Current projects:

Material Labour. A study of the materiality of digital labour in e-commerce warehouses. Think Amazon, Zalando, H&M, Ikea and the like. I am analyzing the technologies used to work, such as the barcode gun and its relation to the platform’s algorithm, and how they intersect with emerging cycles of struggle in the logistics sector.

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, for example when workers log out during strikes. I am the lead convener of a McLuhan Centre working group on this topic.

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” that relies upon the neoliberal university’s obsession with metrics. 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.

Things I might or might not do in the future:

Mobilizing Against the Platform. How do workers struggle against the disciplinary power of digital capitalism? 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.

Academic Labour. A review of the transformations of academic labour from contemporary neoliberal science to digitally-mediated scholarly communication.