Join Data & Society in welcoming journalist Sarah Kessler to discuss her new book Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work. Kessler will share her analysis of the perils and promises of the platform gig economy in conversation with Data & Society’s Alex Rosenblat, researcher and author of the forthcoming book Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work (October 23, 2018) and Aiha Nguyen, Social Instabilities in Labor Futures Engagement Lead.
One in three American workers is now a freelancer. This “gig economy”―one that provides neither the guarantee of steady hours nor benefits―emerged out of the digital era and has revolutionized the way we do business. High-profile tech start-ups such as Uber and Airbnb are constantly making headlines for the “disruption” they cause to the industries they overturn.
But “disruption” introduces new challenges to employees and job-seekers who seek to navigate platform policies, ensure workplace safety, and hedge against instability. Join us for a timely discussion on the quest to find meaningful, well-paid work as technology increasingly destabilizes and transforms the future of labor.