Hackerspaces as sites of flexible urban digital labour

The case of door systems

Maxigas, August 19th, 2016, Barcelona, 4S/EASST

Research design

Research question

How participation in hackerspaces is organised in response to changing social conditions, through conventions and technologies?

Units of analysis

  • Society → network society
  • Organisation → North European hackerspaces
  • Artefact → door systems

Hackerspaces

Door systems

Time clocks

IBM Time Clock
IBM Time Clock

Acroprint 150 Manual Time Clock
Acroprint 150 Manual Time Clock

Acroprint 150 Automatic Time Clock
Acroprint 150 Automatic Time Clock

A Day in the Life of a Munitions Worker, Britain, 1940
A Day in the Life of a Munitions Worker, Britain, 1940

Harry Fain, coal loader, checks out in the afternoon after cleaning up after work. Inland Steel Company, Wheelwright
Harry Fain, coal loader, checks out in the afternoon after cleaning up after work. Inland Steel Company, Wheelwright

Results

Research question

How participation in hackerspaces is organised in response to changing social conditions, through conventions and technologies?

  • (Non-)workers self-organise to produce/socialise/struggle
  • Flexible workers need networks and projects → find them in hackerspaces
  • Flexible workers have diffuse schedules → coordinate through door systems
  • Hackers use technological innovation to structure social relations
  • Hackerspaces and door systems are unique cases but reflect wider context

Analytical results

  • Diagnosis of changes in the world of work
  • Self-organisation of urban digital labour
  • Through technological innovation and material artefactsMaxigas (2015)

Methodological results

  • Ethnographic case studies of digital labour ←→ sociological critique of cognitive capitalism.

  • Initiatives of self-programmable workers in the context of social history.

  • Hackerspaces as common infrastructures of peer production.

  • Agency distributed geographically, temporally and logically through material infrastructures.

Thanks

Questions?

Email address:

maxigas@anargeek.net

Slides URL:

https://slides.metatron.ai/flexible-urban-digital-labour/

Website URL:

https://relay70.metatron.ai/

OpenPGP fingerprint:

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Bibliography

Maxigas. 2015. “Organising Flexible Working Spaces Through Techno-Social Networks: The Case of Door Systems in Hackerspaces.” UOC working paper series. http://journals.uoc.edu/index.php/in3-working-paper-series/article/view/2488.