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[ecrea] 'The Digital Economy: Ubercapitalism or Postcapitalism?'

Mon Apr 30 22:04:26 GMT 2018

Registration is now open for 'The Digital Economy: Ubercapitalism or Postcapitalism' conference,

Friday 11 May 2018 .

The conference will explore what kind of economic system digital technologies are producing in the era of Facebook, Amazon and Uber. Keynote speakers: Melissa Gregg, Nick Srnicek and Athina Karatzogianni. Panels on digital labour, digital consumption, digital economy in a global perspective and theories of digital capitalism.

Please find the conference programme below.

Registration costs £5 and can be completed here


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*The Digital Economy: Ubercapitalism or Postcapitalism - 11 May 2018, Centre for Digital Culture, King's College London*

The conference explores the digital economy, understood as the new forms of production, work, consumption, distribution, and finance ushered in by the diffusion of digital technology. From the way we work, to the way we consume and pay for products and services, to the rise of new platforms for consumption and collaboration, the economic field is being revolutionised by digital media. Yet, the jury is still out on whether these changes point to an even more exploitative or rather towards an alternative and fairer economic model.

The event will cover different issues have been the object of intense debate in recent years and questioning the suitability of future trends and innovations: automation and its positive and negative repercussions on working conditions; crypto-currencies and whether they are freeing us from state control or reproducing neoliberal dynamics; universal basic income as a possible new form of welfare befitting the transformation of the economy in a digital era; the rise of digital giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon and the consequences of their oligopolistic position in the market; the new models of value formation connected to data mining and analytics; and many more.

*Conference programme*

Registration: 9.30-10.00
The Entrance Hall, King’s Building

Opening Keynote: 10:00-11:30
Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre
Melissa Gregg

Chaired by Alessandro Gandini

Time to work: labour in the digital era

Session one: 11:40-13:15

Safra – Digital Labour I
Chair: Wing-Fai Leung 23

Sidonie Naulin - Working for a Labour Platform and Leaving It: The Professional Trajectories of Private Chefs From LaBelle Assiette Paola Tubaro  and Julian Posada - The elephant in the dining room: Digital platforms and the restaurant industry
Basak Ozan Ozparlak - Regulating industrial relations 2.0

Nash - Digital Economy in a Global Perspective
Chair: Elisa Oreglia

Jacqueline Hicks: The Asian Data Giants: Towards a New International Political Economy of Personal Data.
Samuel Lengen: China's Digital Economy and Its Place in Socialist History
Lisa Lin: The Rise of Tencent? A New Era of Digital Autonomy on Chinese Internet Television
Maitrayee Deka: The platformization of the informal economy in India
Kira Allmann - The Start-up Revolution: Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship in the Middle East after the Arab Spring

K2.40 - Digital Consumption
Chair: Zeena Feldman
Yaz Osho - Surveillance, censorship and selection: The critical consumption of digital technologies by women academics
Alex Wade - Ludoeconomics: Past, Present and Future of Pay-to-Play
Aleena Chia - The Moral Calculus of Vocational Passion in Digital Gaming
Sophie Bishop - Vlogging
Tim Jordan - From Lols to Money: the role of sociality and culture in the digital economy

Lunch Break: 13:20-14:20

Session two: 14.30-16.30

Safra - Digital Labour II

Chair: Jennifer Pybus
George Maier - Reconceptualising the Sharing Economy for Class Analysis
Asher Rospigliosi - Graduate employability in the Digital Economy
Angela M Cirucci - Commoditizing Narrative: Digital Labor within Social Network Sites Sarah Abdelnour and Sophie Bernard - The unlikely mobilisation of VTC drivers in France: A serious attempt at regulating platform companies?

Nash - Theories of digital capitalism

Adam Arvidsson - Capitalism and the Commons
Adam Hayes - The Socio-Technological Life of Bitcoin
Pip Thornton - A critique of linguistic capitalism (and an artistic intervention) Andreas Wittel - Open Access Publishing as Über-Capitalism and as Post-Capitalism Emiliana De Blasio and Donatella Selva - Digital economy and democracy: present and future challenges

K2.40 - Alternatives to the digital economy

Chair: Bernard Geoghegan

Guillaume Compain - Platform cooperativism: an alternative vision for the platform economy
Cecilia Manzo - New Forms of Local Development
Stuti Saxena - Investigating Open Data initiative in India for promoting citizen engagement
Fortune Nwaiwu - Digital for Development

Coffee break: 16:30-17:00

Closing Plenary: 17:00-18:30

Safra Lecture Theatre

Chair: Paolo Gerbaudo
Nick Srnicek and Athina Karatzogianni
What to do with the digital giants?
Reception: 18:30
Chapters (2nd floor King’s Building)

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