Apps like Uber and Airbnb haven’t just sparked concern among the taxi and hotel industries they disrupt — city regulators have been cracking down on the info-centric services despite the lack of precedent for how best to deal with them. Now Tim Wu, author of The Master Switch and recent On The Verge guest, has taken to the New York Times to put forward his solution . In short, he suggests that cities should require companies to provide apps which leverage the data they collect to highlight genuine cases of misuse — Uber hiking prices in emergencies , for example, or tenants letting out apartments on Airbnb against their landlord’s wishes.
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How to regulate Uber and Airbnb with their own data