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[Commlist] Log Out! Workers Confronting Digital Capitalism, Conference

Tue Feb 11 08:02:33 GMT 2020

Log Out! 2: Workers Confronting Digital Capitalism

International Conference
Friday March 13, 2020, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Faculty of Information, University of Toronto (140 George Street)

Digital capitalism is a terrain of social conflict. Work is increasingly shaped by the technologies used to reorganize the labour process and devise new forms of value generation. Technologies that allow to decompose or outsource jobs make workers increasingly replaceable. New surveillance techniques are used to control and discipline workers, and despotism is on the rise. But a long cycle of struggles has shown that workers don’t passively obey the rules of the digital workplace.

Look no further than drivers in the ride-hailing industry in the streets of the world, domestic workers and freelancers in North America and Asia, food-delivery couriers in Europe and Canada, warehouse workers in urban peripheries across the globe, software engineers from China to California, or game designers and tech workers in cities across North America. The ubiquitous penetration of digital technologies in warehouses, workshops, offices, and app-based workplaces is met with novel workarounds and struggles. New forms of class composition boost solidarity and organizing in the digitally-mediated work environment. Workers log out from and subvert digital labour.

Building on the success of the 2018 edition, Log Out! 2 brings together researchers and workers to discuss how digital capitalism can be confronted and subverted.


Sareeta Amrute [University of Washington and Data & Society]

Sreyan Chatterjee [Vidhi Center for Legal Policy, New Delhi]

Nicole Cohen [University of Toronto]

Niels van Doorn [University of Amsterdam]

Silvia Masiero [Loughborough University]

Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya [University of California Berkeley]

Rita Qadri [Massachusetts Institute of Technology]

Greig de Peuter [Wilfrid Laurier University]

Winnifred Poster [Washington University St. Louis]

Jack Qiu [Chinese University of Hong Kong]

Tanay Gandhi [Center for Internet and Society, New Delhi]

Noopur Raval [University of California Irvine]

Michael Siciliano [Queen’s University]

Jamie Woodcock [Open University]


Foodsters United

Vice Union

Tech Worker Coalition

Game Workers Unite!

Attendance is free. Please confirm your presence at this link:

A detailed program will be published shortly.

The conference is organized by the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology with support from the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology. Organizing committee: Julie Chen, Nicole Cohen, Alessandro Delfanti, Greig de Peuter, Julian Posada, Brendan Smith

Fore more information: Alessandro Delfanti, University of Toronto, (a.delfanti /at/
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