Amazon workplace safety initiative panned as ‘publicity stunt’

Originally published by Ethics in Tech board member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Labor advocates have responded with disdain and derision to news that Amazon and the National Safety Council are partnering to find “innovative solutions” to prevent the workplace injuries that disproportionately plague the retail giant’s warehouse employees. Amazon said it Read more…

New campaign to counter Amazon’s quest for world ‘dominated by total corporate surveillance’

Originally published by Ethics in Tech board member Brett Wilkins at Common Dreams To mark the one year anniversary of Amazon’s extended temporary moratorium on sales of its controversial Rekognition facial identification software to law enforcement agencies, over 20 advocacy groups and more than 10,000 supporters have launched Protest Amazon, a digital demonstration that’s Read more…

DC attorney general sues Amazon for alleged monopolistic price-fixing

May 25, 2021 by Ethics in Tech board member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine on Tuesday sued e-commerce giant Amazon, accusing the world’s largest retailer of monopolistic price-fixing, stifling competition in the online retail space, and depriving consumers of choice.  The lawsuit (pdf), filed in D.C. Read more…

Signal trolls Facebook by showing users what data is collected so advertisers can target you

May 4, 2021 by Ethics in Tech board member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams After a coalition of digital rights and other groups launched a campaign on Monday aimed at thwarting Facebook’s planned privacy rollback on its popular WhatsApp messaging application, competitor Signal—which does not collect user data—on Tuesday began trolling the Read more…

‘Poverty Mode’: App-based drivers slam Lyft’s latest pay cut scheme

January 25, 2021 by Ethics In Tech board member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Labor advocates on Monday pointed to Lyft’s latest driver pay reduction scheme as proof that the Biden administration needs to focus on more effectively regulating the so-called gig economy. On Friday, CNET reported the ongoing partial nationwide rollout of Read more…

Rights advocates alarmed by US spy agency’s purchase of warrantless phone location data

January 22, 2021 by Ethics In Tech board member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Digital rights advocates reacted with alarm to a report published Friday detailing how Defense Intelligence Agency analysts in recent years bought databases of U.S. smartphone location data without first obtaining warrants. The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Read more…

Progressives applaud Biden pick of Rosenworcel to lead FCC out of carnage left by Ajit Pai

January 21, 2021 by Ethics In Tech board member Brett Wilkins for Common Dreams Digital rights and other progressive groups on Thursday hailed President Joe Biden’s choice of Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to lead the Federal Communications Commission into a new era of consumer advocacy following four years of former Read more…

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