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Politico runs an interesting take on how the public are funding the demise of their own jobs – with government subsidies and tax breaks being used to subsidise automation and innovation and start-ups. Public subsidies for potentially job-killing technologies are growing, it states, and “Cities, states and the federal government currently spend billions of taxpayer dollars to help tech companies bring automation and other high-tech tools to market. Public agencies are also being heavily lobbied by global companies to purchase new tech products to improve public transportation, data processing, education and public services. In addition to providing funding for robots, taxpayers are funding and purchasing workplace surveillance technology, just-in-time scheduling software and other tools that have consequential impact on the lives and future of workers.” But it cites two tools that US policymakers have to influence how technology and jobs change, and takes a leaf out of the UK and European book. Read that here.

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