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Work in the digital age

The future of work is now. We are already working alongside machines that seem to have learnt to think, even feel. Some of us have jobs that our grandparents would have considered recreational activities. And some don't even stop working anymore. But what does the age of AI and automation hold ready for us? How many of us will still be working? And what does digital labour mean for workers in the Global South? What does it mean for gig- and crowdworkers, for trade unions and employee representatives? Will the lines between work and leisure time continue to blur – or will we forget what "work" once meant?

Videos on the topic

re:publica 2018

Surviving Social Media in the workplace

Symposium at CAIS Bochum

Shaping participation on platforms

Discussion Event (in German)

Digitaler Salon – Feierabend 4.0

Articles about work in the digital age

Christopher Olk

Codetermination, Allgäu-style

Co-creation, transparency and other forms of employee participation are becoming more and more of a necessity for…

Christopher Olk

The future of work? Working on the future!

Until 2030, half of our jobs will have disappeared. Simply gone, fallen prey to “Artificial Intelligence”, replaced…

Ayad Al Ani

Answers from the past

Recently, reports on the various aspects of the “future of work” have been accumulating. Nevertheless, the visions…

Bianca Xenia Jankovska

You’re fired

Emojis, gifs and chat programs like Slack are designed to lighten the mood in the office. Our…

Wendy Liu

Silicon Inquiry

The Silicon Valley ideology is a morally destitute trap. But could its well-paid staff transform it? Building…

Christopher Olk

Slack & Co.: The German Way

“Social Collaboration” platforms like Slack, Sharepoint or Yammer promise more transparency and employee participation within enterprises. Long…

Sana Ahmad

A risk worth taking: Studying content moderation on social media platforms

While social media platforms choose to identify themselves as neutral platforms, there is growing complexity around the…

Bianca Xenia Jankovska

The empire of internet celebrities

Carla is an influencer and gets her first big photo exhibition sponsored in a Berlin museum in…

Christopher Olk

Emojis or empowerment?

By implementing internal communication platforms, enterprises are hoping to promote efficiency (vulgo: to get rid of e-mail),…

Shirley Ogolla

Employee empowerment or workers’ control? The use case of enterprise social networks

In the context of the digitization of the workplace, numerous companies are introducing digital platforms that are…

Christopher Olk

Why Social Collaboration doesn’t work without participation

Digital Platforms like Yammer, Slack or Sharepoint are ushering in a new era of communication and collaboration…

Stefan Stumpp

Trade Unions – Partner or Antipode of the Crowd?

Working in the crowd on so-called virtual platforms is developing into a recognisable employment and business model…


Long Night of the Sciences (in German)

Future dream jobs

Sascha Friesike about robots

How to not become unemployed

Shirley Ogolla about the research project

Digital participation in business