Welcome back for another week of What’s Next, where we report on the intersection of law and technology. This week, employment lawyers sound off on the legal ramifications of Google and Silicon Valley’s politically and socially charged cultures. Plus, as kids around the country head back to school, they will be joined by artificially intelligent algorithms. And the telecom industry’s robocall agreement might not keep spoofers and scammers out of our pockets afterall. Let’s chat: Email me at [email protected] and follow me on Twitter at @a_lancaster3.

Political and Social Unrest in Silicon Valley

Wired’s September cover story maps out the political and social forces eating Google from the inside out. The company has created a culture of dissent, where employees are encouraged to come to work without having to check their politics at the door, leading to a pressure cooker environment filled with protests, viral memos, toxic messageboards and Googler-on-Googler doxing. As Google and the rest of Silicon Valley co-opt the parlance of activists, employees and companies have faced the legal repercussions of a hostile work environment. 

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