Weizenbaum Symposium: New Perspectives on the Digital Economy - Sharing, Gigs, and Platforms

The one-day symposium will provide a novel venue for researchers across fields (e.g., economics, sociology, information systems, law, communication) to present their work on the digital economy and debate a wide array of issues in an international research environment.

8.45 – 9.00
Welcome & Check-in

Session I: Sharing & Participation

9.00 – 9.20
Arto Lanamäki | University of Vaasa and Tallinn University
“Ambiguity and the Rule of Law: The Case of Taximeter Regulation in Finland”

9.20 – 9.40
Grant Blank | Oxford Internet Institute

9.40 – 10.00
Jason Whalley | Northumbria University
“Prisoners of a Platform? How Connectivity, Skills and Geography Shape Participation in the Sharing Economy”

10.00 – 10.20 
Group Discussion

Session II: Sharing Cultures & the Gig Economy

10.50 – 11.10 
Anton Fedosov | University of Zurich
“Towards Designing for Sharing Cultures: Exploring Physical Encounters and Digital Interactions in a Local Resource Sharing Community in Switzerland”

11.10 – 11.30
Niels van Doorn | University of Amsterdam
“What Do Platforms Want (and What Do They Need)? Apprehending the Gig Economy”

11.30 – 11.50 
Gemma Newlands | University of Amsterdam and BI Norwegian Business School
“Anthropotropism: Searching for Recognition in the Scandinavian Gig Economy’”

11.50 – 12.10 
Group Discussion

Session III: Algorithms, AI & Ratings

13.30 – 13.50
Mareike Möhlmann | Bentley University
“Algorithmic management – A study of Uber drivers”

13.50 – 14.10
Bettina Berendt | Weizenbaum-Institute/TU Berlin/KU Leuven
“Keep you friends close, but your adversaries closer”

14.10 – 14.30
Aaron Kolleck | Weizenbaum-Institute/TU Berlin
“Rating dynamics on Airbnb: Survival of the fittest?”

14.30 – 14.50
Group Discussion

Session IV: Competition & Regulation

15.20 – 15.40:
Heli Koski | Etla/Aalto University
“Do Data Giants Kill Competition?”

15.40 – 16.00
Sofia Ranchordas | University of Groningen
“The End of Free Sharing: A Discussion of the EU Legal Framework of Home-Sharing and Ride-Sharing Platforms”

16.00 – 16.20
Justus Haucap | DICE/HHU Düsseldorf
“Market power in digital markets: New competition tools and ex ante regulatory instruments”

16.20 – 16.40
Group Discussion

16.40 – 17.00 
Closing Remarks

To register for the event, please write to: 
Christoph Lutz (christoph.lutz[at]bi.no) and Volker Stocker (vstocker[at]inet.tu-berlin.de)

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