Regulation of commercial labour pool platforms (Uber, AirBnB etc)
The government is currently rolling out regulations for governing Uber drivers in NZ. There have also been calls (probably by hospitality businesses) to regulate AirBnB. This is perfect area for Pirates to be making public comments on. As with copyright and patent issues, decision-makers often don't understand the technology or its social implications like we do.
Uber's PR seems to be based around claiming that their app is akin to a non-commercial ride-sharing website/ app, and no doubt if challenged, AirBnB will claim their app is akin to non-commercial couchsurfing sites. They also claim that the people doing the work from which they earn their revenue are not "workers" but "private contractors". This is the same claim the movie industry made about people working fulltime for companies like Weta. It moves all the employer obligations (paying tax, paying ACC etc etc) onto the worker, who can least afford it, and removes all worker rights protections (minimum wage, paid sick leave and holidays etc). Uber's relationship to NZ-based drivers is therefore akin to Nike's relationship to sweatshop workers in China (see documentary China Blue), they give back less to people for their work than a McDonalds does.