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Lunch w/ Alex Rosenblat on “UBERLAND: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work”

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us Tuesday, March 12 for a discussion with Alex Rosenblat, an award winning technology ethnographer and author on her latest book, “UBERLAND: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work.”

Tuesday, March 12
12:00pm – 1:00pm [Lunch will be served!]
Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School​, Room 2004

Silicon Valley technology is transforming the way we work, and Uber is leading the charge. The American startup promised to deliver entrepreneurship for the masses through its technology, but instead created a new template for employment using algorithms and internet platforms, giving way to a future where any of us could be managed by a faceless boss.

Based on Rosenblat’s first hand-experience of riding 5,000 miles with Uber drivers in more than twenty-five cities in the United States and Canada over four years, daily visits to online forums, and face-to-face discussions with senior Uber employees, Rosenblat sheds light on drivers’ working conditions and reveals how they actually feel behind the
wheel.

Uberland goes beyond the headlines to reveal the complicated politics of popular technologies that are manipulating both workers and consumers and explores the influence and overarching role of technology companies outside Silicon Valley in everything from debates about sexual harassment and transportation regulations to racial equality campaigns and labor rights initiatives.

Alex Rosenblat is a researcher at Data & Society Research Institute in New York City.

Details

Date:
March 12
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Venue

WCC 2004 Classroom

Organizer

Labor and Worklife Program
Email:
lwp@law.harvard.edu
Website:
https://lwp.law.harvard.edu/