Thursday 28 June 2018 - 13:30-15:00 room: France - interpretation: EN/FR

The digitalisation of the economy is predicted to disrupt the processes of production, employment and work conditions on an unprecedented scale. This session will go beyond examining the impact of digitalisation on work to sketch out how climate change and digitalisation interact. Questions to be addressed include: what impact does new technology have on exacerbating or slowing down climate change; and what new technological solutions are available to mitigate the effects of climate change? The session will reflect on the global impact of digitalisation: what instruments of regulation of technological impacts are needed to address the global reach of digitalisation? The session will also look at the interaction of digitalisation with demographic developments. For example, will globalisation and the dispersal of supply chains enable youthful populations in developing countries to enjoy increasing prosperity, avoiding the ageing “north” and the young “south”.

Chair: Thiébaut Weber, Confederal Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation

  • Peter Frase, Member of the Editorial Board of Jacobin Magazine
  • Jamie Woodcock, Researcher, Oxford Internet Institute
  • Gabriele Zimmer, Chair, Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left in the European Parliament

Transformative technologies and employment: building a fair and inclusive digital single market

Keynote speaker: Andrus Ansip, Vice President, leading the project team "Digital Single Market", European Commission - speech