By some estimates, as many as 53 million people living in the United States are now self-employed. Many work as independent contractors or freelancers, hired and fired at the click of an app.
With flexibility comes a measure of freedom but also of insecurity; a measure of independence but also of isolation. Digital sector workers may not stand on a speeding production line or operate deadly machines, but they still can still face danger on the job. Subjective feedback or "ratings" systems are open to abuse.
Online businesses love to talk up their new technologies and innovative business models, but non-office, non-factory workplaces are still sites of profound power struggle. Just as in the old economy, workers, creators and consumers are finding they have to organize and fight for their rights.