Tag: gig economy

CloudFactory raises $65 million to prep and process data sets

AI and machine learning algorithms require data. Lots of data. But the bulk of that data is of no use if it isn’t first labeled by human annotators. This predicament has given rise to a cottage industry of startups, including Scale AI, which recently raised $100 million for its extensive suite of data labeling services. […]

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How Uber and Lyft got lost

Uber and Lyft may have a long-term vision to transform the face of transportation. However, it’s clear that the firms have a key problem: their short-term mindset when it comes to implementing this vision. Last month, Uber drivers in California staged protests demanding better workers’ rights. Last week, the Teamsters protested drivers’ ‘gig worker’ status. […]

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California Senate passes bill to define more gig economy workers as employees

The California State Senate voted on Tuesday to pass a bill that would make it much more difficult for companies like Uber and Lyft to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The bill, known as AB5, has garnered national attention, largely owing to the size of California’s workforce. Several Democratic presidential candidates have supported […]

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Lyft Will Require Sexual Violence Prevention Training For Drivers, Following a Flurry of Lawsuits

Lyft just announced that it will add several new features for passenger safety, including mandatory sexual harassment training for drivers, in response to a spate of sexual assault and rape allegations filed last week against the rideshare giant in San Francisco. According to an email sent to Lyft users on September 10, drivers will now […]

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The Gig Economy Screws Over Everyone But the Bosses

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. Alex Kurth has never worked a typical 9-to-5 job, and he says he’s mostly OK with the fact that he never will. The 36-year-old Toronto resident cobbles together a living made up of four different gigs: He bartends at a craft brewery, is a sound technician, delivers takeout […]

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California Looks to Give Gig Workers Their Due

Konstantine Anthony, a 38-year-old Uber driver, usually starts his morning by picking up a commuter in Burbank, California, and heading over the hills on Highway 5 toward downtown Los Angeles. From there, he traverses back and forth across the city, from Beverly Hills to Koreatown, from Inglewood to Los Angeles International Airport. “There’s no way […]

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U.S. gig workers get support from private companies, but public policy lags

On April 16, the EU parliament implemented regulations granting a set of minimum rights for gig economy workers, including basic entitlements and protections such as paid training time and compensation for projects despite potential cancellations. These new policies were significant, representing the first EU legislation in 20 years to set minimum workers’ rights. Businesses in […]

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