Digital Labor

Anna Bernasek


Anna Bernasek is a journalist and author covering economics and business. She has held staff positions at Fortune, TIME, Newsweek, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review and has been a long time contributor to The New York Times. Her writing has appeared in publications worldwide, including The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, The Guardian, Al Jazeera America and The Times of India. She has appeared as a panelist and guest on broadcast media including CNN, NBC, CNBC, public television and National Public Radio. Bernasek’s newest book, All You Can Pay: How Companies Use Our Data to Empty Our Wallets (Nation Books 2015) co-authored with D.T. Mongan, reveals what companies do with our data and what we can do about it. Her first book, The Economics of Integrity (Harper Collins 2010) shows how integrity and trust are at the heart of how we create wealth. Bernasek holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Policy from Princeton University. She divides her time between New York City and the east end of Long Island.

My User Agreement
Consumers don’t have to settle for aggressively one-sided user agreements proffered on a take it or leave it basis. Finally there’s something ordinary people can do to protect their rights. In just a few simple steps, at, consumers can adopt terms and conditions of their own. Using established legal principle, My User Agreement provides an innovative solution to a vexing problem. And when enough people get behind this approach, it will be impossible for companies to ignore. The more people who sign up, the stronger our protections will be. My User Agreement represents a new model for collective action with broad applications. By harnessing the power of the Internet, ordinary people can change the terms of commerce worldwide. The approach we are pioneering has important implications for the labor and environmental movements as well as many other areas.

Platform Showcase: Ecosystem Infrastructure
Sat, November 14
09:30 AM - 10:50 AM