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How My Uber Driver Reminded Me That The World Really Isn't Falling Apart

Sophia Parvizi-Wayne | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophia Parvizi-Wayne

Craig, you made my day. Actually Craig, scrap that. You made my week. You reminded me that regardless of the dire political and economic states of my two residences (London and North Carolina), there are still some incredible people out there. You may not have written an acclaimed novel on the collapse of the Soviet Union or performed Chopin blindfolded but you made me and my mum smile a lot.

How Travel Is Becoming A Little Less Scary

Edward Lowe | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Tech
Edward Lowe

What will this trend of increased app use mean for the future of travel? It is only going to become more connected as these platforms develop to become more available throughout the world, and wifi connections become the norm.

You Can't Stop Disruption - But You Can Learn From It

Chris Wright | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Tech
Chris Wright

All big technology changes create new opportunities, and create new doors that you never knew existed. You just have to accept that and be open to it. Change, no matter how unsettling, can be turned round to your advantage and can be used to create new businesses that employ new workers, giving them hope for the future.

Why Politicians Need To Get Real About Digital Innovation

Risto Sarvas | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Tech
Risto Sarvas

Yes the world is changing fast. It's obvious that digital innovation operates on a more accelerated timetable than the time it takes to change laws and regulations. But is that a good enough reason to place technologists and innovators in the driving seat? What kind of a society will they create? What kind of politics will 'disruptive innovations' introduce?

The Gig Economy - It's Not Rock And Roll, It's Boss And Control

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Tech
Fiona Hotston Moore

It is tempting to think the rise in self-employment and the gig economy represent some sort of return to the genuine market economy of the Eighteenth Century, a time when people traded with each other to survive as the industrial revolution gave them the tools with which to do so.

Uber Just Made Its iPhone And Android App A LOT Better

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Tech
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Uber has rolled out a major update for its iOS and Android app that streamlines the experience while adding some impressive new features. Upon first o...

Uber, The "Gig Economy" And Trade Unions

Anindya Raychaudhuri | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Tech
Anindya Raychaudhuri

So, the Uber ruling is a very good thing indeed - but you won't be surprised to hear a Trade Union activist say this. What is more interesting, and more troubling for me, is the realisation that even if the coming challenges to this ruling are unsuccessful, the "gig economy" as an entity isn't about to disappear

Legal Struggles In The Age Of Uber-Capitalism: Are Uber-Drivers Workers Or Self-Employed?

Christian Fuchs | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Tech
Christian Fuchs

There is much talk about the sharing- and gig-economy. The basic idea is that mediated by apps and the Internet, humans share information, data, goods, services, their location, property, or animals.

The Uber Tribunal Ruling Could Ruin My Life

Anna Campbell | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
Anna Campbell

I don't understand why I should not get to choose the type of contract I enter into with my employer - why should the unions and courts decide for me? I'm not a child that needs to be told what's best for me.

Today Is A Happy Day For Uber Drivers Sick And Tired Of Losing Out On Basic Rights At Work

Asif Hanif | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Tech
Asif Hanif

Today, drivers won a pivotal victory in a case taken by my union, GMB against Uber that proved that they really are employees and not "partners" as the company always says... Up till now, Uber drivers have not been guaranteed a minimum wage - and as GMB, has shown, not every driver always makes the legal minimum. We're also not entitled to holiday pay and as a result, any time off means a loss of earnings, which can mean a lot when you have bills to pay. When Uber comes in and takes advantage of all the opportunities they have in Britain, they should also respect the law of the land and we have shown that today.

5 Different Reactions That Sum Up How Divisive Today's Uber Ruling Is

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK

A ruling by the London employment tribunal to grant Uber drivers the right to holiday pay and a guaranteed minimum wage has been heralded as a landmar...

Our Uber Driver Victory Goes Straight To Heart Of The Gig Economy Epidemic

Tim Roache | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK
Tim Roache

This is not about arguing against change - we'd be completely swimming against the tide - this is about a decent standard of life for people who are working incredibly hard but not making much.

Who Gives A Truck? Are Self-Driving Vehicles Now Science Fact?

Nigel Cannings | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Tech
Nigel Cannings

Why, then, if the first experiments in AI took place in the 70's and 80's are we not all driverless now? The simple answer is not that we have necessarily hit upon a new idea, but instead that the computing power to build the necessary "brain" just has not been availabl

Aggressively Human: The Future Of Online Marketplaces?

Ruth Shave | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Tech
Ruth Shave

As the power and influence of sharing economy organisations grows we need to create a system that works for workers and wider citizens, that reflect the changes caused by so called sharing economy businesses. The RSA for example is using a 'collaborative and consultative approach' to develop thinking in this area.

The Government's Digital Economy Bill Merely Tinkers Around The Edges And Ducks The Challenges Presented By The Digital Revolution

Louise Haigh | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Politics
Louise Haigh

Labour believes that this should have been a Digital Future Bill looking at how we support the digital economy so that it works for everyone: thinking about skills and education, Digital inclusion, workers' protections in the gig economy, the ethics of Big Data and data sharing, digital infrastructure, taxation, digital public services, financing for start-ups particularly outside London, WiFi in public spaces, the progress of open data policy making and post-Brexit the ability of companies to recruit specialists. On those challenges and opportunities the Government is silent.

What Uber, Airbnb & Co Need To Do To Earn (And Keep) Our Trust

Ollie Boesen | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK
Ollie Boesen

Most of us are in agreement that the sharing economy is a good thing, for business and for society. Having trust in the people around us is usually a decent sign that things are going well, and the economic and environmental benefits are clear, too.

The First Truly Driverless Car In The UK Is Loose In Milton Keynes

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Tech

A driverless car has been rolled out on to the streets of Britain for the first time. Guided by radar and camera technology, the small electric two se...

Uber Wants To Fly You To Work

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Tech

Gravity is the ultimate restriction on urban travel. So it figures that Uber, the world’s most disruptive transportation service, wants to go vertic...

Could A "Third-Way" Employment Status Save The Gig Economy?

Maximilian Yoshioka | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Politics
Maximilian Yoshioka

This lack of clarity and mismatched expectations around employment status are creating uncertainty among both businesses and workers in the gig economy. The former argue that the freedom of their staff to choose their own hours precludes them access to employee benefits, while the latter claim they are subject to restrictions and conditions that make them employees rather than genuinely self-employed contractors.

Uber Now Finally Lets You Book Trips In Advance

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Tech

Uber users in London now have the ability to book trips in advance. From 4pm 25 August users will be able to schedule their trips through the Uber app...

These Incredible Flying River Taxis Could Solve Paris's Congestion Crisis

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Tech

UberCopter’s reputation as the most eye-catching form of urban transport is set to be superseded by a bubble-shaped river shuttle that will glide ac...

What's the Recipe for the Perfect Music Festival?

Liam Fitzpatrick | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Liam Fitzpatrick

Imagine your perfect festival. Sunshine. Great music. Party atmosphere. Relaxation even...

Uber Vs Black Cab Driver Trade Blows In Vicious Street Fight

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK

An Uber driver and a man believed to be a black cab driver have been filmed trading blows in a busy King’s Cross Street. Filmed by a passenger in a ...

Uber Launches Food Delivery App In The UK

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Tech

Your relationship Uber is about to get hella more integrated. After an Uber drops you off after a heavy night out and you wake up the next morning hu...

Female Uber Boss Can No Longer Use Social Media Due to Abusive Trolling

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Tech

The female boss of Uber has announced that she can no longer look at her social media accounts because of abusive trolls. Jo Bertram told an audience ...