Gig Economy

Uber App

Gig Workers Demand Data Transparency

Access to data for gig workers can provide a valuable source of information and bargaining power in a traditionally opaque and risky industry.

December 23, 2021 - Wired

Uber Car

California Judge Renders Gig Worker Law Unenforceable

A judge ruled against California's Proposition 22, which let ride-hailing and delivery businesses classify workers as independent contractors and discouraged unionization efforts.

August 24, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

Transportation Network Companies

California Voters Chose Uber Over Employment Law—What it Means for the U.S.

After the most expensive initiative campaign in California history, California voters approved Proposition 22 by a wide margin. The consequences of the vote could go national.

November 10, 2020 - The Washington Post

COVID-19 Eviction Crisis

New Gig Economy Player: Eviction Crews For Hire

A new company called Civvl is hiring contract workers to help evict people during the economic struggles of the pandemic.

September 22, 2020 - Vice

Transportation Network Company

Opinion: California Needs to Close Gig Economy Loopholes

A state bill would force gig companies to treat workers fairly and would stanch the flow of subsidies that keep customer costs artificially low.

June 23, 2019 - San Francisco Chronicle

Transportation Network Companies

Ride-Hail Drivers Strike Today. Will Riders Boycott?

Uber is expected to be valued at $91 billion for an Initial Public Offering this spring. Initial investors will get rich. Drivers won't get much.

May 8, 2019 - NPR

Pokémon Go

The Gig Economy for Mapping

A new startup wants to use blockchain and the Uber model to create free, open-source maps.

September 26, 2018 - CityLab


Plugging in Scooters for a Living

Electric scooters need maintenance and charges, so Bird is using the gig economy to make sure its scooters keep scooting.

May 12, 2018 - Curbed

Hotel California

Friday Funny: The Onion Deconstructs the 'Gig Economy'

Satirical news site The Onion lambastes (in familiar fashion) the gig economy—i.e., the euphemism applied to the side jobs and revenue sources offered by transportation network companies like Uber and short-term rental companies like Airbnb.

June 30, 2017 - The Onion

Tracking the Growth of the 'Gig Economy' in U.S. Cities

The Brookings Institute thinks it has found a way to measure the impact of the expanding 'gig economy'—i.e., freelancing work enabled by online platforms like Airbnb and Uber.

October 16, 2016 - Brookings

Airbnb Launches New Anti-Discrimination Policies

In an effort to curb the culture of discrimination enabled on its platform, Airbnb will roll out new features to ensure better service for minorities.

September 17, 2016 - Vox


New York Could Ensure Benefits for Taxi, Uber Drivers

The New York City Council will consider legislation that would address a lack of employment benefits for 'gig economy' workers.

September 10, 2016 - Politico New York

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