Big Tech’s broad surveillance push violates privacy at best, and perpetuates racist over-policing at worst. It’s exactly the wrong choice for tenuous, tumultuous times.

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By Joe Berkowitz

About a year before Jeff Bezos flew to space, he got called on the carpet. Amazon had just responded to George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police with a $10 million donation, when observers began pointing out Amazon’s flagrant hypocrisy. After all, the company had spent years selling its inherently biased facial recognition software directly to police, who could be using that software to track activists in a burgeoning protest movement Amazon ostensibly supported. …

The executive director of Tulsa Remote asks (and answers): “What is the remote worker owed? And, to what extent, if at all, are remote workers different from their office-bound counterparts?”

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By Ben Stewart

Overnight, remote work became the norm in 2020. In a rush to recreate our economy, America set aside certain lingering questions about the role of remote work in our permanent economy, and more pointedly, the role and rights of its workers. What is the remote worker owed? And, to what extent, if at all, are remote workers different from their office-bound counterparts?

As the executive director of Tulsa Remote, an organization that offers remote workers $10,000 to move to Tulsa, Oklahoma, these questions informed our identity long before the pandemic. As the world verges on a new…

The entrepreneurs, who all have experienced the problems they’re trying to solve, are teaming up with behavioral science nonprofit Ideas42 and Wells Fargo to create the tools that could have helped them

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By Talib Visram

When LaToria Pierce was born, her mother was just 18 years old. She was 16 when Pierce’s older sister was born. Throughout her childhood, Pierce saw how her mother struggled financially, as she balanced work with childcare, living “a day at a time” on each paycheck. “Young, single mothers,” Pierce says, “have always had to find some way to navigate, and strategize, to survive.”

As a result of her experience, Pierce has sought throughout her career to build ways to ease people’s financial burdens, including helping to develop an income security fintech tool when she worked for…

Young workers don’t care about workplace perks. This is what they want instead.

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By Elizabeth Segran

For years, companies have spent money on fun workplace perks in order to attract young talent. Google offers free gourmet meals and massages. Nike employees have access to gyms, yoga studios, and lunchtime sports leagues. Facebook has a video game arcade, barber, and dry cleaning on its campus.

But a new study finds that these snazzy office benefits aren’t what young workers really want. Instead, workers younger than 35 place more value on respect. The research suggests that companies should invest more in training managers to communicate respectfully and nurture employee well-being, rather than kitting out offices…

Being an ally when your hand is forced isn’t true allyship, here’s what is

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By Bärí A. Williams

In the last year a lot of white people finally woke up to the vast inequities that people of color have lived with for generations. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are a must-have, not a nice-to-have, for every company and employee, and so true allyship has become essential. But it’s clear now that many of the pledges for reform were just performative allyship.

There is a stark difference between performative allyship and real allyship.

When It’s Only For Optics

Performative allyship is performing a broad gesture that is symbolic in nature, but does nothing to actually improve the status of marginalized employees…

As the pandemic continues, tech employees have new expectations for where they work. Here’s how tech companies from Apple and Google to Slack and GoPro are responding.

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By Mark Sullivan

After big tech companies like Facebook and Google spent billions on cool office spaces and perks designed to keep workers at the office, those workers were suddenly able to do their jobs closer to home life and family during the pandemic. Office work was no longer the default, and many employees liked that.

Now, with the country reopening, tech companies are increasingly announcing their back-to-office plans. …

Even if you include the emissions from the battery and charging it with dirty energy, an EV has a smaller footprint than a gas-powered car

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By Adele Peters

In the past, some studies claimed that electric vehicles (EVs) weren’t actually better for the environment: The energy used to make the battery plus the emissions from making electricity could make the total footprint worse than a gas-powered car. Or so the argument went. A detailed new report shows that isn’t true. No matter where an EV is used, even if it charges on an electric grid that uses coal power, it has a smaller carbon footprint than a fossil fuel-powered car.

One factor is that it’s less polluting to make batteries than previously thought. “Earlier studies…

Want total email privacy? Don’t click on any weird-looking links.

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By Jared Newman

Earlier this week, DuckDuckGo branched out from its private browser and search engine with a new service called Email Protection.

The service, which is currently invite-only, gives users a unique email address that forwards messages to their real inbox. Along the way, DuckDuckGo strips out invasive trackers from the email, preventing senders from knowing whether you opened their messages. It also shows a note at the top of the email, letting you know it identified trackers and removed them.

DuckDuckGo is one of several companies that’s turning to email as a new privacy frontier. With the…

During the pandemic, addiction treatment moved online. Now, a rush of new companies are trying to figure out how to make the process stick.

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By Ruth Reader

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a stunning report that showed drug overdose deaths shot up 30% in 2020. While the pandemic has led to increased distress among Americans, it’s also opened the door for innovation in certain aspects of mental healthcare, especially around addiction. Rehabilitation programs — ranging from 12-step programs to medication-assisted therapy — all went online. Now, a cadre of startups are thinking about how they can leverage the boom in telehealth to deliver better addiction care.

Historically, in-person substance abuse treatment has been a jumble of 12-step programs, religious…

The app that’s marketed as a tool for making communities safer has led to harassment — and at least one innocent person getting picked up by cops


By Granate Kim

Policing and police violence are at the forefront of public conversation. Some in the tech industry think they can help transform policing with apps, but the results have so far been disastrous, especially with the Citizen app. In essence, Citizen encourages people to take the law into their own hands. It was once called Vigilante. Yes, Vigilante. And its backers didn’t give up when it was booted from Apple’s App Store for encouraging anyone who uses it to take often dangerous matters into their own hands (in other words, vigilantism). They just changed its name to Citizen.

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