The sources in this section appeared in a wide range of publications and cover everything from organization efforts by gig workers to safety concerns facing consumers of gig services. Many of them were among the first to identify and explore a particular aspect of the gig economy that has, since then, attracted considerable scholarly attention. Since the universe of “media coverage” is immense, these sources reflect a tiny and idiosyncratic collection, and we very much welcome suggestions. Please note that copyright and paywall restrictions do not allow us to post complete articles on this website.

News Articles

Allibhai, Aabid. “On Racial Bias and the Sharing Economy.” On Labor, Apr. 21, 2016.

Avalos, John, et al. “How to Build the Movement for Progressive Power, The Urban Way.” The Nation, Oct. 27, 2015.

Badger, Emily. “The Rise of Invisible Work.” CityLab, Oct. 31, 2013.

Berry, Melissa. “How Many Uber Drivers Are There?” The Rideshare Guy, Jun. 1, 2019.

Benner, Katie. “Airbnb Adopts Rules in Effort to Fight Discrimination by Its Hosts.” The New York Times, Sep. 8, 2016.

Benner, Katie. “Airbnb Vows to Fight Racism, but Its Users Can’t Sue to Prompt Fairness.” The New York Times, Jun. 19, 2016.

Bhuiyan, Johana. “Philadelphia Uber Black Drivers Sue Over Independent Contractor Status.” Buzzfeed, Jan. 7, 2016.

Block, Sharon. “Questionable Opinion About the Gig Economy.” OnLabor, May 8, 2019.

Brandom, Russell. “Union 2.0: How a Browser Plug-In is Organizing Amazon’s Microlaborers.” The Verge, Jun. 27, 2013.

Brownstone, Sydney. “Why the US Chamber of Commerce Dislikes Seattle’s New Uber Unionization Law (Explanatory Drinking Game Included!)” Slog, Jan. 5, 2016.

Brustein, Joshua. “Uber and Lyft Want to Replace Public Buses.” Bloomberg, Aug. 15, 2016.

Brustein, Joshua. “Uber and Lyft Want to Replace Public Buses.” Chicago Tribune, Aug. 15, 2016.

Campbell, Alexia Fernandez. “The High-Stakes Battle Between Uber Executives and Drivers in California, Explained.” Vox, Jun. 18, 2019.

Campbell, Harry. “The Definitive Guide to UberPlus, UberSelect and UberXL.” The Rideshare Guy, May 26, 2015.

Capps, Kriston. “Austin’s Uber War is the Dumbest One Yet.” CityLab, May 2, 2016.

Carey, Liz. “NY: Ruling That Uber Drivers Are Employees Could Impact ‘Gig Economy.’” Workers’ Comepnsation Institute.

Carson, Biz. “How 3 guys Turned Renting an Air Mattress in Their Apartment into a $25 Billion Company.” Business Insider, Feb. 23, 2016.

Carson, Biz. “Why I’m Choosing a Hotel Over Airbnb for My New Business Trip.” Business Insider, Feb. 8, 2016.

Cassano, Jay. “How Uber Profits Even While Its Drivers Aren’t Earning Money.” Motherboard, Feb. 2, 2016.

Chandler, Adam. “What Should the ‘Sharing Economy’ Really Be Called.” The Atlantic, May 27, 2016.

Clarke, Kristen. “Does Airbnb Enable Racism?” The New York Times, Aug. 23, 2016.

Coffey, Helen “Strict New Rules Imposed on Airbnb Rentals in Paris.” Independent, Nov. 14, 2017.

Conger, Kate. “Uber Offers Retirement Plans to Drivers as Legal Battle Continues.” Tech Crunch, Aug. 24, 2016.

Cooper, Daniel. “Cities are Collaborating on Rules for Uber and Airbnb.” Engadget, Jun. 21, 2016.

Cortese, Amy. “A New Wrinkle in the Gig Economy: Workers Get Most of the Money.” The New York Times, Jul. 20, 2016.

Danovich, Tove. “Why No Dining App Is the ‘Airbnb of Food; (Yet)” Eater, Mar. 31, 2016.

Davidson, Jacob. “Here’s How Much the Average Ride Costs on Uber and Lyft.” Money, Jul. 15, 2015.

Deahl, Dani. “Airbnb Cancels Bookings Under New Japan Law.” The Verge, Jun. 8, 2018.

DePillis, Lydia. “Gig Economy Workers Need Benefits. These Companies Are Popping Up to Help.” CNN Business, Aug. 23, 2018.

DePillis, Lydia. “How Fedex is Trying to save the Business Model that Saved it Millions.” The Washington Post, Oct. 23, 2014.…-the-business-model-that-saved-it-millions/?utm_term=.4ed9b0ac904b.

Desai, Bhairavi. “NYTWA Statement on NLRB Legal Memo on Uber Drivers.” New York Taxi Workers Alliance, May 14, 2019.

Di Caro, Martin. “DDOT Questions Metro’s Ability to Protect People with Disabilities for Ride-Hailing Paratransit Trips.” WAMU, Sep. 27, 2016.

Dillon, Liam. “Bill to Give ‘Gig Economy’ Workers Collective Bargaining Rights is Done for the Year.” LA Times, Apr. 29, 2016.

Dzieza, Josh. “The Rating Game.” The Verge, Oct 28, 2015.

Edelen, Amy. “Uber Plans to Track Drivers Who Speed, Slam the Brakes or Cut Corners.” LA Times, Jun. 29, 2016.

Figueroa, Hector & Bhairavi Desai. “Throwing Drivers Under the Bus: Albany is Poised to Rush Through a Bill That Purports to Protect Gig Economy Workers; It Would Do Nothing of the Sort.” Daily News, Jun. 18, 2019.

Gelles, David and Mike Isaac. “Lyft is Said to Seek a Buyer, Without Success.” The New York Times, Aug. 19, 2016.

Giles, Matthew. “Is Uber Worth Its Obnoxious Customers?” New York Magazine, Jul. 31, 2014.

Greenhouse, Steven. “Uber: On the Road to Nowhere.” Prospect, Dec. 7, 2015.

Griswold, Alison. “If Uber’s Data-Sharing With the Government Worries You, That’s Precisely the Point.” Quartz, Apr. 12, 2016.

Griswold, Alison. “Uber Takes ‘Disciplinary Actions’ Against Its top New York Manager Over Privacy Violations.” Money Box, Dec. 1, 2016.

Groover, Heidi. “Uber Drivers Seeking Unionization Face More Delays.” Slog, Sep. 12, 2016.

Guendelsberger, Emily. “I was an Undercover Uber Driver.” CityPaper, May 7, 2015.

Harpaz, Joe. “Airbnb To Big City Mayors: ‘Take Our Tax Dollars, Please!” Forbes, Mar. 28, 2016.

Hartmans, Avery. “What Happened to Austin, Texas When Uber and Lyft Left Town.” Business Insider, Jun. 12, 2016.

Hawkins, Andrew. “New Jersey Town Decides to Pay Uber Instead of Building a Parking Lot.” The Verge, Oct. 3, 2016.

Heller, Nathan. “Is the Gig Economy Working?” The New Yorker, May, 15, 2017.

Herrera, Sebastian. “RideAustin Battles to Survive in Space Dominated by Uber, Lyft.” Statesman, May 3, 2018.

Ho, Catherine. “Uber Lobbying Congress to Allow Ride-Hailing Drivers Onto Military Bases.” Chicago Tribune, Oct. 26, 2016.

Ho, Erica. “Why You Should Think Twice Before Trusting Airbnb Reviews.” Mashable, May 18, 2015.

Horowitz, Sara. “Help for the Way We Work Now.” The New York Times, Sep. 7, 2015. .

Huet, Ellen. “What Really Killed Homejoy? It Couldn’t Hold on to its Customers.” Forbes, Jul. 23, 2015.

Irwin, Neil. “Uber’s Travis Kalanick Explains His Pricing Experiment.” The New York Times, Jul. 11, 2014.

Isaac, Mike. “How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide.” The New York Times, Mar. 3, 2017.

Isaac, Mike. “Ruling Tips Uber Drivers Away from Class-Action Suits.” The New York Times, Sep. 7, 2016.

Isaac, Mike and Natasha Singer. “California Says Uber Driver is Employee, Not a Contractor.” The New York Times, Jun. 17, 2015.

Istrate, Emilia & Jonathan Harris. “The Future of Work: The Rise of the Gig Economy.” National Association of Counties, Nov. 2017.

Jaffe, Eric. “Uber and Public Transit Are Trying to Get Along.” CityLab, Aug. 3, 2015.

Joseph, Maddy. “Can We Fix Gig Workers’ Taxes.” OnLabor, Mar. 27, 2018.

Kamdar, Adi. “Why Some Gig Economy Startups are Reclassifying Workers as Employees.” On Labor, Feb. 19, 2016.

Kane, Kat. “The Big Hidden Problem with Uber? Insincere 5-Star Ratings.” Wired, Mar. 19, 2015.

Kang, Cecilia. “Start-Up Leaders Embrace Lobbying as Part of the Job.” The New York Times, Nov. 22, 2015.

Kartch, John. “Meet the Congressional Sharing Economy Caucus.” Forbes, May 15, 2015.

Katz, Miranda. “How an App Could Give Some Gig Workers a Safety Net.” Wired, Jul. 9, 2018.

Keselenko, Jonathan A. “U.S. Department of Labor Issues Administrator’s Interpretation on Independent Contractors.” Foley Hoag, Jul., 16, 2015.

Kessler, Sarah. “Pixel & Dimed On (Not) Getting By in the Gig Economy.” Fast Company, March 18, 2014.

Kessler, Sarah. “The On-Demand Economy Hits the Reset Button.” Fast Company, Jun. 20, 2016.

Kessler, Sarah. “What Does A Union Look Like in the Gig Economy?” Fast Company, Feb. 19, 2015.

Khurshid, Samantha. “City Council Developing New Protections for Workers in Gig Economy.” Gotham Gazette.

Kindergan, Ashley. “Credit Suisse: By 2015, Companies Could Rake in $335 Billion a Year from People ‘Sharing’.” Business Insider, Nov. 16, 2015.

Klein, Michael. “Instacart Halts Wine and Spirits Delivery in Pa.” The Inquirer, March 4, 2016.

Knight, Sam. “How Uber Conquered London.” The Guardian, Apr. 27, 2016.

Kokalitcheva, Kia. “Startup that Helped Freelance Workers do their Taxes goes Bust.” Fortune, Aug. 12, 2015.

Kolhatkar, Sheelah. “Juno Takes on Uber.” The New Yorker, Oct. 10, 2016.

Kosoff, Maya. “Travis Kalanick Reveals Uber’s I.P.O. Plans.” Hive, Oct. 19, 2016.

Kroman, David. “Uber Denounces Survey Meant to Inform Driver Unionization Law.” Cross Cut, Oct. 24, 2016.

Krueger, Alan B. “The Minimum Wage: How Much is Too Much?” The New York Times, Oct. 9, 2015.

Lachance, Naomi. “Uber Wants You to Know It’s Tired of Sharing Data with Regulators.” NPR, Apr. 12, 2016.

Lawler, Ryan. “’Airbnb For Home-Cooked Meals’ Statup EatWith Raises $8 Million From Greylock.” TechCrunch, Sep. 18, 2014.

Lazo, Luz. “Metro Eyes Up to $6M a Year in Savings from Partnership with Uber, Lyft for MetroAccess.” The Washington Post, Sep. 6, 2016.…partnership-with-uber-lyft-for-metroaccess/?utm_term=.5da8d08ec2c1.

Lee, Seung. “Following $100 Million Settlement, Tipping Uber Drivers is Now on the Menu.” Newsweek,Apr. 22, 2016.

Levine, Dan and Kristina Cooke. “Unions, Gig-Economy Firms Gear Up for New York Benefits Battle.” Reuters, Nov. 28, 2016.

Levin, Sam. “’There is Life After Uber’: What Happens When Cities Ban the Service.” The Guardian, Sep. 23, 2017.

Liens, Tracey. “Cheap Fares Fueled the Rise of Ride-Hailing. Bu Will Rides Stay Cheap Forever?” LA Times, Aug. 6, 2016.

Loyd, Linda. “Judge Dismisses Philly Cab Firms’ Most Serious Claims Against Uber.” Philly, Mar. 10, 2016.…ous_claims_against_Uber_in_suit_brought_by_Philadelphia_cab_firms.html.

Lumb, David. “Texas Legislature Overrules Austin, Allows Uber and Lyft to Return.” The Guardian, May 25, 2017.

Madlin Mekelburg. “Austin’s Proposition 1 Defeated.” Texas Tribune, May 7, 2016.

Mantell, Ruth. “Valuing Household Work, the GDP Question.” The Wall Street Journal, Apr. 1, 2010.

Marshall, Aarian. “Kansas City Is Embarking on a Great Microtransit Experiment.” CityLab, Feb. 17, 2016.

Martin, Claire. “Granting Shares for Fares: An Uber Rival’s Play for Drivers.” The New York Times, Oct. 1, 2016.

Marton, Kraig. “The Death of the Individual Independent Contracotr: A Growing Trend Points to an Uncertain Future.” JD Supra, Oct. 30, 2015.

Maxim, Robert & Mark Muro. “Rethinking Worker Benefits for an Economy in Flux.” Brookings, Mar. 20, 2018.

Mcalone, Nathan. “Uber Says it’s ‘Profitable’ in the US – Here’s How Much it Makes Per Ride.” Business Insider, Apr. 14, 2016.

Mcalone, Nathan & Avery Hartmans. “Uber Lost a Whopping $1.27 Billion in the First Half of 2016.” Business Insider, Aug. 25, 2016.

McCabe, David. “Uber Ramps Up Lobbying Spending at the Start of 2016.” The Hill, April 20, 2016.

Melamed, Samantha. “Philly’s Newest Takeout Option: Food from a Stranger’s Kitchen.” Philly, Apr. 29, 2016.

Melton, Annie. “Feastly Co-Founder: ‘We’re Looking to Become the Largest Dining Establishment in the World’.” Street Fight, Jan. 19, 2016.

Milian, Mark. “Uber Drivers to Get GM and Toyota Financing Deals.” Bloomberg, Nov. 25, 2013.

Mosendz, Polly. “The TLC Meeting that Ended in Screams.” Observer, Oct. 17, 2014.

Mystal, Elie. “Airbnb Lawsuit Pits Poor New Yorkers Against Middle-Class New Yorkers As Hotels Laugh And Count Money.” Above the Law, Oct. 36, 2016.

Newcomer, Eric. “Lyft is Gaining on Uber as It Spends Big for Growth.” Bloomberg, Apr. 14, 2016.

Odessky, Jared. “Today’s News & Commentary.” OnLabor, Dec. 6, 2018.

O’Donovan, Caroline. “In A $4.6 Million Settlement, Instacart Promises To Be More Upfront About Tips.” BuzzFeed, Mar. 23, 2017.

Oei, Shu-Yi & Diane M. Ring. “The Senate Tax Bill and the Battles Over Worker Classification.” TaxProf Blog, Nov. 11, 2017.

Parker, Richard. “How Austin Beat Uber.” The New York Times, May 12, 2016.

Peterson, Latoya. “Uber’s Convenient Racial Politics.” Splinter, Jul. 23, 2015.

Reader, Ruth. “Senator Mark Warner Has a New Plan to Protect Gig Economy Workers.” Fast Company, Feb. 26, 2019.

Reed, Dan. “Uber Air: A Fantastic Vision of an Amazing New Consumer Technology or Just Pre-IPO Hype?” Forbes, Nov. 10, 2016.

Reich, Robert B. “Big Tech Has Become Way Too Powerful.” The New York times, Sep. 18, 2015.

Reibstein, Richard J. “October 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update.” JD Supra, Nov. 7, 2016.

Richardson, Tyrone. “Gig Workers Need Updated Wage and Hour Law, House Panel Chair Says.” Bloomberg BNA, May 4, 2017.

Roberts, Jeff John. “Etsy Proposes to Expand Social Safety Net for Gig Economy Workers.” Fortune, Sep. 27, 2016.

Romo, Vanessa. “Uber Drivers Are Not Employees, National Relations Board Rules. Drivers Saw it Coming.” NPR, May 15, 2019.

Roose Kevin. “Does Silicon Valley Have a Contract-Worker Problem? “ New York Magazine, Sep. 18, 2014.

Roose, Kevin. “The Hidden Anxieties of the On-Demand Start-Up Worker.” Splinter, May 20, 2015.

Rosenblatt, Joel & Robert Bumson. “Lawyer in Lyft Accord Vows to Make Uber ‘Respect’ Drivers.” Bloomberg Business Jan. 27, 2016.

Rufo, Christopher. “The GOP’s Tax Reform is Great for Gig-Economy Workers.” National Review, Jan. 5, 2018.

Sachs, Benjamin, “New NLRB Decision on Independent Contractors.” On Labor, Sep. 28, 2015.

Sachs, Ben. “Regressive Federalism.” OnLabor, Jan. 11, 2017.

Sachs, Benjamin. “Uber and Lyft: Customer Reviews and the Right-to-Control.” On Labor, May 20, 2015.

Sachs, Benjamin. “Uber and Progressive Federalism.” On Labor, Jan. 13, 2017.

Said, Carolyn. “Worker Survey Reveals Challenges of Sharing Economy.” SFGate, May 20, 2015.

Said, Carolyn & Dustin Gardiner. “Gig-Work Bill Passes Senate Committee as Crowds Rally for and Against It.” San Francisco Chronicle, Jul. 10, 2019.

Sernoffsky, Evan. “Ex-Uber Driver Guilty of Manslaughter for Killing Girl in SF Crosswalk.” San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 2, 2018.

Scheiber, Noam. “How Uber Drivers Decide How Long to Work.” The New York Times, Sep. 4, 2016.

Schofield, Kevin. “Uber Collective Bargaining Lawsuit Inches Forward.” SCC Insight, Jan. 15, 2019.

Scott, Mark. “Study Finds Some Uber and Lyft Drivers Racially Discriminate.” The New York Times, Oct. 31, 2016.

Smith, Rebecca. “New York State’s Dependent Worker Act Falls Short for Gig Workers.” National Employment Law Project, Jun. 17, 2019.

Solomon, Steven Davidoff. “Uber Case Highlights Outdated Worker Protection Laws.” The New York Times, Sep. 15, 2015.

Soper, Taylor. “Seattle Councilmember Who Created Uber Union ‘We can be Pro-Innovation, but also Pro-Worker’.” GeekWire, Dec. 17, 2015.

Steinberg, Matthew C. “Department of Labor Proposes New Regulations Regarding “White Collar” Exemptions Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.” Foley Hoag, Jul. 1, 2015.

Steinmetz, Katy. “Exclusive: See How Big the Gig Economy Really Is.” TIME, Jan. 6, 2016.

Strochilic, Nina. “Uber: Disability Laws Don’t Apply to Us.” The Daily Beast, May 21, 2015.

Summers Jr., Tim. “Uber, ADA Accessibility and Jackson.” Jackson Free Press, Jul. 27, 2016.

Swilley, Kristen. “Cincinnati Metro, Uber to Announce Partnership to Close ‘First Mile-Last Mile Gap’ in Public Transit.” WCPO, Mar. 29, 2016.…nounce-partnership-to-close-first-mile-last-mile-gap-in-public-transit.

Tam, Pui-Wing. “Daily Report: Uber Dominates Thursday.” The New York Times, Aug. 19, 2016.

Taylor, Colleen. “Through the Fire: What TaskRabbit Learned from its Big Backlash.” Tech Crunch, Jan. 21, 2015.

Tett, Gillian. “One Small Step for Gig Economy Workers.” Financial Times, Jun. 21, 2016.

Unger, Katie. “No Backspace: Workers Against NYC’s Growing ‘Gig Economy’.” City Limits, Jan. 25, 2016.

Verhage, Julie. “An Expert in Valuation Says Uber Is Only Worth $28 Billion, Not $62.5 Billion.” Bloomberg, Aug. 17, 2016.

Weinberg, Jon. “Gig News: EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan Prioritizes Gig Economy.” On Labor, Nov. 30, 2016.

Weinberg, Jon. “Gig News: Uber Successfully Pursuing State Legislation on Independent Contractor Status.” On Labor, Dec. 11, 2015.

Wheeler, Ryan. “Ninth Circuit Puts the Brakes on Uber Unionization.” OnLabor, May 23, 2018.

Wohlsen, Marcus. “Uber Boss Says Surging Prices Rescue People from the Snow.” Wired, Dec. 17, 2013.

Woodman, Spencer. “Welcome to Uberville.” The Verge, Sep. 1, 2016.

Zatz, Noah. “Is Uber Wagging the Dog with its Moonlighting Drivers?” On Labor, Feb. 1, 2016.

Zimmerman, Eilene. “A Cleaning Start-Up Wielding Mops, Buckets and 700 Data Points.” The New York Times, Sep. 7, 2016.