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Law & Ethics of Human Rights

Editor-in-Chief: Stopler, Gila

Editorial Board: Benvenisti, Eyal / Cohen-Eliya, Moshe / Macedo, Stephen / Rosenblum, Nancy

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Volume 13, Issue 1


Trading on the Unknown: Scenarios for the Future Value of Data

Gemma Newlands / Christoph Lutz / Christian Fieseler
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Published Online: 2019-05-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lehr-2019-0004


In this Article, we explore the practices of extensive data collection among sharing economy platforms, highlighting how the unknown future value of big data creates an ethical problem for a fair exchange relationship between companies and users. Specifically, we present a typology with four scenarios related to the future value of data. In the remainder of the Article, we first describe the status quo of data collection practices in the sharing economy, followed by a discussion of the value-generating affordances of big data. We then introduce the typology of four scenarios for the future value of data. Finally, the paper concludes with a short discussion on the implications of information asymmetries for a fair exchange process.

Keywords: big data; informed consent; sharing economy; platforms; ethics; information asymmetry

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Published Online: 2019-05-11

Published in Print: 2019-05-27

Citation Information: The Law & Ethics of Human Rights, Volume 13, Issue 1, Pages 97–114, ISSN (Online) 1938-2545, ISSN (Print) 2194-6531, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lehr-2019-0004.

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