Parallel session 2B

The promises and risks of the platform economy

In this session we will provide background on platforms and the platform economy, age-old concepts that have gained incredible strength in today’s era of internet, cloud, and mobile.

We will explore the positive power of platforms—to accelerate innovation and level the playing field among innovators; the risks inherent centralized control, private ownership of public spaces, and private enterprises in the role of gatekeepers; and the necessary and often overlooked conditions for platforms to succeed in delivering positive social benefit.


Jeff Wishnie (moderator) – Senior Director, Platforms and Services, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL)

Teresa Mbagaya  – Education Lead for Microsoft in East and Southern Africa

Juscelina Guirengane –  Vice-President of the National Association of Young Entrepreneurs, ANJE

Chris Locke – Founder of Caribou Digital

Barbara Birungi – Director and co-founder of Hive Colab in Uganda

Malavika Jayaram – Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Twitter: #SIF17 together with #SIF2B

Location: Fogelström