LPE Originals

Surveillance Wages: A Taxonomy

Algorithmic wage discrimination - paying workers personalized wages using opaque and fluctuating formulas - is common in the gig economy. But with the recent development of intrusive new forms of employee surveillance, such wage-setting practices will be coming soon to a workplace near you. This post offers a brief taxonomy of five different forms of algorithmic wage differentiation, each of which is already visible in the gig work economy, and explains how the spread of these management techniques threatens workers' well-being and political freedom.