Newsletter #95: AT&T Prepares for a Dystopian Future

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The troll war against sex workers continues, as some asshole spent a year amassing a facial recognition database that links porn workers with their personal social media profiles. He has not yet made his data public, fortunately. He says the project was so that people can find out if their fiancees have ever had jobs in the adult industry, as if that is a defensible position.
(Samantha Cole for Motherboard)

California is one step closer to extending labor rights to gig economy workers. The state assembly just passed bill AB5 that prevents companies like Uber from exploiting independent contractor loopholes. The bill is now headed to the state senate.
(Rebecca Klar for The Hill)

AT&T is bragging about how its vertical integration allows for a dystopian advertising future. Because of the 1980s-era rewrite of anti-trust laws, AT&T is looking forward to tracking us at every turn.
(Cory Doctorow for Boing Boing)


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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

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