Platform cooperativism (or, how to turn gig-economy jobs into $22.25/hour jobs)
To flourish, the informal digital networks providing new services needed to be protected from the market, says author Evgeny Morozov
Uber's "sharing economy" is really the "taking economy"
Laws protecting workers from employers’ out-of-hours emails ignore the fact that, for many, switching off is not an option
The room-rental website, now worth $30bn, faces a critical year as city authorities clamp down
Profile of People's Ride: a co-operative, driver-owned alternative to Uber
There's been a boom in anti-Airbnb start-ups that hunt for people renting out their homes on the sly.
Het is een van de grootste mythes van onze tijd: dat welvaart aan de top wordt gecreëerd en de rest van de samenleving daarvan profiteert. In werkelijkheid is het precies andersom. De echte uitkeringstrekkers werken op de Zuidas en de grootste lasten liggen op de schouders van de leraar, verpleger en vuilnisman. Maak kennis met: de rentenierse
Exclusive: Documents reveal Sidewalk Labs is offering cloud software Flow to Columbus, Ohio, to upgrade bus and parking services – and bring them under Google’s management
Companies including Airbnb and Google compare themselves to civil rights heroes, while using their popularity among consumers to nullify federal law
Users report racial bias when using app, which comes after Harvard study found ‘African-American sounding’ names 16% less likely to be accepted as guests
Just as Uber has offloaded most costs of operating a taxi onto its drivers, the company uses its customers to do much of its political heavy lifting.
Ben and Andrew identify the ways that these services create a conceptual gap between the haves and have nots, those who can afford a $9 delivery charge for a burrito, and those who wait in line to earn their share of the delivery fee. Losing that collective experience of waiting in line, the leveling effect of shared inconvenience, Andrew speculates, is making the wealthy into nastier people… and the behavior of some of the oafish tech bros he encounters as a Lyft driver makes the case that these services are somehow unhealthy for society as a whole.