Video Player Close GENEVA, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) — The International Labor Organization (ILO) said on Tuesday that the rapid growth of the digital economy around the world is calling for a coherent policy response to ensure that the technology gap and inequalities are not widening. According to the ILO’s latest “World Employment and Social Outlook 2021” report, digital labor platforms have increased five-fold worldwide in the last decade, presenting both opportunities as well as challenges for workers and businesses and a need for international policy dialogue. “This growth has underlined the need for international policy dialogue and regulatory cooperation in order to provide decent work opportunities and foster the growth of sustainable businesses more consistently,” said the Geneva-based UN agency in a press release. The report focuses on two main types of digital labor platform: online web-based platforms, where tasks are performed online and remotely by workers, and location-based platforms, where tasks are performed at a specified physical location by individuals, such as taxi drivers and delivery workers. “Digital labor platforms are opening up opportunities that did not exist before, particularly for women, young people, persons with disabilities and marginalized groups in all parts of the world. That must be… Read full this story
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