CCDS presents Virtual Research Talk with Fabian Stephany

Is the Future of Work Online? Why Online Labour Platforms Act as Skill-Laboratories

The talk is motivated by the global challenge of rapidly changing skill requirements for the working population due to task automation, resulting in the paradoxical situation of simultaneous unemployment and labour shortage. This skill gap widens further as technological and social transformation outpaces national education systems and often precise skill requirements for mastering emerging technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), remain opaque. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has tightened company budgets, forced employees to work remotely, and facilitated the global need for agile reskilling. Online labour platforms could help us to tackle this grand challenge. Websites like UpWork build a globally integrated market that mediates between millions of buyers and sellers of remotely deliverable cognitive work. In the last decade, online labour platforms have become the “laboratories” of "rebundling" of skills, which we will need more in times of task automation and global lockdown scenarios. The data from online labour platforms allow us to overcome re-skilling limitations by assessing the economic benefit of learning a new skill and sketching valuable and individual training pathways. Furthermore, the empirical relationship of digital skill sets can help to ...

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POSTPONED until March 18 & 19, 2021 - The Things We Do For Data: Social Science Between Collusion & Going Rogue

First and foremost, given these uncertain times, we hope you are safe and healthy. 

Clearly, in these unprecedented circumstances we have had to reconsider the timing of The Things We Do for Data: Social Science Between Collusion and Going Rogue conference this summer, July 30-31 and have made the difficult decision to postpone to Thursday, March 18 and Friday, March 19, 2021 in Berlin. 

We will reopen the call for papers in Fall 2020. We seek submissions for proposals of 500-word abstracts. We expect these to be somewhat non-traditional, with an emphasis on your methods and objectives rather than on the findings per se. Thus, abstracts should focus on data collection methods and challenges in collecting, storing, or updating, data quality management issues, and the critical, legal, ethical and/or policy perspectives on your approach.

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