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Four surprising, sophisticated ways your boss is keeping tabs on you. Shocking things that monitor your productivity


If you’re wondering if you’re being watched, you probably are.

Certainly if you work for a company that’s at least 500 people, you should assume that [surveillance] is happening,” said Nelson, noting that some of these technologies were initially used by the Chinese government for population control.

Adding insult to injury, many of the monitoring programs — which can serve as an excuse to fire someone — are flawed by nature because they fail to capture the context of people’s actions.

“There’s been an enormous amount of research that shows [current] algorithms can be deeply biased,” said Nelson, who is working on a book about workplace surveillance. “Just because something is administered by a machine, we somehow imagine that’s more clinical. It just has all the same biases as anybody who programmed it.”


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