Digit researchers author new policy studies on jobs in quick commerce
Digit researchers have produced two new policy studies exploring work in the emerging quick commerce sector. The studies were commissioned by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies and Uni Europa.
Digit researchers contribute to OECD report on AI in manufacturing and finance
Digit researchers have contributed to a new OECD report examining the impact of AI on workplaces in the finance and manufacturing sectors.
The US–China rivalry and the emergence of state platform capitalism
The rise of digital platforms as a new form of business organisation concentrates power in the United States and China. Platform capitalism further intersects with and reinforces pre-existing trends towards state capitalism, where states more actively direct economies in response to economic turbulence and heightened geopolitical tension. The concentration [...]
China’s Regulations on Algorithms
On 1 March 2022, China’s Regulations on the Administration of Internet Information Service Recommendation Algorithms entered into effect. The new Chinese provisions, consisting of 35 brief articles, constitute a sweeping and comprehensive effort to regulate the use of ‘algorithmic recommendation services’ across society – addressing spheres ranging from news and social [...]
Digit researchers at the SASE 2022 conference
Digit researchers discussed their work at the SASE cofnerence, 9-11 July 2022 in Amsterdam.
Levelling up or levelling down gig work? Three reasons why platforms are offering privatised social and employment protections
What is motivating platform firms to introduce private social and employment protection provisions for nominally self-employed workers?
Business models and working conditions of Chinese digital freight platforms
This related project examines innovations in the Chinese digital road freight platforms and their impact on the road freight market and drivers. Funded by the China in Europe Network.
Towards privatized social and employment protections in the platform economy? Evidence from the UK courier sector
Platform capitalism has facilitated the widespread replacement of employment contracts with contracts for services. These offer significantly fewer social and employment protections for the independent contractors engaged. What does this mean for the future of national social and employment protection (SEPs) systems? We show how the question of platform [...]
Artificial Intelligence and Automation in Retail: Benefits, challenges and implications (a union perspective)
The report outlines recent technological developments in the retail that are linked to AI and automation and discusses the implications for consumers, retail organisations and – especially – workers and unions. Read the report
Towards privatised social and employment protections in the platform economy? Evidence from the UK courier sector
Why do digital platforms offer privatised social and employment protection provisions — and with what consequence for platforms and platform governance, workers, and regulators?