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

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Bassina Farbenblum

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Laurie Berg

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

Angela Kintominas

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law; Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney

Date Written: November 8, 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Farbenblum, Bassina and Berg, Laurie and Kintominas, Angela, Transformative Technology for Migrant Workers: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks (November 8, 2018). 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 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3295430

Bassina Farbenblum (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

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Laurie Berg

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

Angela Kintominas

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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