The stance isn't entirely surprising for Clinton, who's also calling for higher wages, pay equality and other labor measures that she thinks will help the middle class. However, this is also the first instance of a 2016 presidential candidate directly addressing how the government should handle the internet-based "gig economy." While party lines will tell you how each side is likely to respond (Democrats tend to favor labor regulation, while Republicans tend to reject it), this hasn't been a hot-button subject until now. Don't be surprised if your favorite ridesharing or property rental service comes up in stump speeches and debates during the next year and a half.
This article by Jon Fingas originally ran on Engadget, the definitive guide to this connected life.