Curated News: April 1, 2022

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Luxury, Corruption, Global Ethics & Tech

CAN WE DO BETTER?


The complete pervasiveness of Russian oligarch’s wealth begs the question of how the dirty money became so entrenched in the global economy in the first place and calls for reform in the way we monitor corruption.


[READ MORE] https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/03/24/crack-down-russian-oligarchs-laundering-us-00020078


WHISTLEBLOWER INCENTIVES


The United States has founded the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Rewards Program and announced that they will provide incentives for people who provide information that might help identify and recover Russian wealth.


[READ MORE] https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikakelton/2022/03/30/us-offers-whistleblower-rewards-for-info-on-russian-oligarchs-hidden-assets/?sh=555aae963f4a


WILL IT EVEN HELP?


While the world is eager to sanction every Russian oligarch, we must start by asking ourselves whether we can truly locate all the Russian wealth and if the oligarchs have any real power over Putin.


[READ MORE] https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/09/russian-oligarchs-sanctions-more-amibtious-approach


KLEPTOCRACY


Read about how countries enabled Russian kleptocracy and the top ten ways the world can better prevent it in the future.


[READ MORE] https://www.transparency.org/en/news/countering-russian-kleptocrats-wests-response-to-assault-on-ukraine


GOLDEN VISAS


Controversy ensues after eight anonymous Russian oligarchs were given permission to remain in Britain under the investor visa scandal.


[READ MORE] https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/mar/30/russian-oligarchs-on-uk-sanctions-list-were-granted-golden-visas


Algorithmic Management and Workplace Surveillance

OFFICE DATA


Post pandemic, companies have joined the myriads of establishments collecting storehouses of data and the world wants to know what can ethically be done with the recorded information.


[READ MORE] https://commercialobserver.com/2022/03/data-office-buildings-who-owns/


WORKPLACE AI


Read about the implications of introducing AI tools to the workplace from an investor’s perspective, an academics perspective, and a legal and regulatory perspective.


[READ MORE] https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessreview/2022/03/28/ai-and-fairness-in-the-workplace-why-it-matters-and-why-now/


EMPLOYEE TRUST


The competitive advantage in productivity offered by the utilization of remote work surveillance may not be worth the likely loss of employee trust.


[READ MORE] https://www.forbes.com/sites/markcperna/2021/09/14/does-your-employer-trust-you-why-surveillance-is-the-dark-underbelly-of-remote-work/?sh=1823262bd126


AI HR


The frantic scramble for talent has left employers looking to gain an advantage over competitor recruitment, and AI seems to be the go-to method.


[READ MORE] https://www.protocol.com/enterprise/software-recruiting-hr-ai


STRESSES OF AI MANAGEMENT


Explore why studies show that we hate being managed by an algorithm, and how companies like Uber, Amazon, and other members of the gig economy have left employees feeling frustrated


[READ MORE] https://theconversation.com/3-ways-algorithmic-management-makes-work-more-stressful-and-less-satisfying-166030

Algorithmic Governance and Cultures of Policing

PREDICTIVE POLICING & CHILDREN


]The story of Bobby Jones’ experience with AI based predictive policing sheds a light on the unjust and often invasive nature of technological policing tools.


[READ MORE] https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/predictive-policing-strategies-children-face-pushback-n1269674


GOOD OR BAD


Pete Mains argues that banning predictive policing tools is a bad idea, and that if utilized correctly, common concerns like algorithmic loops, inaccurate indications, and over-policing are problems that can be easily solved.


[READ MORE] https://catalyst.independent.org/2021/04/12/predictive-policing-reduce-discrimination/


PERFECT POLICE STATE


In his book, *The Perfect Police State*, Geoffrey Cain reveals how China has developed a large-scale nonstop surveillance system to use against the Muslim population.


[READ MORE] https://theintercept.com/2020/07/14/microsoft-police-state-mass-surveillance-facial-recognition/


SURVEILLANCE BUDGET


Kathy Hochul, New York’s governor, divulged her plans for expansion of anti-gun crime initiatives and budget increase for advancement of surveillance technologies has somehow gone unnoticed in the public eye.


[READ MORE] https://theintercept.com/2022/03/29/new-york-police-surveillance-budget-hochul/


AN0M


An0m, the company known in the black market as the manufacturer of the most secure phones in the world, ultimately reveals itself to be a front for police surveillance.


[READ MORE] https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/11/inside-story-most-daring-surveillance-sting-in-history