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Media Bits and Bytes - July 27, 2021

Portside
Will Pegasus spyware take surveillance to a new level? Also the big comics rip-off, Forbes predicts next year's social media, and more

labor

Google Workers Have Formed the Company's First-Ever Union

Brian Fung CNN
The union's formation comes after years of rising employee tensions at Google over the company's practices, including its work with the defense sector, plans for a censored search engine in China, and handling of sexual misconduct claims.

Friday Nite Videos | August 9, 2019

Portside
The Dark Side of the Video Game Industry. Moscow Mitch, The Musical. Trump Impeachment Inquiry to Look at Broad Range of Offenses. Facts Prove White Supremacy Is Not A ‘Hoax’. Why Democratic Socialism Is Gaining Popularity in the United States.

The Dark Side of the Video Game Industry

Hasan takes a look at how the video game industry has grown into a $139 billion a year business and a cultural force. While gaming is more prominent than ever, some of the most popular video games are made under unfavorable working conditions. Hasan examines the exploitative labor practices at game developers like Epic and Riot Games, and the ways in which workers are finally fighting back.

books

Brotopia

Shannon Liao The Verge
This book has received a lot of attention since its publication, as a pioneering study of not just the fact of gender discrimination in the tech industry, but also as a glimpse into how such discrimination works.
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