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Stop Saying Uber Is Part Of The Sharing Economy

Stop Saying Uber Is Part Of The Sharing Economy
The sharing economy is a fast-growing phenomenon. People increasingly share their home, car, clothing or tools on Internet platforms such as Airbnb, Relayrides, and Peerby. Along with its rapid growth, however, the sharing economy has also come under fire. This criticism focuses in particular on the new taxi service UberX (or UberPOP in Europe) that enables anyone to work as an "amateur driver." Consumers benefit from lower prices, but regular taxi drivers point to unfair competition and uninsured passengers. This controversy attracts plenty of attention to the new industry, but the real question is: why do we think UberX is even really part of the sharing economy? The controversy makes clear that it is ambiguous where the sharing economy begins and where it ends. When looking at Uber, we can distinguish different services. It is another service of Uber, UberX, that spurred the most controversy. Finally, Uber also recently initiated the service UberPool in San Francisco.

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Understanding “New Power” We all sense that power is shifting in the world. We see increasing political protest, a crisis in representation and governance, and upstart businesses upending traditional industries. But the nature of this shift tends to be either wildly romanticized or dangerously underestimated. There are those who cherish giddy visions of a new techno-utopia in which increased connectivity yields instant democratization and prosperity. 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.