“Meet The Immigrants Who Took On
Amazon” – Wired. This article traces a burgeoning movement of
workers at an Amazon fulfillment center in Minneapolis-St. Paul comprised
largely of Somali immigrants to win some concessions from management. The
article also traces Amazon’s view on unionizing (not surprisingly, it’s not
favorable) and its employment practices. Whether the efforts of Amazon workers
at this warehouse spread to other facilities remains to be seen.
“Child Abusers Run Rampant as Tech
Companies Look the Other Way” – The New York Times. A horrific
expose on how poorly technology platforms are doing in identifying and taking
down child pornography. A number of the tech companies claim security and
privacy are the reasons they do not scan the pictures and videos uploaded to
their networks, law enforcement officials and other stakeholders decry a lack
of will. Worse still, tech companies are not sharing technology to identify
this illegal material or are not sharing proprietary methods. Moreover,
end-to-end encryption is only complicating matters.
“Yes, Robots Are Stealing Your Job”
– The New York Times. Candidate for the Democratic nomination for
president, Andrew Yang, shares his views on automation and why many current and
future jobs may soon not be available for humans. He discusses his proposal on
how to help those displaced by the coming wave of automation, including a
universal basic income.
“How Facebook’s ‘Switcheroo’ plan
concealed scheme to kill popular apps” – ComputerWeekly.com. An
investigative journalist got his hands on thousands of pages of documents
showing Facebook’s methods of dealing with competitors and potential rivals,
which a former app developer is alleging in a California state court violates
antitrust laws. In addition to the outlets reporting on these documents, the
cache of internal Facebook communications have been provided to the House
Judiciary Committee for its investigation into digital markets.