Here’s this week’s dish on the sharing economy, the issues with backdoor encryption, and corporate-to-startup collaboration. Check out more in this series here.
As the sharing or “gig” economy expands with companies like Uber and Lyft, it’s not just permit regulations that need to catch up with the times. It’s labor laws, too.
While independent contractor status legally might apply to most people “working for” sharing economy companies, it’s keeping workers from accessing basic full-time benefits at a low cost. The new economy needs to revamp traditional benefits to make them portable, according to the piece.
Portable benefits allow workers to transfer vacation time, health insurance, retirement planning and other perks of traditional full-time employment from job to job as they work with multiple employers. The effort to create a portable benefit program or law, however, has been stalled by ongoing lawsuit. And legislators’ idea that slight changes to decades-old laws will fix the issue hasn’t helped.
While Kansas City has been able to model Uber regulations after cities already using the service, it’s like other cities in that portable benefits are still a pie-in-the-sky idea.
Silicon Prairie News – Former White House CIO on encryption: ‘Backdoors are not architecturally sound’
Cyber security is priority one for most companies these days (or at least, it should be). Enter Uncle Sam, who says customer privacy is only paramount when he isn’t knocking on the door.
The issue has blown up in a giant kerfuffle between Apple and the FBI over the company’s refusal to unlock a mass shooter’s iPhone under court order. Doing so would in effect create a precedent of must-have backdoors or weaker encryption, which are absolutely security risks, according to Theresa Payton, who served as a CIO for the White House from 2006 to 2008.
The solution shouldn’t just revise regulation, she argues. What we need is a brand new design, an evolution in technology and case-by-case data sharing.
“We need the brightest minds in the room to create something that protects your and my privacy that doesn’t allow for weaker encryption,” Payton said. “And at the same time, if there’s a court order, there’s an opportunity … for that data to be produced.”
Startups often aim to be disrupters of established businesses and industries. So what’s St. Louis fintech startup Fluent doing with its UMB partnership? Answer: building a win-win solution.
As a startup, Fluent is more agile and less hamstrung by regulations. Developing, testing and ultimately launching fintech happens faster than Kansas City-based UMB could hope to accomplish on its own. Meanwhile, UMB brings a host of resources, contacts and experience.
Partnerships like this can only happen in a closely collaborative community — one with open lines of communication between corporate and startup worlds, according to the article.