Posts tagged: oii

Presenting the Digital Knowledge Economy Index at the Upcoming Development Studies Association Conference

6 June 2016 0

In this year’s Development Studies Association Conference, we will present a paper titled ‘Measuring the Hidden Contours of the Global Knowledge Economy with a Digital Index’. In this paper we propose a Digital Knowledge Economy Index, which combines traditional data sources with bespoke data on capacities and skills (measured via content-creation and participation on digital platforms)… Read More »

Digital work marketplaces impose a new balance of power

27 May 2016 0

Factories can’t run, farms can’t produce, mines can’t be mined, supermarkets can’t be stocked, and call centres can’t accept calls if workers don’t go to work. Even though the decks are often stacked against workers, the basic fact that workers can withdraw their labour with strikes, and encourage others to do so with picket lines,… Read More »

Organising in the “digital wild west”: Can strategic bottlenecks help prevent a race to the bottom for online workers?

11 May 2016 0

For decades, large firms have been outsourcing and offshoring jobs. Work flowed from developed economies to developing ones, where wages were lower and regulations were of a lighter touch. Europeans and North Americans lost jobs, and Asians, South Americans, and Africans gained them. But the nature of these processes meant that business activities had to… Read More »

Reconsidering the Role of the Digital in Global Production Networks (new paper)

13 April 2016 0

Chris Foster and I have a new publication that will be coming out in Global Networks: Foster, C. and Graham, M. 2016. Reconsidering the Role of the Digital in Global Production Networks. Global Networks. DOI: 10.1111/glob.12142 (pre-publication version here). Abstract: Global production networks (GPN) has become a key framework in conceptualising linkages, power and structure… Read More »

Historicizing Big Data and Geo-information

30 March 2016 0

I was asked by my colleague and friend Oliver Belcher to act as a discussant in a session that he put together at the 2016 meeting of the Association of American Geographers: ‘Historicizing Big Data and Geo-information’. The session contained a set of truly excellent and provocative talks by Louise Amoore, Matthew Hannah, Patrick McHaffie,… Read More »

‘Digital Transformations of Work’ 🎬 Conference Webcasts 🎬

23 March 2016 0

The Digital Transformations of Work Conference that Alex Wood and I organised brought together a room full of brilliant and passionate speakers and 80 guests to have a wide-ranging and critical conversation about what digital transformations mean for the future of work (and workers). Sadly, the room could only accommodate 80 and we had a huge… Read More »

The Domestic Turn: Business Process Outsourcing and the Growing Automation of Kenyan Organisations (now in print)

22 March 2016 0

I’m happy to announce a new paper to come out of our previous project studying Development and Broadband Internet Access in East Africa. The project looked at the role that changing connectivity in East Africa was having on three sectors of the economy: tea, tourism, and business process outsourcing (BPO). This paper, written with Laura Mann, focuses… Read More »

‘big data’ and development seminar series

28 January 2016 0

All are invited to our new ‘big data’ and development seminar series. The schedule for the coming term is, as follows: 26 January 2016: “Big Data, Data Activism, and the Global Civil Society” Speaker: Professor Stefania Milan Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture, Univ. of Amsterdam Register interest here! 9 February 2016: “Big Data… Read More »