The Uber Files is an international investigation into the ride-hailing company’s aggressive entrance into cities around the world — while frequently challenging the reach of existing laws and regulations. Documents illuminate how Uber used stealth technology to thwart regulators and law enforcement and how the company courted prominent political leaders, Russian oligarchs and media conglomerates as it sought footholds outside the United States.
The project is based on more than 124,000 emails, text messages, memos and other records that a former top lobbyist for Uber, Mark MacGann, provided to the Guardian. It shared the material with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which helped lead the project, and dozens of other news organizations, including The Washington Post. Journalists from 29 countries joined the effort to analyze the records over four months.
Uber leveraged violent attacks against its drivers to pressure politicians
In push for global expansion, company officials saw clashes with taxi cab workers as a way to win public sympathy and political support, records and interviews show.
Former top executive, Mark MacGann, comes forward as source of Uber Files
Mark MacGann, who served as the public face of Uber in Europe during a period of aggressive global expansion, leaked more than 124,000 company records.
‘Hit the kill switch’: Uber used covert tech to thwart government raids
Regulators entered Uber’s offices only to see computers go dark before their eyes, as the company leveraged its technological capabilities in many cases to gain an edge over authorities investigating its service.
Uber promised South Africans better lives but knew drivers risked debt and danger
Uber enticed drivers in South Africa with lucrative subsidies, then undermined them, according to the Uber Files leak and interviews with current and former employees.
The cost of Uber’s quest for rapid growth
Post Reports: The findings of an explosive new report about Uber and the behind-the-scenes story of the cost for drivers and the tactics Uber used as the company expanded rapidly.
As Uber steamrolled into France, Emmanuel Macron was a ‘true ally’
The French president has never hid that he was an early Uber supporter. But documents suggest his backing for the controversial company went far beyond what has been known publicly.
Uber wooed Russia’s rich and powerful but failed there anyway
Records show a lobbying push in the Russian parliament fell apart, and stiff competition from a homegrown rival proved insurmountable.
Uber sought ‘strategic investors’ in foreign media to win government favor
The company’s aggressive approach to media partnerships as it expanded included enlisting the help of Bild, Germany’s most popular tabloid newspaper.
Takeaways from the Uber Files investigation
Read the key findings from the Uber Files, an investigation based on more than 124,000 records exposing the company’s aggressive entrance into cities around the world.
Additional reporting from Uber Files partners
More than 50 Post journalists contributed to this project
Reporting by Aaron C. Davis, Ian Duncan, Sarah Ellison, Elahe Izadi, Douglas MacMillan, Joseph Menn, Rick Noack and Faiz Siddiqui. Jessica Contrera, Alice Crites and Michael E. Miller also contributed reporting.
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