Research Project

Fair Labor in the Digitized Economy

A four-year research project funded by the Research Council of Norway

With funding granted by the Research Council of Norway, this four-year research project “Fair Labor in the Digitized Economy”, focuses on how society can ensure fair labor conditions while transitioning into a fully digitized economy.

As new technologies develop, altering forms of collaboration between people and machines, many voices within the academic and professional spheres claim that these advances will trigger an era of accelerated innovation and disruption, comparable to the industrial revolution. Already, the concepts of work, labor, and employment are evolving and technology is unravelling many traditional expectations of what it means to have a ‘career’ or even a ‘job’. Organizations across the industrial spectrum are reflecting this new reality, with some being quick to celebrate the new opportunities which come with technological changes, while some staunchly resist the advance of ‘job-destroying robots’.

Critics argue that digital labor constitutes a modern form of exploitation because it undervalues of human labor, lacks basic worker protections, and disenfranchises workers from the final product due to increasing task fragmentation. By contrast, optimistic theorists stress that digital labor is a means of worker empowerment, dependent on intrinsic motivation and the way of the future. In such a shifting labor landscape, many questions arise with regard to how society wants to co-ordinate into a fully digitized economy. In particular, questions arise with regard to how fair labor conditions can be maintained and promoted. 

As the trajectory of digital technology is the consequence of specific choices, both private and public, it is important at this early stage to conduct in-depth empirical analysis of the ongoing trends, focusing on both a regional and global scale. We aim to offer a balanced voice in this discourse, providing detailed empirical evidence and applicable knowledge. With such insights, we can serve the public interest in facilitating public deliberation on desirable practices and policies.

  • Monday, October 23, 2017 -

    Two Papers Presented at Reshaping Work 2017, 19th – 20th October, Amsterdam

    The Nordic Centre for Internet and Society had two papers presented at the first Reshaping Work Conference, held in Amsterdam.

  • Monday, October 23, 2017 -

    Two Papers Presented at Reshaping Work 2017, 19th – 20th October, Amsterdam

    The Nordic Centre for Internet and Society was well represented at this year’s Association for Internet Researchers Conference, with two papers presented on the business of Instagram’s sponsored…

  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017 -

    Three Research Reports Published on the Sharing Economy

    Three reports have been published by researchers within the Fair Labor Project on the topic of the Sharing Economy. These reports form one element of a sister European Union Horizon 2020 Research…

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 -

    Christoph Lutz Wins Best Paper Award at #SMSociety 2017

    Christoph Lutz wins the best paper award at the 8th International Conference on Social Media & Society, in Toronto, for the paper "Spiral of Silence 2.0: Political Self-Censorship among Young…

Contact

For all queries, please contact:

Professor Christian Fieseler

BI Norwegian Business School

E-mail: christian.fieseler@bi.no

Twitter: @BI_NCIS

Facebook: @BINordicCentre

This project has received funding from the Research Council of Norway within the SAMANSVAR project "Fair Labor in the Digitized Economy" (247725/O70).