The “Peer-to-Peer” Economy and Social Ontology: Legal Issues and Theoretical Perspectives

  • Federico CostantiniEmail author
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9341)


Several business models based on the use of web platforms have recently become more widespread. These are generally called “peer-to-peer” models, and are much disputed because of their impact on the traditional economy. In this paper, an analysis of the legal concerns – which are briefly presented by assessing a recent Italian court case – introduces the main problem, which is the manipulation of economic and social processes through the control of the information generated by these models. The definition of these issues within a philosophical framework – given by the contrast between a “realistic” perspective and a “naturalistic” vision of “social ontology” – allows directions for future research to be suggested.


Peer-to-peer economy Social ontology Philosophy of law Collaborative consumption Legal issues 


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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze GiuridicheUniversità Degli Studi di UdineUdineItaly

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