The NoRights Podcast: S5E3 – Gig Economy

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This week Ian and Ben are joined by Frank in an early show to discuss the Gig Economy. But first Ian brings us today’s headlines.

Internet of Things security is so bad, there’s a search engine for sleeping kids.

Walmart will close 269 stores this year, affecting 16,000 workers.

Pornography actor opens up ‘Porn University’ for aspiring adult film performers.

And, following up on a discussion with Frank over why he went with AMD over Intel in his recent PC build, Intel paying up after allegedly ‘manipulating’ benchmarks 15 years ago.

Ben then shares a few headlines of his own.

The Asylum Launches Animation Division with ‘Izzie’s Way Home’.

What Is The Animation Wage-Fixing Lawsuit? An Explainer for the Community.

Interview: Richard Williams Talks About His Oscar and BAFTA-Nominated Short ‘Prologue’.

Aaron Augenblick To Direct R-Rated Feature ‘The Adventures of Drunky’.

Aardman Animates Stephen Hawking Lecture.

Today’s show is a discussion of the Gig Economy, where freelancers and independent contractors use apps to find work. There’s been a number of articles written on the possible exploitation; Apploitation in a city of instaserfs; Word of the year candidate ‘gig’ reflects a new economic order; Goodbye Jobs, Hello ‘Gigs’: How One Word Sums Up A New Economic Reality; and at least one In praise of the gig economy. As always, everyone on the podcast is in favor of security and protection for the working class. Apps may make things easier for clients and consumers, but there’s a balance to be struck in terms of convenience when considering people’s livelihoods.

Frank ducks out early to attend a birthday party but Ian and Ben hunker down for some cartoon trivia. Who will emerge victorious this week? Tune in to find out!

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