The crowdsourcing of work - the 'gig economy' - has been hailed as a 'sharing' revolution, enabling 'micro-entrepreneurs' to enjoy greater autonomy and flexibility in taking on 'gigs', 'rides', or 'tasks', while customers benefit from the ease, convenience, and affordability of 'work on demand'. 

Jeremias Prassl, Associate Professor of Law and Fellow at Magdalen College will be talking about his new book Humans as a Service, which scrutinises the competing narratives about 'gig' work, and how claims of 'disruptive innovation' and 'micro-entrepreneurship' often obscure the realities of highly precarious work and the strict algorithmic surveillance and
control to which workers are subject. 

Humans as a Service will be published by OUP this year.