The Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop on June 9 to explore issues relating to emerging internet peer-to-peer platforms— the “sharing” economy—and the economic activity these platforms facilitate. The workshop will examine competition, consumer protection, and economic issues arising in the sharing economy to promote more informed analysis of its competitive dynamics as well as benefits and risks to consumers. The workshop will consider if, and the extent to which, existing regulatory frameworks can be responsive to sharing economy business models while maintaining appropriate consumer protections. It also will examine how various regulatory choices may affect competition and consumers.
Information about the plans for the sharing economy workshop, including a list of questions for public comment, is available in the workshop announcement.
The workshop will be held on June 9, 2015 in the Conference Center of the FTC office building at 400 7th St. SW, Washington, DC 20024. Any interested person may submit written comments in response to this announcement and workshop discussions until August 4, 2015.
Watching the Workshop
The workshop will be webcast. A link to the webcast will be added to this page on the day of the workshop.
Attending the Workshop
The workshop will be free and open to the public. To pre-register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail) and include your name and organization.
Pre-registration is not required to attend this event, but is strongly encouraged. To ensure you get a seat, and to have time to pass through security, it is recommended that guests arrive 30 minutes prior to the event. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration will not guarantee you a seat if the workshop reaches capacity. Please bring a valid government issued photo ID (government badge, license, passport, etc.). The security processing will include a metal detector and X-ray screening of all hand carried items.
Public Comment Period
The FTC will be accepting public comments through August 4, 2015. For more information see the “Public Commments” tab below.
If you have a question about the workshop, please email email@example.com (link sends e-mail).
Under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) or other laws, we may be required to disclose to outside organizations the information you provide when you pre-register. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments, whether filed in paper or electronic form, and as a matter of discretion, we make every effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the public comments before posting them on the FTC website.