There is a wide breadth of knowledge surrounding the usage of technology in support of different labor organizations and labor movements. This page contains new and existing research on the role of social media in the labor movement from individual scholars as well as research collectives.
David Karpf is currently an assistant professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. His research focuses on the intersections of social media, the internet, public policy and social movements. A list of his published works and conference papers can be found here.
Jeffrey Juris explores globalization, social movements and new media through ethnographic, sociological and anthropological lenses. His canon includes research on social movements against corporate globalization and global democracy. He is currently editing a collection on ethnography and transnational social movements.
Stanford University Center on Development, Democracy, and the Rule of Law’s program on Liberation Technology
Lying at the intersection of social science, computer science, and engineering, the Program on Liberation Technology seeks to understand how information technology can be used to defend human rights, improve governance, empower the poor, promote economic development, and pursue a variety of other social goods.
The UC Berkeley Labor Center conducts research and education on issues related to labor and employment as part of the UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Both the Labor Center and Institute for Research on Labor and Employment have an extensive list of publications many of which explore the intersections of labor and technology.
The Labor Research Action Network is an annual conference put together by the Labor and Working Class History Association (LAWCHA), a coalition supporting scholarly awareness of labor and working class history through research, writing and organizing. LRAN connects scholars and practitioners, linking emerging ideas from various disciplines and fields.
The UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment supports faculty and graduate student research on employment and labor topics in a variety of academic disciplines. The Institute also sponsors colloquia, conferences and other public programming, is home to the undergraduate minor in Labor and Workplace Studies at UCLA, and carries out educational outreach on workplace issues to constituencies outside the university.