Silicon Valley

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Silicon Valley’s Quest to Build God and Control Humanity Silicon Valley’s Quest to Build God and Control Humanity

The world we have is ugly enough, but tech capitalists desire an even uglier one.

Jul 13, 2023 / Edward Ongweso Jr.

Eugenics, Environmental Ruin, and Surveillance: The Story of Silicon Valley Eugenics, Environmental Ruin, and Surveillance: The Story of Silicon Valley

California’s tech industry cannot escape its original sins.

Jun 23, 2023 / Edward Ongweso Jr.

A comparison of an original and deepfake video of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

AI Doesn’t Pose an Existential Risk—but Silicon Valley Does AI Doesn’t Pose an Existential Risk—but Silicon Valley Does

The warning cries about the alleged dangers of AI is drowning out stories about the harms already occurring.

Jun 7, 2023 / Edward Ongweso Jr.

People stand outside Silicon Valley Bank.

Abolish Venture Capitalism Abolish Venture Capitalism

Venture capitalists have supercharged surveillance, immiseration, and dispossession. Why should we trust them with so much power over the economy? 

May 23, 2023 / Edward Ongweso Jr.

WGA strikers on the picket line

These Unions Are on the Front Lines Fighting Against the Uberization of Us All These Unions Are on the Front Lines Fighting Against the Uberization of Us All

Some long established unions are challenging Silicon Valley’s agenda by pushing back on AI, surveillance, and wage theft.

May 12, 2023 / Column / Jane McAlevey

A man does a banking transaction at a Citibank ATM fast cash machine.

What if the People Owned the Banks? What if the People Owned the Banks?

The case for public banking.

Mar 28, 2023 / Katrina vanden Heuvel

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Letters: 23andMe and Your Biodata Letters: 23andMe and Your Biodata

A scientist from 23andMe and a historian of science discuss aspects of the genetic-testing corporation's DNA-for-profit model.  

Apr 8, 2023 / Letters

Barney Frank at news conference

Democrats Face a Terrible Reckoning on Bank Bailouts  Democrats Face a Terrible Reckoning on Bank Bailouts 

Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, and a phalanx of senators are way too cozy with finance capital.

Mar 17, 2023 / Jeet Heer

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell Testifies Before The Senate Banking Committee

The Latest Banking Crisis Is Brought to You by the Federal Reserve The Latest Banking Crisis Is Brought to You by the Federal Reserve

There’s a lot of blame to go around for the failure of the Silicon Valley Bank. But the Fed’s myopic attitude towards inflation bears much of the responsibility.

Mar 17, 2023 / Left Coast / Sasha Abramsky

The Obscene Invention of California Capitalism

The Obscene Invention of California Capitalism The Obscene Invention of California Capitalism

A conversation with Malcolm Harris about his new history of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, the West Coast's settler ideology, and recent turbulence in the world of tech.

Mar 15, 2023 / Books & the Arts / Emma Hager

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