If Then

Tech Workers Fight Back

Tech workers take a stand against their companies’ complicity.

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On this week’s If Then, Will Oremus and April Glaser talk about the midterm elections coming up in November and whether Silicon Valley companies are ready for the deluge of disinformation—whether from Russia, Macedonia, or right here in the U.S.

The hosts are joined by Paige Panter, a product manager in Silicon Valley who is also a volunteer with the Tech Workers Coalition, a group that’s been active since 2014 but more recently has acted as a kind of communications hub for people who work in the technology industry to organize to make demands of their employers. They discuss this recent wave of tech-employee activism, how it got started, and what could come down the line.


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Podcast production by Max Jacobs.

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If Then is presented by Slate and Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate. Future Tense explores the ways emerging technologies affect society, policy, and culture. To read more, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our weekly newsletter.