Julianne Tveten writes about the intersection of the technology industry and socioeconomic issues. Her work has appeared in Current Affairs, The Outline, Motherboard, and Hazlitt, among others.
One Way to Defend Transgender People From Trump’s Attacks? Labor Unions.
A New York Times report this week revealed that the Trump administration’s assault on transgender, non-binary and intersex people has escalated. According to a memo circulating since last... MORE
Working · October 24, 2018
Kavanaugh Is Terrible on Workers’ Rights—And That’s Anti-Woman, Too
On October 6, the Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, the Republican federal appellate judge accused by multiple women of sexual assault, to the Supreme Court. MORE
Working · October 8, 2018
The Tech Industry’s Push to Hire Autistic Workers Could Be a Recipe for Hyper-Exploitation
For autistic people, employment prospects are grim. Using data collected in 2014 and 2015, a Drexel University study found that only 14 percent of autistic adults in the United States hold paying jobs. In 2016, the university... MORE
Working · July 11, 2018
The Zuckerberg Hearings Were a Show Trial, And Facebook’s Monopoly Remains Unthreatened
Despite public outrage, Congress is not taking meaningful steps to break the power of Facebook. MORE
Features · April 18, 2018
First Silicon Valley Sold You Social Media. Now It’s Trying to Sell You the Antidote.
It turns out that selling solutions to problems created by the tech industry presents a tremendous business opportunity. MORE
Features · March 6, 2018
Lipstick on a Gig: Why We Should Be Very Skeptical of Uber’s New “Portable Benefits” Scheme
In 2016, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) filed a class-action lawsuit against Uber, claiming the rideshare giant denied them benefits, even though they were full-time workers. The company accomplished... MORE
Working · February 1, 2018
Tech Workers of the World, Unite!
In just a handful of years, the tide of blue-collar organizing has risen in Silicon Valley. Security officers and shuttle drivers across tech firms, workers at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing plant and... MORE
Working · January 17, 2018
It’s Time to Nationalize the Internet
To counter the FCC's attack on net neutrality, we need to start treating the Internet like the public good it is. MORE
Features · December 20, 2017
The Blue-Collar Hellscape of the Startup Industry
On November 13, Marcus Vaughn filed a class-action lawsuit against his former employer. Vaughn, who’d worked in the Fremont, California factory for electric automaker Tesla, alleged that the manufacturing plant had become... MORE
Working · November 29, 2017
Undocumented Communities Devastated By Calif. Wildfires Are Now Being Left Out of Federal Relief
Grassroots fundraising efforts aim to prevent undocumented immigrants from slipping through the cracks. MORE
Features · November 14, 2017