From Airbnb to Coursera to Uber: Why Government Shouldn’t Regulate the Sharing Economy
By Arun Sundararajan, Associate Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences, NEC Faculty Fellow & Doctoral Coordinator
Minnesota’s regulators reversed their decision the next day, following widespread criticism online. But this isn’t an isolated government dispute in the new economy of shared services. Over the same week, on-demand car service provider Uber pulled out of the taxi business in New York after facing obstacles from NYC’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC to us locals). And the apartment-sharing marketplace Airbnb hired a government relations expert to help it face regulatory issues as it expands.
Clearly, issues around regulating the “sharing economy” — whether Coursera, Uber, and Airbnb, or TaskRabbit, Zipcar, and Couchsurfer — affect our daily lives in more ways than we realize.
Read full article as published in Wired.
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