Eugene Lang College and The New School for Liberal Arts will host The Internet as Playground and Factory, a conference on digital labor , in New York City, November 12-14. The conference is centered around the internet as a medium for labor from which large internet enterprises profit:
This conference confronts the urgent need to interrogate what constitutes labor and value in the digital economy and it seeks to inspire proposals for action. Currently, there are few adequate definitions of labor that fit the complex, hybrid realities of the digital economy. The Internet as Playground and Factory poses a series of questions about the conundrums surrounding labor (and often the labor of love) in relation to our digital present
The engaging schedule, covers topics from “Why Virtual Worlds Need a Civil Rights Movement” to “Facebook User Labor Enactments.” The participants list is impressive. The conference is free to attend, but guests must register in advance on the conference Web site.