LaborTech 2015

The Gig Economy –  Labor Communication, Media and the Smart Phone  –  Stanford University July 26, 2015


The development of communications technology has led to major changes in the production chain. Today through the internet, hundreds of millions of workers are now linked together. Tech workers and millions of other workers are now tethered to the internet 24 hours a day and every keystroke can now be watched by their employers or used as a powerful organizing and communication tool.
Apps are also being use to put workers in a temporary part time economy and change their conditions of work. Many are affected,  from taxi workers to call centers as well as healthcare workers and workers in every industry. The gig economy is one where more and more workers have no security and benefits.

Dorothy Kidd

LaborTech 2015 will look at how this new technology is being used on and by workers and how workers are using communication technology to organize and strengthen democratic rights.
It will also provide instruction on how to build labor channels that can get the stories out to workers and the public locally and internationally.

The introduction of technology into the workplace, the labor and human rights of all workers including the large number of immigrant workers in the tech industry is a prime focus of this conference.
LaborTech 2015 will look at these issues and how labor can address these issues here and internationally.


The Gig Economy- How this is changing the conditions of labor and our lives

  • More and more workers are being pushed into the Gig Economy-What does this mean?
  • How workers and unions can stream our stories and struggles and build channels.
  • Using the Smart Phone.

How your union or labor group can get your stories out using smart phones and streaming technology

  • How is tech being used on the job and for workers struggles & communication.
  • What labor rights do you have on the job with new technology & How are workers using video and communication media to get out their stories and issues.
  • Techsploitation: How immigrant workers and senior tech workers face discrimination
    in the tech industry and what you can do about it.

John Parulis, Todd Davies,  Jack Linchuan Qiu,  Steve Hill,  Gail Glick,  Ali, Mehmet,  Kaveno Hambira, Ruth Silver-Taub,  John Han.

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