European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.

Plenary C: Technology

Tuesday 28 June, 9.00-11.00 Room: Netherlands II-III

The Plenary session Technology will focus on the impact of new technological developments on the nature of work and the work-life balance.

Questions to be addressed are:

  • Will new technologies such as the Cloud, online platforms, the use of robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, 3D-printing or the self-driving cars lead to a revolutionary or evolutionary change in the nature of work and the work-life relationship? Do these developments open up new social and ethical challenges for future working environments? What will be the impact of the new reality of ‘ubiquitous computing’ on the well-being of workers? How does the rise of these new technologies affect EU and member states’ innovation policies? Which future technologies –now in development - could have further impacts on the nature of work?



For further reading:

Graham, M. 2016. Digital work marketplaces impose a new balance of power. New Internationalist. May 25, 2016

Graham, M. 2016. Organising the Digital "Wild West": Can Strategic Bottlenecks Help Prevent a Race to the Bottom for Online Workers? Union Solidarity International. May 11, 2016 (also translated into Turkish)

Graham, M. 2016. Digital Work and the Global Precariat. Union Solidarity International. Mar 30, 2016

Graham, M. 2015. Digital Work Signals a Global Race to the Bottom. SciDevNet Sept 15, 2015

Ursula Holtgrewe, 2014: New new technologies: the future and the present of work in information and communication technology

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