By Tom Slee
“Building upon his prior empirical opinions, Tom Slee explains how ‘sharing economy’ businesses have used feel-good rhetoric to masks intolerant and irresponsible enterprise models.”
—Chris Jay Hoofnagle, lecturer in place of dwelling; school director,
Berkeley middle for legislation & Technology
“The Sharing economic climate frames its critics as Luddites, bureaucrats and rent-seekers, yet Tom Slee is none of those. A considerate technologist, Slee paints a well-researched photo of businesses that experience equipped up significant industry valuations through externalizing their expenditures and sidestepping rules designed to guard shoppers. This booklet is clear-eyed and important.”
—Sue Gardner, former government director of the Wikimedia Foundation
“Tom Slee's crucial new booklet indicates that the sharing economic climate has little or no to do with sharing. Slee makes use of wit, readability, and evidence to demolish the self-serving mythologies of Silicon Valley marketers and work out what Uber, Amazon and their type are quite up to.” —Henry Farrell, co-chair, Social technological know-how learn Council's electronic tradition Initiative; professor of political technology and foreign affairs, George Washington University
“In this lucid and rigorous ebook, Tom Slee dismantles the facade of the sharing financial system, revealing hidden and sometimes troubling truths approximately businesses like Uber and Airbnb. a good way to know how net companies quite function, What’s Yours Is Mine is where to start.” —Nicholas Carr, writer of The Shallows and The Glass Cage
“In a box crowded with tech-utopian blowhards and app-happy snake oil salesmen, Tom Slee stands aside. His laser-sharp insights concerning the genuine impression of renowned start-ups on our livelihoods and groups are the right antidote to sharing economic system hype. What’s Yours Is Mine is needed examining for an individual drawn to know-how and fiscal justice.” —Astra Taylor, writer of The People’s Platform: Taking again energy and tradition within the electronic Age
The information is stuffed with their names, supposedly the forefront of a rethinking of capitalism. Lyft, Airbnb, Taskrabbit, Uber, and lots of extra businesses have a mandate of disruption and upending the “old order”—and they’ve succeeded in effecting the “biggest swap within the American team in over a century,” in line with former Secretary of work Robert Reich.
But this new wave of expertise businesses is funded and urged through very old-school enterprise capitalists. And in What’s Yours Is Mine, technologist Tom Slee argues the so-called sharing economic system damages improvement, extends harsh free-market practices into formerly secure components of our lives, and offers the chance for a number of humans to make fortunes by means of harmful groups and pushing susceptible participants to tackle unsustainable risk.
Drawing on unique empirical examine, Slee indicates that the pleasant language of sharing, belief, and group mask a darker reality.
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It’s the gap between their message of caring for neighborhoods and the reality of gentrification driven by uncontrolled tourism, which they are playing a big part in accelerating. Airbnb’s true business in Trastevere is eroding the very qualities that make the district appealing, and it’s exactly the kind of business that the locals of Trastevere are protesting. 4. On the Move with Uber here is one sector of the Sharing Economy that is bigger than accommodation, and that’s transit, and specifically ridesharing.
Complaint-based enforcement goes together with blurred boundaries between non-commercial and commercial activities to provide a space for a “gray area” of informal commerce that is part of daily life in most cities. The goal of Airbnb, as of many Sharing Economy companies, is to take this gray area and scale it up. But scale changes things, informal dispute resolution becomes impossible, and activities that were previously benign become problematic. For those of us living on streets with driveways: most of us have no problem with occasional yard sales; if a neighbor starts to run a yard sale every weekend we might get irritated with the cars parked in the street; if half a dozen people on the street are constantly having yard sales, then it starts to disrupt the community and maybe the city should enforce its zoning laws.
And Zipcar did grow: from its beginnings in Boston (2001) to New York (2003), and then to San Francisco in 2005, Toronto in 2006, and London later that same year, reaching about a quarter of a million members by 2008. Zipcar continued to expand. It provided an iPhone app to help you book a car, it took investments from Benchmark Capital and General Electric’s Commercial Finance Fleet Services, it merged with competitor Flexcar, it created a partnership with Spanish car rental company Avancar, it acquired UK service Streetcar.
What's Yours Is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy by Tom Slee