“Inequalities in digital Labour”
Paola Tubaro, CNRS, Paris, France
Paola Tubaro is research professor (Directrice de Recherche) in sociology and technology at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Trained as an economist before getting interested in sociology, she is at the Centre for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST) on the Palaiseau campus just south of Paris. Her research is inter-disciplinary and leverages synergies between sociology, network science, and artificial intelligence. She is currently researching the place of digital labour in the global production networks of artificial intelligence, and social inequalities in digital platform work. She has also extensively published in the fields of data methodologies and research ethics. Until December 2015, she was a Reader in economic sociology at the University of Greenwich, London. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and the co-convenor of the Social Networks Analysis Group of British Sociological Association.
“Regulating Algorithmic Management at Work in the European Union”
Antonio Aloisi, IE University Law School, Madrid, Spain
Antonio Aloisi is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow and professor of European and Comparative Labour Law at IE University Law School, Madrid. Previously, he was a Max Weber postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, and a visiting researcher at Saint Louis University, USA. He holds a PhD in Business and Social Law from Bocconi University, Milan. His research focuses on the impact of innovation on labour regulation and social institutions. The aim of his Boss Ex Machina project, which has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 programme, is to map practices of algorithmic decision-making and assess the adequacy of existing legal frameworks for enabling data-driven workplaces. He has written several research papers and co-authored Your Boss is an Algorithm. Artificial Intelligence, Platform Work and Labour (Hart Publishing 2022, with Valerio De Stefano), which provides a compass to navigate the era of radical advancements such as the gig-economy, algorithmic management and digital surveillance. He tweets at @_aloisi
“Surveillance as a means of business growth”
Valia Aranitou, NKUA, Athens, Greece
Valia Aranitou has studied economics and political sciences at the NKUA, Athens, and at the Université Paris Dauphine, Paris. She is an Associate Professor at the Sociology Department of the NKUA. Her research interests are the institutions and mechanisms of social representation, organization of labor and labor relations, as well as the theoretical and institutional relations between democracy and the economy. Since 2008 she is director of INEMY, the research institute of the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE). She has published many books and reports on SME entrepreneurship and the organization of trade economies.
“Platformisation in developing countries: Informality, precarity and inequality”
Uma Rani, ILO, Geneva, Switzerland
Uma Rani is Senior Economist at the Research Department of the International Labour Office, Geneva. She is a Development Economist and has conducted research in informal economy, minimum wages and social policies. Since 2016, her research focuses on transformations in the digital economy, wherein she explores how labour and social institutions interact with public policies and can provide decent working conditions to workers. She has recently coordinated the publication of the ILO flagship report, World Employment and Social Outlook 2021: The role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work.
“Incentives and information-implications for platform labour regulation and worker organisation”
Otto Kässi, ETLA, Helsinki, Finland
Dr. Otto Kässi is an economist at Etla Research, a senior researcher at Turku Centre for Labour Studies, and a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. He got his PhD in economics from the University of Helsinki in 2014. The topic of his doctoral dissertation was income inequality. Since then, his research has concentrated on understanding the scope and growth rate of platform labour and its macroeconomic implications. He has also consulted international organisations such as the OECD and the ILO on topics related to the platform economy. More recently, he has also worked on studying the long-term effects of state aid related to the COVID-19 pandemic on workers, firms, and the macroeconomy.