Tech Monopolies (22)

Big tech companies like Google owning data and having no rivals or regulations to check them

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  • Citylab
  • 2019
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The 3 Pictures That Explain Everything About Smart Cities

Currently, the idea of “smart cities” are so theoretical and predicated on the idea of “technochauvinism” that they mostly exist in images which sell the ideas of ever-advancing technology and application of futuristic technologies to urban centers as a cash cow waiting to be milked.

  • Citylab
  • 2019
  • 41 min
  • The New York Times
  • 2021
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Sexism and Racism in Silicon Valley

In this podcast episode, Ellen Pao, an early whistleblower on gender bias and racial discrimination in the tech industy, tells the story of her experience suing the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins for gender discrimination. The episode then moves into a discussion of how Silicon Valley, and the tech industry more broadly, is dominated by white men who do not try to deeply understand or move toward racial or gender equity; instead, they focus on PR moves. Specifically, she reveals that social media companies and CEOs can be particularly performative when it comes to addressing racial or gender inequality, focusing on case studies rather than breeding a new, more fair culture.

  • The New York Times
  • 2021
  • 5 min
  • Venture Beat
  • 2021
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Google targets AI ethics lead Margaret Mitchell after firing Timnit Gebru

Relates the story of Google’s inspection of Margaret Mitchell’s account in the wake of Timnit Gebru’s firing from Google’s AI ethics division. With authorities in AI ethics clearly under fire, the Alphabet Worker’s Union aims to ensure that workers who can ensure ethical perspectives of AI development and deployment.

  • Venture Beat
  • 2021
  • 5 min
  • NPR
  • 2020
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Amazon, TikTok, Facebook, Others Ordered To Explain What They Do With User Data

After the FTC and 48 States charged Facebook with being a monopoly in late 2020, the FTC continues the push for accountability of tech monopolies by demanding that large social network companies, including Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter, share exactly what they do with user data in hopes of increased transparency. Pair with “Facebook hit with antitrust lawsuit from FTC and 48 state attorneys general“

  • NPR
  • 2020
  • 7 min
  • The New Republic
  • 2020
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Who Gets a Say in Our Dystopian Tech Future?

The narrative of Dr. Timnit Gebru’s termination from Google is inextricably bound with Google’s irresponsible practices with training data for its machine learning algorithms. Using large data sets to train Natural Language Processing algorithms is ultimately a harmful practice because for all the harms to the environment and biases against certain languages it causes, machines still cannot fully comprehend human language.

  • The New Republic
  • 2020
  • 5 min
  • ABC News
  • 2020
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Facebook hit with antitrust lawsuit from FTC and 48 state attorneys general

The United States government is pushing its interest in breaking up the tech monopoly that is Facebook, hoping to restore some competition in the social networking and data selling market which the company dominates. Facebook, of course, is resistant to these efforts.

  • ABC News
  • 2020
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