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Understand the radical ways technology can be developed to benefit society at large.
Join software engineer and author Wendy Liu for FUTURES Podcast LIVE, hosted by Luke Robert Mason.
Silicon Valley is often heralded as the epicentre of innovation and meritocracy but recently it’s hard to be optimistic about the growth-at-all-costs ethos of the tech industry. Revelations about Cambridge Analytica, Theranos, and the workplace conditions of Amazon warehouse workers and Uber drivers are raising serious concerns over the sustainability of the tech-industry’s economic model.
How can we reclaim technology’s potential for the public good? In what way can we engage in the radical politics needed to upend the status quo? What are the factors that give rise to the Silicon Valley ethos – and how can they be overcome?
Wendy Liu is a start-up founder who left the tech industry to pursue a master’s degree in inequality from the London School of Economics. She was written about technology and politics for Logic Magazine, Dissent, and Tribune, and has been featured in articles on tech worker organising for The Atlantic and CNBC. She lives in San Francisco.