Britain as a force for uber good?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 22, 2021


/ BLIMEY BLIGHTY I seem to remember Tony Blair popularising the use of the phrase “Britain as a force for good”. As prime minister, Mr Blair repeated it so often, the phrase became almost meaningless, just the usual twaddle of politicians and other snake oil salesmen. It was hard to believe at the time, anyway. … Continue reading “Britain as a force for uber good?”

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Hey Uber, if you look like a duck (or a taxi company) you probably are one

by Rashmee

Posted on December 21, 2017


Uber might want to note this fragment of digital wisdom dispensed by Wikipedia: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. The test implies that a person can identify an unknown subject by observing that subject’s habitual characteristics. Wikipedia goes on to muse that Indiana poet James … Continue reading “Hey Uber, if you look like a duck (or a taxi company) you probably are one”

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Big tech has a big problem, which means we all do

by Rashmee

Posted on September 26, 2017 / The National


Some are calling it a techlash. In the US, both the populist right and the populist left of the political spectrum are calling for big tech to be regulated. This includes essential public utilities, such as electricity or water. And some tech titans, not least Facebook and Uber, are no longer shrugging off the push … Continue reading “Big tech has a big problem, which means we all do”

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An ‘Uber rape’ isn’t Uber’s fault. Delhi’s lax taxi licensing is the problem

by Rashmee

Posted on December 18, 2014


December 16 was the second anniversary of that brutal gangrape of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student in a bus in Delhi. And last week, an @Uber driver reportedly raped a female passenger in Delhi, spurring outrage that a global “brand” could not keep India’s women safe. It’s important to be careful about mixing things up too much. … Continue reading “An ‘Uber rape’ isn’t Uber’s fault. Delhi’s lax taxi licensing is the problem”

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#Sydneysiege: There’s Uber rage for every outrage, but is this necessary?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 17, 2014


There’s an Uber for every outrage. Just consider the story that started trending during Monday’s #Sydneysiege, as Muck Ruck reported: “’@Uber, which is price gouging during AU hostage crisis. What sad sorry clowns,’ tweets Seth Mnookin in the wake of another Uber PR disaster: briefly charging downtown Sydney users a minimum $100 to flee an armed hostage crisis, reportedly the result of ‘automatic surge pricing … Continue reading “#Sydneysiege: There’s Uber rage for every outrage, but is this necessary?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK