The Washington Post today announced its participation in “The Uber Files,” an international investigation led by The Guardian and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists into the ride-hailing giant’s use of stealth technology to thwart regulators and law enforcement as it sought footholds in cities around the world. The project is based on more than 124,000 emails, iMessages and WhatsApp exchanges among Uber’s executives, memos, presentations, briefing papers and invoices obtained by The Guardian and shared with the ICIJ and dozens of other news organizations. More than 180 journalists from 29 countries joined the effort to analyze the data, including more than 50 Post journalists.
“This joint investigation offers the most detailed look at how Uber was able to access a sphere of political influence, shaping legislation that allowed it to evade accountability for exploitative practices in the countries it expanded to,” said Craig Timberg, senior editor for collaborative investigations. “The Post is proud to be part of this project, helping to shine a light on how a company that's prevalent in the lives of many around the world developed unchecked powers to its benefit and financial gain.”
The project will roll out over several days beginning July 10. Read the project takeaways here.