Databite No. 113: Sarah Kessler

Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work

09.19.18 - 4:00 pm
RSVP is required.
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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.


3:30pm Doors open.
4-5pm Public talk + Q&A.
5-7pm Book Sale and Reception: snacks and sips provided.


Sarah Kessler is a journalist based in New York City. She is the author of Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work and an editor at Quartz. Previously, she covered the gig economy as a senior writer at Fast Company and managed startup coverage at Mashable. Her reporting has been cited by The Washington Post, New York Magazine, and NPR.


The Future of Labor research initiative at Data & Society seeks to better understand emergent disruptions in the labor force as a result of data-centric technological development, with a special focus on structural inequalities. Its team recently released the report Beyond Disruption: How Tech Shapes Labor Across Domestic Work & Ridehailing–as featured in the New York Times, NPR All Things Considered, and The Nation.


Data & Society is an independent nonprofit research institute that advances public understanding of the social implications of data-centric technologies. The Data & Society “Databites” speaker series presents timely conversations about the purpose and power of technology, bridging our interdisciplinary research with broader public conversations about the societal implications of data and automation.

RSVP is required to attend. This is the first of three fall events curated by the Future of Labor team. Watch the livestream here.

Questions about Databite No. 113? Contact Data & Society Research Institute.

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