Nationalist rhetoric is on the rise. Politicians are hardening their borders against "outsiders". After decades in which globalisation seemed like an unstoppable economic force, "deglobalisation" is suddenly the word on everyone's lips.
But to focus on border walls and goods in container ships is to miss another phenomenon, one that is happening out of sight and outside of politicians' control. The gig economy is facilitating the rise of a global marketplace for online labour. For good or ill, this is a new strain of globalisation in its rawest form.
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