Internet Geographer


My re:publica contribution: ': Perspectives from developing countries - It’s the End of the work as we know It (and I feel fine)!'

Earlier this month, I was on a panel at re:publica titled 'Perspectives from developing countries - It’s the End of the work as we know It (and I feel fine)!'. Half of the panel is in German, but if you (aren't a German speaker) can skip through to the English-language parts.






Rethinking the Geoweb and Big Data: Future Research Directions

This short chapter is a reflection on future directions that research on the geoweb and big data could take. It is derived from a reflection that the editors of this volume asked me to provide to a session on the geoweb and big data at the 2014 meeting of the Association of American Geographers.

You can read the full piece here:

Graham, M. 2018. Rethinking the Geoweb and Big Data: Future Research Directions. In Thinking Big Data in Geography: New Regimes, New Research. Thatcher, J., Eckert, J., and Shears, A. (eds). University of Nebraska Press. Lincoln. 231-236.

Help us shape the Fairwork Foundation: request for feedback

In an earlier post, I described a new initiative that we recently started: The Fairwork Foundation. The goal of the Foundation is to certify key standards in the platform economy. By setting those standards, and certifying platforms against them, we hope to try to work against a race to the bottom in wages and working conditions. Workers avoid unfair contracts, and platforms and consumers will be able to avoid acting unethically.

To get this right, we'll need to make sure that we understand what fair work actually means in the gig economy. In other words, what are the standards we want to certify against?

Next month, we'll be hosting meetings at UNCTAD and the ILO in which we bring together platforms, trade unions, policy makers, and academics in order to discuss how to define fair work in the platform economy. But, we'd also like your help. If you have any opinions on standards that we should be thinking about, or ways in which we should be implementing them, we'd love to hear from you. We've created this form for you to submit your ideas:

We look forward to your thoughts, and please do pass along the link to anyone else who you think might have something to add.

To read more about our plans, we've put together this short article:

Graham, M. and Woodcock, J. 2018. Towards a Fairer Platform Economy: Introducing the Fairwork Foundation. Alternate Routes. 29. 242-253.