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. …
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…
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…
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…
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.
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. …
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.
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 duck.com 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.
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.
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.