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13 items in GIG ECONOMY

More stories on the tension between the platform vs gig workers on them. And yet even with this type of exploitation, both Uber and Lyft are loss making enterprises. Consumers get an amazing service at below market rate, subsidised by the VC’s and the folks doing the driving. 
Issue #158 published 23 Apr 2020
Somehow missed this from Laetitia Vitaud earlier this year. She is an acute commentator on the future of work as there is. This is an outstanding essay on how changing workforce demands will in term transform the responsibility of ‘HR’. Must read folks. H/T brainfooder Matt Bradburn for the share. 
Issue #112 published 23 Apr 2020
Who Pays Writers?
GIG ECONOMY
The creative economy has pretty always been the gig economy. Now that we’re all about to catch up, it pays to pay attention to how they are getting paid. This is an anonymous, crowdsourced list of which publications pay freelance writers, and how much. A cool tool and maybe a message from the future
Issue #151 published 23 Apr 2020
Written as a critique of the gig or platform economy, this essay can also be read as a forecast of a future all of us might share - our pay becoming dependent on how customers rate our service. Note: this would be irrespective of whether they are qualified to do so or not. Food for thought for all of us I’d say…
Issue #175 published 23 Apr 2020
The power imbalance between payments providers and content creators is laid bare in this weeks decision by PayPal to pull out of Pornhub - leaving thousands of platform workers scrambling for alternatives, none of which adequately replace PayPal’s market dominance. Financial de-platforming…perhaps an unpleasant yet necessary consideration for platform workers in the gig economy.
Issue #162 published 23 Apr 2020
For the record, I disagree with my old boss Azeem Azhar’s argument for increased government oversight in regulating work on online platforms. He makes a strong case though in this accessible essay on the future of platform economy. Have a read here and make up your own mind.
Issue #98 published 23 Apr 2020
Amazon Mechanical Turk was perhaps the first ‘gig working’ platform launched as far back as 2005, it was a place where remote workers can do some menial digital tasks for micropayments. The Hustle breaks down whether you can actually make 'being a Turker’ a viable side hustle. Great - and balanced - read of a method of labour organisation which is an inevitable part of our future
Issue #145 published 23 Apr 2020
Agencies, marketplaces, platforms - are all in the same business of connecting buyer and seller. They just got to do it more efficiently than the open market. Paul Millerd offers a critique of the promise of the upstream gig economy from the POV of the talent, one familiar with a lot of us who’ve signed up to the gig economy. H/T ‘foodie Ollie Glass for the share
Issue #128 published 23 Apr 2020
5th annual report from Upwork and the Freelancers Union on the state of the freelance economy. Essential resource from one of market makers of the new economy. You need to download and read this paper - do it here
Issue #108 published 23 Apr 2020
Outstanding report from JP Morgan on the platform economy. This is not traditional contractors, this is work distributed by an online platform rather than open market. Sector divergence is the key finding, with the recommendation for tailored policy approaches. Download the full report here
Issue #104 published 23 Apr 2020
“..you have your 9-5, 5-9 and your weekend job”. Fascinating report into the tech enabled gig economy. In the developing world economies, with Nigeria, Indonesia and Vietnam as exemplars, this is already the norm. 
Issue #60 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Rental is the new retail’ so the saying goes, as consumers avoid the headache of having to actually own things. The movement will inevitably come to hiring, as employers get rid of the headache of 'owning’ workers, preferring instead to rent them. Have a read here
Issue #161 published 23 Apr 2020
The future of organised labour might look a lot like this - market wide co-ordination of gig workers, independent of any employer or platform. Last week’s call for a nationwide strike in the face of heightened risk of work during the pandemic is an early sign of things to come. Have a look - we might belong to it or something like it, one day.
Issue #182 published 23 Apr 2020