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Labor in the Global Platform Economy

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Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad


FOR REMOTE PARTICIPANTS: Video from this talk will be streamed live; see for details.


“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.


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?



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