What's Yours Is Mine
Against the Sharing Economy
Publisher: OR Books
Year Published: 2016
Pages: 230pp ISBN: ISBN 978-1-682191-20-0
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX21176
Through original empirical research, What's Yours is Mine shows that the friendly language of the sharing economy actually masks a darker reality.
Publisher's Description: The news is full of their names, supposedly the vanguard of a rethinking of capitalism. Lyft, Airbnb, Taskrabbit, Uber, and many more companies have a mandate of disruption and upending the "old order" -- and they've succeeded in effecting the "biggest change in the American workforce in over a century," according to former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.
But this new wave of technology companies is funded and steered by very old-school venture capitalists. And in What's Yours Is Mine, internationally-acclaimed technologist Tom Slee argues the so-called sharing economy damages development, extends harsh free-market practices into previously protected areas of our lives, and presents the opportunity for a few people to make fortunes by damaging communities and pushing vulnerable individuals to take on unsustainable risk.