Our flagship Digit Debates series of online talks aims to spark debate, challenge assumptions and provides unmissable insights from leading thinkers into how digital technologies are transforming work.

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1 December 2021

Digit Debates: Skills for the Planetary Labour Market – Indian Workers in the Platform Economy

In this Digit Debate Sanna Ojanperä discusses her research which sheds light on how Indian cloudworkers perceive and expand their skills portfolios in relation to their platform work.

24 November 2021

Digit Debates: Do workers need a legal right to disconnect?

Our Digit Debates Right to Disconnect panel, comprised of experts from law, academia, trade unionism and journalism, discuss whether workers should have the right to disconnect.

17 November 2021

Digit Debates: Connectivity – OECD perspectives and policies to expand network coverage and quality

In this Digit Debate, Verena Weber, Head of the Communication Infrastructures and Policy Unit at the OECD, discusses current state of communications infrastructures and the policies that can help expand network coverage and quality.  

10 November 2021

Digit Debates: Mind the gap: Digital platforms and the future of social and employment protections

Digit’s Steve Rolf and Marc Meryon from Eversheds Sutherland present their Digit Debate on digital platforms and the future of social employment protections

3 November 2021

Digit Debates: Diversity and Digital Exclusion: developing an inclusive agenda for digital futures at work

techUK’s Nimmi Patel presents her Digit Debate on developing an inclusive agenda for digital futures at work.

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20 October 2021

Digit Debates: The Gender Wage Gap in an Online Labour Market: The Cost of Interruptions

Professor Abi Adams-Prassl presents her Digit Debate on the gender wage gap in an online labour market.

16 June 2021

Digit Debates: How does labour market digitalization affect social mobility?

Professor Vili Lehdonvirta discusses research examining whether labour market digitalization could be decoupling inherited occupation from job quality.

9 June 2021

Digit Debates: Pandemic, Performance and the Pace of Work

Professor Abigail Marks discusses findings from her Working@Home research project following the experiences of 80 ‘new’ homeworkers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

26 May 2021

Digit Debates: Live from the farm: How Chinese video apps are changing the global development landscape

Professor Xiaolan Fu explores how Thai durian growers and Rwandan coffee sellers are becoming microcelebrities in China and elsewhere using short form video apps.

19 May 2021

Digit Debates: Automation and the End of Work?

Dr Aaron Benanav considers the relationship between automation and demand for labour.

12 May 2021

Digit Debates: Platform firms and the restructuring of work

Professor Anke Hassel discusses how platform firms are contributing to the restructuring of work.

5 May 2021

Digit Debates: Technology & Transformations in US Retail

Professor Chris Tilly and Professor Chris Benner consider the broader workplace implications of the growth of e-commerce, particularly the recent grocery and meal e-commerce surge.

17 March 2021

Digit Debates: Algorithmic workplace surveillance

Aida Ponce Del Castillo discusses Algorithmic workplace surveillance.

10 March 2021

Digit Debates: What to do? Almost everything about us, is happening without us

Dee Masters and Robin Allen QC discuss their recent work mapping the way current equality and employment laws apply to the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in the workplace.

3 March 2021

Digit Debates: Protecting workers in the digital age

Janine Berg argues that debates on the future of work have focused far too much attention on possible job losses, ignoring the deterioration in job quality experienced by many of the world’s workers.

24 February 2021

Digit Debates: The geo-politics of artificial intelligence

Alexandra Mousavizadeh discusses Tortoise’s Global AI Index, the first index to benchmark nations on their level of investment, innovation and implementation of artificial intelligence.

10 February 2021

Digit Debates: Why the world needs to worry about the ethics of AI

Simon Greenman discusses the risks and challenges of AI and argues that it can only live up to its potential benefits if people can trust in its use.

3 February 2021

Digit Debates: Decoding employment status

Simon Deakin discusses the classification of work relations.

2 December 2020

Digit Debates: Perspectives on the future in the sociology of work

Professor Duncan Gallie considers what we can learn from past predictions about the future of work.

25 November 2020

Digit Debates: A typlology of crowdwork platforms

Professor Debra Howcroft provides a timely review and classification of crowdwork.

18 November 2020

Digit Debates: What do platforms do? Beyond the pro-con debate on gig labour

Professor Juliet Schor discusses new research on platforms in the post-covid period to ask—what do platforms do? 

11 November 2020

Digit Debates: The digital lives of black women in Britain: Between creativity, community and commodification

Dr Francesca Sobande explores the tensions between digital culture’s communal, counter-cultural, and commercial qualities, focusing on how these matters are shaped by intersecting anti-blackness, sexism, and other forms of entangled oppression. 

4 November 2020

Digit Debates: Is music streaming bad for musicians? Problems of evidence and argument

Professor David Hesmondhalgh considers the claim that that music streaming has made it harder than before for musicians to make a living from music.