When Big Corporations turn Tiktok into management: Real time speech discrimination tools and the workplace

October 18, 2023 at 5pm in the Oopik Auditorium, Life Sciences Center, Dartmouth College

What happens when the same algorithmic tools that allow Tiktok to give you a personalized feed are used to serve up a personalized wage at your day job? In this talk, Professor Zephyr Teachout will break down the five forms of algorithmic wage-setting that are being introduced into workplaces  (productivity-based wage adjustments, wages shifted through incentive bonuses and demerits, behavioral wages, dynamic wages, wages shifted to conduct an experiment). She will show how each, separately and together, pose a threat to free speech and free thought in contemporary society, and argues that we need to create guidelines so that we can maintain our autonomy--and democracy 


Zephyr Teachout is a Fordham Law Professor, internationally recognized for her anti-corruption and antitrust scholarship. A former Democratic candidate in gubernatorial and Congressional races, Teachout's career includes academic, nonprofit, and public-interest experience. She has held visiting professorial appointments at Harvard, Duke, and the University of Vermont and is the former Senior Counsel for Economic Justice in the Office of New York Attorney General Letitia James. She is the author of three books, Corruption in America, Break 'em Up, and Mousepads, Shoeleather and hope, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Guardian, Nation, American Prospect, and many other publications. She is an advisor the American Economic Liberties Project, the Open Markets Institute.