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The New York Times | 08.08.15

Twisting Words to Make ‘Sharing’ Apps Seem Selfless

Alex Rosenblat

“In a forthcoming study on the technology-mediated work experiences of Uber drivers, however, two researchers argue that terms like ‘sharing’ can put a gloss on business practices that may work against the interests of the supposed sharers — that is, the drivers themselves. […]
“‘I think that the biggest problem with the sharing-economy language is that it co-opts you into your own disempowerment,’ says Alex Rosenblat, a researcher at Data & Society, a research center in Manhattan, and a co-author of the study.”

[Incoming D&S fellow] Natasha Singer, Twisting Words to Make ‘Sharing’ Apps Seem Selfless, New York Times, August 8, 2015

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