Georgia Tech: IC Researchers Highlight Design Implications as Venezuelans Turn to Facebook for Barter, Exchange

Georgia Tech: IC Researchers Highlight Design Implications as Venezuelans Turn to Facebook for Barter, Exchange. “Consider a scenario in which economic turmoil and hyperinflation have made it nearly impossible to purchase many of life’s basic necessities. There are food and medicine shortages, and scammers purchase what is available in bulk in an effort to manage the flow and pricing of supplies at the expense of other citizens. How, then, might honest citizens go about navigating the challenging circumstances to procure the items they need to survive? It’s a familiar environment to Venezuelan citizens who, since an economic crisis gripped the country in 2014, have faced such barriers in their daily lives. Out of necessity, many have turned to online solidarity economies like Facebook groups that are dedicated to a fairer system of barter and exchange.” I had never heard the term “solidarity economy” before. Haverford College enlightened me.

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