The sentiment in Congress is building to understand, regulate and tax the growing digital economy. The chatter around the issue is substantial. You’ve probably seen the articles regarding the labor disagreements between firms such as Uber and Lyft and a number of state jurisdictions over worker classifications as either an employee or independent contractor. The rules and regulations are all over the place and, to make matters even more confusing, 50 states and one federal government each have their own set of regulations. Is the market research industry ready to ride this wave or wipe out? Since this situation is about as clear as mud, let’s further muddy the waters by recognizing that market research today has one foot in the traditional economy and one foot in the digital economy. So, does that make your respondents, online panelists, focus group members, secret shoppers or evaluators part of the digital economy? Are they independent contractors or employees?