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Tech Talk: An Entrepreneur’s View on the Gig Economy

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CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. You can find Tech Talk on SoundCloud iTunes, and Google Play.

Disruptors or job destroyers? Innovators or rule breakers? When it comes to companies operating in the so-called “gig” economy, policy makers at all levels are likely to have a strong opinion. But regardless of one’s view, it’s hard to argue that many of these services are incredibly popular, both for those offering their services and for the users. Whether it’s your favorite ride-sharing service or contracting someone to repaint your bedroom, there’s a good chance you have used an on-demand or gig economy service.

CDT has explored the issue through the lens of Section 230 and the rights of websites to host user content, such as posts aimed at renting out a room in your house. We’ve also touched on the privacy policies that startups should be thinking about, especially those with a lot of user data.

But we have yet to look at this through the eyes of an actual entrepreneur. In this podcast we finally do.

Entrepreneur Brian Park, who is also the Washington DC Director of StartUp Grind, joins Tech Talk to discuss the gig economy and the role governments can play in supporting innovation. Take a listen!