Can virtual workers strike? Book chapter on identity and collective action in microwork

I’ve posted online a pre-print version of my upcoming chapter in Space, place and global digital work, edited by Jörg Flecker (Palgrave-Macmillan 2016). The chapter is titled Algorithms That Divide and Unite: Delocalization, Identity, and Collective Action in ‘Microwork’. I… Continue Reading

“Virtual products aren’t built with virtual work”: new comment piece about concerns about digital labour for development

  SciDevNet has just published some of my preliminary thoughts about digital labour in development. The argument being that just because digital work is international, doesn’t mean it operates outside of the realm of resistance or regulation. Virtual products aren’t… Continue Reading

New job at the Oxford Internet Institute: ‘Researcher in Development and Digital Labour’

We are now hiring a researcher to work with us to investigate low-wage digital work being carried out in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Researcher in Development and Digital Labour Grade 7 (£30,434 to £37,394 per annum) The Oxford Internet… Continue Reading

Do platforms connect clients directly to providers? The new network patterns of digital work

As part of our project on digital labour and development, Isis Hjorth, Mark Graham, Helena Barnard and I have been meeting and interviewing over a hundred people who do freelance work over the Internet, through platforms such as Upwork and… Continue Reading

New job working with the Geonet team at the Oxford Internet Institute: ‘Researcher in ICTs, Geography and Development’

We are now hiring a researcher to work with us to investigate low-wage digital work being carried out in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Oxford Internet Institute is a leading centre for research into individual, collective and institutional behaviour on the Internet.… Continue Reading

Fieldwork in our Development and Digital Labour Project

  The photographs above come from a conference for online freelancers that Isis, Vili, and I attended in Manila a few days ago. The conference hall was packed with freelancers and potential freelancers looking to hear about ‘the future of work.’… Continue Reading