The Information Process and the Labour Process in the Information Age

  • Jaime F Cardenas-Garcia University of Maryland - Baltimore County
  • Bruno Soria de Mesa Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo
  • Diego Romero Castro Universidad de Guayaquil
Keywords: Digital Labour, Critical Theory, Labour Theory of Value, Commodity, Information, Ideas, Mate-rial, Physical, Immaterial, Science of Information, Distributed Cognition, Dialectics, Communi-cation, Shannon Information, Distilled Information


This paper examines how information fundamentally influences the labour process in the information age. The process of becoming human in the labour process brings to the fore the notion of information and our dialectical interactions with our natural environment as organisms-in-the-environment. These insights lead the authors to posit that information/ideas are material. Information/ideas are not ethereal/immaterial, as is commonly believed, which does not negate that information/ideas may be abstract. Taking a fundamental approach serves to discard the concept of immaterial labour and products, to posit an undeniable materialist basis for the labour theory of value. More importantly, it serves to point to the immanence of information and labour in the labour theory of value.

Author Biographies

Jaime F Cardenas-Garcia, University of Maryland - Baltimore County

Jaime F. Cárdenas-García is a Visiting Research Scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland – Baltimore County. He obtained his BSME, MS and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland in College Park.

Bruno Soria de Mesa, Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo

Bruno Soria De Mesa is a Member of the Faculty in the area of Health and Society in the Medical School of the Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo (ESPOCH) in Riobamba, Ecuador, as well as member of the Publications Committee. He obtained his Master in Governance and Development, and his Doctorate in Sociology and Political Science degrees at the Universidad Central del Ecuador in Quito.

Diego Romero Castro, Universidad de Guayaquil

Diego Romero Castro is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Jurisprudence and Social and Political Sciences at the Universidad de Guayaquil, Ecuador, specifically in the areas of Latin American Integration and Administrative Law. He is a Lawyer, with a Master in Applied Political Studies and a Master in Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Justice, degrees granted in Ecuador and Spain, respectively. He is currently doing research in the areas of Justice of Peace and New Rights.