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Velvet Sweatshops and Algorithmic Cruelty: Labor in the Global Tech Economy
Velvet Sweatshops and Algorithmic Cruelty: Labor in the Global Tech Economy
WhenThursday, Mar. 12, 2020, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
WhereSeattle Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Event typesLectures/Seminars, Special Events
Event sponsorsHarry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
Description

As the tech economy has grown in the United States around the world, how has the nature of work changed? How has it stayed the same? And what is its future?

Join authors Margaret O’Mara (The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America), Mary L. Gray (Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass), and a panel of tech workers for an evening discussing the past, present and future of labor in the global tech economy.

Margaret O’Mara is the Howard & Frances Keller Endowed Professor of History at the University of Washington and a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times. She writes and teaches about the growth of the high-tech economy, the history of U.S. politics, and the connections between the two. Her most recent book is The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America (Penguin Press, 2019).

Mary L. Gray is a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and Fellow at the E.J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Her research looks at how technology access, material conditions, and everyday uses of media transform people’s lives. Her most recent book is Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), co-authored by Siddharth Suri.

Panelists to include researcher Kimberly Earles (Washington State Labor Education and Research Center). Others to be announced.

Doors open at 6:30pm; reception until 7:30pm.

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