Academia as a Financial Market of Ideas. Social media for academics such as Academia.edu or ResearchGate are transforming the “marketplace of ideas” of scholarly communication into a “financial market of ideas.” In these spaces, distributed and algorithmic forms of accounting attribute value to future-oriented objects that are not measurable through traditional accounting–for example pre-print articles that haven’t yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. The algorithms that underpin these services express the value of such objects as the result of an array of social interactions rather than formal citations. Academic social media platforms represent the answer to the global explosion of casualized and precarious academic labor, which output can not be fully accommodated by scholarly journals and thus is not valorized through traditional publishing systems upon which the neoliberal university’s obsession with metrics is based.
Mobilizing Against the Platform. How do workers struggle against the disciplinary power of digital capitalism? Through an analysis of recent mobilizations I am studying how the material and ideological weaknesses of digital capitalism are exploited by its precarious and casualized workers. Rather than proposing an exit from capitalism via increased automation or technological re-appropriation through platform cooperatives, I aim at showing the central role of worker struggle, sabotage and resistance in any project of future liberation.
You’re Deactivated! In platform-based digital labour, worker dismissal can materialize in the form of disconnection from the company’s app or website. This represents the most brutal side of the disciplinary power of digital labour technologies. The technical ability to “deactivate” a worker is the result of deeper political and legal transformations which enable digital capitalism to tap into an increasingly precarious workforce. Yet the role of these disciplinary technologies in subduing labour may lay the ground for new forms of resistance to emerge.
Introduction to Digital Media. Adam Arvidsson and I are translating our textbook, which will be published in English in 2018.
Things I might or might not do in the future:
Grey is the New Black. A historical analysis of the role of grey literature (preprints, reports, slides, drafts, etc.) from modern science up to contemporary, digitally-mediated scholarly communication.