Rodrigo Saturnino reflected on “sharing economy” through digital internet platforms

Rodrigo Saturnino spoke on “The policy of sharing in the context of digital capitalism: Among legal challenges and social inequalities” at the last Permanent Seminar on Communication Policies of the CECS, held at ICS-Sala de Atos (February, 14) where he reflected about “the emergence of new forms of production and consumption and new forms of life through digital Internet platforms”.

The researcher, who is a postdoctoral fellow at the CECS, where he develops a research project in the area of ​​communication and digital economics under the supervision of Helena Sousa, discussed with the participants the way how the proposals of laws, at an international level, have tried to establish the regulation of this new business model. According to Rodrigo Saturnino, it is observable, as well as the limitations that the regulatory framework has presented in order to prevent social inequalities, “the promotion of prejudices and the behaviors of the risk that the sharing economy has boosted among its participants”.

In methodological terms, the researcher reviewed the existing laws in Portugal, at the United States, at Germany and at Spain, and then presented some practical cases involving “Airbnb” and “Uber” companies to exemplify some sociological challenges to the regulation of information and communication on electronic platforms.