This first event will focus on the social and political ramifications of the so-called "sharing" economy. There is a protest
by taxi drivers happening today in cities around Europe against Uber—an #Uberwar in the wake of last week's $18.2 billion valuation. Airbnb, recently involved in a drawn-out dispute with New York's Attorney General, was the subject of an unauthorized 'AirBnB Pavillion' at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale last weekend. In a relatively short period of time, such services generate new infrastructures outside of traditional social processes, thereby expanding markets, and the market logic itself, into previously untapped spaces. But they also challenge existing notions of labor organization, risk and domestic/private space. Is "sharing" the most accurate term for this economic process?