Racial discrimination in dynamic pricing algorithms is neither surprising nor new. VentureBeat writes about another recent study that supports these findings, in the context of dynamic pricing algorithms used by ride-hailing companies such as Uber, Lyft and other apps. Neighbourhoods that were poorer and with larger non-white populations were significantly associated with higher fare prices. A similar issue was discovered in Airbnb’s ‘Smart Pricing’ feature which aims to help hosts secure more bookings. It turned out to be detrimental to black hosts leading to greater social inequality (even if unintentional).Continue reading “Uber-racist: Racial discrimination in dynamic pricing algorithms”
A preprint study shows ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft, and Via charge higher prices in certain neighborhoods based on racial and other biases.
By Kyle Wiggers for VentureBeat on June 12, 2020
The Plug and Fast Company looked at what happened to the 3.8 billion dollars that US-based tech companies committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as their response to the Black Lives Matter protests.Continue reading “Tech companies poured 3.8 billion USD into racial justice, but to what avail?”
The apps feed a false promise of stability to immigrants and people of color. Instead, drivers receive low pay and no benefits.
By Erica Smiley for The Guardian on October 29, 2020