Trebor Scholz will talk directly about the challenges faced by platform workers, including fluctuating wages, unpredictable hours, dangerous working conditions, social isolation, and arbitrary management. Scholz is also worried about the subjugation of content moderators and social media influencers due to the lack of non-corporate digital infrastructure. Under the banner of “platform cooperativism,” new types of digital businesses have gained popularity in recent years by staying true to cooperative principles and drawing on a long history of worker struggles. Platform coops are bringing more stability, dignity, and autonomy to gig economy workers in 60 countries now, not in the distant future. Scholz will provide an update on the development of the ecosystem, the global network of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, and the impact of the work of the Platform Cooperativism Consortium, PCC, its sister organizations, and associated movements.
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Trebor Scholz Researcher, author, New School professor, and Founding Director of the PCC