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Reimagining Platforms

Reimagining Platforms is a new collaboration between The University of Edinburgh and University of Toronto. It is a one-day symposium taking place at the University of Edinburgh on October 31, 2022 that will bring academics and community and local partners together to develop methods and concepts to analyze the different futures and possibilities of platforms and platform economies.

Please Register for “Reimagining Platforms” here:

Symposium Schedule: 

9:00-9:30am: Coffee

9:30-9:45am: Welcome & Artist Talk (Pip Thornton, University of Edinburgh)

9:45-11:45am Researching Platforms
Moderator: Dr. Kate Miltner, University of Sheffield
Location: Informatics Forum

  • 9:45-10:15 Method 1: Technical Interventions/Platform Data
  • 10:15-10:45 Method 2: Corporate Comms & Policy Analysis
  • 10:45-11:10 Method 3: Web Archiving
  • 11:10-11:45 Method 4: Ethnography/Participatory Methods

11:45-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-1:30pm Governing Platforms
Moderator: Dr. Morgan Currie, University of Edinburgh
Location: Informatics Forum

1:30-2:30 Lunch

2:30-3:30 Platforms & Work (Concurrent Sessions)

Session A (Informatics Forum)
Theme: Freelance & Self-Employment
Moderator: Dr. Karen Gregory, University of Edinburgh

Session B (Room TBD)
Theme: Industrial Transformation
Moderator: Dr. Tero Karppi, University of Toronto

3:30- 3:45 Break

3:45- 5:00 Lessons from the Platform Economy (Concurrent Sessions)

Session A (Informatics Forums)
Theme: Worker-Centered Research
Moderator: Dr. Karen Gregory, University of Edinburgh

Session B (Room TBD)
Theme: Fair Work
Moderator: Dr. Tero Karppi, University of Toronto

5:00-5:15pm Break

5:15-6:00pm Keynote: Anne Helmond, Utrecht University
Location: Informatics Forum

6:00pm Drinks Reception
Location: Informatics Forum Reception Area


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