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Sharing economy: Just how social is the sharing economy?

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The sharing economy is changing our economy. What impacts have the new business models been having on the job market? Steven Hill discusses this question in an essay entitled "The Future of Work in the Uber Economy." Hill, an American political writer, and Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, views the emerging sharing economy with a good measure of scepticism. In his view, new business models such as that of Uber are having a damaging impact on the labor market. He warns of consequences that could even include a downward economic spiral.

The consumer society idea has been warming to the idea of sharing goods as an alternative to ownership. More and more people have been discovering the benefits of being able to utilize goods without having to make major investments. The special also includes a selection of photos presenting offbeat and surprising sharing services now available in various countries and an article on the social aspects of sharing and how Telekom supports the trend.

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