June 24, 2017

What the Uber scandal says about us



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Perhaps because we are in a moment where nothing serves to shock, the news reported by Recode that a top executive of a $69 billion company tried to use a woman’s confidential medical history to discredit her claims of rape initially failed to rouse a reaction from me.

After an Indian woman was raped by her Uber driver in 2014, the company instituted more comprehensive background checks for its drivers in New Delhi and increased security technology in its cars.

But do panic buttons change a global culture of deeply normalized sexual violence? Can there be such a thing as safety when what we hope to protect most is profit?

The real news here seemed to be that the executive was fired promptly after it was reported the executive in question doubted the woman’s account and shared her medical records with other Uber executives, […]

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