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Ride-hailing services have gone global, and even women in Saudi Arabia – only recently given the right to drive – are getting in on the action. In this June 2018 photo, a female driver for Careem, a regional ride-hailing Uber competitor, is seen behind the wheel. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Canada left behind as ride-hailing services go global

Canada is simply a consumer of ride-hailing services, and has not established any of its own Ubers or Lyfts, even as tiny countries like Estonia get in on the game. That needs to change.
Many people take Uber not just because they want a ride, but because they want to contribute to a social good. Shutterstock

The same but different: what passengers like about Uber

Discussions with Uber riders bring out a wide range of opinions about the platform, especially when it comes to ethics.
New York City will establish a minimum wage and a cap on the number of ridesharing drivers. PETER BOYLE/AAP

People power is finally making the gig economy fairer

This could be the start of a new era where regulation of the gig economy allows for the right balance between flexibility and sustainability.
As consumers shift to online shopping and new businesses increasingly focus investments on digital products and services, governments around the world need to update old tax rules to avoid losing tax revenue. (Shutterstock)

How a U.S. Supreme Court ruling could modernize Canada’s tax system

As Canada’s federal government sends mixed signals on digital taxation, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a historic precedent and paves the way for other countries to tackle the digital economy.
On March 18 in Tempe, Arizona, an Uber self-driving car struck and killed Elaine Herzberg, who was walking her bicycle across a street. The human driver was supposed to be monitoring the car’s behaviour, but did not do so. Its systems apparently did not detect the victim, as it neither slowed down nor tried to avoid hitting Herzberg Wikimedia

Artificial intelligence: between scientific, ethical and commercial issues

The report of the mathematician and deputy of Essonne Cédric Villani renders his report on artificial intelligence today.
Having some control over your workday can make it easier to bear. Branislav Nenin/Shutterstock.com

Why are more people doing gig work? They like it

Whether they do it full-time or as a side hustle, Americans who have some say over their schedules and tasks seem to covet the flexibility.
An autonomous vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian on March 18. ABC-15.com via AP

After Tempe fatality, self-driving car developers must engage with public now or risk rejection

Companies developing autonomous vehicles are missing out on the local knowledge and values of the people who live where these cars are tested. And that lack of engagement sets up bigger problems.
There are calls for strong action, including criminal prosecution, following a fatal accident involving an Uber self-driving car. Uber

Legal lessons for Australia from Uber’s self-driving car fatality

Elaine Herzberg's death will provide the impetus for clearer liability rules for self-driving cars. Australia is wise to adopt a wait-and-watch approach and maintain its human-first orientation.
Autonomous vehicles are information-rich platforms thanks to the range of sensors on board that track, monitor and measure everything. Uber

Who’s to blame when driverless cars have an accident?

Sensors that monitor everything a self-driving vehicle does can help determine who is responsible in the case of an accident – the manufacturer, the service centre or the vehicle owner.

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