The Uber Files


International Consortium of Investigative Journalists - TRANSCEND Media Service

An ICIJ Investigation

10 Jul 2022 – The secret story of how the tech giant won access to world leaders, cozied up to oligarchs and dodged taxes amid chaotic global expansion.

An explosive new leak sheds light on the untold forces that helped drive a tech company to global dominance – reshaping livelihoods, labor markets and daily transit for people around the world in the process.

Uber promoted itself as a digital disruptor that would revolutionize modern transportation on the strength of its innovative technology. But our latest investigation reveals that the ride-hailing giant also pushed its agenda the old-fashioned way: through a massive lobbying machine.

The Uber Files shows how the company gained access to presidents, prime ministers, and other top officials to win favors and peddle influence during an aggressive period of international expansion. Sensitive emails, text messages, internal memos and more expose — in their own words — how Uber executives defied local laws and regulations, deceived authorities, dodged taxes and leveraged violence against drivers.

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