Journalist Sarah Kessler discusses her new book Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work. Kessler shares her analysis of the perils and promises of the platform gig economy in conversation with Data & Society’s Alex Rosenblat, researcher and author of book Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work 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. This timely discussion illuminates the quest to find meaningful, well-paid work as technology increasingly destabilizes and transforms the future of labor.
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.
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