How do we want to master the good, the bad, and the ugly of the platform economy? Will we focus on boosting the good by stimulating the development and growth of Dutch and European platforms developed by entrepreneurs, incumbent companies, and public organizations alike? Will we focus on correcting the bad by updating our laws, regulations, and institutions to reflect the new type of economic relations and dynamics that these platforms enable? Will we focus on controlling the ugly by keeping the large US and Asian platforms under control and protecting our civil rights?
The best answer is to find a way to focus on all three aspects: the good, the bad, and the ugly. In this paper, we won’t provide quick fixes, but we will offer a perspective on possible ways forward. In the long run, we are very optimistic about the future of platforms in the Dutch economy and society. But to secure this future, we must act now and act together.
Read the paper here: Unlocking the value of the platform economy