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  1. Couchsurfing ha coinvolto 3 milioni di persone nel mondo, Bikesharing 2.2 milioni di bici al mese nel 2011, Carsharing 3.3 miliardi nel 2013, Airbnb 25 milioni di ospiti nel 2014. Ancora non esiste una normativa Ue in materia di sharing economy e anche la ricerca a supporto di una politica comune a riguardo è quasi inesistente. La sharing economy rappresenta ancora l'1% dell'economia formale, in molti casi rappresenta di fatto lo step iniziale per approdare poi ad un economia convenzionale quando non finisce per sostituirla in alcune sue parti, secondo l'analisi.
    Tags: , , , , , by M. Fioretti (2015-12-23)
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  2. the word that is most subverted by the tech industry is share. Everywhere you go on the web you find injunctions to share whatever it is that you’ve found. Buttons provide a one-click way of sharing via email, Twitter, Facebook – which of course gives the companies an efficient way of surveilling not just your browsing habits, but also your online relationships.

    And then there’s the sharing economy which, on closer inspection, seems to be mostly about selling rather than sharing. The poster-children of this euphemism are the cab-hailing app Uber and Airbnb, the platform that enables you to rent someone’s spare room for a night or two at much cheaper rates than a hotel chain could offer.

    Whatever else it is, this ain’t sharing. Instead, it’s a perfectly intelligent way of using the internet as a way of putting buyers and sellers in touch with one another. It’s just the contemporary embodiment of what eBay started all those years ago. And that’s fine. In fact, on a bigger scale it could be one way of reducing the colossal wastefulness of modern industrial society. Why should every household have to own things that spend most of their time idle? We could, of course, just use the net to coordinate the lending of these things to one another. But in general that’s just too much hassle in an urbanised society. So the rise of platforms like eBay, Justpark and Airbnb is a positive development. We just need an honest term to describe it.
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  3. For one month, I became the “micro-entrepreneur” touted by companies like TaskRabbit, Postmates, and Airbnb. Instead of the labor revolution I had been promised, all I found was hard work, low pay, and a system that puts workers at a disadvantage.

    My experiences in the gig economy raise troubling issues about what it means to be an employee today and what rights a worker, even on a assignment-by-assignment basis, are entitled to. The laws regarding what constitutes an employee have not yet caught up to the idea that jobs are now being doled out by iPhone push notification.

    In a recent lawsuit filed against Uber–in the wake of an incident in which a driver hit and killed a child pedestrian on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco–the prosecuting attorney is arguing that Uber drivers are employees because their vehicles are logged by the Uber App and are therefore “on the clock” even when they don’t have a customer in their car. Postmates asks their workers to sign up for shifts. Zirtual asks them to be available during working hours. And most gig economy platforms have a system for weeding out employees who don’t get good reviews from customers. TaskRabbit “removes” them after the “second strike
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