Past Event

Labour Party Conference Fringe: Brighton and beyond – the future of decent work in a digital world

24 September 2017 12:30–14:00

Hilton Brighton Metropole
Kings Road

Advances in digital technology and artificial intelligence are transforming the future of work. Self-driving trucks are due to be tested on UK roads in 2018 and are already being piloted in the US where around 3 million people are employed as truck drivers, while in the Philippines 89 per cent of call centre jobs are now at risk from automation. Women are also likely to be disproportionately impacted by automation, and less likely to be shaping decisions in the tech sector where they are under-represented.

Robot directing traffic in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Image credit: Brian Sokol / Panos

Technological advances represent significant opportunities both for the UK and the rest of world. With significant implications for the UK Government and the Global Goal to achieve decent work for all by 2030, this fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference seeks to explore:

  • The opportunities and challenges that advances in digital technologies present for the work place and workers in the future, both at home and abroad?
  • How policies across UK government – industrial strategy, education and skills, international development and trade – can help promote prosperity across the UK as well as supporting economic development globally? 


Chair: Chi Onwurah MP

  • Becky Faith, Digital and Technology Cluster, Institute of Development Studies
  • Jenni Lloyd, Purpose Lab. and Wired Sussex 
  • Karen Cham, Academic Lead of the Brighton Digital Catapult Centre and Professor of Digital Transformation Design, University of Brighton

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Please register to attend. Please note that this event is located in the Labour Party Conference Secure Zone within the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel and a Conference pass is required in order to gain access.  

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