Platform Talks

By Martijn Arets

The platform economy gets so much media attention, but what is really going on? In this bi-weekly newsletter, I’ll select the 5 best or most disputable articles and serve them well-seasoned with my opinions and insights.

The platform economy gets so much media attention, but what is really going on? In this bi-weekly newsletter, I’ll select the 5 best or most disputable articles and serve them well-seasoned with my opinions and insights.

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#24・

News! "Platforms give 50,000 workers access to their data with GigV"

Online platforms in the Netherlands are launching GigCV, a digital certificate for platform work. Over 50,000 platform workers can now gain access to their data and are able to build their digital CV.Babysitters, homecleaners, and those performing other short…

#23・

Skills in the Gig Economy: a Workshop Report

How to prove working skills for platform mediated gigs? How to make your skills contribute to the acquisition of your next gig or job? Those questions marked the workshop ‘Gig Economy Skills’.Platform expert Martijn Arets researches on how reputation data and…

#22・

How UberEats and TakeAway are bound to grow (even further) apart | Airbnb goes public and plays a value doubler | The age of platform regulation is finally here (but we still need patience)

Inspired and looking for advice or research on questions regarding the platform economy? Or are you looking for an interesting keynote speaker on the platform and gig economy for an online or offline event?Feel free to contact me by replying on this newslette…

 
#21・

New website maps Dutch platform market | Court (justly) puts dual role of e-commerce platforms as supplier and private regulator into question | Why Prop22 should never be a blueprint for Europe.

Inspired and looking for advice or research on questions regarding the platform economy? Or are you looking for an interesting keynote speaker on the platform and gig economy for an online or offline event?Feel free to contact me by replying on this newslette…

 
#20・

Invitation: webinar on portability of reputation data for platform workers | How California not only voted for the future of democracy, but for the future of the labor market too | Uber drivers appeal against automated firing

Inspired and looking for advice or research on questions regarding the platform economy? Or are you looking for an interesting keynote speaker on the platform and gig economy for an online or offline event?Feel free to contact me by replying on this newslette…

 
#19・

Portability of Reputation Data for Gig Workers — a workshop report: First steps are taken, platform entrepreneurs show willingness to move forward.

Online reputation is an essential part for everyone seeking to do business online. As a renter, you want to be assured that the nice apartment you are eager to book on Airbnb really exists, or that the freelancer on Fiverr does understand the code you want hi…

 
#18・

How Amazon Drivers trick the algorithm | New research on freelance and temp platforms within the to-business market | UberEats hires couriers in Geneva | Germany launches “the world’s most digital antitrust law”

Although my agenda is quite filled with the research on portability of reputation data and many other activities such as presentations and consultancy sessions, there are still issues of such priority to me that I’ll free up some time. In cooperation with uni…

 
#17・

The battle on and over the Apple App Store | Uber drivers may now set their own rates, but what do they actually earn? | The real story of shared —well, not locally bound rental— bikes in China

Inspired and looking for advice or research on questions regarding the platform economy? Or are you looking for an interesting keynote speaker on the platform and gig economy for an online or offline event?Feel free to contact me by replying on this newslette…

 
#16・

This court case could close the power gap between online mediators and users | Will Amazon become just a commodity market place in a few years? | This is how European Employment Agencies are looking at platform work

Inspired and looking for advice or research on questions regarding the platform economy? Or are you looking for an interesting keynote speaker on the platform and gig economy for an online or offline event?Feel free to contact me by replying on this newslette…

 
#15・

Will platform to business regulation lead to increased transparency? | Platform workers allowed to bargain collectively, but will they? | Future of e-commerce platforms: commodity dumping ground or niche champion?

Inspired and looking for advice or research on questions regarding the platform economy? Or are you looking for an interesting keynote speaker on the platform and gig economy for an online or offline event?Feel free to contact me by replying on this newslette…

 
#14・

Does importing reputation data make sense? Yes, according this research | Report: platforms as digital gatekeepers | How is BlaBlaCar doing? | Antitrust and Google

For more information about Timm’s research, check this recording on my YouTube channel. It features the keynote during the 6th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy I organized June last year.

 
#13・

Analysis: Platforms in the midst of a crisis

What is the impact of economic changes on the platform economy? Does the platform economy majorly thrive during economic upturns? Or is it a persistent value adding phenomenon independent of the economic circumstances? Are platforms better than non-platform o…

#12・

News: new research on platform based reputation scores contributes to an inclusive labor market

Online platform expert Martijn Arets researches upon the ways in which reputation scores may be used sustainably within the gig economy and how their continuity can be guaranteed on these platforms. This research is backed by a multi-faceted group of partners…

#11・

Will Corona be the tipping point of a new unfolding social system?

These are unreal times. While working from home with three young kids around me, I become aware that I won’t be able to see my parents for at least a month, probably longer. Twenty percent of my annual turnover for 2020 went up into thin air within a week. Th…

#10・

The Google Dilemma: Both Market Authority and Merchant | What Supermarkets and Platforms have in common | Research: Massive Airbnb scam in London

Inspired and looking for advice or research on questions regarding the platform economy? Or are you looking for an interesting keynote speaker on the platform and gig economy?Feel free to contact me by replying on this newsletter by either email (martijn@coll…

 
#9・

The future, added value, and role of the organization | Art that visualizes societal problems | Meet the gig worker

Inspired and looking for advice or research on questions regarding the platform economy? Or are you looking for an interesting keynote speaker on the platform and gig economy?Feel free to contact me by replying on this newsletter by either email (martijn@coll…

 
#8・

Report: A Fair Share - Safeguarding public interests in the sharing and gig economy | Is Venture Capital Worth the Risk? | What will our working life look like in 2040?

Inspired and looking for advice or research on questions regarding the platform economy? Or are you looking for an interesting keynote speaker on the platform and gig economy?Feel free to contact me by replying on this newsletter by either email (martijn@coll…

 
#7・

Is this the beginning of Amazon’s meltdown? | The future of surveillance management in marketplaces | Critical Algorithm Studies: a Reading List

Inspired and looking for advice or research on questions regarding the platform economy? Or are you looking for an interesting keynote speaker on the platform and gig economy?Feel free to contact me by replying on this newsletter by either email (martijn@coll…

 
#6・

5 discussion topics to fuel the platform debate in 2020, including a debate on values vs. boxes, an analysis of platforms role as market authority, and how we may foster a broad debate.

In 2019, California adopted the AB5 law. This piece of state legislation should force platforms like Uber, Lyft and Doordash to employ the suppliers on their respective platforms. It isn’t entirely surprising that platforms indicated they didn’t recognize the…

 
#5・

Is this the end of the peer-to-peer carsharing model? | 2 billion to charity due to Facebook | EU rules needed to ensure fair competition and workers' rights

Inspired and looking for advice or research on questions regarding the platform economy? Or are you looking for an interesting keynote speaker on the platform and gig economy?Feel free to contact me by replying on this newsletter by either email (martijn@coll…