James Jacobs on Wed, 6 Jan 2016 20:51:16 +0100 (CET)

[Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

<nettime> Low-Wage Workers & the Internet Industry (Information Observatory)

Information Observatory (http://informationobservatory.info/) has published its first piece of 2016 on low-waged workers in today???s ???new??? economy.

Low-Wage Workers & the Internet Industry
January 4, 2016

"What are the overall impacts of tech companies on occupational structures, employment patterns, and labor practices? This question is large, complicated, and vital.[1]

To engage it, a meaningful starting-point pertains to low-wage workers. As well-compensated engineers and entrepreneurs have been raised up as the Internet industry???s public face, low-wage workers have become a mere afterthought. The very terms that analysts use to characterize this category of workers suffer from ambiguity and imprecision: ???flexible,??? ???independent,??? ???temporary,??? ???contingent,??? ???freelance,??? ???casual,??? ???precarious.???  The International Labor Organization (ILO) states, simply, that such workers fall within a ???non-standard form??? of employment.[2] Two facts, however, are certain. First, low-waged workers are crucial to the business models that are being advanced by Internet companies.  Second, low-wage workers in the ???new economy??? are increasingly pursuing ???old-economy???-type job struggles and demands.[3] To press ahead from here, a conception of the labor process is essential."

Full text Available at


James Jacobs

This message has been intercepted and read by U.S. government agencies including the FBI, CIA, and NSA without notice, warrant or knowledge of sender or recipient and without regard for the US Constitution.


#  distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission
#  <nettime>  is a moderated mailing list for net criticism,
#  collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets
#  more info: http://mx.kein.org/mailman/listinfo/nettime-l
#  archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: nettime@kein.org
#  @nettime_bot tweets mail w/ sender unless #ANON is in Subject: