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 so-called 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.
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
|The Sharing Economy
|The Sharing Economy Landscape
|A Place to Stay with Airbnb
|On the Move with Uber
|Neighbors Helping Neighbors
|Strangers Trusting Strangers
|A Short History of Openness
|What’s Yours Is Mine