Shaping the Future of Work in a Digital World – Why Should Development Organisations Care? – IDS

On 13th March, IDS together with the Web Foundation and Nesta, hosted the inaugural Digital Development Summit, with the support of DFID and the DFID-ESRC Impact Initiative.This blog post was the first in a series that was published by organisers and participants over several weeks. Here IDS’s Becky Faith and Ben Ramalingam explain why the 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 …

Leveraging Our Comparative Advantages Over Robots: The Bottlenecks of Automation

(Flickr |Lwp Kommunikáció) While waiting to board an inter-city bus in Montréal, Canada, an interesting conversation on the bottlenecks of automation was struck between a mid-aged American bus delivery driver and me. Wallette faces the risk of losing her job to a robot in the coming years. The long-haul transport  truck driver of school buses …

Learn the Top 10 Remarkable Frontier #Tech4Dev

Photo credit: Freepik.com Frontier technologies have the potential to rapidly address large-scale challenges and transform our global economy and digital business models. Under UK’s Frontier Technologies Livestreaming Initiative, the Institute of Development Studies led by Ben Ramalingam reviewed and handpicked the top frontier technologies for international development in five different domains. The ten frontier technologies for …

Global Digital Divide & Solutions in 6 Graphics

Photo credit: Onlyyouqj – Freepik.com   113 million people will join the ranks of the world’s 3.6 billion internet users by 2020, according to a new report by the United Nations’ telecom agency, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).   The largest portion will come from Latin America, followed by emerging countries in the Asia-Pacific, notably China, …

New Report Highlights Opportunities and Challenges of Telework

Photo credit: Katemangostar – Freepik.com   New ILO-Eurofound report shows that the use of modern communication technologies facilitates a better overall work-life balance but, at the same time, also blurs the boundaries between work and personal life.   GENEVA / BRUSSELS (ILO News) – The expanding use of digital technologies such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and …

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 …

The Last Job on Earth

Machines could take 50% of our jobs in the upcoming 30 years according to some scientists. Can we imagine a world without work? The Guardian launched Alice, holder of the last recognizable job on Earth, trying to make sense of her role in an automated world. Have a look at this video: Read also the …