What’s Yours is Mine

What’s Yours is Mine

Against the Sharing Economy, 2nd Edition

By Tom Slee

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The news is full of their names, supposedly the vanguard of a rethinking of capitalism. Lyft, Airbnb, Taskrabbit, Uber, and many more companies have a mandate of disruption and upending the “old order”—and they’ve succeeded in effecting the “biggest change in the American workforce in over a century,” according to former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. But this new wave of technology companies is funded and steered by very old-school venture capitalists.

In What’s Yours Is Mine, internationally-acclaimed technologist Tom Slee argues the socalled sharing economy damages development, extends harsh free-market practices into previously protected areas of our lives, and presents the opportunity for a few people to make fortunes by damaging communities and pushing vulnerable individuals to take on unsustainable risk.

This revised and updated edition of Slee’s original “smart and searing critique” includes a new foreword by the author.

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Praise

Building upon his previous empirical critiques, Tom Slee explains how “sharing economy” companies have used feel-good rhetoric to mask illiberal and irresponsible business models.

– Chris Jay Hoofnagle, faculty director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

Contents

1 The Sharing Economy
2 The Sharing Economy Landscape
3 A Place to Stay with Airbnb
4 On the Move with Uber
5 Neighbors Helping Neighbors
6 Strangers Trusting Strangers
7 A Short History of Openness
8 Open Wide
9 What’s Yours Is Mine
Bibliography
Notes
Acknowledgements
Index