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Quartz | 11.12.15

All the names for the new digital economy, and why none of them fits

Gideon Lichfield

The gig economy, the platform economy, the networked economy, the sharing economy, the on-demand economy, the peer economy, the bottom-up economy… You’ve probably heard these and maybe other terms bandied about, often interchangeably, to describe how companies like Uber, Airbnb, Taskrabbit, and countless others operate.

Data & Society affiliate and senior editor at Quartz, Gideon Lichfield goes through an unpacks each of these terms and explains why they’re insufficient and not interchangeable. Lichfield argues that while there is certainly a shift happening in the future of work but these phrases do not adequately capture it.

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