JustJobs Networks’ 2016 Signature Volume: Transformations in Technology, Transformations in Work


Technology is fundamentally reshaping the nature of work worldwide, spurring heated debate. While some worry that deepening automation and the rapid growth of online and “on-demand” labor platforms are eroding job quantity and quality, others claim that productivity gains will translate into more and better jobs in the long run. With its 2016 signature volume, JustJobs Network introduces real case studies from around the world, examining how technology in its different dimensions is changing employment outcomes.

The 10-chapter volume, “Transformations in Technology, Transformations in Work,” discusses a diverse range of topics: From online freelancer platforms in Latin America to the on-demand economy in Indonesia, from new models of work design in Germany to tech-based farm subsidies in Zambia. It adds nuance to the global debate and grounds it in the experience of policymakers, businesses and workers around the world.

Key Themes

  1. The discourse on technology highlights the trade-off between efficiency and equity, and policy frameworks must strike a balance between the two.
  2. The on-demand economy demands new forms of regulation and worker representation. Policymakers must be proactive about harnessing its benefits and minimizing its costs.
  3. Technology holds the promise of improving livelihoods and enabling labor market access for marginalized communities, but these effects should not be overestimated.
  4. Workers are leveraging digital technologies to empower and organize themselves.
  5. New technologies require rethinking “work design” – the way labor and technology are deployed, how work is executed and the kinds of tasks and interactions it involves.


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The end of 2015 marks the integration of one of the most dynamic markets in the world – the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). While much of the world was reeling from the impact of the Great Recession from 2009 to 2013, the regional bloc posted impressive Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rates – averaging 5.1 percent per annum.[i] Foreign Direct Investment in ASEAN grew by 18 percent in the last two years alone, reaching US$ 136.2 billion in 2014.[ii] It comes as no surprise therefore that policymakers and investors from around the world see ASEAN as a critical emerging market that has the power to lift the global economy and boost the ranks of the global middle class.

Sejak tahun 2012, pemerintah melalui skema Anggaran Pendapatan dan Belanja Negara (APBN) berupaya memfasilitasi kebutuhan sarana mekanisasi pertanian pascapanen dengan memberikan bantuan teknologi combine harvester.

This report summarizes some of thefindings of AKATIGA’s study on food self-sufficiency relating to changesin small-scale rice farming systems in 12 rice-producing villages.

It is widely assumed that young people in rural areas are no longer attracted to work in the agricultural sector, especially small scale agriculture. On the other hand, small scale agriculture in Indonesia is still the nation’s biggest absorber of labour.

 This study describes the patterns of land control and agrarian structure in 12 rice-producing villages in Indonesia. It also explores the relationship between landholding, farm and non-farm incomes.

Authors: Nicholas Burger, Charina Chazali, Arya Gaduh, Alexander D.Rothenberg, Indrasari Tjandraningsih and Sarah Weilant.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are critical for emerging economies like Indonesia but simultaneously

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