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Uber’s troubles beg the question: can the “sharing economy” learn to share again?

Lost amid the hand-wringing over Uber is the bigger story of why the sharing economy is doing less and less sharing

By David McGowan  

Travis Kalanick resigned as CEO of Uber under pressure last week. But is the focus on this news story obscuring the bigger picture? Photo: Britta Pedersen/DPA/PA Images

Remember the “sharing economy?”

Back in 2013 the Economist heralded the rise of a new trend in business, where technology would be used to share excess capacity: we would rent or sell rides in our cars, space in our houses, indeed, sell anything we owned—to just about anyone, anytime and anywhere. The term persists, with Travis Kalanick, the bad boy co-founder and then CEO of…

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