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Companies Must Defend Digital Rights in the COVID-19 Era

“Tech companies have a role to play in ensuring that people receive accurate information, especially during the current “infodemic.” And widespread contact tracing may help countries to reopen their economies more safely. But controlling content and handing user data over to governments is a slippery slope to censorship and surveillance.”

Book Review: Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy

In Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy, Alexandrea Ravenelle offers a new ethnographic study that examines working life for people in the gig economy that was so lauded as a way out of unemployment after the 2008 financial crisis, focusing on Uber, TaskRabbit, Kitchensurfing and AirBnB.

The Digital Economy Benefits the 1%. Here’s How to Change That

“Intentional or not, certain inequalities are inherent in a digital economy that is structured and controlled by a few corporations that don’t represent the interests or the demographics of the majority. While concern and anger are valid reactions to these inequalities, UCLA professor Ramesh Srinivasan also sees it as an opportunity to take action. “

Another Approach to Online Platforms Is Possible: Cooperation

“The solution would be to adopt a cooperative model. In other words, to create platforms that are owned by their users and apply a democratic operating model, in which each co-owner has a voice, independent of their contribution of capital. In addition, an obligation to reinvest a proportion of the profit into the project, with no way of making a capital gain by selling shares, thus avoiding financial speculation. Many experiments are underway around the world.”

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