The international reporting on the gig economy is really just some of the best. Almost impossible for any trace of homegrown PR narratives to thrive for a second when confronted with the even greater exploitation that typifies how Uber (Grab, Didi, etc.) operate anywhere else.
In the past month, here is just a taste: we’ve got this pretty fascinating dive into China’s grocery delivery wars…
We’ve got this close up look at how workers on the ground would be affected by gig economy consolidation w some juxtaposition to how unconcerned and far removed from reality the investor capital is…
Then this story about an investigation uncovering child workers on a major on-demand platform in Latin America…
And then this investigation I had missed from the end of last year that child labor seems to be an entrenched and widespread problem on gig labor apps in Brazil AND that they’re waging familiar fights over worker classification…
Another great story focusing on why a Chinese delivery driver set himself on fire, how the gig economy has created monstrous labor conditions, and the pandemic has acted like an accelerant for the worst developments…

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