Should Congress be Caring About Sharing Event Audio Now Available


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Audio of today’s panel on regulation and the future of the sharing economy is now available. You can also subscribe to our Podcast for all of our latest panel discussions and find more pictures from the event on our Flickr. Thank you to our panelists and all in attendance for today’s event!

Companies like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb are high profile examples of the so-called sharing economy, in which ordinary people use online platforms to rent (rather than sell) products and services to each other. Also known as collaborative consumption, or peer to peer commerce, this new way of doing business uses the Internet to connect individual sellers and consumers and is changing the economy in many ways. Despite the successes of sharing economy pioneers, there is a growing backlash about circumvention of regulations and community standards, and displacement of workers – such as taxi drivers – in established industries. These debates are important because we might only be in the early stages of the sharing economy. In the future, a large number of industries could be disrupted by these new business models.


  • John Breyault, National Consumers League (Bio)
  • David Hantman, Airbnb
  • Alex Howard, TechRepublic and E Pluribus Unum (Bio) moderator
  • Arun Sundararajan, NYU Stern School of Business (Bio)
  • Adam Thierer, Mercatus Research Center at George Mason University (Bio)

In the press

by Anne Kim, Roll Call


by Andrew Ramonas, Legal Times


by Rob Lever, AFP (in Business Insider)


by Alex Howard, TechRepublic