Program

Program

Conference Prelude

February 26, 2020

19:00 Art Exhibition Opening: “Reshaping Work – Quo Vadis Homo”
20:00 Cocktail

DAY ONE

February 27, 2020

09:00 REGISTRATION AND MORNING COFFEE

10:00 WELCOME NOTE | Tanja Jakobi, Executive director, Public Policy Research Center

10:10 OPENING SPEECH | Branka Andjelkovic, Co-founder and Programme Director, Public Policy Research Center
10:25 KEYNOTE 1: Steffen Hudolin, the Head of Operations II of the EU Delegation to Serbia
11:00 COFFEE BREAK

11:30

RESEARCH INSIGHTS 1

SESSION A: WHO ARE THE PLATFORM WORKERS IN EAST AND SOUTHEAST EUROPE, AND WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THEIR WORK? (Location: Reading room)

Session chair: Jovana Karanovic, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

• Agnieszka Piasna, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) Digital labour in Central and Eastern Europe: evidence from the Internet and platform work survey
• Jan Drahokoupil, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)
• Andrey Shevchuk, UNational Research University Higher School of Economics Work values and hybrid careers in the gig economy in Russia
• Denis Strebkov, National Research University Higher School of Economics
• Dieter Bögenhold, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
• Vassil Kirov, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IPS-BAS), ETUI Online labour platform work in Central and Eastern Europe: the case of Bulgaria

SESSION B: POWER OF ALGORITHMS VS HUMAN TOUCH – WHO HAS THE UPPER HAND (Location: Multimedia room)

Session chair: Nicolas Friederici, Humboldt Institute/ Oxford University, Oxford Internet Institute

• Natalia Lomonosova, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla academy, Department of Social and Social technologies; CEDOS think tank for policy analysis App-based couriers in Ukraine: negotiating with the Castle and experience of work
• Maja Turnsek, Faculty of Tourism, University of Maribor Platform economy and accommodation work: contextualizing Airbnb in Slovenia
• Adele Ladkin, Faculty of Management, Bournemouth University
• Bagryan Malamin, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IPS-BAS) Translating online: are Bulgarian translators afraid of Artificial Intelligence?
• Vassil Kirov, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IPS-BAS)
   
 
 

13:00 LUNCH
14:15 THINK-LIKE ROUNDTABLES | This session invited conference attendees to put on a different hat and think from a perspective of an entrepreneur, policy maker, labour (union) organizer, platform worker, staffing agency, or incumbent. Roundtables are led by real representatives from these stakeholder groups.

Think-like roundtable hosts are:

  • Agnieszka Piasna, Senior Researcher, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) Theme: How does the platform economy transform work and employment? How to go beyond buzzwords in research and analyse actual consequences for workers and labour markets? An exchange of ideas on the major challenges for research on digitalization. (Location: Reading room)
  • Zachary Kilhoffer, Researcher in the Jobs and Skills Unit, Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS); Theme: How should the EU improve working conditions for online platform work? (Location: Canteen)
  • Branimir Djurovic, Country Manager, GLOVO; Theme: The social implications of the Gig Economy on platform workers (Location: Canteen)
  • Carsten Vollrath, CEO, Swiss IPG Partners Group; Theme: How does IPG, an Innovation and Technology consultant for digital platforms and digital business models, help companies that offer digital services to improve? How does IPG consult companies that wish to develop their digital business models? (Location: Amphitheatre)
  • Sreten Vranic, Head of Social Banking, Erste Bank; Theme: How should Erste Bank create open banking platform services for freelancers? (Location: Reading room)
  • Darko Sper and Milica Kravic, UGS Nezavisnost Trade Union; Theme: How to organize freelancers? (Location: Canteen)
  • Tamara Gavric, Upwork Ambassador; Theme: Choose to be a freelancer, agency or client (Location: Reading room)

16:00 COFFEE
16:20 KEYNOTE 2 | Martin Risak, Associate Professor at the Department of Labor Law and Law of Social Security, University of Vienna
20:00 NETWORKING DINNER | The conference participants are invited to continue discussing platform economy in a more casual atmosphere at a networking dinner in Piknik restaurant.

DAY TWO

February 28, 2020

09:00 REGISTRATION AND MORNING COFFEE
10:00 KEYNOTE 3 | Ionut Lacusta, Head of Public Policy, EEMEA & EU Affairs, Glovo

10:50 

RESEARCH INSIGHTS 2

SESSION A: CHALLENGES AND APPROACHES IN REGULATING DIGITAL WORK (Location: Reading Room)

Session chair: Martin Risak, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna

• Nevena Kostic, Independent legal consultant and researcher Assessing the possibility of transferring EU jurisprudence developments on platform economy to Serbian context
• Attila Kun, Károli Gáspár University Platform work in Hungary
• Ildikó Rácz, Károli Gáspár University
• Olga Chesalina, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Munich Platform work in Russia: implications for labour and social law in Russia
• Tatiyana Korshunova, Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation, Moscow
• Bogdan Ionita, Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest The impact of digitization over employment relations. The Romanian experience

SESSION B: MANAGING DIFFERENT IDENTITIES IN PLATFORM ECONOMY (Location: Amphitheatre)

Session chair: Ugljesa Marjanovic, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad

• Jovana Karanovic, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Managing the Identity-Size Paradox in platforms: the case of platform cooperatives
• Hans Berends, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
• Yuval Engel, University of Amsterdam
• Zachary Kilhoffer, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) P2B – platform to business regulation in EU
• Andrey Shevchuk, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) Online platform work in Russia and Ukraine: gender differences in earnings and work satisfaction
• Mariya Aleksynska, Panthéon Sorbonne University (Paris 1)
• Denis Strebkov, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)
• Gabriela Yordanova, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IPS-BAS) Challenges to distance work through platforms: the case of Bulgarian women in the sector of information and communication technologies
• Vassil Kirov, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IPS-BAS), ETUI

NEW VOICES: “TRUST AND SOCIAL CAPITAL: SELF-ORGANIZATION AND UNIONIZATION IN THE ERA OF PLATFORM ECONOMY IN SERBIA” (Location: Multimedia room)

Session chair: Maja Kovac, Public Policy Research Center, Belgrade

• Aleksandra Savanovic, Zajednicko.org Improving status of (freelancing) platform workers through workers’ self-organization in Serbia
• Aleksandra Lakic, Zajednicko.org
• Andrej Cvetic, Faculty of Political Science and Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade Not every car is a taxi: the analysis of the protest of taxi drivers against the CarGo association in Belgrade
• Jovana Zafirovic, Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade and Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade
• Slobodan Golusin, Central European University Embedding the global digital labor market: hierarchies, informal networks and cooperation between UpWork freelancers in Serbia
• Jelena Starcevic, Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico City The possible approaches to regulating the platform economy in the Republic of Serbia

12:30 LUNCH
13:30 MEET THE PLATFORM WORKERS | This session engages platform workers in a discussion with platforms they work for and aims to give them a chance to voice their opinions and concerns.
Panelists are:
Darko Vidic, Founder and CEO, Geelancer (designers’ platform from Serbia)
Ionut Lacusta, Head of Public Policy, EEMEA & EU Affairs, Glovo
Jan Drahokoupil, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)
Radovan Mugosa, currier for Glovo, gig worker
Ognjen Skobo, founder of Kroon company whose career began at platforms such as Upwork, Desk, Guru, PPH
Nikola Cvijanovic, freelancer at Upwork
Moderator: Joanne Gouaux, social entrepreneur, Morning Angel Communications, San Francisco
15:00 CLOSING REMARKS

FAREWELL DRINKS