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 […]
The team at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting made headlines last month with their findings from a year-long investigation into unsafe working conditions at Amazon warehouses. In this episode, we talk to data reporter Melissa Lewis to get a fuller picture of Amazon’s labor practices, including the effects of robots in the fulfillment […]
The Trump administration recently declared its interest in purchasing Greenland from Denmark. What’s this all about? In the first segment, we talk to Claus Elholm Andersen, professor of Scandinavian studies in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic at UW–Madison, to get some insight on Greenland’s history and resources—and why it’s strategically important to global […]
The internet is dominated by five companies: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. And it’s not just online—these giant tech companies are behind a lot of the smart devices collecting information about us every day, from Amazon Echo to robot vacuums to even “smart” toothbrushes that many consumers are bringing into their homes. Today on […]
The Ecuadorian government’s plans to sell a half million acres of Amazonian rainforest to oil companies has been blocked by the legal rights of the indigenous Waorani tribe, and by the legal rights of nature itself. Reynard Loki has been following this conflict and has written an article in Common Dreams about the history and […]
With Amazon searching for another headquarters site, states and cities are falling over themselves to offer Amazon incentives to locate at their site. Incentives include land, tax breaks, cash, and more. Is this good for the locale, or anybody? Greg LeRoy from Good Jobs First talks about the potential outcomes.