Tech employees are taking a stand against migrant detention centers; a proposal asking tech companies to disclose the value of your data; and a live reading of the Mueller report. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.
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Wayfair employees are walking out
This afternoon, 550 employees at the Boston-based ecommerce company Wayfair staged a walkout opposing sale of company furniture to migrant detention centers. Last week, Wayfair workers discovered an order for $200,000 worth of beds and other furniture reportedly placed by government contractor BCFS for a new detention center in Carrizo Springs, Texas. Wayfair allegedly also sold furniture to a second BCFS facility in Tornillo, Texas. Employee protesters requested the company provide a code of ethics for sales that “empowers Wayfair and its employees to act in accordance with our core values.” These demands add to the swelling cries of tech workers across the country expressing concerns about how and where their work is used.
Senators want Facebook to put on a price on your data
They’re making how much? On Monday, Senator Mark Warner announced a proposal to demand tech companies to tell users the value of their data (which he generously assessed as about $5 a month). While the policy would allow better privacy control and agency for users, how companies would actually disclose data value is a bit of a head scratcher: There’s no benchmark to value crude numbers for bits and bytes.
A-listers including Kevin Kline, Annette Benning, and John Lithgow gathered Monday night at Riverside Church in New York for a staged reading of the Mueller report. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Shenkkan adapted the 448-page document on Russian interference in the 2016 election to a one-hour (streamable) spectacle. In her review, WIRED’s Emily Dreyfuss writes, “The Investigation was like what would happen if the members of your mom’s secret #muellerreport Facebook group all got fabulous new haircuts and then livestreamed their group chat.”
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