Accessing the Sharing Economy
- Dr Renee Sieber [CA]
- Kate Arthur [CA]
- Oli Sorenson [CA]
- Pamela Tudge [CA]
How does technology influence the ways people participate in the sharing economy? Who really benefits in the sharing economy? How do technologically facilitated environments contribute to the rise of corporate driven sharing platforms versus digital sharing activists?
Technology plays multiple roles in the sharing economy, from smart phone apps and automated services to open source product designs and open data resources. The majority of what we consider the sharing economy is facilitated through an Internet connection. Critiques of online sharing platforms such as AirBnb or Uber have voiced concerns around access to services. Debates centre on the unequal access within communities, including divisions across age, gender, race and socio-economic status.
Furthermore, increasing regulations online with new forms of copyright and security protocols, limit or make illegal certain kinds of sharing of peer to peer while corporations gain increasing access to big data sources from multiple platforms for profit driven agenda’s.
Have these contemporary digital platforms fueled the values of the sharing economy, or provided a way for cooption by big business?
This panel aims to begin a conversation on the multiple roles technology has in the sharing economy including insights from the recent past and future possibilities. The discussion will be held in English.
Panelists: Dr Renee Sieber [CA], Kate Arthur [CA], Oli Sorenson [CA]
Moderator: Pamela Tudge [CA]