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Transit computing: From productivity to personal logistics

A summary of some recent work… The idea of productivity so crucial to both IT and workplace design relies on a notion of work that is over a century old. Scientific management eliminated wasted motion to drive efficiency in the factory and the office at a time when people worked in fixed hours and locations, […]

Joining The Atlantic

The last few months I have been writing a regular column for the Business section of The Atlantic. Here’s a list of the pieces published so far. The Deficiencies of Tech’s ‘Pipeline’ Metaphor The Blurry Corporation The Productivity Obsession The Neverending Workday The False Dichotomy of Work and Care How Sexism Shaped Corporate Culture The […]

Typewriter, telephone, transistor

Here’s a write up of my paper from the recent Terms of Media conference at Leuphana University. This is a draft heading for Judy Wajcman and Nigel Dodd’s forthcoming collection, The Sociology of Speed: Digital, Organizational and Social Temporalities. And since it is material coming out of my own book, Counterproductive, all feedback at this […]

Slack and synchronicity

The current market valuation of enterprise software start-up #slack is prompting some much needed discussion of effective communication channels in the workplace and email in particular. A few of my close colleagues* recently debated the value of the service in terms of both ephemerality – the serendipity of useful, chance engagements with colleagues that email […]

The future of work and enterprise

Much of the buzz around new work patterns made possible by the ‘gig’ economy of Uber and Task Rabbit suggests that consumers are beginning to act like companies when it comes to managing their careers and employment. Since the great recession, a significant upswing in part time and independent contract work reflects a convergence of […]

Reflections of a McDonalds manager

…You don’t fire. You would only fire for cause like drugs or stealing. But what happens is he signed up for thirty hours a week and suddenly he’s only scheduled for four. So either he starts being more available or he quits… The only qualification to be able to do the job is to be […]

Body cameras and ethical policing

Jason Wilson and I published an article in The Atlantic this past week addressing the push for police body cameras. As someone employed in the tech industry, I have been wondering how companies might take on a more prominent role in this area, for example, by offering some much needed thought leadership on the appropriate […]

Civic hacking postscript

Audio from the Civic Hacking panel at the Digital Labor conference last weekend is now here. Thanks to everyone who attended and followed the discussion online. We ran this as a series of position statements on key terms that interest us in the study of civic hacking. This is the result of ongoing research across […]

Civic hacking at #DL14

Next month I’ll be at the Digital Labor: Sweatshops, Picket lines, and Barricades conference at The New School in New York. This is a description of the panel I’m organizing with Carl DiSalvo, continuing some of our previous thinking on civic hacking. Please join us if you are coming to the conference – and check […]

Forms of labour in Europe and China

Forms of Labour in Europe and in China: The Case of Foxconn University of Padua 26-27 June 2014 THURSDAY 26TH JUNE ROOM B1 – Via del Santo, 22 – Padova 10-11.00 Welcome and introductions Vincenzo Milanesi, Director of Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology Antonio Varsori, Director of Department of Political, Legal and […]

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