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Why Uber must be stopped

Why Uber must be stopped | Web 2.0 et société | Scoop.it
The touted start-up is proving to be the embodiment of unrestrained hyper-capitalism. What happens when it wins?
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Now that a federal judge in Germany prohibited Uber to exercice in their country, the #digiwar as it is called by some, is back on stage. What do we think about its operating ways and how do we relate to labor and rights, is an important question to be addressed. Ecxerpt.

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"So here’s what’s going to happen. Society is going to realize that power as great as Uber’s needs to be checked. Uber, by virtue of its own success, will demonstrate where the lines need to be drawn for the general good. When Uber is the only game in town, the necessity for comprehensive requirements for commercial insurance and background checks will be obvious. When Uber starts using its logistics clout and unlimited investment capital to go after UPS and Hertz and FedEx, regulators will start wondering about antitrust issues.

It’s probably too soon to cry out “Break up Uber.” The company hasn’t won yet. But the smart money is on Uber (by definition, if you consider Google and Goldman Sachs, two prominent Uber investors, to be “smart”). When we allow capitalism to play out without rules, and learn anew how labor gets exploited under that scenario, we may recall why we had rules in the first place.

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Will Uber Destroy the Driving Profession?

Will Uber Destroy the Driving Profession? | Web 2.0 et société | Scoop.it
Startups like Uber argue that technology can transform the casual driver into a professional, and they’re destabilizing the taxicab industry.
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And the story continues. What will our future look like? 

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"The fight between the upstart T.N.C.s and the taxi industry has been pitched in ideological terms: free-market innovation versus old-guard competition-killing regulation. In reality, it’s a labor war, and it has destabilized the core of what it means to be a professional driver.

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As bad as the shift to being independent contractors was for drivers, labor leaders argue that the ascendance of ride-sharing outfits will be even more painful. If the market is flooded with part-timers, few cities will be able to maintain a fleet of trained drivers who can make a living driving cabs. Speaking of the drivers her union represents, Desai said, “If the Ubers of the world are successful, we’ll be reduced to nothing.”

There is now talk within the taxi community of developing mobile applications to compete with the T.N.C.s. Desai sees this as a viable strategy, one that could stitch together the obvious benefits of technology and professionalism. “In cities where ride-share has grown, it’s because professional taxi drivers have switched to the other side,” Desai explained. “The Uber model isn’t sustainable without professional drivers.”

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