Computer-Aided Destruction: Art, Autodesk, and What Accountability Looks Like for the Tech Industry

by | Apr 22, 2020

French artist Joanie Lemercier has been a thorn in Autodesk’s side for more than a year now, since he first pointed out that the California software company’s computer-aided drafting (CAD) software keeps Europe’s largest coal mine operating. Tech reporter Maddie Stone started looking into it, and found that Autodesk software is used by not only coal mines but also to design oil and gas pipelines, and for all sorts of other extractive purposes. It’s a window into a broader discussion around climate accountability and tech these days that asks the question: how do we hold tech companies responsible for the damage their products might do?

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