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Cory Doctorow: IP - Locus Online - 0 views

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    "The combination of software and IP in every device is a sea-change for the organization of our society. As firms have become increasingly concentrated - as monopolies have emerged in every sector - they have also figured out how to infuse their products with just enough software that they can invoke IP to control their competitors, critics, and customers. These are market power monopolies backstopped by creators' monopolies, which create IP rights that supercharge their market power."
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Shirking from home? Staff feel the heat as bosses ramp up remote surveillance | Surveil... - 0 views

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    "Earlier this year, the consultancy PwC came under fire for developing a facial recognition tool that logs when employees are away from their computer screens while working from home."
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What Does Privacy Really Mean Under Surveillance Capitalism? | Literary Hub - 0 views

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    "The internet is primarily funded by the collection, analysis, and trade of data-the data economy. Much of that data is personal data-data about you. The trading of personal data as a business model is increasingly being exported to all institutions in society-the surveillance society, or surveillance capitalism."
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The disruption con: why big tech's favourite buzzword is nonsense | Silicon Valley | Th... - 0 views

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    "The answers to such questions will determine what regulatory oversight we believe is necessary or desirable, what role we think the government or unions should play in a new industry such as tech, and even how the industry and its titans ought to be discussed."
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Another day not at the office: will working from home be 2020's most radical change? | ... - 0 views

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    "Remote working changes not just our understanding of a working community and the company ethos, but also our very concept of physical reality. Suddenly, to misappropriate Gertrude Stein, there is no there there. But if there is no shared space, what's to stop employers following the example of many customer-care call centres, and employ much cheaper staff based in the developing world?"
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Rescuing Restaurants: How to Protect Restaurants, Workers, and Communities from Predato... - 0 views

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    "What the apps have done, instead of competing to serve customers and restaurants, is use Wall Street money to accumulate market power, raise barriers to entry, and then merge with each other and set up regional monopolies.The people who have invested tens of billions of dollars in the four dominant delivery apps tolerate huge short-term losses purely because they see the likelihood of monopoly power"
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Everything Is Listening-We Already Live In A Surveillance State, We Just Don't Know It - 0 views

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    "And you thought Alexa spying on your dinner conversations was creepy? Everything is listening. Let me illustrate with a few examples."
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Companies Start to Think Remote Work Isn't So Great After All - WSJ - 0 views

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    ""There's sort of an emerging sense behind the scenes of executives saying, 'This is not going to be sustainable,'" said Laszlo Bock, chief executive of human-resources startup Humu and the former HR chief at Google. No CEO should be surprised that the early productivity gains companies witnessed as remote work took hold have peaked and leveled off, he adds, because workers left offices in March armed with laptops and a sense of doom."
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Electronic badge monitors workers' conversations, toilet usage and posture / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "A technology company has created an electronic badge that can monitor workers' conversations, posture and even time spent in the toilet"
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Empirical analysis of behavioral advertising finds that surveillance makes ads only 4% ... - 0 views

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    "They found that despite the 40% "ad-tech" premium charged by behavioral ad companies, the ads only added about 4% the media companies that published them, meaning that behavioral advertising is a losing proposition. "
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A Robot, A Recruiter & A REST API Walk Into A Bar… - Peterson Technology Part... - 0 views

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    "One great way to tell the difference is to ask AI recruiting companies what they use artificial intelligence, machine learning and/or deep learning for. Hopefully the hiring firm can what it's using the new technology for and not just that it is. If not it's time to dig a bit deeper."
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Universal Studios is chipping their soda cups to limit refills / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Universal has deployed the creepily named Validfill RFID system"
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Decentralisation: the next big step for the world wide web | Technology | The Guardian - 1 views

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    "The proponents of the so-called decentralised web - or DWeb - want a new, better web where the entire planet's population can communicate without having to rely on big companies that amass our data for profit and make it easier for governments to conduct surveillance."
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Apple ad-blocking software scares publishers but Google is target | Technology | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "Mobile advertising was the great hope for newspapers and magazines, replacing revenues lost in the switch to digital from print. Earlier this year the influential analyst Mary Meeker, of the venture capitalists Kleiner Perkins, had pegged it as a $25bn opportunity in the US alone. Now the hoped-for revenues are in peril, and publishers - and people who care about free, independent news - are rightly worried."
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Microsoft-Yahoo search deal approved - 0 views

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    Microsoft will soon own Yahoo! and everything Yahoo! owns. However, this will only bring Microsoft a fraction closer to surpassing the might that is Google.
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