On 10 July, ICIJ published what it called “The Uber Files”, saying that its investigation reveals that the ride-hailing giant also pushed its agenda the old-fashioned way: through a massive lobbying machine. It claims to show how Uber defied local laws and regulations, deceived authorities, dodged taxes and leveraged violence against drivers. It alleges that Uber spent a lot of money on a global influence machine deployed to win favours from politicians, regulators and other leaders, who were often eager to lend a hand. The records involved were obtained by The Guardian newspaper and shared with ICIJ and 42 other media partners. The cache includes emails, text messages, company presentations and other documents from 2013 to 2017, when Uber was barging into cities in defiance of local laws and regulations, dodging taxes and seeking to grind into submission the taxi industry, most prominently, but also labour activists.
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