Addressing Labor Rights Exploitation in the Global Tech Industry: A Collaborative Platform Proposal

Chauhan, Danish, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Neeley, Kathryn, Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

In a world dominated by the tech industry, the pervasive issue of labor rights exploitation demands our attention. To address these labor rights issues which have societal and economic repercussions, I propose developing a web-based platform that would allow workers, unions, NGOs and so on to share information, data and insights about working conditions and labor rights violations in the tech industry. The application would be made in the React Native framework and could also include machine learning algorithms to detect patterns and trends in labor rights abuse. Moreover, the platform would include a company database enabling users to rate organizations based on their labor practices, empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their employment and consumer choices. The proposed platform will feature a chatbot function through the OpenAI API for quick access to information on labor rights and a direct reporting mechanism for violations. By enhancing transparency and awareness, this project aims to pressure tech companies into adopting fair labor practices. Future work would focus on platform development, user testing, stakeholder engagement, and acquisition of server space and licenses to bring this vision to fruition.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Labor Exploitation, Outsourcing, China
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