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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In a new article, Durand and Milberg (2018) point out the linkage of Intellectual Property Rights Regulations and the rise of Platform-Businesses. They examine the process of increased importance of Intellectual Property Rights Regulations (IPRs) for the global economy, leading to dynamics of intellectual monopolization and high importance of rents related to intangible assets.
This year's BCCP conference focusses on the regulatory challenges in digital markets concerning the rise of corporate power asking about the potential need for regulatory intervention.
As part of his research fellowship at The New School (NYC), Jonas Pentzien participated in the launch event of the newly founded Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy. The Institute sets out to examine digital businesses and projects that are owned and governed by workers and users and will serve as the research arm of the Platform Cooperativism Consortium.
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.


Universität Mannheim
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Barcelona, Spain

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platforms2share at the Launch Event of the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy (ICDE) in New York City
Event: 4th BCCP Conference & Policy Forum 2019
platforms2share Connects with Platform Cooperatives in the USA
Dr. Dominika Wruk