Because his truck is fitted with a refrigerator unit, Dick Pingel often hauls food: usually sausage or cheese, products long associated with his home state, Wisconsin. He’s been a professional trucker for 30 years, covered over three and a half million miles, and never had a single chargeable accident.
“One of the reasons that most of us came out here, myself included,” he explains, “was because of the independence. After the Vietnam War, a lot of vets came out here. It was probably because they didn’t want somebody peering over their shoulder all the time.”
But Pingel, along with more than three million of his fellow truckers in the United States, is facing a regulatory upheaval which will cost his industry an estimated $2 billion and fundamentally change the way he does his job. Over the next few years, it will become mandatory, by law, for all American truckers to carry a tracking device, an electronic on-board recorder (EOBR), in their vehicle. And Pingel isn’t happy about it.
Truckers are on the forefront of workplace surveillance. With the availability of cheap sensors and hypercompetitive companies seeking to maximize their profits, any human action done on the clock may become subject to increased scrutiny and what will probably be called optimization. If you want to see the future of work, take a look at IBM’s efforts around call center workers or the battle over electronic armbands at Tesco in Ireland. It’s not that data hasn’t always been used in corporate decisionmaking, it’s that it’s possible to capture so much more now. With more data, comes more control.
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"As architecture and urban planning goes more and more "social"—more public votes, more Kickstarters, more real estate development and design blogs rabidly following every single proposal and plan—the rest of us will have to remember that renderings can’t be blindly trusted. If designers want to sell urbanism, we should at least be savvy shoppers."
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Andrea Sloan’s Story - Compassionate Use Denied by BioMarin Pharmaceutical (by Jim Walters IV)
Many Syrian rebels have adopted some of the chillingly ruthless tactics of the government, raising the prospect that a military strike could strengthen extremists.
James Spader Cast as Lead Villain Ultron in ‘Avengers’ Sequel
Good news for James Spader – the quirky character actor is coming back in a big way as one of Marvel’s ultimate villains. Spader has just landed the title role in “The Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron,” the upcoming … Continue reading →
Rain Over Sangre de Cristo (by Dave Floyd)
Here’s the running list of comment the key players have given CNN on PRISM.
Microsoft (also Skype): “We provide customer data only when we receive a legally binding order or subpoena to do so, and never on a voluntary basis. In addition we only ever comply with orders for requests about…
The NSA, PRISM, Verizon and more: Just how much privacy do you really have?
A revelation from the Guardian Wednesday shed new light on the depth of information the government has been secretly obtaining on Americans, exposing that the National Security Agency has been collecting phone records for Verizon customers for years.
Before the dust even had a chance to settle on that story, another leak prompted the NSA to admit it has also been tapping into the servers of nine of the world’s leading Internet companies to probe into emails, photos, documents and more.
President Obama earlier today addressed the Internet investigations:
“This does not apply to U.S. citizens, and this does not apply to people living in the United States.”
Obama also dismissed those expressing concerns over the broad reach of the NSA’s data-mining:
“You can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy. And zero inconvenience.”
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