On November 5-7, 2020, DiPLab researchers Elinor Wahal, Antonio Casilli, Paola Tubaro, Julian Posada organized the two-day conference Unboxing AI. Understanding Artificial Intelligence. The event was hosted by the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, in collaboration with INDL (International Network on Digital Labour), NEXA Center for Internet & Society, ISRF Independent Social Research Foundation. (Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the conference was entirely held online).

Day 1: Thursday November 5th, 2020

3.00 pm – Opening keynote

Janine Berg (ILO) – Automation and Artificial Intelligence at work

4.00 pm

Andrea Miconi (IULM) – Digital Surplus. From Marx to the web

5.00 pm

Nick Couldry (LSE) & Ulises A. Mejias (SUNY) – Data colonialism. Big data and contemporary subjectivity

6.00 pm

Phoebe Moore (Leicester) – Who makes Artificial Intelligence: AI trainers behind the dream


Ivana Pais (Università Cattolica, Milan)

Day 2: Friday November 6th, 2020

3.00 pm

Leopoldina Fortunati (University of Udine) – Mediating the human body in AI creation

4.00 pm

Alessandro Delfanti (University of Toronto) – Boxing AI at Amazon fulfillment centres

5.00 pm

Baruch Gottlieb (University of Arts, Berlin) – Digital materialism. A materialist understanding of digital technologies


Antonio Santangelo (University of Turin)

6.00 pm – Closing keynote

Jeremias Adams-Prassl (Oxford) – Automating HR: new liabilities, new worker protections

Day 3: Saturday November 7th, 2020

3.00 pm PhD Symposium Session 1

Vicky Kluzik (Goethe University Frankfurt) – Seeing like a platform

Kai-Hsin Hung (HEC Montreal) – Data workers in India

Idil Galip (U.niversity of Edinburgh) – Digital patronage


Juan Carlos De Martin (Polytechnic University of Turin)

4.30 pm – In conversation with

Sarah T. Roberts (UCLA) – Moderating Internet in a Pandemic

5.30PM – PhD Symposium Session 2

Lou Brandner (University of Rome La Sapienza) – Freelance Creative Labour

Saverio Minardi (University of Trento) – Labor replacing technologies and labor market inequalities

Jonathan Gruber (University of Zurich) Skills for being aware of algorithms


Andrea Fumagalli (University of Pavia)