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Vass Bednar guest hosts Policy Speaking for the first of three episodes exploring technological change and the workplace.

This episode of Brave New Work examines the idea of ‘decent work’ and what it means to have a good job. It also explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated some trends in the workplace and why worker rights may be poorly understood and articulated.

Jun 03, 2021

Along with guest speakers, Kaylie Tiessen, Benjamin Lorr and Brenda McPhail, Bednar discusses a framework for how technological advances affects work, highlighting the trucking industry as a case study to investigate how it is changing with advances in automation.

As well, the group dives into the concept of increased surveillance in the workplace and how this is being normalized. Through the lens of the many cameras installed in Amazon trucks, they discuss how surveillance technology can and does infringes on human rights and why the boundaries around cameras at work are murky. Finally, Bednar explores what makes a good job and the role technology must play in it. Based on these insights, the group highlights urgent and underappreciated opportunities for the policy community.

Kaylie Tiessen is an economist and policy analyst at Unifor and sits on the Advisory Board for the MPPDS program at McMaster. Brenda McPhail is the Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s Privacy, Surveillance, and Technology Project. Benjamin Lorr is the author of The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket.

To listen to the podcast, visit the Public Policy Forum website.