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Why Are These Massive Cargo Ships Trapped at 29 U.S. Ports?

You've probably read about it, even if it didn't really register. Something about a backlog. Something about unions. Imports and exports. Now the dispute that's paralyzing 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast has the potential to affect all of us—and to empty the shelves in countless stores. » 2/19/15 5:00pm 2/19/15 5:00pm

Apple Banned Bonded Servitude, But We Aren't Sure About Its Rivals

Apple recently, finally banned bonded servitude in its supply factories, which means those factories can't mistreat workers by withholding paychecks and passports until they pay off the cost it took to hire them. But hold the applause. Because they are not the only company that has forced people to work for… » 2/19/15 11:00am 2/19/15 11:00am

What It's Like Inside One of the World's Largest Bitcoin Mines

Bitcoin mines are a lot like mineral mines: dark, dismal, and dangerous. Most people wouldn't know this, though, since these facilities are tucked away in weird, remote corners of the globe. That said, Motherboard recently visited one of the world's largest bitcoin mines in a remote corner of China and made a… » 2/06/15 12:30pm 2/06/15 12:30pm

A Single Chinese Town Makes Most of the World's Christmas Decorations

At this point in time, you've already hung your tinsel and decorated your tree with blinking lights. Maybe there's even a glowing Santa statue on your lawn. But did you ever step back and think about where all of these holiday decorations come from? A factory in China is the easy answer. An entire town of factories… » 12/20/14 12:02pm 12/20/14 12:02pm

Qatar Pays Migrant Workers $1 an Hour To Be Fake Sports Fans

The life of most migrant workers in Qatar is bleak—so bleak, it's a human rights violation. The latest report from Doha reveals a new twist in the sad story. When they're not toiling away at building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, many workers are being paid impossibly small wages to be fake sports fans. It doesn't… » 12/17/14 10:52am 12/17/14 10:52am

Call Center Worker Suspended for Answering Calls With Robot Voice

Working at a call center sucks. Like, it universally sucks, and everybody knows it. That's what makes the story of the loyal New York City employee who was just suspended for 20 days for allegedly answering incoming calls with a robot voice so frustrating. C'mon guys, let the bored employees have a little bit of fun. » 10/31/14 10:57am 10/31/14 10:57am

The Horrifying Job of Facebook Content Moderators

Isn't Facebook great? (It's not.) But isn't it nice and clean and kid friendly? This is true for a very specific reason: the social media giant outsources the gnarly task of finding and deleting inappropriate content. In the November issue of Wired, Adrian Chen offers a peek into the darkest corners of the industry.… » 10/23/14 3:56pm 10/23/14 3:56pm

Your Electronics Are Probably the Product of Forced Labor

The internet keeps a close eye on what companies like Apple, Samsung, and Sony import out of Southeast Asia, since those components hint at products coming down the pipeline. The Department of Labor keeps a close watch too, but for a very different reason: Uncovering "modern-day slavery" by the factories that make… » 9/18/14 12:27pm 9/18/14 12:27pm

These Alien Skyscrapers Will Rest on the Site of an Old Uranium Plant

The Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect Zaha Hadid just released images of her latest design—three matching towers for Brisbane's waterfront—and they look nothing short of alien. Which feels oddly appropriate, since the skyscrapers are also supposed to sit on potentially radioactive land. » 9/08/14 12:00pm 9/08/14 12:00pm

Report: Foxconn Makes College Kids Assemble PS4s to Graduate

Chinese electronics manufacturer Foxconn was accused of labor violations with the iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPad, Nintendo Wii U and just in general. Now, add Sony's PlayStation 4 to the list, with a new report claiming that university interns are staffing overtime and night shifts for credits required to graduate. » 10/10/13 11:32am 10/10/13 11:32am