Mark Graham on Rethinking the Economic Geographies of Digital Labor

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Worker's Voice 1 - Rethinking the Economic Geographies of Digital Labor:

"(33 mins) Mark Graham, Oxford Internet Institute -- A global market for digitally-outsourced work now exists. It offers significant benefits and opportunities to those who can find a regular income. But, the global nature of that work also poses significant risks and costs for digital workers around the world. Some of these risks emerge when work is seen as a commodity to be bought and sold, and workers see themselves as individual entrepreneurs. When that is the case, it is rational to exploit co-workers; and many have internalized these visions of individuality, competition and predatory behavior. However, if people see themselves as workers rather than entrepreneurs, then we have more possibilities for workers to collaborate, cooperate, and organize (for instance, by harnessing platform cooperatives) in an attempt to secure better working conditions. This talk argues that instead of seeing digital work as operating in a global, ephemeral, virtual dimension beyond the realm of regulation or worker organization, we can reflect on its real geographies. Doing so reveals virtual sites of strength and solidarity for workers. If we want a world of work built on cooperation rather than competition, we need to build on those sites of strength."