Precariat in the Age of Platform Capitalism
and Expanding Basic Income
Beyond the proliferation of irregular workers in the neoliberal era, the
expansion of platform capitalism is making new platform labor common.
Furthermore, the scope of the platform labor extends not only to service
provider labor such as crowd labor and delivery app labor, but also to free labor
of platform users. The evolution of online platforms and AI outside of
employed wage labor also expands exploitation. Thus the Precariat as
precarious propertyless people and workers who constitute the overwhelming
majority of society, is being regrouped into a class that is expropriated and
exploited. This precariat will be reconstructed as an agent who requests
dividend for the profit of commons in the form of basic income. A dividend for
the profit of platform commons that expands this basic income and increases its
feasibility, will be a breakthrough against platform capitalism. The fair sharing
platform that can overcome the exploitation and expropriation of platform
capitalism will be able to be derived from expanding the Shapley value
distribution model proposed by Nam-Hoon Kang to various platform actors,
including users(free workers), service providers, employed wage workers, and
capitalists. And more fundamentally, it will be possible to extend the scope of
dividend for the profit of platform commons by creating alternative common
ownership platforms or platform commons.
Keywords: platform capital, precariat, basic income, dividend for the prof-
it of platform commons, platform labor.