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Uber, Airbnb and consequences of the sharing economy: Research roundup

Uber, Airbnb and consequences of the sharing economy: Research roundup
The leading businesses that are advancing the concept of the “sharing economy” are in many respects no longer insurgents and newcomers. The size and scale of Uber, Airbnb and several other firms now rival, or even surpass, those of some of the world’s largest businesses in transportation, hospitality and other sectors. As the economic power of these technology-driven firms grows, there continue to be regulatory and policy skirmishes on every possible front, across cities and towns spanning the United States, Europe and beyond. The Economics and Statistics Administration of the U.S. Commerce Department issued a report in June 2016 that attempts to define and map out the contours of this emerging business sector, labeling its participants “digital matching firms.” That report defines this sector through the four following characteristics: There is the distinct danger, on both sides, of overstating the case and the size of effects. Fights over rules and regulations Latest research “Ride On!

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The Shut-In Economy — Matter In 1998, Carnegie Mellon researchers warned that the internet could make us into hermits. They released a study monitoring the social behavior of 169 people making their first forays online. The web-surfers started talking less with family and friends, and grew more isolated and depressed. “We were surprised to find that what is a social technology has such anti-social consequences,” said one of the researchers at the time.

Healthcare Goes Digital: Fewer Hospitals, Empowered Doctors, and a Medical Sharing Economy Digital tools hold the promise of not just making people healthier, but radically upending the structure of the healthcare industry. (Photo: Africa Studio via Shutterstock) Tech is helping drive some exciting changes in healthcare, though so far they don’t galvanize the public’s attention like driverless cars or virtual reality headsets. But as the industry increasingly embraces digital tools and strategies, every American patient may start to notice a holy grail that seems to be on the horizon: a patient-centric model that will streamline the system and upend the way medical professionals operate.

Join the Sharing Cities Network From Mira Luna, Neal Gorenflo, and team Shareable. Imagine a city where everyone’s needs are met because people make the personal choice to share. Where everyone can create meaningful livelihoods. How Liability Problems in the Sharing Economy Can Affect You Source: Thinkstock Given their phenomenal growth over the last couple of years, sharing economy startups have become an important part of the modern economic ecosystem. Their social and economic proposition is attractive: share resources (and earn environmental brownie points in the process) and make friends to expand your social circle. For example, Airbnb, the popular site that is giving hotels a run for their money, enables site users to rent out spare bedrooms. In the process, the site claims to foster friendships and connections in addition to extra income for users.

Nationalist movements could smother Justin Trudeau: Paul Wells It’s way too early to guess how this will turn out, but it’s becoming clear that Justin Trudeau now leads a government in crisis. It’s not a crisis Trudeau made, but he’s stuck with it. How he responds will go far toward making or breaking his career as prime minister. I’m talking about the crisis of globalization: the broad challenge to the gospel of open borders, free trade and elite accommodation that was viewed, by many Western leaders, as synonymous with progress from at least the late 1980s until the financial crisis of 2008.

The Sharing Solution » 20 Questions to Discuss When You Share When you sit down to discuss the details of a sharing arrangement, here is a list of 20 categories of questions to discuss. It may not be quite as entertaining as a good old fashioned game of “Twenty Questions,” but it can be interesting and revealing. Without realizing it, sharers sometimes have different expectations about what they’ll be sharing, how often, for what reasons, or with whom. By working through these issues early on, you’ll build the foundation for a smooth sharing operation. Interest is Rising in Cooperative Alternatives to the "Sharing Economy" Trebor Scholz, Sara Horowitz, Nathan Schneider, Saket Soni, Caroline Woolard, Douglas Rushkoff (l-r) at Civic Hall If last week's turnout at Civic Hall is any indication, a lot of people--technologists as well as organizers--are interested in figuring out how the 21st century economy can be built on more cooperative and less exploitative principles than the libertarian "gig economy" exemplified by companies like TaskRabbit and Uber. Folks came out for a panel discussion called "Think Outside the Boss: Cooperative Alternatives to the Sharing Economy," which was triggered by a thought-provoking essay in Medium by Trebor Scholz, a professor at The New School. He wrote: ...just for one moment imagine that the algorithmic heart of any of these citadels of anti-unionism could be cloned and brought back to life under a different ownership model, with fair working conditions, as a humane alternative to the free market model.

The real promise of the ‘sharing economy’ is what it could do for the poor Some of the cars available for rental on Getaround today. Via the Getaround website. The sharing economy often feels like a place full of well-off Millennials, digital natives who have smartphones, credit cards and reliable Internet connections. You need a certain amount of online savvy to rent a spare room on the Internet, not too mention the extra income to use Uber instead of the bus. Crossix Completes Largest-Ever Expansion of Connected Health Data Crossix Solutions, the leader in consumer-centric healthcare analytics, has completed its largest-ever expansion of connected health data—not just in terms of the volume of data, but in its uniqueness as well. This transformative expansion substantially increases the scale of Crossix’s Rx and medical claims data and introduces new types of data, including hospital, clinical/real-world data (RWD), and lab results. By harnessing the power of Crossix’s technology and unlocking the value of connecting a wider breadth of health and non-health data, pharmaceutical brands, media agencies, and other companies across the healthcare landscape can now gain deeper audience and campaign insights, while driving improved patient outcomes and business results. Multiple use cases, across various condition categories, are enabled with these exciting data connections.