In the latest installment of the Present Value podcast series, Ifeoma Ajunwa, assistant professor in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, discusses the interplay of law and technology in the multiple stages of an employee’s journey – from algorithms that hire the “ideal” worker to mobile apps that monitor workers’ performance.
Present Value is an independent editorial project produced and hosted by students in the SC Johnson Graduate School of Management. It is produced in the studios of the Language Resource Center.
Ajunwa says many of the legal frameworks used today neither contemplate nor address the issues that arise from the use of current workplace technologies. She cites examples of hiring algorithms inheriting human biases; she also urges listeners to read the fine print when signing up for employee wellness programs, as many have been found to sell collected data to third parties.
Ajunwa, an associated faculty member at Cornell Law School, received a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University and a law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Past guests on Present Value include Steven Strogatz, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics; Maureen O’Hara, the Robert W. Purcell Professor of Finance; and Robert Frank, the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management.
All 18 episodes of Present Value are available on the podcast’s website.
– Jonathan Tin