Uber, Ebola, and Other Evils: Links You Need To See


Welcome back to the real world, weekenders. Remember Ebola? There was a panic here in the States because a handful of people, mostly medical professionals, in major American cities had gotten it–Dallas, Manhattan. There are no known cases of Ebola in the US at present. But there are in West Africa. As of December 4, there were more than 17,000 reported cases of Ebola, spread across Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, and will likely blast through the CDC’s prediction of petering out at 20,000. But no one’s really talking about it anymore. Let’s talk about it.

Speaking of talking about it: BuzzFeed continues their excellent international coverage with a piece reporting that Russian nationalists are forging ties with pro-life organizations in the US and across Europe to “promote Russia’s geopolitical agenda.” Go to BuzzFeed for the full report, but–it’s unnerving. And not entirely surprising?

Should we trust Uber? This op-ed from the New York Times suggests that, no, we most definitely should not. “Uber argues that it’s doing only what other technology companies regularly do,” argue Zeynep Tufekci and Brayden King, professors from University of North Carolina and Northwestern University, respectively. “That may be true but it only underlines why we need oversight mechanisms that cover all of them.” Whether or not you agree with the piece, there’s no denying that Uber has a lot of work to do before they’re relatively controversy-free.

One of my very favorite things about New York is that there’s no cell reception in the subway, so either people are singing to themselves, staring off into space, or reading. It’s a beautiful thing. But what does your subway reading say about you to others? Illustrator Hallie Bateman has the answer at The Oyster Review.

Oh, and signing off with this, because it’s important.