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Platform work provides essential income and opportunities to tens of millions of people around the world. However, most platform workers are not protected by existing employment law or collective bodies, meaning they face low pay, precarity, and poor and dangerous working conditions. Fairwork is committed to highlighting best and worst labour practices in the platform economy. Our goal is to show that better, and fairer, jobs are possible in the platform economy. The Fairwork project is based at the Oxford Internet Institute and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Through our global network of researchers, we evaluate the working conditions of digital platforms and rank them based on our five principles of fair work. The Fairwork project is currently operating in 30 countries across 5 continents. Across countries, we work closely with workers, platforms, advocates and policymakers to envision and build a fairer future of work. The Fairwork Principles were developed through a collaborative process that reflects the insights of our international network and the voices of workers around the world. They provide a benchmark of fair platform work, for platforms, workers, customers and policymakers.

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