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Break Democracy

LibrePlanet 2017

Shauna Gordon-McKeon

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"You all worked for Nazi Germany. And you tried to offer only a passive resistance. Certainly, to buy off your conscience you helped here and there a persecuted person, but millions of innocent human beings were allowed to be murdered without any kind of protest being uttered..."

The economy is


The economy is

always changing

"I have a simple message for the protest organizers and the reporters covering them: I told you so."

"In 2013, when the Fight for $15 was still in its growth stage, I and others warned that union demands for a much higher minimum wage would force businesses with small profit margins to replace full-service employees with costly investments in self-service alternatives."

“What I would like is for us as

programmers to recognize our labor for

what it is. Our labor is input to a system

that’s extracting an enormous amount of

capital that goes to a very few people, and

that system is wreaking havoc in many


What I find increasingly urgent is for us to

align ourselves with all of the other

workers who generate that capital,

whether they write docs, answer phones,

serve food, drive buses,

or clean conference venues.”


What are some ethics guidelines?

disclose conflicts of interest

publish corrections

cite your sources

respect privacy rights

seek comment from subjects of reporting

use full and unfixed quotes

Money Problems

less funding than misinformation

privacy violations/behavioral tracking

vulnerability to media consolidation

lack of diversity among reporters

Recurring Themes

work collectively

pay attention to resources

Working Collectively Capturing Value
😊 Lots of experience Creative resource models
😞 Overemphasize autonomy License away profit

Potential Solutions

alternative business models


codes of ethics

government action

We need to talk

We need to act


What Tech Workers Can Learn From Harry Bridges by Kelsey Gilmore-Innis
Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway
Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neill
Consequences of an Insightful Algorithm by Carina C Zona
The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu
The code I'm still ashamed of by Bill Sourour


Lise Meitner's quotes
Campaign Explorer website by Ben Schmidt
Thanks To 'Fight For $15' Minimum Wage, McDonald's Unveils Job-Replacing Self-Service Kiosks Nationwide by Ed Rensi
Mitchell, Amy; Gottfried, Jeffrey; and Matsa, Katerina Eva. “Millennials and Political News.” Pew Research Center: Journalism & Media. Pew Research Center, n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2017.
Silverman, Craig. “This Analysis Shows How Viral Fake Election News Stories Outperformed Real News On Facebook.” BuzzFeedNews. BuzzFeed, Inc, 16 Nov. 2016. Web. 13 Mar. 2017.
Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it by George Monbiot
On Russian Propaganda Network Mapping by PropOrNot

Image Credits

Elektronenkonfiguration von Meitnerium, dem 109 by Greg Robson
Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn in their laboratory by Unknown
Octobre 1793, supplice de 9 émigrés from La Guillotine en 1793 by H. Fleischmann
Hitler accepts the ovation of the Reichstag posted by Marion Doss
Boston Tea Party copy of lithograph by Sarony & Major, 1846
President-elect Donald Trump speaks at Carrier Corp. by Darron Cummings (AP)
Sunbelt and Rustbelt
Figure A: U.S. manufacturing employment, January 1970–December 2014 (millions of jobs) Economic Policy Institute
Figure 10: Manufacturing Employment by Marc Levinson, Congressional Research Service

Image Credits (cont)

Technology Explains Drop in Manufacturing Jobs, Charts 2 & 4 by James Sherk
FightFor15-1330523 by Mark Dixon
Among Millennials, Facebook Far Exceeds Any Other Source for Political News by Mitchell, Amy; Gottfried, Jeffrey; and Matsa, Katerina Eva.
This Analysis Shows How Viral Fake Election News Stories Outperformed Real News On Facebook by Craig Silverman
O caso Maine na Prensa Amarela USA, 17 febreiro de 1898 by the New York Journal
Google search results for the term “did the holocaust happen” on Dec. 13, 2016 by Ananya Bhattacharya

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