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 …

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 …

Reframing the Debate: A Closer Look at Technological Innovation’s Link to Widening Global Inequality – Part II

(Inequality in Brazil | Oxfam)   One of the hottest topics at the UN Global Dialogue on the Future of Work We Want this month was technological innovation’s impact on widening global inequality. To continue the conversation, I invite you to read this second of our three-part article delving deeper into the global landscape of …

The Future of Work We Want: A Closer Look at Technological Innovation’s Link to Widening Global Inequality – Part I

  The interplay between technological innovation and rising inequality deserves more study and debate. This is a three-part article delving deeper into the global landscape of inequality in relations to extreme technological and wealth – capital – accumulation.   Technological innovation’s impact on the future of work, especially widening global inequality, was a key focus …

Can We Turn the Digital Revolution into a Development Revolution?

Today, 3.9 billion people – more than half of the world’s population – do not have access to Internet. This is unacceptable. It deepens existing social and economic divides while creating new ones. The digital revolution must be a development revolution for all. To translate today’s technological breakthroughs into development breakthroughs, we need to harness …

Making Technology Work for All?

Photo Credit: Kai-Hsin Hung   Your job (or your next job), workplace, and the wider labour market are undergoing incredible change. Once we factor in the potential impacts of disruptive technologies, there are many uncertainties about the future trajectories of labour markets around the world. Techno-pessimists believe automation puts jobs at risk. And their so-called …

Digital Divide(nds)

Malawi. I was typing away, trying to finish a report when the electricity went out. I forgot to save before the screen went blank. All of my work, gone. Rolling blackouts are a routine occurrence across Malawi. But this particular blackout was not caused by ESCOM, the state-owned power company, not meeting demand. This time, it was …