Do you have any thought on the UW-Foxconn deal? On the morning of February 8, the TAA caucus–”UW Foxhounds”–orchestrated a banner drop preceding the Board of Regents meeting at Union South.
The deal was not just an “employment opportunity” or “potential research collaboration.” The Board of Regents used such rhetoric to make us complicit in our own exploitation. The students of UW will not remain complacent as Foxconn pollutes Lake Michigan with impunity, as it hoards $4 billion in taxpayer money, and steals our intellectual property.
We further remind UW of its commitment to the Wisconsin Idea, that public resources are meant to serve the public good. We are well aware that the Foxconn deal relies upon the labor of Wisconsin students and engineers working in their data centers, in their research labs, and in their so-called “smart cities.”