September 26 Wednesday

Book Talk: Humans as a Service: The Promise and Perils of Work in the Gig Economy

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 6:10PM - 7:00PM
  • Room 122
  • Open To The Public
  • Cancelled
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Description

A discussion with Jeremias Prassl with his new book, Humans as a Service: The Promise and Perils of Work in the Gig Economy. Commentary provided by Professor David Schleicher.

WHAT IF YOUR BOSS WAS AN ALGORITHM?

The gig economy promises to revolutionize work as we know it, offering flexibility and independence instead of 9-to-5 drudgery. The potential benefits are enormous: consumers enjoy the convenience and affordability of on-demand work while micro-entrepreneurs turn to online platforms in search of their next gig, task, or ride.

IS THIS THE FUTURE OF WORK?

This book offers an engaging account of work in the gig economy across the world. Competing narratives abound: on-demand gigs offer entrepreneurial flexibility - or precarious work, strictly controlled by user ratings and algorithmic surveillance. Platforms' sophisticated technology is the product of disruptive innovation - whilst the underlying business model has existed for centuries.

HOW CAN WE PROTECT CONSUMERS & WORKERS WITHOUT STIFLING INNOVATION?

As courts and governments around the world begin to grapple with the gig economy, Humans as a Service explores the challenges of on-demand work, and explains how we can ensure decent working conditions, protect consumers, and foster innovation. Employment law plays a central role in leveling the playing field: gigs, tasks, and rides are work - and should be regulated as such.

Jeremias Prassl is Associate Professor of Law at University of Oxford Faculty of Law.

David Schleicher is Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Ebook available from Oxford Scholarship Online (connect to Yale network to access):
http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/oso/9780198797012.001.0001...

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Lillian Goldman Law Library, Information Society Project