Migrant Technologies: (re)producing (un)freedoms

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•05•20    10:00 - 16:30

    On 20 May 2016, UNU Computing and Society (UNU-CS) will host the one-day event Migrant Technologies: (re)producing (un)freedoms at UNU-CS in Macau.

    The event will bring together scholars, practitioners and activists to share understandings and research on information and communication technology (ICT) use by migrants from Asia, particularly the Philippines and China. Panel discussions will explore research about the existing role of ICTs in (re)producing development freedoms and structural unfreedoms among migrants, plans for new uses of ICT, and will identify potential areas for future research and collaboration.

    Researchers, students and staff from migrant organisations who work on or are interested in migrant rights and ICT use by migrants are encouraged to attend the event.

    The event is free and will include refreshments and lunch plus a closing drink reception.

    Advance registration is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    For further information, please see the event flyer and/or contact the event coordinator, Becky Im: pkim@unu.edu

    Event Programme

    10:00–10:30  Coffee Reception

    10:30–10:40  Introduction and Welcome

    Michael Best, Director of UNU-CS

    10:40–12:00  Morning Panel: Emerging Themes in Migrant Technology Research

    Chair: Tony Roberts, UNU-CS

    • Jack Qiu, Chinese University of Hong Kong
      Freedom, Slavery, and Working-Class ICTs: Learning from Chinese Migrant Workers in Foxconn
    • Nikos Dacanay, Chiang Mai University
      ICT Usage and How Ethnic Migrant Women in Northern Thailand Indigenize/Mediate Human Rights’ Discourse of Gender Equality
    • Odalia Wong, Baptist University of Hong Kong
      Transnational Mothers and Mobile Phone Usage: The Case of the Filipino Female Domestic Workers in Hong Kong

    Discussant: Rhodora A. Abano, Centre for Migrant Advocacy in Philippines

    12:00–13:00  Lunch

    13:00–15:20  Afternoon Panel: New Migrant Technologies

    Chair: Tony Roberts, UNU-CS

    • Kayoko Ueno, University of Tokushima
      Facebook Activism and Networking among Foreign Domestic Workers in Singapore
    • Jude Yew, National University of Singapore
      Pemca: A Proposed Mobile Platform for Crowdsourcing the Reporting and Visualization of Migrant Worker Injuries/Deaths
    • Kakit Cheong, National University of Singapore
      Kwento: Designing a Family Storytelling Mobile Application for Domestic Helpers

    Discussant: Fish Ip, International Domestic Workers Federation

    15:20–15:30  Closing Statements

    15:30–16:30  Drink Reception

    16:30  Close


    Casa Silva Mendes*
    Estrada do Engenheiro Trigo No 4
    Macau SAR, China

    *Opposite to the main entrance of Hotel Guia

  • For more information, contact:

    Becky Im