Worker Empowerment in the Era of Sharing Economy Platforms in Global South

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2020-06-15
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en
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5
30-34
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Exploratory Papers and Workshops, ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, Volume 2
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In this exploratory paper we discuss the relation between empowerment and global sharing economy in a Global Southern context. We distinguish two primary meanings of 'empowerment' namely,the liberation from oppression and the ability to act. We inspect working for sharing economies from both angles. A critical factor for assessing whether sharing economies are empowering for global South workers is the change it brings. If the platform work offers opportunities for formerly unemployed, the change is considered as empowering. However, it is possible, that these platform jobs instead replace the traditional, more protected employments, in which case the change is considered dis-empowering. We exemplify our arguments with a contextual inquiry into community-based tourism in a small village Tanzania.
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global south, multi-sided platforms, user empowerment
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Keskinen , P & Theophilus , H W 2020 , Worker Empowerment in the Era of Sharing Economy Platforms in Global South . in C Del Gaudio , L Parra-Agudelo , R Clarke , J Saad-Sulonen , A Botero , A Botero , F C Londono , F C Londono & P A Escandon Suarez (eds) , Exploratory Papers and Workshops . ACM International Conference Proceeding Series , vol. 2 , ACM , pp. 30-34 , Participatory Design Conference , Manizales , Colombia , 15/06/2020 . https://doi.org/10.1145/3384772.3385147