Automation, Women, and the Future of Work

In a newly published briefing paper, Becky Faith of the Institute of Development Studies explores how automation will change the world of work for women. The conversations about automation and the future of work often overlook gender, even though there are significant differences between men and women in employment rates, types of professions, barriers to …

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work: An Interview with Moshe Vardi

This article was originally written by Tucker Davey and published on the Future of Life institute website on June 14, 2017. “The future of work is now,” says Moshe Vardi. “The impact of technology on labor has become clearer and clearer by the day.” Machines have already automated millions of routine, working-class jobs in manufacturing. …

Guy Ryder announces “Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth” Campaign

GENEVA (ILO News) – Digital disruptions are untapping the power of technology and unleashing economic value across countries and sectors. They are creating employment opportunities that increasingly rely on the digital skills available, the labour intensiveness of digital technologies, and the environmental factors that support digital entrepreneurship and industry-related supply chain development. The steady pace …

Whose job is it to take out the digital trash?

This blog was syndicated with permission from the ILO Work in Progress Blog, and was originally written by Dorothea Hoehtker.  How do Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites protect you, the consumer, from disturbing content on the web? Many of us think our computers’ sophisticated algorithms perform such constant editing, but algorithms are not able …

What is the Gender Digital Divide, and Why Should it Matter for the SDGs?

This commentary by the World Wide Web Foundation was originally published on the SDG Knowledge Hub managed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a landmark opportunity for countries to close the digital gender divide. When UN member states committed to the SDGs, they pledged to: Achieve universal affordable …

Reclaiming ICTs for Development @ITU #WSIS2017

Empowering the Poorest and Most Marginalised To coincide with the recent publication of my new book entitled Reclaiming Information and Communication Technologies for Development (Oxford University Press, 2017), the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D is convening a workshop on Friday 16th June from 11.00-12.45 in ITU Room Popov 1 at the 2017 WSIS Forum being held …

Automation and the Future of Work; Bringing Women Into the Debate: IDS

International Women’s Day. Thailand, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran. | Lebanon, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Joe Saad | Kenya, 2016. Photo: CIAT/Georgina Smith   As part of IDS Digital and Technology Cluster’s ongoing research into the impact of automation on the future of work we’re keen to understand how a range of stakeholders, from trades unions …

Artificial Intelligence for Good @ITU’s Geneva #AIforGood Summit

In partnership with… Driven by the rapid progress in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research, intelligent machines are gaining the ability to learn, improve, and make calculated decisions in ways that will enable them to perform tasks previously thought to rely solely on human experience, creativity, and ingenuity. As a result, we will in the near future …

The Emerging Risks of Our Digital Future – Part III

Want to know what keeps me up at night? I will answer this in a bit. Digital dividends are the returns on investments in digital technologies, in the form of growth, jobs and services that empower and support businesses, people and governments. The World Bank’s 2016 flagship World Development Report entitled “Digital Dividends” revealed that …

How to Resist the Exploitation of Digital Gig Workers: Oxford Internet Institute

(What does the gig economy mean for workers rights? | Ethical Trading Initiative)   Internet users will make up the majority of the planet’s population before the end of this year. Most of this digital growth is coming from Africa, Asia, and South America: places where incomes are low and well-paying jobs are scarce. It …