More than 124,000 leaked documents disclosed by Mark MacGann, Uber’s former chief lobbyist for Europe has confirmed the ethically questionable practices of how Uber has flouted national laws, duped police, exploited violence against drivers and secretly lobbied governments during its aggressive global expansion.
Over 180 journalists at 40 media outlets have discovered how Uber developed sophisticated methods to thwart law enforcement; undercut established private hire and decimated the London cab market; lobbied George Osborne, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time, who was described as a ‘strong advocate’; and put pressure on governments to rewrite laws to help pave the way for the app-based, gig-economy model of taxi-hailing that has since proliferated across the world.
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Being a skeptical sort of chap, I am not one to fall for vast conspiracy theories, nor do I think there are dark cabals manipulating us all, but…clearly, greedy evil individuals and their beneficiary supporters work very hard to get what they want. Gig jobs, app based companies where no one really knows what is going on beyond the curtains, and now well entrenched into the political realm too (I live in the USA and believe me, evil lurks: see the January 6 hearings?).. keeping everyone poor, pregnant, uneducated, nervous, angry …all this serves the distracting from the downward spiral.
And yet…we are happy. Or so I am told.
That’s interesting coming from the home of Uber, well at least on the same continent. The BBC thought the data was worth making a documentary. Thanks for the comment.
I have never been an Uber customer, and probably never will be. Where I live now in Norfolk, the cabs are licenced and regulated by the district councils. But I can only hail a cab in Norwich. Elsewhere, I have to pre-book.
You cannot hail a Uber.
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I know that, David.