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WATCH ONLINE | Inside Airbnb: Exploring the impact of the sharing economy from New York to Hobart


A free public talk by Murray Cox, data activist and founder of Inside Airbnb

Start Date

23 Feb 2018 12:30 pm

End Date

23 Feb 2018 1:30 pm


Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie St, Hobart

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Since it was founded in San Francisco in 2008 the home sharing platform Airbnb has emerged as a powerful tech firm worth US$30 billion and a global social and economic phenomenon, connecting millions of property owners with visitors in more than 65,000 cities across 191 countries.

In places like Hobart Airbnb is allowing property owners to boost their income by renting spare rooms and granny flats. However, there is clear evidence that a growing number of entire homes are being converted to Airbnb rentals and the soaring popularity of the service is impacting negatively on rental availability and housing affordability.

Critics of Airbnb say it is changing the nature and liveability of residential neighbourhoods and a crackdown on rentals is emerging in parts of Europe and the US, including Barcelona and New York.

Australian-based New York-dweller Murray Cox is a "data activist" who founded the website Inside Airbnb to analyse Airbnb listings worldwide, revealing the number of beds, rooms and entire homes available in individual cities.

In this public talk Cox will discuss the origins of Inside Airbnb, the role of a data activist, concerns about the Airbnb "gentrification effect" in places like New York and the impact on housing affordability. He will reveal new data for the Hobart market, which shows the dramatic rise of Airbnb listings in Tasmania's capital.

Cox will be in conversation with Dr Kathleen Flanagan, deputy director of the Housing and Community Research Unit (HACRU) and housing policy expert Professor Peter Phibbs from the University of Sydney.

Facilitated by Professor Richard Eccleston from the Institute for the Study of Social Change.

The Institute has just published a Blueprint for improving housing outcomes in Tasmania as part of its Institute Insights research series.

About Murray Cox:

Murray Cox is an Australian community artist and activist using data, media and technology for social change. He is also the data activist founder of Inside Airbnb, a mission driven project which provides data on Airbnb's impact on residential communities, and advocates for regulations that protect our neighbourhoods. 

Originally from Sydney, Cox moved to New York as a photojournalist to document food justice and then became involved in community work, including anti-gentrification projects in Brooklyn, where he lives. He has spoken at Stanford University about Computer Science for Good; and was a resident activist at the Venice Project Center in Italy focusing on preservation and sustainability.

This free event is hosted by the Institute for the Study of Social Change.


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