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CANCELED / Antonio CASILLI (Telecom Paris) et Paola TUBARO (CNRS, LRI, CMH) – “The social capital of platform workers: lessons from the DiPLab project”
January 16, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
The Sociology Seminar: Thursdays
Time: 12:00 pm – 13:15 pm
Date: 16th of January 2020
Place: Room 3105, ENSAE.
Antonio CASILLI (Telecom Paris) et Paola TUBARO (CNRS, LRI, CMH) “The social capital of platform workers: lessons from the DiPLab project“
Abstract : Today’s smart solutions, computer vision technologies, and virtual assistants are predicated on the existence of digital platforms that solicit data labor from crowds of workers. These data-related “micro-tasks” are standardized, fragmented and little paid. Our research contributes to answering this question in the case of France, where the phenomenon of micro-work challenges the country’s traditionally strong commitment to social welfare and high employment protection.
We use data from an extensive survey on French micro-workers, including a detailed assessment of their economic, human, and social capital. We use online surveys and in-depth interviews to gain insight into their social position, work activity, and future perspectives. We show that low-income and inactive individuals are over-represented in this population, despite the high educational qualifications of a majority of them and a distribution of social capital that is broadly similar to the general population. Different groups stand out and apparent inconsistencies point towards an unbalanced social capital and downward life trajectories.
Jeanne GANAULT, Céline GOFFETTE, Sébastien MICHIELS, Sander WAGNER (Laboratoire de sociologie quantitative – CREST)