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Uber Privilege


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Uber, AirBnb, Handy and others are quickly reshaping how we work, but their innovation leaves open loopholes to discrimination and abuse. Cristen and Caroline take a closer look at sharing economy privilege and why collaborative consumption leaves out the people who most need its services.

Episode Sources:

"Who's a sharing economy worker?" http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/08/21/uber-airbnb-etsy-who-are-the-sharing-economy-workers

"This is how bad the sharing economy is for workers" https://www.thenation.com/article/this-is-how-bad-the-sharing-economy-is-for-workers/

"Racial discrimination in the sharing economy" http://www.forbes.com/sites/hbsworkingknowledge/2014/02/24/racial-discrimination-in-the-sharing-economy/#6198799a7274

"Is the sharing economy safe for women?" https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/sharing-economy-women-discrimination-violence

"Airbnb horror story points to need for precautions" http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/15/your-money/airbnb-horror-story-points-to-need-for-precautions.html?_r=0

"NYTimes: Raped, literally, but the 'sharing economy'" http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/8/15/1412451/-From-The-NYTimes-Raped-Literally-By-the-Sharing-Economy

"Chariot for Women emerges after Uber sexual assault scandals, may face discrimination issues" http://www.designntrend.com/articles/73695/20160411/chariot-for-women-emerges-after-uber-sexual-assault-scandals-may-face-discrimination-issues.htm

"Are taxis safer than Uber?" http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/03/are-taxis-safer-than-uber/386207/

Academic Insights:

"An inclusive sharing economy: Unlocking business opportunities to support low-income and underserved communities." BSR. September 2016. https://www.bsr.org/reports/BSR_An_Inclusive_Sharing_Economy.pdf


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