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Why Susan Fowler blew the whistle on sexism at Uber - The Verge
The book that pushed her into the blog post was Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, about surviving Nazi concentration camps. “I’m reading this, and I’m thinking, Would I actually be a good person if I was in that situation?” she says. “When we’re in these difficult situations, it’s our character that shows. I had just gone through this, and how dare I walk away and wash my hands of that whole situation.”

She sat down to compose and was very careful not to betray any emotion; she was a woman, after all, and her emotions could be used to discredit her. No names, only formal titles. And not a single sentence could be written without evidence. Its publication was months before the #MeToo movement when powerful men were accused of sexual misconduct, and Fowler’s work is different. Most #MeToo stories involved multiple women whose accounts were similar enough for a reporter to establish a pattern. And nearly all #MeToo stories focused closely on specific men, not the entirety of the system that protected them.

Fowler, on the other hand, presented Uber. Not one sexist manager. Not two. But all of them — and the HR system that shielded them. When Fowler wrote it, she didn’t imagine she would change much. She thought, maybe, someone else would be able to use it in a lawsuit. “I still have no idea what happened,” she says.
uber  susanfowler  sexualharassment  equity  toxicmasculinity  techculture  latecapitalism  ethics  womenintech 
8 hours ago by dirtystylus
Board Votes and Performance Reviews - Bloomberg View
Anyway also Uber violated Apple's app-store rules by "secretly identifying and tagging iPhones even after its app had been deleted," hid this from Apple by geofencing its headquarters, and got yelled at by Tim Cook when it was caught. Uber quickly backed down. The symbolism is obvious. Uber's culture of disruption goes hand in hand with a certain antagonism to outside rules. The rules of cities and states and nations -- about taxi licensing or safety or employee rights or whatever -- are meant to be broken, and broken with pride. Uber is a new way of doing things, a disruption to entrenched political systems, a new polity not constrained by the archaic geography of traditional legal systems. If you're breaking Apple's rules, on the other hand, you have to do it discreetly, and knock if off if you're caught. You can run over Bill de Blasio, but you have to be nice to Tim Cook.
uber  latecapitalism  ethics  apple  timcook  spying  privacy 
april 2017 by dirtystylus
Next Draft of the Future | Motherboard
+ Meanwhile, in San Francisco Uber beta-tested its new service where—for a low introductory fee—children can use the app to request piggy back rides from a parent. At the most inopportune moments (during dinner parties, after long days, when Daddy is Tweeting) surge pricing will apply.
humor  future  vice  uber  latecapitalism 
july 2015 by dirtystylus

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