The “Sharing” Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators

The “Sharing” Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators

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Event Description

The Federal Trade Commission held a workshop to explore issues relating to emerging internet peer-to-peer platforms—often called the “sharing” economy—and the economic activity these platforms facilitate. The workshop examined competition, consumer protection, and economic issues arising in the sharing economy to promote more informed analysis of its competitive dynamics as well as benefits and risks to consumers. The workshop considered if, and the extent to which, existing regulatory frameworks can be responsive to sharing economy business models while maintaining appropriate consumer protections. It also examined how various regulatory choices may affect competition and consumers.

Information about the plans for the sharing economy workshop, including a list of questions for public comment, is available in the workshop announcement.

Video and Transcript

The workshop webcast videos are available for viewing (under Video, below). Viewers may want to review the panelist slide presentations (under Event Speakers, below) as they watch the videos. A transcript of the workshop is also available (under Transcripts, below).


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Event Details

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