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It’s fascinating to be doing completely unfundable research in the modern university. It means you don’t matter to administration. At all. You are completely irrelevant. You add no value. This means almost all humanities people and a good number of social scientists, though by no means all. Because universities want those corporate dollars, you are […]

Don’t Be Evil

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On April 25, 2021

I’ve written at length about how corporations have unmoored themselves from national law in the world of labor relations and environmental degradation, while those of us fighting this are left c

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Don’t Be Evil

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On March 10, 2021
Google has some first rate employment practices to deal with racism and sexism, let me tell you what: Benjamin Cruz, a former instructional designer in Google’s Cloud division, was caught off guard when a colleague told them that their skin was much darker than she expected. Cruz, who is Mexican American and prefers to be […]

Organizing Google

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On January 4, 2021

This is huge: More than 225 Google engineers and other workers have formed a union, the group revealed on Monday, capping years of growing activism at one of the world’s largest companies and presen

Don’t Be Evil

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On November 21, 2019

Of course: Google has hired an anti-union consulting firm to advise management as it deals with widespread worker unrest, including accusations that it has retaliated against organizers of a global wa

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“Don’t Be Evil”

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On August 30, 2017
Anytime a think tank relies on corporate funding, it makes itself beholden to that corporation. When that corporation is Google and you are New America and one of your groups supports some research that challenges the corporate giant, you are going to lose. The New America Foundation has received more than $21 million from Google; […]

Mad Masses

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In Charli Carpenter
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On March 19, 2010
My colleague Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of The Googlization of Everything forwarded me this interesting piece from Slate, in which ad critic Seth Stevenson tries out a Google service that allows you to run your own commercial on national TV for as little as $100.
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