DEMANDS IN THE TECH INDUSTRY

LABOR AND LABOR ORGANIZING IN THE TECH INDUSTRY

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In July of 2017 we held a meeting to begin thinking about what constitutes labor in the tech industry, who “tech workers” are, and how we might think about organizing these workers.

Readings

  1. Trump’s Tech Opposition. Tech employees who increasingly see themselves as workers......

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