Platform Politics and Policy
This interdisciplinary seminar series seeks to highlight cutting-edge conceptual and empirical work on the various political-economic dimensions of digital capitalism, with a focus on the platform economy and the growing (and increasingly contested!) role of multinational technology ‘platform’ companies. Topics of interest include: historical or comparative perspectives on the evolution of platform power across various sectors; the politics of European digitally-oriented public policy; critical approaches to understanding the digital economy. We seek to tackle a wide range of platform ‘types’ (from search engines, social networks, and other user-generated content platforms, to ‘locally-tethered,’ infrastructural, and industrial platforms) and maintain a global perspective as much as possible.
What: A 75-minute seminar with a presentation (approx. 30 min), followed by Q&A
When: Every six weeks or so on a Wednesday afternoon, 16:00-17:15 Berlin time
Where: Online, or at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Reichpietschufer 50, 10785 Berlin
Who: The researchers of the Digitalization and Societal Transformation research cluster, and other interested colleagues at the WZB.
Researchers from outside the WZB who would like to attend may email the organizer, robert.gorwa [at] wzb.eu, to be put onto the seminar series mailing list.
Julian Posada (Yale): 'Embedded Reproduction in Platform Data Work'
Jathan Sadowski (Monash University): 'Vital Data: Making Markets and Changing Lives with a Global Insurance Platform'
Timo Seidl (University of Vienna): 'Polanyi and List Meet in Brussels: Digital Sovereignty and the Future of EU Digital Policymaking'
Katrin Tiidenberg (Tallinn University): 'Sex, Power, and Platform Governance'
Veena Dubal (UC Hastings): 'Employee Status, Worker Perspectives, & Regulation in the Gig Economy'
Jessa Lingel (Penn): 'Digital Activism, Resistance, and the Gentrification of the Internet'
Tomiwa Ilori (University of Pretoria): 'Law and labour: Two emerging frontiers of social media platform governance in African countries'
Jean-Marie Chenou (Universidad de los Andes): ‘Varieties of digital capitalism: platform regulation in Latin America’
Ya-Wen Lei (Harvard University): ‘Rewiring the Techno-Nation’
Michael Veale (University College London): ‘Ceci n’est pas un produit: What the EU AI Act Misses, and Why’
Niels van Doorn, Aleksandra Piletic, Eva Mos, and Jelke Bosma (University of Amsterdam): ‘Platformization and Regulatory Embeddedness’
Robin Mansell (LSE): ‘Platform Futures: Contesting Technology and Governance Trajectories’
Elettra Bietti (Cornell Tech): ‘A Genealogy of Platform Regulation’