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  • The future of coworking (#3)
  • Instacart sick leave (#15)
  • Relying on the internet (#6)
  • NZ freelance photographers (#18)


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Wired

The spread of Covid-19 has made people think twice about what they rent. But that hasn’t destroyed the rental marketplace—just changed it.


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ProPublica

The global coronavirus pandemic threw Petra Hamann’s job into peril faster than just about any other. She is a physical therapist, a profession that is all about close proximity to others, with a clientele that leans toward older people, exactly the population most vulnerable to the virus.


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Business Insider ($)

Airbnbs, hotels, and even boats may become temporary getaways for gig workers looking for a change of pace, while other experts agree that coworking will be back with necessary changes to promote social distancing.


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The Star (Malaysia)

Gig economy workers should be reclassified as ‘independent employees’ as policymakers lack the necessary data on them to form a sound regulatory framework that will provide a more robust social safety net to assist them, says the Research for Social Advancement (Refsa).


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The Municipal Journal ($)

Leaving the UK’s 2.8m gig economy workers without income if they have to self-isolate suddenly will make society’s recovery from COVID-19 more prolonged, says a director of public health.


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CNN

The economy is reopening and life is slowly getting back on track, but it’s not back to normal. High unemployment rates and the need to socially distance will have lasting effects on how and where we work.


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A lot has been written about how the ongoing pandemic will impact gig workers. Here Shannon Liao presents a new viewpoint that focuses on gig workers’ increasing dependency on the internet.

Press Gazette

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, meaning those eligible can claim a second grant capped at £6,570 in August.


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The Jakarta Post

Freelancers and entrepreneurs are among those who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak, many of whom are reporting income losses and declining activity, with no safety net or government aid in place to soften the fall.


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The Logic

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the temporary closure of the Okanagan coLab co-working space in Kelowna, B.C., its 150-strong membership dropped by just five per cent.


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The Economist ($)

But that will help it survive the pandemic and thrive afterwards.


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Boston Globe ($)

This pandemic has held up a mirror to our society and much of what we have seen is good – neighbors helping neighbors; brave workers laboring under difficult circumstances; and a sense of shared sacrifice. Unfortunately, the mirror also reveals more clearly deep fissures of inequality. As we reopen the economy, we have a chance to right injustices and secure a better future for all of us.


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Scroll.in

I’m a freelance illustrator and I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in book cover illustrations and illustrated children’s books since 2015.


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Freelance workers in the publishing world face their own set of hurdles. This story from Scroll.in covers the struggles of four freelancers facing different challenges as an illustrator, a publicist, a typesetter, and an editor

Reuters

Uber Technologies Inc on Thursday launched a feature on its food delivery app Uber Eats that allows customers in the United States and Canada to order from restaurants owned by black people.


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Bloomberg

Antsy city dwellers seeking to escape their Covid-19 refuges are road-tripping to nearby vacation rentals in surprisingly strong numbers, showing the first signs of life for an industry that essentially ground to a halt in March.


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The Verge

Instacart will expand its COVID-19 sick pay to include more gig workers as part of an agreement with the attorney general for Washington, DC. Under the agreement, the company is also launching a telemedicine pilot in the DC area to remotely diagnose shoppers who believe they may have contracted the disease, and provide childcare assistance pay to eligible workers while schools are closed.


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Oil Price

Worth $24 billion already in 2018 and set to top $98 billion by 2027, the food delivery market is now in a competitive war.


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Tech Crunch

Lili, a startup building banking products to meet the needs of freelance workers, is announcing that it has raised $10 million in seed funding.


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Radio NZ

When Bauer Media shut down on 1 April, it wiped out just about every documentary photography job in the country. Now concerns are being raised over how New Zealand’s visual history will be documented for future generations.


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One part of the gig economy that is rarely covered in mainstream media is the situation of documentary photographers. Hayden Donnell writes about the plight of freelancers in New Zealand, especially as large business are shutting down.

Digital Trends

Cam Casey has had a breakout few weeks. The 19-year-old TikTok personality, who had barely a million followers in late March, now records skits and goofy videos for more than 4.0 million followers — after racking up no less than 2 million followers in the past two months alone.


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Telecoms

For the most of us, the coronavirus pandemic has forced a new way of working, but for some businesses, there could be drastic consequences as societal behaviour and attitudes are shifted.


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The Star (Malaysia)

Easing the burden: The hope of additional money and tax exemptions and relief can help tide things through until conditions improve for the rakyat.


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Vice

As cities enact curfews, public bikes and scooters could easily stay in service. Instead, companies are taking a side that hurts protesters and essential workers.


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Tech Crunch

The European Commission is asking for views on how online platforms should be regulated in future, launching a public consultation today on the forthcoming Digital Services Act (DSA).


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The Drum

From pitching over Zoom to dreaming up creative from the kitchen table, the pandemic has forced the ad industry to adapt and service clients remotely. With many now acclimatised to a more digital way of working, will we see a new generation of virtual ad agencies open shop? And what would a lack of physical working spaces mean for creativity and agency culture?


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Business Standard

New Delhi will strongly oppose the move arguing that that its digital tax measures fall within its sovereign rights and are in no way designed to discriminate against US companies.


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