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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Are cooperatives an organizational solution for platforms in the Sharing Economy? Theresia Theurl and Eric Meyer examine this question in their recent book chapter.
The German Federal Cartel Office and the European Union continue to apply competition and antitrust law on major US platform businesses.
How would it be to own a platform cooperatively? How can Platform Cooperatives succeed in the digital economy? Could problems around data ownership be solved through Platform Cooperativism? On March 27th, Clara Wolff of platforms2share is going to discuss these and other questions on the panel of the next "Digitaler Salon" hosted by HIIG and Kooperative.Berlin.
Next week, the European Parliament is going to vote on a law, renewing the copyright regulations in the European Union. The law is criticized in fear of censorship of the internet.


The New School, New York, NY United States

Contact persons at platforms2share

Project Description
New Book Chapter about „Cooperatives in the Age of Sharing“
Research Team and Partners
Santje Kludas
Dr. Dominika Wruk
Dr. Dominika Wruk
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platforms2share at “Digitaler Salon": Discussing Data Ownership and Platform Cooperativism
Facebook and Google penalized for violating competition and antitrust law
EU votes on copyright reform
Santje Kludas