Marco Torregrossa (Author's Website)

Marco Torregrossa is a former policy officer in the EU Commission and a lawyer by training, specialised in new forms of collaborative self-employment, cooperative solo-entrepreneurship, digital work on platforms and the impacts of flexible labor regulations on the future of work. More about Marco at https://about.me/marcotorregrossa

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How a CryptoWork Platform Functions, in Practice

22/05/2018 |
How a CryptoWork Platform Functions, in Practice

Further to my previous post on Can Blockchain and Cryptonetworks Unite a Fragmented Freelance Economy? people asked me how would a freelancers’ platform powered by the blockchain work in practice. This is, in other words, what I broadly call a CryptoWork Platform. My contention is that you can not understand a CryptoWork Platform or any blockchain platform if you […]

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Can Blockchain and Cryptonetworks Unite a Fragmented Freelance Economy?

08/05/2018 |
Can Blockchain and Cryptonetworks Unite a Fragmented Freelance Economy?

The freelance economy has taken the world by storm, and this is a good thing. As it picks up steam, it will likely become even more widespread with the advent of blockchain technology. It’s no shocker there could be more self-employed than employees in both the EU and US (with freelance workers contributing approximately $1.4 […]

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Five Criteria to Define Freelancers in the Revised European SME Definition

13/06/2017 |
Five Criteria to Define Freelancers in the Revised European SME Definition

The European Commission has called to revise the European SME Definition in a recent Inception Impact Assessment. The original definition dates back to 2003 and has been widely adopted throughout the EU as an important tool to determine whether enterprises fall within the scope of certain legislation and to provide legal certainty. This is a […]

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Four Ways Freelancers Can Contribute to Rural Development

30/03/2017 |
Four Ways Freelancers Can Contribute to Rural Development

Freelancing gives you freedom. Typically, freedom to work from wherever you choose. But is it also fulfilling its promise of bringing more and better quality of work to rural areas? European regions are experiencing a new wave of independent working and the trend is growing. Coworking spaces have sprung up in towns across the continent […]

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Can the social dialogue be replaced by an algorithm?

24/02/2017 |
Can the social dialogue be replaced by an algorithm?

The social dialogue is the process whereby social partners (trade unions and employer organisations) negotiate, often in collaboration with the government, labour market policies. It is a widespread procedure to develop employment legislation in the European Union. Data Driven Social Dialogue No one has ever discussed a topic which popped out of mind and which I've called […]

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Why Self-Employment Needs Nurturing, and not Protection

07/02/2017 |
Why Self-Employment Needs Nurturing, and not Protection

The European Parliament has recently voted in favour of a stronger European Pillar of Social Rights, including labour protections for all workers, “regardless of the type of contract or employment relationship.” This is simply unrealistic and can backfire. The report suggests full-time contracts should remain the norm, and on-demand platforms should guarantee certain core working hours to all […]

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