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Consulting Adult: "Misogyny in the Valley"
“Successful” behaviors in corporate America were set by men, based upon how men use their brains and how they interact. Women do not readily fit into the corporate culture created by men, which values only the standards set by them. Alternate models of workplace skills are not yet understood and appreciated. Prevailing thought has always assumed that stereotypical male work behaviors are empirically proven to be winning behaviors.  
women  equality  inequality  technology  industry  approach  indie  indieroundup  4april15  culture 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Escaping the whirlpool: debating 'stagnovation' - The Long and Short Season 3
Andrew Keen: “the operating system of 21st century economic life isn’t the answer to solving the two fundamental problems of late industrial economics: inequality and joblessness. Indeed, what it’s creating is a new “precariat” class of “gig” workers, selling their labour on networks like Uber, Airbnb and Taskrabbit.”
inequality  equality  government  innovation  patents  economy  society  indie  indieroundup  4april15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Applause from the top for Martha Lane Fox's little reforms
“Lane Fox’s analysis is one that naturally leads to liberal reformism. In her view there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with the internet or more broadly in the social context in which it works. It’s just that things have got a little bit out of balance and a bit of funding and effort on the other side of the scales will soon even things out again. And yet this big tech vs. the state analysis is itself way off. The fundamental divide online, as with everywhere else, is between major institutions (whether commercial, state or charitable) and individuals.” By Adrian Short
individual  state  censorship  equality  women  access  internet  indie  indieroundup  4april15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
What the Sharing Economy Takes
“Sharing is a good thing, we learned in kindergarten, but that wisdom was soon called into question by the grown-up world of getting and spending. Now, New Age capitalism has spun out a wonderful invention: the “sharing economy,” which holds out the promise of using technology to connect disparate individuals in mutually profitable enterprise, or at least in warm feelings.” By Doug Henwood on The Nation
equality  sharing  economics  indie  indieroundup  20mar15  capitalism 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Series: The real sharing economy
“Sharing, real sharing, could allow humanity as a whole to produce, consume, and emit less while improving quality of life through greater social interactions, fairer wealth distribution, and stronger community relationships. But sharing needs to go far beyond profit-seeking smartphone apps for unregulated taxi services (Uber) and vacation rentals (Airbnb).” A new series about Sharing on Grist
sharing  equality  economics  money  distribution  indie  indieroundup  20mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
The sharing economy is bullsh!t. Here’s how we can take it back
“‘Sharing’ has been appropriated and stripped of all meaning by people trying to sell you things, much like sustainability was. Once “green” became hip and important about a decade ago, corporate bigwigs started preaching about sustainable profits and misleading eco-labels got slapped on single-use disposable plastic water bottles. These days, share-washing is the new greenwashing.” By Sam Bliss on Grist
sharing  ethics  equality  politics  economy  indie  indieroundup  sustainability  20mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Data Justice - Challenging Rising Exploitation and Economic Inequality from Big Data
“This steady loss of data by individuals into the hands of increasingly centralized corporate hands is helping to drive a large portion of the economic inequality that has becoming central to political debate in our nation,” said Data Justice Director Nathan Newman, the report’s author.
bigdata  equality  exploitation  corporatesurveillance  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
For Tech Titans, Sharing Has Its Limits
“In an email disclosed in the case, a lawyer for Mr. Zuckerberg wrote to the opposing lawyer, “As your client knows, Mr. Zuckerberg goes to great lengths to protect the privacy of his personal life.” Which adds a wrinkle: Some people requiring nondisclosure are the very ones who have built an industry on its opposite, the disclosure of personal information.” By Matt Richtel on The New York Times
privacy  facebook  zuckerberg  nda  equality  indie  indieroundup  20mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
International Women's Day: How surveillance is used to assert control
“Surveillance technologies are impersonal in the way they operate but surveillance can be conducted against women to specifically target them as such, whether by an angry lover or an angrier state. Physical and digital surveillance and harassment of women thrives because monitoring others' daily lives is widely accepted as as a legitimate practice or at least 'not that bad' – we do voluntarily forklift loads of our data into social media sites – and because of the overt or implied desire to control women or at least view them as auxiliary to men (see: all of human history).” By Claire Lauterbach on Privacy International
privacy  surveillance  equality  women  corporatesurveillance  indie  indieroundup  13mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Publicly Funded Inequality
“One of the factors driving the massive rise in global inequality and the concentration of wealth at the very top of the income distribution is the interplay between innovation and global markets. In the hands of a capable entrepreneur, a technological breakthrough can be worth billions of dollars, owing to regulatory protections and the winner-take-all nature of global markets. What is often overlooked, however, is the role that public money plays in creating this modern concentration of private wealth.” By Kemal Derviş on Project Syndicate
equality  patents  funding  economics  wealth  indie  indieroundup  13mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Technology should be used to create social mobility – not to spy on citizens
“Why spy? Because it’s cheaper than playing fair. Our networks have given the edge to the elites, and unless we seize the means of information, we are headed for a long age of IT-powered feudalism, where property is the exclusive domain of the super-rich, where your surveillance-supercharged Internet of Things treats you as a tenant-farmer of your life, subject to a licence agreement instead of a constitution.” By Cory Doctorow on The Guardian
censorship  surveillance  privacy  activism  government  equality  indie  indieroundup  13mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
IT feudalism: the surveillance state and wealth gaps
“Cheap mass surveillance makes it possible to sustain more unequal societies because it makes it cheaper to find and catch the dissidents who foment rebellion over the creation of hereditary elites.” By Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing
feudalism  surveillance  equality  privacy  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Silicon Valley likes to promise ‘digital socialism’ – but it is selling a fairytale
“The tech industry says it can tackle inequality, and governments are keen to let it try. The choice that citizens now face is not between the market and the state, but between politics and non-politics.” By Evgeny Morozov on The Guardian
indie  indieroundup  6march2015  data  equality  siliconvalley 
march 2015 by laurakalbag

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