The roots of bias on uber

Benjamin V. Hanrahan, Ning F. Ma, Chien Wen Yuan

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In the last decade, there has been a growth in, what we call, digitally mediated workplaces. A digitally mediated workplace is one where interactions between stakeholders are primarily managed by proprietary, algorithmically managed digital platform. The replacement of the relationships between the stakeholders by the platform is a key feature of these workplaces, and is a contributing factor to the decrease in contractual responsibilities each stakeholder has to one another. In this paper, we discuss some of the ways in which this structure and lack of accountability serves as a root of, or at least an enabler to, the realization of biases in the ridesharing application Uber, a digitally mediated workplace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2017
Event15th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, ECSCW 2017 - Sheffield, United Kingdom
Duration: Aug 28 2017Sep 1 2017


Conference15th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, ECSCW 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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