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Study Shows Uber and Lyft Have Racial Discrimination Problems

Study Shows Uber and Lyft Have Racial Discrimination Problems

Researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research conducted a study in Seattle and Boston, looked at the results of nearly 1,500 rides hailed via Lyft, Uber and Flywheel on controlled routes, and concluded that “it would appear” that there’s evidence of racial discrimination among UberX drivers, some evidence of discrimination among Lyft drivers and no evidence of discrimination among Flywheel drivers. Across all platforms, there is “some evidence” that it takes longer for drivers to accept trip requests from black people. But the most problematic platform seems to be Uber.

Article source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/31/study-uber-and-lyft-racial-discrimination/

Photo source: By ScottMLiebenson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Literal Face of Diversity in Tech

The Literal Face of Diversity in Tech

It is no secret that big companies often struggle with maintaining a diverse workforce. Just over 30% of both Facebook and Google employees are women, while the numbers for Black and Hispanic employees are much grimmer (at 2% and 3-4% respectively). This is especially problematic when companies like Uber try to expand to areas with majority non-white populations, like Oakland, CA. In response to this issue, Kapor Center for Social Impact purchased a billboard on Broadway and 22nd Street that reads, “As Oakland becomes more tech, let’s ensure tech becomes more Oakland.” Featured in the billboard is Haile Shavers, a computer science major at UC Berkeley.

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/youth-radio-youth-media-international/the-literal-face-of-diver_b_12015762.html?section=us_technologyz

Photo source: By Annette Bernhardt [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

See Jane Go Live

See Jane Go Live

See Jane Go is a new ride-hailing service aimed at women which went live yesterday. Women are reportedly uncomfortable using the bigger ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft both as drivers and passengers. Many of them don't feel safe, which is where See Jane Go and SafeHer (a service to launch this fall in Boston) come in. The service is available to all persons who identify as women, and men are allowed to use it, as long as they're accompanied by a woman. While the service is currently limited to Orange County, CA, the company plans to expand nationwide in the coming months.

Article source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/13/see-jane-go-live-today/

Photo source: By Damian Morys from New York City, United States (Taxi, Taxi!) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons