So what do digital technologies and the Internet mean for the future of work? That was the topic of last year’s Information Roundtable at the Aspen Institute’s Communications and Society Program, an annual event that brings together some heavyweight businesspeople, technologies and academics to discuss a breaking issue.
It was a fascinating discussion because so many of these issues are not probed in such depth by such diverse experts. Once again, I was the rapporteur for the three-day gathering. My report, The Future of Work: What It Means for Individuals, Businesses, Markets and Governments is now available online as a pdf file. The report focuses on the concerns of traditional businesses and startups as they grapple with the new competitive environment created by digital technologies and networks. The report examines how the technologies are altering market structures, business strategies, the organization of work, and individuals’ work lives.