The Uber Files is an international investigation into the ride-hailing business’s aggressive entry into cities around the world, while frequently questioning the reach of existing laws and regulations. Documents illustrate how Uber used stealth technology to thwart regulators and law enforcement and how the company courted prominent political leaders as it sought to establish a foothold outside the United States.
The project is based on over 124,000 emails, text messages, memos and other records. They were obtained by the Guardian and shared with International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which helped spearhead the project, and dozens of other news outlets, including the Washington Post. Journalists from 29 countries joined in the effort to analyze the files for four months.
Uber used violent attacks on its drivers to pressure politicians
Aiming for global expansion, company officials saw clashes with taxi drivers as a way to win public sympathy and political support, records and interviews show. Read the full story.
‘Press the kill switch’
Regulators entered Uber’s offices only to see computers go dark before their eyes as the company used secret technology to thwart government raids. Read the full story.
While Uber established itself in France, Emmanuel Macron was a “true ally”
The French president has never hidden that he was one of the first supporters of Uber. But documents suggest his support for the controversial company went well beyond what has been publicly known. Read the full story.
Takeaways from the Uber Files survey
Findings from Uber Files, a survey based on more than 124,000 records revealing the company’s aggressive entry into cities around the world. Read the full story.
Additional reports from Uber Files partners
More than 50 Swiss Post journalists contributed to this project
Reporting by Aaron C. Davis, Ian Duncan, Sarah Ellison, Elahe Izadi, Douglas MacMillan, Joseph Menn, Rick Noack and Faiz Siddiqui. Alice Crites also contributed reporting.
Design by Lucy Naland, Garland Potts and Talia Trackim. Photo research and editing by Haley Hamblin. Videos by Jason Aldag. “Post Reports” was produced by Ted Muldoon and edited by Maggie Penman.
Editing by Amy Argetsinger, Carey Biron, Steven Bohner, Matt Clough, Shannon Croom, Sofia Diogo Mateus, Adrienne Dunn, Christian Font, Brian French, Courtney Kan, Susan Levine, Jayne Orenstein, Kenisha Malcolm, Jordan Melendrez, Melissa Ngo, Eric Rich , Mark Seibel, Susan Stanford, Laura Stevens and Craig Timberg.
Additional editing, production and assistance by Robin Amer, Courtney Beesch, Sean Carter, Nick DiMarco, Sarah Dunton, Kathleen Floyd, Tess Homan, Olivier Laurent, Cristiano Lima, Aviva Loeb, Greg Manifold, Allison Mann, Angel Mendoza, Laura Michalski, Tessa Muggeridge, Sergio Non, Ben Pillow, Martine Powers, Mark W. Smith, Rennie Svirnovskiy, John Taylor and Ishaan Tharoor.