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              Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work

              Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Rosenblat, Alex

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              Silicon Valley technology is transforming the way we work, and Uber is leading the charge. An American startup that promised to deliver entrepreneurship for the masses through its technology, Uber instead built a new template for employment using algorithms and Internet platforms.... Upending our understanding of work in the digital age, Uberland paints a future where any of us might be managed by a faceless boss. The neutral language of technology masks the powerful influence algorithms have across the New Economy. Uberland chronicles the stories of drivers in more than twenty-five cities in the United States and Canada over four years, shedding light on their working conditions and providing a window into how they feel behind the wheel. The book also explores Uber's outsized influence around the world: the billion-dollar company is now influencing everything from debates about sexual harassment and transportation regulations to racial equality campaigns and labor rights initiatives. Based on award-winning technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat's firsthand experience of riding over 5,000 miles with Uber drivers, daily visits to online forums, and face-to-face discussions with senior Uber employees, Uberland goes beyond the headlines to reveal the complicated politics of popular technologies that are manipulating both workers and consumers.
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              ISBN 9780520324800
              Released NZ 15 Sep 2019
              Publisher University of California Press
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              Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work

              Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work (Hardback)

              By Rosenblat, Alex

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              A silent cultural revolution is reshaping how we will work for generations to come-and its being led by Uber. The once small Silicon Valley start up has become a juggernaut of the sharing economy, luring drivers with the promise of becoming entrepreneurs but treating them like co...nsumers-and upending labor laws and society expectations simultaneously. Technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat shares her award-winning research on how algorithmic managers shape how drivers behave, treating them as consumers rather than employees. With the help of this technology, Uber claims to operate in a world of consumption rather than labor, skirting a series of obligations and laws, manipulating wages, and misleading the public. By using algorithms and rhetoric to blur the line between workers and consumer, Uber exemplifies the ways in which technology can rewrite rules of law and society. Based on Rosenblat's first hand experience of riding 5,000 miles with Uber drivers, daily visits to online forums from 2014-2018, and face-to-face discussions with Uber senior executives, Uberland goes beyond the question of labor history and law by highlighting how Uber changes various aspects of our lives, be it family life or childcare arrangements, worker conditions or management practices, commuting patterns or urban planning, or racial equality campaigns and labor rights initiatives. With a critical eye towards unveiling the truth, Uberland provides a rare window into the profound social and cultural shifts taking place in a society mediated by technology.
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              ISBN 9780520298576
              Released NZ 15 Sep 2018
              Publisher University of California Press
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