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In this article we argue the need for more socio-legal scrutiny in a digitally mediated and data-driven development. We focus and briefly outline socio-legally relevant aspects of the “sharing” economy, that poses a number of conceptual issues on how we understand and regulate innovative platform based ventures. This also arguably underscores a number of issues relating to the role of consumer and user data and the implications of this “datafication”, not least in terms of questions of accountability and balancing of both powers and privacy in a data-driven world that often is described as a “black box” (cf. Pasquale, 2015) in the sense that much of the automated processes – such as the workings of algorithms and third party trade of consumer data – is withheld from insight and transparency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-6
Number of pages3
JournalRCSL Newsletter
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 24

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Law and Society


  • sharing economy
  • law and society
  • sociology of law
  • law
  • algorithmic accountability
  • black box society
  • datafication
  • privacy
  • automation
  • algorithms


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