05-11-2020 09:30 - 07-11-2020 19:00


Stagione Alternativa 2019/2020
Research Observatory: Jobless Society Platform

In association with
INDL European Network on Digital Labour

NEXA Center for Internet & Society

ISRF Independent Social Research Foundation

The sessions will be held entirely in English

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Job erosion, biased recruitment algorithms, safety risks: today many are drawing attention to the consequences of artificial intelligence on the job market. But what are the material conditions of AI production? Who are the multitudes of precarious workers generating data and operating algorithms? What are the geographical areas and the social scope of the work required to produce intelligent technologies? In what way do beliefs, cultures and values of those who design and implement artificial intelligence solutions influence the use of these technologies?


The conference Unboxing AI seeks to open the black box of artificial intelligence to allow the hidden, neglected or hushed-up aspects of the technological revolution to emerge.

Curated by and with Antonio Casilli, Télécom Paris, Elinor Wahal, ENS Paris-Saclay, Paola Tubaro, Inria


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Thursday November 5th, 2020

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3.00 pm – Opening keynote

Janine Berg (ILO) – Automation and Artificial Intelligence at work

4.00 pm

Andrea Miconi (IULM) – Digital Surplus. From Marx to the web

5.00 pm

Nick Couldry (LSE) & Ulises A. Mejias (SUNY) – Data colonialism. Big data and contemporary subjectivity

6.00 pm

Phoebe Moore (Leicester) – Who makes Artificial Intelligence: AI trainers behind the dream


Ivana Pais (Università Cattolica, Milan)


Friday November 6th, 2020


3.00 pm

Leopoldina Fortunati (University of Udine) – Mediating the human body in AI creation

4.00 pm

Alessandro Delfanti (University of Toronto) – Boxing AI at Amazon fulfillment centres

5.00 pm

Baruch Gottlieb (University of Arts, Berlin) – Digital materialism. A materialist understanding of digital technologies


Antonio Santangelo (University of Turin)

6.00 pm – Closing keynote

Jeremias Adams-Prassl (Oxford) – Automating HR: new liabilities, new worker protections


Saturday November 7th, 2020




3.00 pm PhD Symposium Session 1

Vicky Kluzik (Goethe University Frankfurt) – Seeing like a platform

Kai-Hsin Hung (HEC Montreal) – Data workers in India

Idil Galip (U.niversity of Edinburgh) – Digital patronage


Juan Carlos De Martin (Polytechnic University of Turin)

4.30 pm – In conversation with

Sarah T. Roberts (UCLA) – Moderating Internet in a Pandemic

5.30PM – PhD Symposium Session 2

Lou Brandner (University of Rome La Sapienza) – Freelance Creative Labour

Saverio Minardi (University of Trento) – Labor replacing technologies and labor market inequalities

Jonathan Gruber (University of Zurich) Skills for being aware of algorithms


Andrea Fumagalli (University of Pavia)



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