Sharing economy debate
Airbnb to get a closer look from the Boston City Council
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After settling its dispute with parking app Haystack, the Boston City Council will now start to look into "for-profit lodging in personal residences." In particular, the council will hold a hearing to decide if more regulation needs to be put into place for companies like Airbnb, Boston-based FlipKey, HomeAway, and others. Read More
Stack Ban
City of Boston passes ordinance to ban parking apps like Haystack; Haystack suspends service
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The Boston City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the selling, leasing, or reserving of public ways  in the city, a move made squarely to counter Haystack, a Baltimore-based startup that allows parkers in the city's metered spots to sell access as they were leaving to others looking for openings. Read More
Your space my space
How to ethically study people on Facebook? Researchers discuss
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A study on Facebook users that altered the news feeds of some 700,000 people in 2012 drew shrill outcry from Facebook users, ethicists, politicians, and researchers when the work was published this summer. The feedback prompted a post-mortem of the methods in that study within the research community as well as a re-examination of ethics surrounding research on people and their data. Read More