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19 Mar 2024

Joanna Gill, Thomson Reuters Foundation via Japan Times

EU ministers confirm preliminary deal on platform work directive that aims to address use of algorithms in digital labour platforms

"EU's new gig-worker rules could tame 'management by algorithm'", 19 March 2024

While Monday's watered-down deal to boost gig workers' employment rights fell short of unions' demands, they hailed the Platform Work Directive's provisions for greater transparency over algorithmic management systems as a crucial step to protect European workers from machine-made decisions...

Under the new rules, automated decisions affecting working conditions must have some human oversight, and workers would have access to the information driving AI-powered decisions. Such provisions complement parts of the landmark EU AI Act endorsed by European lawmakers on Wednesday...

The draft EU rules are the first attempt at regulating the impact of algorithmic management for Europe's roughly 28 million gig workers, and set the standard for future legislation, union leaders said...