Today’s economy is characterized not only by global supply chains, but also by a digital-global division of labor: the so-called gig economy. It is enabled by centralized employment platforms and now employs more than one billion people worldwide.
The new anthology “Digital Work in the Planetary Market”, edited by Mark Graham and Fabian Ferrari of the Oxford Internet Institute, explores the nature of this digital-global work.
In it, the various authors focus in particular on the experiences of gig workers and illuminate how, despite digital networking, they remain geographically bound and embedded in different, often problematic contexts. In the publication, they refute the assumption that the planetary market produces equality of opportunity for the world’s population. Instead, they succeed in discussing how it produces clear winners and losers through greater system dependencies.