Uberland : how algorithms are rewriting the rules of work
- Alex Rosenblat.
- Oakland, California : University of California Press, 
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- ix, 271 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
- Rosenblat, Alex, 1987- author.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Introduction: Using an App to Go to Work-Uber as a Symbol of the New Economy 1. Driving as Glamorous Labor: How Uber Uses the Myths of the Sharing Economy 2. Motivations to Drive: How Uber's System Rewards Full-Time and Recreational Drivers Differently 3. The Technology Pitch: How Uber Creates Entrepreneurship for the Masses 4. The Shady Middleman: How Uber Manages Money 5. Behind the Curtain: How Uber Manages Drivers with Algorithms 6. In the Big Leagues: How Uber Plays Ball Conclusion: The New Age of Uber-How Technology Consumption Rewrote the Rules of Work
- Appendix 1. Methodology: How I Studied Uber
- Appendix 2. Ridehailing beyond Uber: Meet Lyft, the Younger Twin Notes Index.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
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- "A Naomi Schneider Book."
- 9780520298576 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
- 0520298578 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
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