Silicon Valley

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Let’s follow California’s lead and regulate companies like Uber | Veena Dubal

The gig economy is terrible for workers. We must tackle the problem head-on This week, Californias governor, Gavin Newsom Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) into law. The bill codifies the misclassifying workers as independent contractors. If properly enforced, AB5 will have enormous called on this California bill to be the inspiration for regulations governing gig work […]

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Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look Want to freak yourself out? Im going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it. Google knows where […]

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Former Facebook executive: social media is ripping society apart

Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice-president of user growth, expressed regret for his part in building tools that destroy the social fabric of how society works A former Facebook executive has said he feels tremendous guilt over his work on tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works, joining a growing chorus of […]

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‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

The Google, Apple and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks who worry the race for human attention has created a world of perpetual distraction that could ultimately end in disaster Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptops operating system to […]

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Google reportedly fires author of anti-diversity memo

CEO Sundar Pichai says internal document that criticised efforts to promote women and under-represented minorities is contrary to our basic values Google reportedly fired a software engineer on Monday after a in a memo to employees. It is contrary to our basic values and our code of conduct. The firing of the memos author, who […]

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Tech has become another wayfor men to oppress women | Lizzie OShea

We act as if technology were neutral but its not. The challenge now is to remove the gender bias, says human rights lawyer and writer Lizzie OShea Most women in the Bay Area are soft and weak, cosseted and naive, despite their claims of worldliness, and generally full of shit, wrote former Facebook product manager […]

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Billionaires dream of immortality. The rest of us worry about healthcare | Jill Abramson

Trumps attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare leaves Baby Boomers approaching retirement with nervous jitters Last week, as the Senate was still trying to deny health care to 22 million fellow Americans, a friend asked me whether I would choose to live forever if I could. We were discussing Silicon Valley billionaires and their investments […]

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Now that Travis Kalanick has resigned, is it OK to use Uber?

Personally, I wouldnt. But the question is a much bigger one: how do we take responsibility for our role in the exploitive gig-economy? Q: Given all the terrible stories that have come out about Uber, should I erase the app from my phone, even though the CEO has resigned? Lets list the bad things. Uber, […]

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Homeless, assaulted, broke: drivers left behind as Uber promises change at the top

Uber has vowed a shakeup of its scandal-prone executive culture. But its drivers, often left destitute by car rentals and low pay, who are being shortchanged It was billed as one of the most important company-wide meetings in the history of Los Angeles. The 28-year-old rolled up his sleeping bag, put it in the trunk […]

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Uber’s scandals, blunders and PR disasters: the full list

The company has had a seemingly never-ending string of missteps, from its controversial CEO to questionable tactics and sexual harassment claims Uber has been rocked by a steady stream of scandals and negative publicity in recent years, including revelations of questionable spy programs, a high-stakes technology lawsuit, claims of sexual harassment and discrimination and embarrassing […]

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