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Saturday, June 3 • 15:15 - 16:30
The future of work in the digital age: Dark sci-fi utopia on its way to become reality?

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The promise of the digital age: anything, anytime, anywhere; fast, easy, and cheap. And all of this is to be made possible by robots or algorithms (partially), but even more by the workers themselves. Each of them is a small part of a larger machine set up to achieve radical efficiency. Every task is planned down to the last minute, every worker is monitored and tracked. Labor laws, employment rights, and protections are often circumvented and ignored by employers and governments, and union representation of workers is often missing. In this session, three journalists will talk about the investigative methods used to research platform work and the inner workings of online commerce giants like Amazon. We will also discuss what working for and with automated systems and processes looks like today, and what it might look like in the future. How will our day-to-day work change and look? In which way will labor rights and unions need to adapt to the developments? And what should journalists pay attention to next in this field?

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Charles Boutaud

Developer-Journalist, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Charles is a developer-journalist who has experience investigating digital information (data) for stories using computational methods.
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Matea Grgurinović

Journalist, Faktograf.hr/Freelance
I am a Zagreb-based journalist writing mostly about social issues with a strong interest in Southeast Europe, China, and the post-Soviet space and a growing interest in data journalism. I cover topics such as poverty, inequlity, labour/workers' rights, trauma and climate change.
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Miriam Lenz

Reporter, Correctiv
Miriam has been a reporter in the Berlin investigative editorial team at CORRECTIV.Lokal since March 2022. While studying social sciences at Berlin's Humboldt University, she discovered her enthusiasm for urban research and student journalism. In 2018, she received a scholarship from... Read More →

Saturday June 3, 2023 15:15 - 16:30 CEST