LFI Course Materials 4/Week ten

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Week 8: The Global Power of Big Tech Companies



April Glaser readings

How Amazon automatically tracks and fires warehouse workers for ‘productivity’ When the real threat is worker surveillance, not the robot apocalypse The inequalities of workplace surveillance Coronavirus is a labor crisis, and a general strike may be next Workplace monitoring and surveillance (optional long read)

Should you buy an Amazon Ring doorbell? https://www.aclu.org/blog/privacy-technology/surveillance-technologies/should-you-buy-ring-doorbell-camera Amazon Ring's police partnerships https://www.mic.com/p/amazon-rings-police-partnerships-the-focus-of-open-letter-from-36-civil-rights-groups-19197774 Amazon's Ring planned neighborhood watchlists based on facial recognition: https://theintercept.com/2019/11/26/amazon-ring-home-security-facial-recognition/ Ring's hidden data let us map Amazon's sprawling home surveillance network: https://gizmodo.com/ring-s-hidden-data-let-us-map-amazons-sprawling-home-su-1840312279 Leaked pics from Amazon Ring show potential new surveillance features https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/04/ring-cameras-may-someday-scan-license-plates-and-faces-leak-shows/

Guest lecturer

Rob Larson, author of Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley