Research project on digital platforms in the sharing economy

Which opportunities do cooperative models and blockchain technology offer to the sharing economy? In the inter- and transdiciplinary junior research group platforms2share we want to answer this question.

Today, new digital platforms for sharing, swapping and other ways of collaborative consumption are widely associated with positive economic, ecological and social effects. At the same time, existing platforms like Airbnb and Uber are increasingly criticized in public debate for having negative effects on people, local economies and our planet. As a counter model, new decentral models combining alternative organizational forms (such as platform cooperatives) and new technologies (such as Blockchain technology) are discussed and tested. The promise to better reach social-ecological goals and offer potential transform the sharing and platform economy.

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News

 
In April, Jonas Pentzien travelled to New York City and Baltimore as part of his research fellowship at The New School (NYC) to interview founders and members of various US-based platform cooperatives.
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On June 5th, José van Dijck - professor at Utrecht University doing research on media and the digital society - will give a lecture on "Europe and responsible platform societies". The event will be hosted by the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (hiig)and takes place @Säälchen at Holzmarkt.
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The 2nd Weizenbaum Conference on the subject of “Challenges of Digital Inequality: Digital Education, Digital Work, Digital Life” will take place on Thursday, 16 May and Friday, 17 May 2019.
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Die Grüne Bundestagsfraktion lädt zum Fachgespräch zum Thema Machteinschränkung von digitalen Plattformen. Aus ihrer Sicht haben die bisherigen Schritte, wie beispielsweise die Verschärfung des Wettbewerbsrechts, keine ausreichende Wirkung erzielt. Welche Schritte sind nötig um Marktmacht einzuschränken?
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Project Description
platforms2share Connects with Platform Cooperatives in the USA
Research Team and Partners
Santje Kludas
Dr. Dominika Wruk
Dr. Dominika Wruk
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Event: Weizenbaum Konferenz
Lecture: José van Dijck on "Europe and responsible platform societies"
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Veranstaltung: 10. GWB-Novelle – Macht digitaler Plattformen begrenzen
Santje Kludas