Dominique Méda : “The “digital labor”, or the work of the finger “

Companies. On 4 September, the constitutional Council censored for the second time the provisions of the act the freedom of choosing his or her professional future on the digital platforms that provided “the ability for each platform to establish a charter determining the terms and modalities of the exercise of its social responsibility, defining its rights and obligations, as well as those of the workers with whom she is in relationship” are considered unrelated to the rest of the text.

Then that person fails to properly measure the economic weight of the platforms (the european Commission has estimated that approximately 2 % of the adult population in fourteen States worked regularly on platforms, but has not ventured to predict changes), and that the media space is saturated with the question of the number of jobs affected by automation, a number of works draw attention to the profound transformation of the work that this process is likely to result.

It is less to insist on a possible “great replacement” of humans by robots or artificial intelligence – is now considered to be a hypothesis, implausible in the short term – as the “flat-formisation” of the economy, the rapid expansion of a labor organization, in microtâches intended to be distributed to the “crowd” of “crowdworkers” what the researchers Dominique Cardon and Antonio Casilli call the “digital labor” (INA Editions, 2015), that is to say, the very material of the finger (!) pressing the keyboards and touching screens in the ” firm click “.

Antonio Casilli shows that there is a continuum between these microtâches, the benefits achieved via platforms of service and what are the users on the social networks : it is according to him, in all cases, a job is overlooked,…

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