"The future of labour in the digital era – Ubiquitous Computing, Virtual Platforms, and Real-time Production"

Date: 21 October 2016
Place: Vienna, National Council of Austria

The exclusive meeting 2016 will focus on the impact of digitization and robotics on the labour market – a salient political issue.

The conference is taking place in the premises of the national parliament of the country holding the EPTA (European Parliamentary Technology Assessment) presidency.

In October 2016 prominent experts from Europe, members of parliament of EPTA members and selected stakeholders will meet in Vienna discussing the political dimension of these technology-driven developments.

Link:EPTA network




Session 1 – Labour and digitisation in international perspective

Presentation and synthesis of the EPTA report 2016
Tanja Sinozic (ITA, Austria)

Session 2 – Digitisation, flexible work, and crowdsourcing

Flexible New World of Work. A TA-Swiss study
Johann Weichbrodt (FH Nordwestschweiz, Switzerland)

Virtual platforms and Edupunks (no presentation slides available)
Ayad Al Ani (Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Germany)

Crowdsourcing and technology platforms
Lars Bo Jeppesen (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)

Session 3 – Robots and job automatisation

The Robot Society. A Rathenau study
Rinie van Est (Rathenau Institute, Netherlands)

Sociological perspectives of digital labour: qualifications, labour relations
Jörg Flecker (Univ. Vienna, Austria)

Legal challenges for ubiquitous robotics
Erica Palmerini (Univ. Pisa, Italy)

Session 4 – Key economic and policy challenges for labour in the digital era

Technology and the labour market
Mark Keese (OECD)

Digitalisation and the Future of Work: Macroeconomic consequences for tomorrow's employment, unemployment and wages
Ulrich Zierahn (ZEW, Germany)

Policy challenges. Results from the COST action 'Dynamics of Virtual Work'
Ursula Huws (Univ. Hertfordshire, UK)

Session 5 – Summary and lessons learned