Based on extensive conversations with Uber, Lyft, and Ola drivers across multiple cities in the United States and India, this article argues that gig/platform work operates through a reorganization of established labor process with data at the center of such changes. Not only is data central to a dynamic restructuring of labor processes but data as “value” moves across multiple production processes enabling a new spatiotemporal fix. Data as “value/capital” thus enters a potentially endless cycle of value creation and appropriation. This makes possible for the labor movement to move away from narrow business unionism and instead build a new politics that has at its center data as unaccounted value produced by workers.

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