Category Archives: Cybertariat

and more on the future of work

In the new spirit of reblogging here things I have already blogged elsewhere, here is a piece that appeared today on the LSE blog at http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessreview/2017/04/11/future-of-work-taking-the-blinkers-off-to-see-new-possibilities/ (their headline not mine). Future of Work: taking the blinkers off to see new … Continue reading

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The key criticisms of basic income, and how to overcome them

I quite often write blogs for sites other than my own. It has been suggested to me that I should post them here too, to make life easier for followers who like to see things in one place, so here … Continue reading

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Uber and under

In recent weeks I have been doing a lot of travelling (involving taking a lot of taxis) and speaking at various events about the so-called ‘sharing economy’, so Uber has been much on my mind. I am never quite sure … Continue reading

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Street naming

I was amused to notice the other day that the street next to Moorfields Eye Hospital in London is – appropriately – named ‘Peerless Street’. This first set me thinking of other terrible eyesight-related puns (Seymour Place, Fuller View … … Continue reading

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Dalston the morning after

I awoke this morning to the sight of shuttered shop windows and the sound of police sirens and hovering helicopters. A bit like the spin cycle on a washing machine, this is one of those noises that you expect to … Continue reading

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How multi-skilling and deskilling can coexist

The latest issue of Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation is now published. Or at least the contents are up online at http://analytica.metapress.com/content/121034/ and the printers are taking orders but I have yet to hold a hard copy in my dusty … Continue reading

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All in the name?

When I started this blog, I wanted to call it ‘Cybertariat’ a word I invented for the title of an article (‘the making of a cybertariat’) I wrote for Socialist Register in 2001. The word has since been picked up … Continue reading

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Ethics of emerging technologies – discourse and reality

I am in Karlsruhe in Germany for a meeting of the ETICA project (www.etica-project.eu) on whose advisory board I sit. One of the documents they have produced is a fascinating if scary analysis of discussions in the academic literature about … Continue reading

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New issue nearly ready!

Jenny Zienau and I are in the final stage of editing the new issue of Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation. Compared with the last one, which had a very European focus, this one is emphatically global in scope. Co-edited with … Continue reading

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