Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

"Goodbye iSlave," a talk by Jack Qiu (School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Thu, October 6, 2016 | BMC 5.102

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Goodbye iSlave
Goodbye iSlave

(Co-sponsored with RTF) 

School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong
"Goodbye iSlave"
What is slavery? How does it relate to problems of digital labor, exploitation on the assembly line, and expropriation in the data mine? In this era of Internet and smartphones, can workers form their own networks and resist the logic of capital? This talk discusses 21st-century slavery in an era of information technology, global connectivity, and local disconnect.


Jack Linchuan Qiu is a professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he serves as deputy director of the C-Centre (Centre for Chinese Media and Comparative Communication Research). His publications include Goodbye iSlave: A Manifesto for Digital Abolition (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming), World’s Factory in the Information Era 信息时代的世界工厂 (Guangxi Normal University Press, 2013), Working-Class Network Society (MIT Press, 2009), Mobile Communication and Society (co-authored, MIT Press, 2006), some of which have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Portugese, and Korean. He is on the editorial boards of 10 international academic journals, including six indexed in the SSCI, and is Associate Editor for Journal of Communication. He also works with grassroots NGOs and provides consultancy services for international organizations.


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