Transformative Technology for Migrant Workers: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks
Farbenblum B;Laurie B;Angela K, 2018, Transformative Technology for Migrant Workers: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks, Open Society Foundations, New York, ISBN: 978-1-940983-85-1
54 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2019
Date Written: November 8, 2018
Digital technology offers the promise to transform the labour migration landscape and to empower workers in new and previously uncontemplated ways. However it also gives rise to a host of practical, ethical and legal challenges. This report takes stock of the rapidly evolving landscape of digital tools that businesses, worker advocates and governments have developed to address exploitative recruitment and labour conditions. It considers the factors that contribute to (or undermine) the effectiveness of these tools, and the risks they create for workers and host organisations. These include legal, financial and security risks. The report considers resourcing and other challenges to sustainability and scalability of digital tools, and approaches to design and implementation that ensure the tools are taken up by vulnerable workers and deliver meaningful outcomes to them. It concludes that technology’s transformative potential will only be realized through responsible and well-considered approaches to the funding, development, and implementation of platforms that respond to migrant workers’ vulnerabilities and the structural drivers of exploitation.
Keywords: migrant worker, labour migration, technology, digital, supply chain, data, privacy, exploitation, forced labor, trafficking, worker, labor
JEL Classification: K42, K37, K31, J15, O33
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