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Gig economy must share rewards as well as risks with workers

COVID-19 has caused many on digital platforms to lose their jobs

| India
Gojek motorcycle taxi driver waits for passengers during a partial lockdown in Jakarta on May 1: gig workers have been left with nowhere to go.   © NurPhoto/Getty Images

Jai Vipra is a technology policy researcher focusing on the economics of digital platforms in the Global South.

Among the masses of the newly unemployed in Asia, thanks to COVID-19's economic damage, are millions of workers in the gig economy: people on precarious contracts with digital platforms like Uber, Gojek or Deliveroo.

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