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Call for papers: Special issue on Digital Labour

Feminist Review is calling for articles and Open Space pieces for a themed issue on Digital Labour. Issue editors: Melissa Gregg and Rutvica Andrijasevic Digital labour refers to a range of tasks executed by humans on, in relation to, or in the aftermath of digital platforms. On-demand logistics services, micro-work platforms such as Amazon Mechanical […]

Engineering Inclusion

This year Ada Lovelace Day coincides with National Coming Out Day in the US. These are two occasions that mean a lot to me as a queer woman in tech. To mark the moment, I am reposting below a short piece that I wrote on an internal company blog a few months ago. I started […]

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 […]

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 […]

Working for Nothing

Notes from Andrew Ross’ keynote at the International Labour Process conference last week. These are just the sections on virtual labour. One of the founding principles of the labor movement was that the bosses needed the workers. Now we may be reaching a point where bosses have worked out how to get by without workers. […]

Work smarter – when you have a job at all

If you see an example of the phrase ‘work smarter, not harder’ anywhere in your travels, can you send me a pic? This one from The Mercury’s latest special feature got me thinking. According to the figures, Tasmania is in recession – so the local paper is publishing a series of opinion pieces to generate […]

The problem with work (I)

Feminist calls for better work for women, as important as they have been, have on the whole resulted in more work for women. Beyond the intensification of many forms of waged work… the burdens of unwaged domestic and caring work have also increased, both because of the pressures of neoliberal restructuring along with the double […]

At Sydney Uni this week

Starting with an assembly in Eastern Avenue – one of the many campus locations to have been “enhanced” in recent years at major expense – Wednesday’s No Job Cuts rally moved to the iconic sandstone quadrangle, to the office of the absent Vice Chancellor, Michael Spence. A section of the protest group then stormed the […]

Notes on Jason Read’s ‘Starting from Year Zero: Occupy Wall Street and the Transformations of the Socio-Political’

NB: These are highlights created by instapaper on my kindle. Read the full essay here. I am experimenting with this and other ways of taking notes “in the cloud”… Follow @melgregg on Twitter if this is your kind of thing. As students take on more and more loans to fund their education, their education changes […]

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