Labor in the Global Platform Economy

Date: 
Sat, 06/01/2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad

“Labor in the Global Platform Economy” is one of two public panel conversations that are part of the “Making the ‘Future of Work’ Work” workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation.

VIEW THE LIVE STREAM on June 1 at 9:30 am.

Panel Description

From voice assistances that replicate how care and service professions manage their own emotions to surveillance technologies powered by outsourced, contracted coding work, emotional, gendered, and racialized labor are the sources of “smart” technologies writ large. How does the promise of a better, hopeful “future of work” reproduce or contest exploitative regimes of labor? How does the promise of living the “good life,” of becoming the “smart” self, and individual empowerment prohibit other forms of solidarity?

Presenters: Nathan Ensmenger, Mary Gray, Lilly Irani, Cara Wallis
Discussant: Sarah Murray and Lisa Nakamura

Another panel follows at 11:15: Algorithms, Scale, Speed and the Labor of Logistics

This workshop is sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Convergence HTF – Future of Work, Award #1744359 (PI Lindtner); Making “The Future of Work” Work: A Convergence Workshop on Experiments in Tech Work-Maker Culture, Coworking, Cooperatives, Entrepreneurship & Digital Labor.

Both panel discussions will be live-streamed.