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Dr Ala'a Shehabi
Senior Researcher

Surveillance and Employment Relations in a Data-Saturated Society

Monday, 17 October 2016
14:00 - 16:00
SG1, Alison Richard Building, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

In partnership with the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University, we are supporting a series of seminars which will explore how Big Data is reshaping the worlds of work, production and employment. We will analyse whether the promise of 'on-demand' production and automated logistics drives the agenda for the 'big data' economy; explore the expanding role of the algorithms in task allocation and performance management for the quantified workplace as well as the impact of device proliferation, ubiquitous connectivity and the rise of social media on surveillance and profiling of employees.

Each seminar will have a specific focus.  The first, on surveillance and employee relations, will explore what the implications for relations between employers and workers of living in a society where passive and active forms of data collection, near-ubiquitous connectivity and proliferating use of digital devices create highly detailed personal ‘data footprints’ combining everything from location data to shopping habits, political opinions and religious beliefs?

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