Current research:

Log out! Worker resistance within and against digital capitalism. In this research I aim at showing the central role of worker struggle, sabotage and refusal in any project of future liberation. I am the convener of a McLuhan Centre working group and the organiser of a conference on this topic. The first Log Out! conference was held in 2018, and a second edition was cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis — but a special issue co-edited with Julie Chen is in the works at the International Journal of Communication. I am also a co-investigator in Platform Organizing, an international research collaboration led by Enda Brophy. I sometimes fantasize about writing a book titled Log Out! Maybe one day it will happen.

Remix labour. A study of the commodification of media piracy and remix cultures. The history of the cultural industry is one of rip-off, but how do digital platforms extract value from it? TikTok is maybe the most important space for this form of remix, but it is not alone. Look up rip-o-matic videos if you want a different example. Workers use remix techniques to produce content for the mainstream media industry. How is this phenomenon related to the current media economy? I am working on a paper based on interviews with video editors and social media managers.

Things I might or might not do in the future:

Detecting democracy. With free software and Wikipedia, particle physics may be the third example of global massive collaboration around authorship. Hundreds of physicists are members of collaborations that collectively run a detector or experiment. Their decision-making processes include formal institutional hierarchies, informal kinship relations, and detailed rules for participation and dissent inscribed in their constitutions. Can they help us understand contemporary democratic forms?