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"Platform capitalism" and where workers fit into a delivery-driven gig economy

In a few short years, services like Amazon Prime and apps such as DoorDash or Uber have changed everything about what we purchase, from whom, and how those products get to us. Where do the delivery workers fit in?
Uber is just one of the apps that are a part of what Frank Pasquale calls "platform capitalism." (Ben Nelms/CBC)

In a few short years, services like Amazon Prime and apps such as DoorDash or Uber have changed everything about what we purchase, from whom, and how those products get to us.

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And during a pandemic, we've come to rely on these services even more.

In many ways, those services rely on what's been called the "gig" economy. How are the companies that bring them to us disrupting the old, established economic players?

Host Paul Haavardsrud talks with Frank Pasquale, author of New Laws of Robotics about where workers fit into what's been dubbed "platform capitalism."


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