The Platform Economy and the Future of the City

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25 Mar 2019 - 9:00am to 26 Mar 2019 - 12:00pm
March 25 - Mayor's Reception Room, City Hall; March 26 - University of Pennsylvania, room TBD
Open to the Public

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New digital technologies are remaking the way we live, changing the way passengers and goods move and services are provided. They hold out the hope of numerous benefits for consumers and cities by making transactions more efficient while increasing accessibility, variety, and convenience for consumers. At the same time, it is clear these outcomes won’t automatically come about without the right policies in place to guide their development and adoption. As a result, numerous debates have arisen around how to ensure that the costs and benefits of these new technologies are equitably shared. Many of these debates, like the most obvious immediate impacts, are happening at the local level, particularly in larger cities.                             

Today, Philadelphia has begun to proactively convene and learn about how issues surrounding the Platform Economy are being addressed in other cities. We are united in our concerns about healthcare, social stability, human dignity, and quality of life issues for workers and consumers in this new economy. This convening will explore ways to engage "platform companies" and balance the demands of consumers, workers, and tech innovators.  

With a welcoming by Mayor Jim Kenney, the full agenda is here

Seating is limited and RSVP is required. For more information please contact

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