The UK Government is launching a project via the Open Data Institute (ODI), an independent body set up by World Wide Web founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee, to understand how peer-to-peer accommodation websites such as Airbnb affect local communities.

The £6m grant-funded project will assess how housing stock and public services are affected where there are concentrations of short-term vacation rentals, as well as ways that data such as landlord and tenants’ reputation could be shared between different platforms, and this could all lead to regulation of sharing economy websites.

Other research includes assessing the impact of data in public services, and emerging trends such as blockchain and AI.

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