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The true nature of the Internet’s ‘puppet economy’ is being exposed Add to ...

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You have heard about the gig economy, the odd jobs market that keeps the wolf from the door for young people and a lot of not-so-young people. It’s precarious, often part-time, poorly paid and intermittent work: cleaning, driving, repairing stuff.

It’s not new – it used to be called freelance. What has changed is that these small pieces of work or tasks can now be assembled digitally on the Internet. It’s called a platform and these are controlled by large, sometimes colossal corporations.

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