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May 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT

Speaker Series: Ifeoma Ajunwa

Law and Artificial Intelligence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
The Quantified Worker
Ifeoma Ajunwa
Hybrid: Virtual/In-Person (ABF Offices, 750 N Lake Shore Drive, 4th Floor Chicago, IL)

The information revolution has ushered in a data-driven reorganization of the workplace. Big data and AI are used to surveil workers and shift risk. Workplace wellness programs appraise our health. Personality job tests calibrate our mental state. The monitoring of social media and surveillance of the workplace measure our social behavior. With rich historical sources and contemporary examples, The Quantified Worker explores how the workforce science of today goes far beyond increasing efficiency and threatens to erase individual personhood. With exhaustive detail, Ifeoma Ajunwa shows how different forms of worker quantification are enabled, facilitated, and driven by technological advances. Timely and eye-opening, The Quantified Worker advocates for changes in the law that will mitigate the ill effects of the modern workplace.

This speaker will present virtually, with the option to view in-person at the ABF. To register, contact Sophie Kofman at skofman@abfn.org


Ifeoma Ajunwa (@iajunwa) J.D., Ph.D., is an award-winning tenured law professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law. She is also the Founding Director of the Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making Research (AI-DR) Program at UNC Law and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University since 2017. She was a 2019 recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and a 2018 recipient of the Derrick A. Bell Award from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Dr. Ajunwa’s research interests are at the intersection of law and technology with a particular focus on the ethical governance of workplace technologies.  Dr. Ajunwa is a Founding Board Member of the Labor Tech Research Network which is an international group of scholars committed to the research of the ethics of AI used in the workplace and for labor. Dr. Ajunwa’s writing has also been published in the NY Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and the Harvard Business Review, among others.