Digital Socialism? The Swedish Labor Movement and Imaginaries of a Sociotechnical Future
Automation has always been charged with both utopian imaginaries of an improved world where man is liberated from labour, and a potential future where man becomes enslaved by machines. Historically, the labour movement has always had a close relationship with machines. Even in the early days of computerisation, the Swedish labour movement—through unions and adult education associations—became important actors in conveying knowledge about computers, and in educating people about how computer systems should be designed to meet the needs of the future.