MIT Roundtable on the Digital Economy

Tuesday, December 11

MIT Media Lab
20 Ames Street, E14-6th Floor
Cambridge, MA

On December 11, 2012 the MIT Center for Digital Business is hosting a Roundtable Discussion on “Work and Value in the Digital Economy”. We hope to spark a discussion that would lead to a better understand of the challenges we face and start developing a path toward better outcomes. Here are some of the questions we're planning to address:

  • Where will jobs come from in the coming years? In particular, as digital technologies automate more of manufacturing and the service economy, especially the work done by middle-skill workers, what new industries and organizational forms will pick up the slack?  How will the rewards from value creation be distributed in the coming decade?
  • What are the prospects for new distributed and crowdsourced platforms like oDesk, Crowdflower, Task Rabbit, Mechanical Turk, Samasource, Kickstarter and many others?  What other types of work organization are emerging, leveraging digital technologies, and what are their strengths?
  • How much value is created by free goods and services like Wikipedia, Google, Facebook and other digital innovations?  Is this value properly accounted for in the GDP statistics What is the economic impact of the sharing economy, including services like Airbnb and RelayRides?
  • What can be learned from new digital data sources like Google, mobile telephony, GPS, and twitter streams? Can sources like LinkedIn and the Billion Prices project be mined to give a more current and accurate view of the economy than official statistics?
  • What are the implications for research, business, the economy and policymakers?
  • We will conduct the discussions in a roundtable format with a relatively small group of thought leaders who are on the leading edge of research and practice in each of these areas.  We'll lead off each session with a 5-7 minute presentation and then have a candid, moderated discussion that would push the frontiers of our thinking on these topics.

To register, please go here.

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For any questions about this event, please contact Justin Lockenwitz at 617-253-7054 or