Friday, March 11, 2011

Technology, Law, and the Workplace: Week in Review

The news this week in the world of labor and employment law and technology can be summed up in two words:  Charlie Sheen.  (I would have also accepted Tiger Blood.)  Our own Megan Anderson wrote about the fiasco and its lessons for employers about responding to negative statements on the Internet.  One day later, Sheen filed suit in California state court, alleging a variety of claims including—as Jon Hyman predicted—disability discrimination!

Although the news coverage (and, let’s be honest, your Facebook news feed) made it seem like Charlie Sheen was the only big news story this week, there were several other important news developments in the world of “The Next Big Thing.”  The NLRB stirred up controversy by briefly allowing and then pulling Google Ads from its website.  The blogosphere continues to buzz with support (and opposition) to unions, especially with the latest news that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has won the battle to strip public employees in Wisconsin of their collective bargaining rights.  The ‘viral’ spread of these stories illustrates how technology is reshaping not only the workplace, but also the world we live in. 

Technology in the Workplace
Technology and the Law More Generally
Technology News
  • CSI: Email—Unmasking Anonymous Messengers (Fast Company)
  • World’s First Bionic Eye Approved for Use in Europe (Fast Company)
  • Our Robot Overlords Will Walk Like US—And Among Us (Fast Company)
  • Using Phones, but Not to Talk or Surf (NY Times)
  • Drumbeat to E-Mail: The Medium and the Message (NY Times book review of James Gleick’s “The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood.”)
  • Google Schools Its Algorithm (NY Times)
  • Internet traffic in Libya goes dark in apparent government shutdown amid upheaval (Associated Press via Star Tribune)
  • How Intel and GE Will Monitor Your Grandma—For Her Own Good (Fast Company)

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