In this rich, accessible, and provocative book, Scholz exposes the uncaring reality of contingent digital work, which is thriving at the expense of employment and worker rights.
The book is meant to inspire readers to join the growing number of worker–owned "platform cooperatives," rethink unions, and build a better future of work. A call to action, loud and clear,Uberworked and Underpaid shows that it is time to stop wage theft and "crowd fleecing," rethink wealth distribution, and address the urgent question of how digital labor should be regulated and how workers from Berlin, Barcelona, Seattle, and São Paulo can act in solidarity to defend their rights.
Introduction: Why Digital Labor Now?
Chapter 1: Black Box Labor and the Creative Wrecking of Employment
Chapter 2: Play at Work
Chapter 3: Defining Digital Labor
Chapter 4: Crowd Fleecing
Chapter 5: On Motivations
i. Confronting the Legal Gray Zones of Digital Labor
ii. On Tactical Refusal, Defection, and Withdrawal from Data Labor
iii. Think Outside the Boss: Platform Cooperativism for the Sharing Economy