The power of Big Tech only seems to be growing as the pandemic has shifted work, education, and social life online. Large tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google are both being praised for providing valuable services and publicly criticized for unjust labor practices, wealth hoarding, and allowing misinformation to spread on digital platforms.
Today on the show, we talk about the tech industry’s structural racism and connection to the militarized police state, Silicon Valley’s response to coronavirus, ethics in tech, worker organizing, and the future of capitalism with Wendy Liu, author of Abolish Silicon Valley.
Wendy Liu is a self-described “former tech kool-aid drinker” who now writes and speaks about technology and politics from a leftist perspective. Her debut book is Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism (Repeater Books, 2020).