This programme of work aims to not just uncover where fair and unfair work takes place, but also seeks to codify that knowledge into both a ‘Fairwork certification scheme’ and an annual ranking of platforms. These two initiatives build on the efforts of organisations such as the Fairtrade Foundation and will ultimately allow for the development of an international standard for good-quality digital working conditions.
This project draws on the expertise and experience of staff at the Oxford Internet Institute and Universities of Cape Town, Manchester, Oxford and the Western Cape on work practices and working conditions in digital labour platforms. Project staff will further refine criteria for fair digital work under development in collaboration with key stakeholders and organisations with expertise on working conditions generally.
Specifically, we are developing a set of criteria based on nuanced empirical understanding of work processes within platforms. The criteria will take note of the differences between the three platform types and will be divided into two levels. That is, after assessment, a platform may receive no certification, or may receive a certification of acceptable or good working conditions.