Class Politics in the Technopolis, or: The Hidden Labor in AI-Capitalism

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Big Tech is using the turmoil of the Covid-19 pandemic to expand. Even in Berlin. Amazon, for instance, one of the biggest profiteers of the crisis, is turning its logists empire into “critical infrastructure.” Meanwhile, workers are being romanticized as an “essential” labor force in order to suppress their bargaining power: “heroes” are expected to sacrifice themselves for “the greater good” rather than go on strike. This neo-feudalism is crowned by Amazon’s soon-to-be erected tower in the heart of the city. How can workers, that is: how can we, join forces against the rising technopolis? Searching for answers, we organized a panel discussion with activists from “Berlin vs. Amazon” and “Berlin Tech Workers Coalition,” that was moderated by Magdalena Taube (Berliner Gazette). This event – a cooperation with and in the context of MODELL BERLIN at the Kirche Sankt Matthäus am Kulturforum – was a warm-up to the Berliner Gazette’s “Silent Works” exhibition and conference in November that will take place at the Haus der Statistik, Berlin.

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