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Data Driven : Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance

Title
Data Driven : Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance / Karen Levy.
ISBN
9780691241012
9780691259123
9780691175300
Publication
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2023]
Manufacture
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2023
Copyright Notice Date
©[2023]
Physical Description
1 online resource : illustrations, map
Local Notes
Access is available to the Yale community.
Notes
Description based on print version record.
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Access restricted by licensing agreement.
Summary
"A behind-the-scenes look at how digital surveillance is affecting the trucking way of lifeLong-haul truckers are the backbone of the American economy, transporting goods under grueling conditions and immense economic pressure. Truckers have long valued the day-to-day independence of their work, sharing a strong occupational identity rooted in a tradition of autonomy. Yet these workers increasingly find themselves under many watchful eyes. Data Driven examines how digital surveillance is upending life and work on the open road, and raises crucial questions about the role of data collection in broader systems of social control.Karen Levy takes readers inside a world few ever see, painting a bracing portrait of one of the last great American frontiers. Federal regulations now require truckers to buy and install digital monitors that capture data about their locations and behaviors. Intended to address the pervasive problem of trucker fatigue by regulating the number of hours driven each day, these devices support additional surveillance by trucking firms and other companies. Traveling from industry trade shows to law offices and truck-stop bars, Levy reveals how these invasive technologies are reconfiguring industry relationships and providing new tools for managerial and legal control-and how truckers are challenging and resisting them.Data Driven contributes to an emerging conversation about how technology affects our work, institutions, and personal lives, and helps to guide our thinking about how to protect public interests and safeguard human dignity in the digital age"-- Provided by publisher.
"Long-haul truckers are the backbone of the American economy, transporting goods under grueling conditions and immense economic pressure. Truckers have long valued the day-to-day independence of their work, sharing a strong occupational identity rooted in a tradition of autonomy. Yet these workers increasingly find themselves under many watchful eyes. Data Driven examines how digital surveillance is upending life and work on the open road, and raises crucial questions about the role of data collection in broader systems of social control. Karen Levy takes readers inside a world few ever see, painting a bracing portrait of one of the last great American frontiers. Federal regulations now require truckers to buy and install digital monitors that capture data about their locations and behaviors. Intended to address the pervasive problem of trucker fatigue by regulating the number of hours driven each day, these devices support additional surveillance by trucking firms and other companies. Traveling from industry trade shows to law offices and truck-stop bars, Levy reveals how these invasive technologies are reconfiguring industry relationships and providing new tools for managerial and legal control-and how truckers are challenging and resisting them. Data Driven contributes to an emerging conversation about how technology affects our work, institutions, and personal lives, and helps to guide our thinking about how to protect public interests and safeguard human dignity in the digital age"-- Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
Project MUSE complete collection 2023.
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
July 19, 2023
Contents
Introduction
If the Wheel Ain't Turnin', You Ain't Earnin': Trucker Politics,
Economics, and Culture
Tired Truckers and the Rise of Electronic Surveillance
The Business of Trucker Surveillance
Computers in the Coop
Beating the Box: How Truckers Resist Being Monitored
RoboTruckers: The Double Threat of AI for Low-Wage Work
Technology, Enforcement, and Apparent Order.
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