A Rebel’s Guide to the Gig Economy – What is the algorithm?

A Rebel’s Guide to the Gig Economy is a series of podcasts by journalist Ben Wray and researcher Marini Thorne which gets behind the tech jargon and the CEO propaganda to examine the reality of work in the gig economy and look at how gig workers can challenge the power of their algorithmic bosses.

In Episode 3, Ben and Marini uncover the secrets of ‘the algorithm’; the method by which management instructions are delivered via an app. They find that algorithms accentuate the power imbalance between bosses and workers, especially when the rules which govern them remain a ‘black box’ for workers.

If you want to catch-up with the first two episodes of the A Rebel’s Guide series, ⁠click here⁠.

Future episodes:

Ep 4: Are gig workers really their own boss?

Ep 5: is gig work really flexible?

Ep 6: is the gig economy really “a godsend” for women?

Ep 7: is platform work good for ethnic minorities?

Ep 8: What makes platforms powerful?

Ep 9: Why do platforms struggle to turn a profit?

Ep 10: Why should gig workers join a union?

Ep 11: How do gig workers get power over their data?

You can keep up-to-date with all future episodes on Spotify, iTunes or at BraveNewEurope.com/The-Gig-Economy-Project.

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If you have any feedback on the Rebel’s Guide series, email GEP@BraveNewEurope.com.

The Gig Economy Project is a BRAVE NEW EUROPE media network for gig workers in Europe. Click here to find out more and click here to get the weekly newsletter.

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