Salon: Good riddance, gig economy: Uber, Ayn Rand and the awesome collapse of Silicon Valley’s dream of destroying your job

By Steven Hill, Salon, March 27, 2016

The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo recently wrote an oddly lamenting piece about how “the Uber model, it turns out, doesn’t translate.” Manjoo describes how so many of the “Uber-of-X” companies that have sprung up as part of the so-called sharing...


By Steven Hill, Sierra, March 14, 2016

Sarah and Jorge both love Uber. They dig everything about ithow quickly it arrives, especially compared to San Francisco’s crummy taxi service, and the efficiency of the app, which allows them...

Handelsblatt: Curse and blessing: How Germany can play a leading role in the new high-tech era

By Steven Hill, Handelsblatt, February 26, 2016

(German language PDF version, Fluch und Segen,” online version here (paywall)

Many Germans I have spoken to are puzzled by the US presidential election, and the controversial rhetoric used by some leading candidates. It is hard to believe that these candidates are running for...

Spotlight: A New Safety Net for the New Economy

By Steven Hill, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, February 10, 2016

For decades following the New Deal, most workers had a single employer who provided their safety net. But now tens of millions of workers are working in a high-tech economy for multiple businesses, either as contractors, freelancers, temps,...

Observer: Why Driverless Cars Will Screech to a Halt

By Steven Hill, Observer, February 9, 2016

The liability and regulatory issues involved in letting a 3000 pound death machine steer itself with no human at the controls remain huge

Elon Musk’s Tesla recently became the latest big shot company to enter the self-driving car sweepstakes. Mr....

Tagesspiegel: Good Jobs — threatened by the Internet

By Steven Hill, Tagesspiegel, February 5, 2016

German version, Gute Jobs – Durch Das Internet Bedroht

What is the future of work, and the future of jobs? For the last several decades, the workers of Germany, the US and Europe have been the most productive and wealthiest in the world.…

C-SPAN: Book discussion on Steven Hill’s Raw Deal

By Steven Hill, C-SPAN, January 2016

Steven Hill talks with New York Times columnist Eduardo Porter about his book Raw Deal: How the “Uber Economy” and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers, in which he examines the shift in the U.S. workforce with the rise of companies such as...

Huffington Post: Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” Redux in the Sharing Economy

By Steven Hill, World Post/Huffington Post, January 21, 2016

Fifty-one years ago, Bob Dylan’s song “Maggie’s Farm,” a brilliant satire that compared the job prospects of that generation’s youth to that of working on a dystopian plantation, was released on Dylan’s album “Bringing It All Back Home.” The owners, Maggie,...

Salon: Uber and Lyft’s big new lie: Their excuse for avoiding regulation is falling apart

By Steven Hill, Salon, January 16, 2016

Did Lyft just admit it’s a taxi company after all? Ridesharing companies pretend to be tech firms. They’re not.

Recently Lyft and General Motors made a grand announcement, with all the hoopla meant to convey that this announcement is a really big deal: ta-daaaa, a joint partnership...

Benefits for the Rest of Us: The growing ranks of contingent workers need a new deal.

By Steven Hill, Washington Monthly, January/February 2016

The safety net for American workers and their families, which in the post-World War II era has been a cornerstone of the middle class, is under assault. Though the economy is growing, for most Americans it feels more like a recession than...