Arun Sundarajan is a prominent professor at New York University (NYU Stern), whose research focus on digital economy and how information technologies transform business and society. His recent research interests have focused on the growth of digital institutions influence on the political and economic development, social media and technology networks, online privacy and digital piracy. As an academic,he regularly publishes in prestigious journals such as Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Research, Journal of Economic Literature and the Journal of Management Information Systems. Sundarajan has, during his career, more than 200 international conferences. So we are in the last edition of Oui Share Fest, in which Arun Sundarajan was invited to give a lecture on his research on collaborative economy, an area which has drawn attention lately.
The activist around the common David Bollier in an interview for the newspaper el Diario.es, considers that there is a lot in common between the social movements that have emerged in the last decades, such as Occupy or 15M and the rise of the commons as the collaborative economy understands.
Do you think that it is certainly not an isolated phenomenon and that it is making changes of global reach in the society?
I think some of the people that are a part of the sharing economy could have the same motivations as the people who are part of the Occupy movement, in the way they want to solve the lack of equity there is in society. There is a certain level of discontent in people about how the wealth is distributed in the world. We’ve seen many dramatic rises of inequality. And some people feel attracted to the sharing economy because they think it maybe can have a consequence on inequality.