Bye, Bye Ajit Pai

December 1, 2020—By Ethics In Tech Board Member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Digital rights groups applauded the news Monday that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai—known for his efforts to destroy net neutrality and his fealty to corporate telecom interests—will resign his powerful post when President Donald Trump leaves office in January. Read more…

Amnesty International reveals extent of Facebook, YouTube complicity in Vietnamese state repression

November 30, 2020 by Ethics In Tech Board Member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Silicon Valley tech giants Facebook and YouTube have allowed themselves to become complicit in Vietnamese government repression, including censorship, harassment, and more,  according to a report published Monday evening by Amnesty International.  The report, entitled Let Us Read more…

Race to the bottom continues for workers as Uber, Lyft win Prop 22 after historic money dump

November 4, 2020—By Ethics In Tech Board Member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Shares of Uber and Lyft soared Wednesday after California voters approved Proposition 22, which exempts app-based ride-hailing and delivery driving companies from classifying their workers as employees, allowing the firms to avoid providing basic—but costly—workplace rights and protections.  Uber Read more…

San Francisco activists sue city over ‘illegal dragnet surveillance’ of George Floyd, BLM protests

October 7, 2020—By Ethics in Tech board member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams A group of activists on Wednesday sued the city of San Francisco over its police department’s alleged illegal surveillance of protesters during recent racial justice demonstrations.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and ACLU of Northern California filed Read more…

55 progressive writers—including Ethics In Tech board member Wilkins—pen open letter calling on swing staters to vote for Biden

More than 50 progressive writers and activists—including leading progressive voices Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, and Medea Benjamin—have signed an open letter urging people in swing states to vote for Joe Biden for president. “Ending the Trump presidency is, by far, the most important goal that can be achieved Read more…

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