Watch Live: Launch of the Global Commission on the Future of Work

The Prime Minister of Sweden and President of Mauritius launch an international body to tackle the fundamental questions posed by a rapidly transforming world of work. Type: Launch event When: 21 August 2017 Where: ILO Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland Watch the live webcast here at 13:00 GMT (9:00 New York; 15:00 Geneva; and 20:00 Bangkok) This …

Digital Skills in the EU Labour Market

© kantver / Fotolia Written by Monika Kiss, Information and communications technologies (ICT) play an increasingly important role in our professional and private lives, and digital competence is of growing importance for every individual. In the future, nearly all jobs will require digital skills. However, European Commission figures show that two fifths of the EU …

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. …

The zombie robot argument lurches on: There is no evidence that automation leads to joblessness or inequality

Image by Lance Ulanoff This Press Release was originally published on the EPI website on May 24, 2017. In The zombie robot argument lurches on, EPI President Lawrence Mishel and Research Director Josh Bivens challenge the popular media narrative that the pace of automation is increasing, and that it will lead to overall joblessness and …

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 …

Information Technology and the US Workforce: Tech@Work Digital Library

This latest US foresight report will help policymakers, workers and employers groups, the United Nation’s labour agency, the ILO, as well as the readers of this blog get the latest information informing debate about the future impacts of automation and digitalization on the global workforce.   Foresight is essential in helping us prepare for the potential …

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 …