We give welfare to corporations with seeming glee and abandon, but that’s only when the Public actually knows about it. Most companies and governments go to lengths to hide the deals they make for “economic development” from public information requests.
This seems like fraud to the staff at NobodyisFlyingthePlane.
We can’t escape the corporate grip on our government until we force government to be transparent in the deals they make.
Democracy dies in darkness
Do Taxpayers Know They Are Handing Out Billions to Corporations? https://nyti.ms/2HnuN8H
Corporate data abuse is being tempered by new European laws. Lobbying in the US prevented similar privacy protections.
Internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T and companies that use their connections, like Facebook and Google, lobbied members of Congress. Congress passed a law this year, signed by President Trump, that not only repealed the protections but also prohibited the F.C.C. from ever again imposing such safeguards. The same coalition of corporate interests succeeded in discouraging California from passing a state privacy law similar to the 2016 F.C.C. requirements.Can Europe Lead on Privacy?
The United States government has a lot of explaining to do. Why is it that American internet companies such as Facebook and Google are required to provide privacy protections when doing business with European consumers but are free to not provide such protections for Americans? Why is it that Americans’ best privacy hope is the secondary effect of interconnected networks rather than privacy protections designed for Americans? Why shouldn’t Americans also be given meaningful tools to protect their privacy?
Techmology ain’t your friend. We need more vigilance over what our lovely new tech toys are doing to us.
There must be better ways to design the tools we need and use. Perhaps the Center for Humane Technology has some ideas.
Silicon Valley is reckoning with having had a bad philosophical operating system. People in tech will say, “You told me, when I asked you what you wanted, that you wanted to go to the gym. That’s what you said. But then I handed you a box of doughnuts and you went for the doughnuts, so that must be what you really wanted.” The Facebook folks, that’s literally what they think. We offer people this other stuff, but then they always go for the outrage, or the autoplaying video, and that must be people’s most true preference.
I think the [traffic] metrics have created this whole illusion that what people are doing is what people want, when it’s really just what works in the moment, in that situation.
It’s past time to hold Big Pharma accountable for the opioid addiction crisis. The staff here is pleased to see cities and states taking the lead.
The profits companies have made from these drugs needs to be plowed into mitigating the effects and helping people end their addictions.
This is a model we should consider for other corporate evils. How about suing the coal fired energy producers?
With Overdoses on Rise, Cities and Counties Look for Someone to Blame https://nyti.ms/2oXEKAJ
It’s harder to change the culture of harassment at corporations than they would have you believe. The story of Ford and their employees’ treatment of fellow female workers in the last twenty years is despicable. This is where culture change really needs to happen.
Women who work under these conditions who are told they are disloyal for speaking up have been failed by numerable organizations, not least of which: their unions.
The culture change we need is more than just fair treatment of women or even anyone other than white men. We need a culture change which says people are more important than profits. We have to embrace the belief that our citizens are our most important asset not our profit making entities. Along side this change will come an acceptance that marginalized groups like women and minorities cannot be mistreated in the name of capitalism.
much less attention has been focused on the plight of blue-collar workers, like those on Ford’s factory floors. After the #MeToo movement opened a global floodgate of accounts of mistreatment, a former Chicago worker proposed a new campaign: “#WhatAboutUs.”
How Tough Is It to Change a Culture of Harassment? Ask Women at Ford https://nyti.ms/2oMtVRY
Ted Chiang makes an impressive case for AI being an example of runaway capitalism which is the greater threat to humanity.
when Silicon Valley tries to imagine superintelligence, what it comes up with is no-holds-barred capitalism.
we are already surrounded by machines that demonstrate a complete lack of insight, we just call them corporations.
There’s a saying,popularized by Fredric Jameson, that it’s easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism.
Tech culture is just corporate culture which had a shiny gloss for a minute. The media is pivoting from puff pieces and the real deal will now be shown.
It feels ugly and rotten. Facebook, the greatest startup success story of this era, isn’t a merry band of hackers building cutesy tools that allow you to digitally Poke your friends. It’s a powerful and potentially sinister collector of personal data, a propaganda partner to government censors, and an enabler of discriminatory advertising.
In 2008, it was Wall Street bankers. In 2017, tech workers are the world’s villain. “It’s the exact same story of too many people with too much money. That breeds arrogance, bad behavior, and jealousy, and society just loves to take it down,”