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TIME | 03.09.17

The Latest Victim of Uber’s Disruption May Be Itself

Alex Rosenblat, Ryan Calo

D&S researcher Alex Rosenblat and Ryan Calo’s recent work in “The Taking Economy: Uber, Information, and Power” was featured in this TIME article.

At a minimum, Greyball makes apparent the lack of oversight governing disruptive new firms like Uber. In an upcoming research paper, Alex Rosenblat, a researcher at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York City who first uncovered evidence of Uber’s phantom cars during the course of her research last year, and Ryan Calo, an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Law, argue that deceptions like Greyball indicate a bigger problem: middlemen like Uber, Airbnb, Lyft, and others have a remarkable level of control over every aspect of their marketplaces and user experiences. That’s why Rosenblat and Calo have chosen to paint the so-called sharing economy with a less rosy name: the “taking economy,” as they’ve titled their paper.

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