This paper sets out to analyse the digital economy and changes in work by sifting elements of continuity from others that are radically new.

Aspects examined are: genuinely new features encountered in the digital economy model; major instances of technological change observable in the working environment; new forms of work in the digital economy; distance and employment relationships; challenges entailed in regulating a labour world shorn of its customary structures.

The study concludes with some considerations on the meaning of work in environments characterised by an increasing interplay of the virtual and the real.

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