At DataSyn, we have been closely tracking artificial intelligence (AI) debates for over a year now, looking at the ways in which this transformative force has been reshaping market structures, regulatory regimes, amping up geoeconomic battles, and recharting the innovation paradigm. For International Labor Day, we thought it but natural to turn our gaze to look at what AI is doing to the political landscape of work. As the exuberance around machine learning (ML)—and especially, Generative AI—reaches new heights, how are these technologies shaping the everyday struggles of the workplace? What are the new possibilities and obstacles that they generate, for both discipline and resistance? What are the ways by which they may be mobilized in the future? These are crucial questions that address the defining element in the fight for digital justice and for worker power in general, and we reached out to a number of scholars, organizers, and activists to respond to these questions.

Read on to explore perspectives from Uma Rani, Senior Economist, International Labour Organization; Adio-Adet Dinika, Researcher, Distributed AI Research Institute; Nora Gobel, Junior Research Officer, International Labour Organization; Kriangsak Teerakowitkajorn, Director, Just Economy and Labor Institute; Rishabh Kumar Dhir, Research Officer, International Labour Organization; Pratiksha Ashok, Ph.D. candidate at Université catholique de Louvain; and the International Trade Union Confederation!

Platform Workers’ Struggle against Algorithmic Tyranny
Algorithmic Shackles: How AI Erodes Worker Autonomy in the Majority World
Reading the Algorithmic Recipe for Worker Welfare
Reality of AI Development: Role of Platform and BPO Workers
Regulating Algorithmic Management

These varying perspectives bring to light important sites of contestation for the struggle ahead, even if it is for a small cross-section of an increasingly complex and expanding terrain. As the platform struggle seeks to contend with the vast repercussions of this wave of new technologies, the work of sifting through the noise and unearthing the core mechanisms regulating our social and economic relations will be vital. At DataSyn, we are committed to working with others and creating the conditions where this can be done.