CNET staff are unionizing, citing editorial independence and use of AI tools
A “solid and dedicated majority” have signed union cards.
@MorePerfectUS on Twitter
“1,400 workers at a rural Georgia factory, who build electric school buses, have voted to unionize. The workers at Blue Bird, one of the nation’s largest school bus manufacturers, will join the United Steelworkers, despite the company’s union-busting.”
An Amazon union just won a $30 an hour contract
What happens next depends on Amazon, the workers, and the interpretation of outdated US labor law.
@billyperrigo on Twitter
“Can’t quite believe I’m writing this: Today, 150 African workers behind ChatGPT, TikTok and Facebook voted to unionize at a landmark meeting in Nairobi. These AI workers are invisible, underpaid, and the backbone of the tech in all our pockets: https://t.co/IXK5xqj0fH”
150 AI Workers Vote to Unionize at Nairobi Meeting
More than 150 workers for Facebook, TikTok and ChatGPT pledged to establish the first African Content Moderators Union
@SBWorkersUnited on Twitter
“We’re not slowing down!! 57 Starbucks stores and counting have filed for union elections this year, bringing 1500+ new workers into the movement. Wish your store was one of them? The only way to get started is to reach out: https://t.co/PUaajSEuyo”
Writers are the first line of defence against AI
From the incomparable dialogue of Succession to Ted Lasso’s goofy metaphors, we’ve all delighted in the endless options streaming has provided. But, behind the scenes, it has come at a massive cost.
Hollywood’s writers are on strike. Here’s why that matters.
“The companies’ behavior has created a gig economy inside a union workforce, and their immovable stance in this negotiation has betrayed a commitment to further devaluing the profession of writing.”
Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers to personally pay staff salaries for early weeks of writers strike
Staff on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ have also been guaranteed health insurance through September
On The TV Writers Strike, Don’t Fall For The Anti-Union Media Push… Again
Watch out for news stories that paint writers as greedy or uncaring while ignoring the studios’ role in the current strike.
UPS, Teamsters open high-stakes US labor talks
United Parcel Service and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union on Monday started U.S. private sector labor contract talks covering roughly 340,000 U.S. drivers, package handlers and loaders at the global delivery firm.
“Or what if bosses didn’t spy so much on workers…”
via Substack Notes
Nonprofits May Need to Spend a Third of Their Budget on Overhead to Thrive — Contradicting a Donor Rule of Thumb
Spending too little on overhead deprives nonprofits of the competitive salaries, staff training, equipment, and other resources they need for long-term success.
What Do Women Need?
Very, very few women are saying to themselves, “I’ll freeze my eggs now so that I can continue to compete in a high-pressure corporate environment throughout my 20s.”
AI and the future of work
Unions are our only defense against the robots
“unless you have some mechanism for collective action in your workplace, your boss is going to try and figure out a way to replace you with an AI”
AI exemplifies the ‘free rider’ problem – here’s why that points to regulation
As a society, everyone is motivated to regulate AI development. For individual companies, though, the opposite is true.
The world needs an international agency for artificial intelligence, say two AI experts
Gary Marcus and Anka Reuel argue that global governance must be prioritised to address the risks of bias, misinformation or worse
Why Are We Letting the AI Crisis Just Happen?
Bad actors could seize on large language models to engineer falsehoods at unprecedented scale.
ChatGPT Is Powered by Human Contractors Paid $15 Per Hour
The well known chatbot is automated, but that automation is guided by low-paid human workers labelling data.
Today I learned Google Translate is fueled with the sweat of unpaid volunteers
Google apparently doesn’t pay its hardest-working translators
Eating Disorder Helpline Fires Staff, Transitions to Chatbot After Unionization
The chatbot is named “Tessa” and will replace the entire Helpline program starting June 1.
Campaigning, organising and digital/social media
RIP Metaverse, we hardly knew ye
Mark Zuckerberg spent years trying to make the Metaverse happen, but now it has been replaced by AI and is headed to the tech industry idea graveyard.
Can good creative win elections?
Good creative isn’t simply clever or well designed
BeReal is now in freefall. Why are new social media apps doomed to fail? | Ysabel Gerrard
In the race to create the new Instagram, rivals morph into each other, losing what makes them special in the first place, says Ysabel Gerrard, a senior lecturer in digital communication
TikTokers Found a Devious Way to Increase Engagement
It turns out people just like telling others they’re wrong.
Brace Yourself for the 2024 Deepfake Election
No matter what happens with generative AI, its disruptive forces are already beginning to play a role in the fast-approaching US presidential race.
How AI is already changing the 2024 election
It could reshape how campaigns are run and how voters are informed — or misled.
Everything Political Campaigners Need To Know About AI
Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly making headlines, thanks to advancements in technologies such as large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT and synthetic media like AI-generated images, audio, and video. These technologies have the potential to revolutionize the way we work and communica…
New Zealand’s National party admits using AI-generated people in attack ads
Opposition party says AI was ‘an innovative way to drive our social media’ and said it was ‘committed to using it responsibly’
Republicans are running for President – mostly without young voters
Major GOP campaigns have thus far stayed away from strategies aimed at reaching younger audiences online
Society, media, news and culture
Why the Demand for Fake News is a Far More Serious Problem than the Supply
Canadian columnist Andrew Coyne explains why efforts to combat fake news by cutting off supply are barking up the wrong tree.
@OECD on Twitter
“When low-paid workers lose their job, how much do they receive in #UnemploymentBenefits? On #WorkersDay, compare rates across OECD countries as a percentage of previous earnings. Read the analysis by @OECD_Social 👉 https://t.co/RR8eW17CG0”