December 15, 2015
How the public and its legislators respond in New York will be a litmus test of whether Airbnb’s community compact can pass muster in other cities across America. One possibility is that Airbnb’s play to New York is received as nothing but a well-staged show. The fact of the matter is that, once you got into that room in Civic Hall and saw the NYC data spreadsheets on Airbnb’s laptops, what they had to say wasn’t all that interesting. The tables were polished and the raw data was anonymized. It’s tough to say what a person could really gain from simply scrolling through the rows and columns. That attempt to guard something not clearly worth hiding is what makes it feel like the data being shared doesn’t tell the whole story….