5th INDL Conference: Features and Futures of Digital Labor

3-5 November 2022

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Central Building, 30 Panepistimiou St.

(Metro line M2, station *Panepistimio* Πανεπιστήμιο)


DAY 1 - NOVEMBER 3, 2022

9:30–10:30Conference Opening
10:30–11:30Keynote 1 – Paola Tubaro, CNRS, Paris, France
“Inequalities in digital labour”

Chair: Eleni Rethimiotaki
11:30–12:00 Coffee break
12:00–13:00 Session 1A : Working in private and public spaces
Chair: Valia Aranitou
Nicholas Giannakopoulos (University of Patras, GR), Konstantinos Pouliakas (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, GR)
“Working from home in Greece during the Covid-19 pandemic”
Adem Yesilyurt (EHESS, FR)
“Respatialization of Work in Digital Capitalism: Changing subjectivities at coworking spaces”
Yiorgos Ioannidis (Panteion University, GR)
“Income inequalities of remote workers in Greece”
13:00–14:00Lunch break
14:00–16:00Session 2A : Gender and affective labor
Chair: Lina Chordaki
Session 2B : Organizing digital labor
Chair: Iraklis Vogiatzis
Nelli Kambouri (Panteion University, GR)
“Hybridity, affect and feminised labour in Airbnb”
Enda Brophy, Seamus Bright Grayer (Simon Fraser University, CA)
“Worker Inquiry and Wall-to-Wall Organizing at Google”
Al James (University of Newcastle, UK)
“Gendered Digital Labour and Platform Inequalities: Feminising Platforms?”
Ernesto Noronha, Premilla D’Cruz (Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, IN)
“Struggling to organise: The case of food app workers in India”
Nicole Sarla (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, GR
“Affective labour on social media and affective phenomena as commodites”
Athina Karatzogianni (University of Leicester, UK)
“Dead Labour and Nonhuman Networks: The Problem of Social Movement Workers”
Vaughn Hamilton (Max Planck Institute, DE)
“Digital Sex Work in Covid: OnlyFans, Phone Sex and the Virtual Girlfriend Experience”
Adrienne Williams (DAIR Institute, USA)
“Surveillance Nation: The True cost of Amazon’s Customer Obsession”
Erika Kazani (Attorney at Law, GR)
“Legal transformations of gender issues in the digital world of work within international and EU law; the differentiating value of a digital labour environment”
Αlexandros Μinotakis, Paris Laftsis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, GR)
“Fight Against Platform Capitalism: The Case of e-food Workers”
Chloé Lebas (Université de Lille, FR)
“Mobilization under digital labor: a renewal for collective action? Comparing videogames developers and riders collective action in France”
16:00–16:30Coffee break
16:30–17:30Keynote 2 – Antonio Aloisi, IE Law School, Madrid, Spain
“Regulating Algorithmic Management at Work in the European Union”

Chair: Antonio Casilli

DAY 2 - NOVEMBER 4, 2022

9:30 – 11:30Session 3A : Panel – Platform work, precarity and social struggles
Chair: Uma Rani
Session 3B : Artificial Intelligence
Chair: Francesco Bonifacio
Dimitris Parsanoglou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, GR, Aggeliki Yfanti (Public Employment Service, GR)
“‘We wouldn’t have made it without you’: (self)organisation of platform workers and social solidarity in Greece”
Theodora Kotsaka (Ena Institute, GR)
“Dignity of labour & technology: Is there a singularity of AI?”
Bronwyn Frey (University of Toronto, CA)
“Permanently beta: The minimum viability of app-based courier management”
Barbara Surdykowska, Sławomir Adamczyk (Solidarnosc, PL)
“Cybernetic human enhancement in the context of the work environment”
Moritz Altenried (Humboldt-Universität, DE)
“Platforms and Migrant Labour: Control, Contingency, Resistance”
Sam Hind, Max Kanderske (University of Siegen, DE), Fernando van der Vlist (Utrecht University,NL)
“Taking up the challenge: How machine vision ‘challenges’ structure AI work”
Bernd Kasparek (Humboldt-Universität, DE)
“From Fastest Unicorn to Quickest Strike – Banal Digitalisation, Agile Organising and a Mobile, Global Working Class”
Assia Wirth (Paris Saclay University, FR)
“Facial datasets as sites of knowledge production: examining the (im)possibility of knowing faces”
11-30 – 12:00Coffee break
12:00 – 13:00Keynote 3 – Valia Aranitou, Department of Sociology NKUA, Greece
“‘Surveillance’ as a means of business growth”

Chair: Dimitris Parsanoglou
13:00 – 14:00Lunch break
14:00 – 16:00Session 4A : Digital dispossession
Chair: Clément Le Ludec
Session 4B : Global Souths
Chair: Dimitris Karydas
Marco Marrone (Università del Salento, IT), Federico Chicchi (Università di Bologna, IT)
“The dark side of platform. Works, skills and exploitation in the platform society”
Nikos Smyrnaios (University of Toulouse, FR)
“Science for sale under neoliberalism: work in ‘paper mills’ as digital labor”
Dimitrios Koulos (Technical University of Crete, GR)
“Labour ahead of ‘Interesting Times’: Digital labour, creativity, and capital in the light of the contradiction of productive forces and relations of production”
Juana-Luisa Torres-Cierpe (Paris Saclay University, FR)
“Digital labour and workers’ agency: the case of Venezuela”
Marianna Charitonidou (Athens School of Fine Arts, GR)
“Digital labour theory of value and architectural drawings as part of commodity fetishism”
Kianoosh Yasaei (University Paris 8, FR)
“Platorm workers in Iran in the service of transnational platform capitalism”
Dionysios Tzarellas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, GR)
“Digital work and surveillance”
Aishik Saha (Jadavpur University, IN)
“‘Smart’ Capital and the Spectre of Digital Dispossession: A Critical Enquiry into the Datafication of Accumulation by Dispossession”
16:00 – 16:30Coffee break
16:30 – 17:30Keynote 4 – Uma Rani, ILO, Geneva, Switzerland
“Platformisation in developing countries: Informality, precarity and inequality”

Chair: Manolis Patiniotis

DAY 3 - NOVEMBER 5, 2022

9:30 – 11:30Session 5A : Regulations and policy
Chair: Maxime Cornet
Session 5B : Occupations and careers
Chair: Athina Karatzogianni
Barbara De Micheli, Sofia Gualandi (Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini, IT)
“Don’t GIG Up! & Don’t GIG Up, Never! EU Projects: protecting workers and enhancing industrial relations in digital labour”
Diana Enriquez (Princeton University, US)
“From precarity to flexibility: high-skill, technical workers temporary work strategies and their effects on income”
Katarzyna Cieslik, Mariette McCampbell (Durham University, UK)
“Platformization of Rural Africa: Dependency, Dispossession and Data in the ‘Sharing Economy’”
Aube Richebourg (École des hautes études en
sciences sociales, FR)
“’They killed our baby’, professional and activist paths of the vanguardist technicians facing digital capitalism in Western Europe”
Francesco Bonifacio, Cecilia Manzo, Ivana Pais (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, IT)
“Platform as an institutional logic: the case of welfare platforms”
Alessandro Gandini, Gaia Casagrande, Gianmarco
Peterlongo (University of Milan, IT)
“Neo-craft work: a peculiar case of platformised labour”
Muhammad Asif (HR & IR Professional, Social Activist, PK), Summiya Zahidi (Academy of Labour & Employment Relations, PK)
“Labour Regulations and Gig Workers in Pakistan”
Elina Roinioti (Panteion University, GR)
“Between art and business: Game developers and digital labour”
Natalia-Rozalia Avlona (University of Copenhagen, DK)
“Un-working data in the data-driven health care market: Seeking routes to trace data as a concept and as a practice”
Estrella Gómez Herrera (University of Balearic Islands, ES), Ulrich Laitenberger (Telecom Paris | Polytechnic Institute of Paris, FR), Frank Muller-Langer (University of the Bundeswehr, Munich, DE)
“Do online workers pass-on platform fees to employers? Empirical evidence from more than 3.3 million bids”
Greig de Peuter (Wilfrid Laurier University, CA)
“Co-operatives, Work, and the Digital Economy”
Gemma Newlands, Christoph Lutz (BI Norwegian Business School, NO)
“Mapping the Prestige and Social Value of Occupations in the Digital Economy”
11-30 – 12:00Coffee break
12:00 – 13:00Keynote 5 – Otto Kässi, ETLA, Helsinki, Finland
“Incentives and information – implications for platform labour regulation and worker organisation”

Chair: Milagros Miceli
13:00 – 14:00Lunch break
14:00 – 16:00Session 6A : Crowdwork
Chair: Paola Tubaro
Session 6B : Rethinking Platforms
Chair: Juana Torres-Cierpe
Maxime Cornet, Clément Le Ludec (Telecom Paris | Polytechnic Institute of Paris, FR)
“How artificial intelligence production chain reproduce long term pattern of inequalities towards Global South workers?”
Aljoša Polajžar (University of Maribor, SI)
“Collective labour rights of platform workers – negotiating the algorithm and protection of privacy at work”
Leonard Ecker (Helmut-Schmidt-Universität Hamburg, DE), Martin Krzywdzinski, Christine Gerber (WZB Berlin Social Science Center, DE)
“Communication but where and who? Peer-topeer interactions on Crowdwork platforms”
Christos Krystallis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, GR)
“A brief history of algorithmic management”
Iraklis-Alexandros Vogiatzis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, GR)
“Microtasking and algorithmic management: new tendencies in the organization of labor and the science behind them”
Vangelis Papadimitropoulos (Panteion University, GR)
“Labour in the Digital Age: From Platform to Open Cooperativism”
Tianling Yang (Technische Universität Berlin, DE)
“Community building as both worker control and empowerment: An autoethnographic investigation in a Chinese crowdsourcing platform”
Mathilde Abel, Patrick Dieuaide (Sorbonne Nouvelle University Paris III, FR)
“Riding with Uber: the drivers’ perspective on the Uber multi-sided market convention”
Sonam Jindal (Partnership on AI, US)
“Towards Reframing the Value Generated by Data Enrichment Workers”
Francesco Bonifacio (Università Cattolica di Milano, IT)
“Decentering algorithms, exploring microconflicts at work: an ethnography of riders work”
Annika Becker (University Duisburg-Essen, DE), Frank Kleemann (University Duisburg-Essen, DE)
““Pay + X” – crowdworking between gainful employment and meaningful activity”
16:00 – 16:30Conference Closure