Portland’s Futile War Against Uber

Portland’s Mayor recently sounded off about Uber’s use of clever software to outfox regulators during the city’s pointless battle against ridesharing, referring to Uber’s regulator-detection-algorithm known as “Greyball”. Greyball was used to avoid fines against Uber drivers operating in Portland when the service was banned. However, for myself as an average citizen, I question the city’s ethics in keeping an improved service out. For me, it feels like local government was forcing citizens to live in the past using antiquated technology because ridesharing doesn’t fit the tax model. As such, the government demonstrated poor ethics and Greyball was a reasonable response by Uber.