As Uber has poured tens of millions of dollars into a California ballot measure to avoid classifying its drivers as employees, one engineer from inside the ride-hailing company spoke out against this campaign on Tuesday. In an op-ed in TechCrunch, Kurt Nelson said that Uber doesn’t have drivers’ interests in mind.
“Uber works because it’s cheap and it’s quick,” Nelson wrote. “But it’s become clear to me that this is only possible because countless drivers are spending their personal time sitting in their cars, waiting to pick up a ride, completely unpaid. Workers are subsidizing the product with their free labor.”
Nelson is one of only a handful of gig economy company employees to speak out against Proposition 22. It’s been historically rare to see tech workers criticize their employers’ positions. But that’s starting to change. Google employeesin 2018 over the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations and Facebook employees in June after the company refused to take down inflammatory posts by President Donald Trump.
Nelson said he’s been a software engineer at Uber for two years writing code for the company’s Android app. But when he was in college, he drove for the ride-hailing company Lyft. He said that experience gave him insight into what it’s like to be a driver and how difficult it can be when workers don’t have benefits.
Uber, Lyft and other gig economy companies currently classify their drivers as independent contractors, which means the workers pay for their own expenses, such as gas, car maintenance and insurance. Drivers also don’t have labor benefits
- A new report conducted by digital accessibility group Ablr found 17 accessibility violations spread across the campaign websites of President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
- About one out of every four adults in the United States is a person with a disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- This means about 26% of the country’s population might have difficulty accessing key information from these two campaign websites, Ablr CEO John Samuel said.
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A new report released Tuesday says that the campaign websites for both presidential candidates are not entirely accessible, potentially denying critical information to the nation’s 61 million people with disabilities.
The report, conducted by digital accessibility group Ablr, found a total of 17 violations spread across the campaign websites of President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Between those two, Biden’s website was the leader in accessibility issues, with 13 violations. Trump’s campaign website has four violations, according to the report.
The report also examined the government pages for Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris. Both of these sites had multiple violations as well, the report noted.
“According to the CDC, 26% of the US population lives with a disability, which means that with just a few weeks until the election, one in four Americans may not be able to access the websites for the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates,” said Ablr CEO John Samuel.
“We hope this audit encourages the immediate improvement of the website accessibility for each candidate’s site, as well as encourages all organizations and companies to ensure their websites are inclusive to individuals with disabilities,” Samuel continued.
The violations indicate that neither the Trump nor Biden campaign sites is in compliance with the Web Content
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In the wake of reports surrounding the police arrest and apparent suicide attempt of former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, the Trump campaign is quietly disappearing Parscale from its website, the Daily Beast reports.
“Since Tuesday, the campaign has removed a video of Parscale from the homepage of its ‘Army for Trump’ election monitoring operation,” the Beast’s Lachlan Markay writes. “It also deleted a page on the main campaign website featuring a video of Parscale and Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law and senior campaign adviser. The video of their discussion, billed as a Q&A on the state of the campaign, has also been removed from YouTube. Those deletions were first flagged on Twitter by the writer Jeryl Bier.”
Parscale was campaign manager for Trump until he was replaced by former White House political director Bill Stepien in July. Police say this Sunday Parscale’s wife called 9-11 to report that he was threatening to commit suicide and had loaded a firearm in front of her. She also claims he physically assaulted her.
A separate report claims Parscale is accused of “stealing” up to $40 million from President Trump’s campaign and $10 million from the Republican National Committee, but a spokesperson for the Trump campaign denies Parscale is facing an internal investigation.
Read the full report over at The Daily Beast.
President Donald Trump’s campaign still won’t clarify the status of its erstwhile campaign manager Brad Parscale, who was taken into custody by police outside of his Florida home over the weekend. But the campaign is quietly purging its website of Parscale’s visage.
Since Tuesday, the campaign has removed a video of Parscale from the homepage of its “Army for Trump” election monitoring operation. It also deleted a page on the main campaign website featuring a video of Parscale and Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law and senior campaign adviser. The video of their discussion, billed as a Q&A on the state of the campaign, has also been removed from YouTube. Those deletions were first flagged on Twitter by the writer Jeryl Bier.
One Trump campaign page discussing the event with Lara Trump remained online as of Wednesday morning. After The Daily Beast flagged it in a comment request sent to the campaign, that page was removed as well.
The campaign did not respond to that comment request, which sought to clarify Parscale’s role with the Trump reelect and determine whether he remains an employee or consultant. He was Trump’s campaign manager until July, when he was replaced by former White House political director Bill Stepien. Parscale remained in a senior role for the campaign.
The apparent effort to scrub Parscale from campaign web properties comes in the wake of a police incident outside his home on Sunday. According to the police report, Parscale’s wife called authorities to report that he was threatening to commit suicide, had loaded a firearm in front of her, and had physically assaulted her during a prior domestic dispute.
Body camera footage showed police tackling and handcuffing Parscale as they detained him under a Florida law that allows authorities to involuntarily commit someone who is believed to