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.

Understanding the platform economy has been held back in part by a lack of definitional clarity. A new white paper by the World Economic Forum, The Promise of Platform Work: Understanding the Ecosystem, maps the different categories of...

Tensions between YouTube and YouTubers have been rising steadily since the 'Adpocalypse' of 2017. Creators want fair treatment; YouTube wants to run a business; not everyone is getting their needs met. No wonder creators are looking to...

Members of the live music industry are celebrating an agreement that was reached on pending amendments to the recently introduced gig economy law in California, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5). AB5 was created as a response to rideshare services...

This survey collected information from EU Member States, as well as Iceland and Norway, on three issues: Tackling undeclared work in the collaborative economy and bogus self-employment; Data exchange and data protection; Cross-border...

Gig workers are still working under great risk during the pandemic. There are temporary protections offered by the federal government, such as the unemployment insurance - giving gig workers the extra $600 a week that other workers are...

Thanks to algorithmic management, the digital platform sector does not require sophisticated governance structures and labour intensity tends to be higher than in traditional sectors. So, why aren’t usually digital labour platforms...

After coming under fire for its strict and confusing limitations on paid sick leave, Uber announced that it is expanding eligibility for contractors affected by COVID-19—with the catch that the financial aid package each driver receives...

Airbnb announced an additional $1 billion raise in debt and equity from two of the aforementioned private equity firms, Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners. Though at the time it said the funds would support its ongoing work to invest...

Apps like Uber, DoorDash and TaskRabbit are convenient services for consumers, while workers on these platforms often are working long hours, are significantly underpaid and have no benefits. Attempts by workers to unionise or simply...

This article explores Airbnb’s recent moves in the wake of a global travel slowdown and attempts to explain how Airbnb intends to not only survive but to come out of the pandemic with enough user trust to get back to work

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