Could organizing a union be done by an app? It seems like there’s a lot of interest in it, both here and across the pond.
Five Nation writers take on the task of envisioning new ways to structure tech work platforms like AirBnB, TaskRabbit or Uber. Think coops?
There’s been a lot of talk about civic tech on this blog—some researchers from the World Bank recently took a look at whether it is impacting the people who need it most.
What’s Going on in the Workforce?
Bots can’t practice law in North Carolina…yet. h/t to friend of the blog Thomas Beckett for this one.
“All of these suppliers are desperately trying to find ways to cut costs. The only thing they have substantial control over is labor.” And that, my friends, is why we can’t have nice things. Like clothing that was produced without human trafficking.
Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability
Bike sharing is an area of public policy that feels good all around. Here are some up and coming trends.
Interested in planning local alternative economies? This one-day conference in July could help you connect with like-minded folks.
Are micropayments the wave of the future for news services? One Dutch startup just signed up every national newspaper in Germany, on that premise.
Reputation, reputation, reputation
What’s the most embarrassing thing your search history might reveal? The folks at Nice 2 Hack You want you to know.