For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"The platformization of labor and society"

by Casilli, Antonio; Posada, Julian (2019)


This chapter focuses on the role of digital intermediaries in shaping technology, Society, and economy under what Casilli and Posada call “the paradigm of the platform.” They trace the historical relationship between platforms, markets, and enterprises to demonstrate the role of algorithms in matching users, pieces of Software, goods, and Services, and how platforms can create value from the content and data generated by users. Their primary argument is that platforms play a fundamental role in establishing a digital labor relationship with their …

Key Passage

Although platforms are grounded in digital technology, they primarily emerge as a response to long-term social and economic developments, particularly the diminishing relevance and efficiency of enterprises and markets, two traditional methods for organizing human productive activities. (p.3)


Invisible Work, Platform Work, Platform Economies, Gig Economies, Hyperflexible Work, Algorithmic Labor, Precarious Work



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