Platform economy database

Eurofound’s platform economy database provides information on publications, articles, court cases, initiatives and other outputs related to platform work, or those forms of work that are organised and mediated through online platforms (websites and apps). This resource provides metadata for each entry, such as the name of the author, year of publication, whether it concerns an open access or subscription-based material, a brief description of the content and where available a web link to a source from which eligible users may access content.

The rapid growth of online labor platforms such as Uber and TaskRabbit has been accompanied by substantial controversy. These firms view themselves as technology companies that provide opportunities for micro-entrepreneurs to have their...

Uber has been hailed as a revolutionary peer-sharing platform, disrupting the archaic taxi industry, and creating employment and transportation opportunities for an increasingly imperiled middle class. We counter this representation by...

On 9 November 2017, the court of appeal in Paris rejected the case brought by Mr. Y Z. against Deliveroo France, and held that Mr. Y.Z. was not bound to Deliveroo by an employment contract. The official platform outfit is not a...

There has been nascent litigation around the world on the employment classification of workers in the 'sharing economy', 'gig economy' or 'on demand economy'. New business models and forms of work organization arising from rapid...

3 March 2017 - Workers on demand try to fight exploitation using the same technological weapons as the giants of the web. The Fordist factory of old is gone, and the just-in-time contractors wander around in search of more social...

The emergence of Uber and Airbnb not only embodies the concept of sharing economy, but also declares war on formal institutions. Concerned with addressing such social conflicts and market uncertainties, this study examines the...

Consumer-sourced rating systems are a dominant method of worker evaluation in platform-based work. These systems facilitate the semi-automated management of large, disaggregated workforces, and the rapid growth of service platforms—but...

15 May 2018 - Bike messenger Pablo Avendano was delivering food Saturday night in Philadelphia at 10th and Spring Garden Streets when he was hit by a car and killed. If Avendano, 34, had been working for a company that classified him as...

1 June 2017 - The last year’s income declared through Uber and Taxify was five times higher than in the preceding year. Likewise, the number of persons who declared foreign or rental income has risen.

CSCW researchers have become interested in crowd work as a new form of collaborative engagement, that is, as a new way in which people's actions are coordinated in order to achieve collective effects. We address this area but from a...

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