Signals from the Field
A lot of hopes are placed on blockchain technology. They range from more modest aspirations, like ensuring secure food chains, to hyperbolic claims of creating economic and socio-political emancipation of humankind. Blockchain is said to offer a decentralised way of doing things while solving the problem of trust, which makes it very appealing for platform economy. What is often left out is the consideration of the negative consequences and the barriers to the wide adoption of the blockchain.Read more
Often it may feel like we are all anonymous and equal in the online world, but at other times age, gender and other demographic and socio-economic factors seem to matter greatly. In this signal post, we discuss gender in the context of the platform economy. What is the gender balance among platform users? Who designs and programs platforms? And what is the role of user behaviour and online culture?Read more
How accessible is the platform economy for people of different age? And how evenly are the opportunities and created value distributed? Some fear that platforms are only for the young and enabling the rich get richer while the poor get poorer.
In this signal post, we discuss age in the context of the platform economy.
Digitalisation and platform economy are usually perceived as a challenge to taxation as it is difficult to monitor and enforce taxation in the digital and global economy. New rules are needed for deciding which activities are taxable and which are not in the in sharing, collaborative and platform economies. The situation is especially relevant for Nordic countries, where the tradition of a strong tax base has been the precondition for an affluent society. The main goal is to develop taxation so that the platform economy can strive while ensuring sufficient tax revenue without compromising innovativeness.Read more
Platform economy brings along new opportunities for forestry, ranging from more efficient management to new data-driven services and enhancing of industrial ecology. Increases in the amount and accessibility of forest data as well as data on the raw material cycles enable new solutions and collaborations and invites novel cross-sectoral innovations. Combined with advances in material technology, forests are set to become a key component in the emerging circular economy.Read more
Platforms are all about enabling connections to form between actors, typically producers and users of any given tangible or intangible commodity. But to what extent do these connections result in social value for individuals? There are of course social media platforms that by definition focus on maintaining or creating human relationships whether based on family ties, existing friendships, professional networking, dating or shared hobbies or interests. Interaction, communication and social ties nevertheless take place in other platforms too, and the positive and negative impacts of these may come as a rather unexpected side effect to the platform owner as well as users.Read more
The new ways of working enabled by platforms redefines the relationship between the employer and employee. There is currently a massive growth in the size of the gig economy, fuelled by increasing online access and willingness to do disparate tasks. To ensure fair and decent working conditions, a mix of regulation, new practices and worker collective action is required.Read more
Helsinki is not the Silicon Valley. Its different. Our journeys and our destinations can also be different. Emulating Silicon Valley is not the only way “to startup”. New voices are emerging. New narratives created.Read viewpoint
Much of the emergence of the US Synthetic Biology ecosystem has happened without top down planning, technology road mapping, and heavy investments.Read viewpoint
In this article the authors illustrate the importance of finding mutually shared and agreed perceptions of value by discussing the value created by autonomous vehicles.Read viewpoint
One of the key questions when forming policy for the platform domain is that is the power and profit accumulation – a “game-of-few” pattern – an inherent part of all platform implementations. Our argument is that it is too early to establish such overarching standpoints. Actions can be taken to transition toward more sustainable value sharing models.Read viewpoint