Join the Columbia Law Review for an informal lunchtime conversation with Ryan Calo and Alex Rosenblat, authors of "The Taking Economy: Uber, Information, and Power," an essay just published in the Review's October 2017 book.
Commercial firms have long used what they know about consumers to shape their behavior and maximize profits. Sitting between consumers and providers of services, however, sharing economy firms have a unique capacity to monitor and nudge all participants—including people whose livelihoods may depend on the platform. These firms reveal their monitoring activities only selectively. However, preliminary evidence suggests that sharing economy firms such as Uber may already be going too far, leveraging their access to information about users and their control over the user experience to mislead, coerce, or otherwise disadvantage sharing economy participants. In "The Taking Economy," Calo, a law professor, and Rosenblat, a technology ethnographer who studies work, labor, and technology, argue that consumer protection law—with its longtime emphasis on restraining asymmetries of information and power—is well positioned to address this underexamined aspect of the sharing economy.
The essay's full text can be accessed here
A non-pizza lunch will be served.