“All the benefits . . . without any of the responsibilities”


Tom Slee, author of What’s Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy, chats to the Indypendent about the trials and tribulations of the “gig economy.”


“Uber is taking 30, 35 percent of the amount of any fare. Airbnb takes about 13 to 15 percent of any rental. They’re involved in every transaction. They take a significant amount of money from every transaction. Yet when push comes to shove, they want to say, ‘This is not our responsibility and we want nothing to do with it if anything goes wrong.’ A well-presented platform can be quite useful to people who have skills to promote, but these current ones end up being [based on] a largely exploitative model.”


Read the full article on the Indypendent here.