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Fast Company | 05.22.15

The office is watching you

Karen Levy

D&S fellow Karen Levy was quoted in this Fast Company piece discussing surveillance of workers.

Some research suggests that excessive monitoring can itself curb productivity and innovation, says Karen Levy, a fellow at New York University’s Information Law Institute and the Data & Society Research Institute.

“We don’t know exactly what that mechanism is,” she says, though one influential paper she cites by Harvard Business School assistant professor Ethan Bernstein suggests overly aggressive monitoring and measurement leads workers to hide or simply refrain from any deviations from established practice—even those that benefit the company.

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