From October 9 to 11, 2023, researchers, activists, artists, and policymakers will gather in Berlin for the sixth annual conference of the International Network on Digital Labor. INDL-6 “Digital Labor in the Wake of Pandemic Times” will feature over 100 presentations and contributions from 150 speakers from around the world.

Set against the backdrop of a global pandemic that has accelerated digital transformations, the INDL-6 Conference promises to be an invaluable source of insights and discussion. A special focus will be placed on speakers from the global South, as well as on original empirical findings and theoretical perspectives.

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You can read the program online, or download it here.


INDL-6 is hosted by the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, and co-organized by the International Labor Organization (ILO), Digital Platform Labor (DiPLab), and Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB).

The keynote speakers will include Kylie Jarrett (Maynooth University, Ireland), a pioneering researcher in the field of digital labor studies, and the author of “Digital Labor” (Wiley, 2022). In light of the concept of “workers’ assetization”, she will discuss commodification and class in the platform economy. The author of “Goodbye iSlave: A Manifesto for Digital Abolition” (University of Illinois Press, 2016) Jack Linchuan Qiu (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) will delve into labor-capital relations in the Softbank Empire. The topic of artificial intelligence and European labor regulation will be analyzed in light of recent changes in legislation by Aida Ponce del Castillo (ETUI, Belgium).

Also scheduled are two exciting plenary panels. The first one is the documentary film “VO (Vehicle Operator),” directed by Nicolas Gourault. This short film takes us on an immersive journey into the lives of those who train self-driving cars. During the second panel, “Irresponsible technologies?”, a group discussion will explore the social responsibility associated with AI production within global supply chains. It will feature Dr. Lukas Sonnenberg (GIZ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Germany), Prof. Baptiste Delmas (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France), Dr. Fabian Stephany, Dr. Fabian Braesemann (Oxford Internet Institute, UK). The panel will be chaired by Uma Rani (Senior Economist, ILO, Switzerland).