Dara Kerr, The Markup

Dara Kerr

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Past articles by Dara:

Uber and Lyft Experiment with Labor Practices Amid Driver Shortage –

Hector Castellanos has a locked-in schedule. Every Monday morning he wakes up well before sunrise to get ready for his day driving for Uber and Lyft. He’s usually on the road by 5 a.m., works nearly nonstop until about 5 p.m., goes home, sleeps, and then does it all over again every day until Saturday. On weekends, he allows himself time off. In all, after expenses, he nets about $500 per week.… → Read More

Facebook Said It Would Stop Recommending Anti-Vaccine Groups. It Didn’t –

As COVID-19 surged, the social media company pointed users to all sorts of anti-vaccine and anti-mask groups → Read More

Shadow Bans, Dopamine Hits, and Viral Videos, All in the Life of TikTok Creators –

A secretive algorithm that’s constantly being tweaked can turn influencers’ accounts, and their prospects, upside down → Read More

Lyft test program offers drivers more rides in exchange for 10% pay cut

Lyft calls its feature "priority mode." Drivers call it "poverty mode." → Read More

Uber appeals California's $59M fine over data on sexual assaults

The state wants more information about each incident, but Uber won't budge. → Read More

Driver lawsuit says Uber and Lyft's Proposition 22 is unconstitutional

The controversial ballot measure is already facing legal challenges. → Read More

Airbnb combs DC bookings for hate groups before inauguration

The short-term home rental company says it'll ban anyone who took part in the siege on the Capitol. → Read More

Uber urges early COVID-19 vaccine for drivers, but it could get complicated

Gig economy companies are asking that their workers get priority in vaccine access. It might be easier said than done. → Read More

Airbnb's IPO soars, clinching a valuation of $100 billion

The short-term rental company sees its share price more than double as trading kicks off. → Read More

Airbnb heads to Wall Street reportedly pricing its shares at $68

The short-term rental company is set to become publicly traded on Thursday. → Read More

DoorDash IPO sees stock take off on first day of trading

The food delivery company (virtually) rings the opening bell on Wall Street with an 85% jump in share price. → Read More

DoorDash stock takes off as IPO price starts trading at $182 per share

The food delivery company (virtually) rings the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange and sees a 78% jump in share price. → Read More

DoorDash reportedly sets IPO price at $102 before trading kicks off on Wednesday

The food delivery company is set to hit Wall Street. → Read More

Uber and Lyft can pay drivers more without raising rates for riders, report says

The doom-and-gloom scenario, forecast by the ride-hail companies when New York regulators passed a minimum wage, never happened. → Read More

DoorDash settles lawsuit for $2.5M over 'deceptive' tipping practices

The food delivery company allegedly led customers to believe their tips were going to delivery workers when the company was pocketing the money itself. → Read More

Uber, Lyft paid nearly $100K to firm of NAACP leader who backed their ballot measure

Labor rights groups say California's Proposition 22, which decided the fate of gig work in the state, will hurt communities of color. → Read More

Uber has long plotted its national push over gig worker status

Using tactics from its Proposition 22 campaign in California, Uber has emailed drivers about a federal plan to keep them classified as independent contractors. And Lyft has formed political action committees in a handful of states. → Read More

Uber's national push over gig worker status has been underway for months

Even before its Proposition 22 win in California, Uber had been emailing drivers in other states asking them to support a plan that could keep them classified as independent contractors. → Read More

Airbnb files for IPO, shows it can actually make a profit

Still, the coronavirus pandemic has given a major blow to the short-term rental business. → Read More

Uber, Lyft still sapped by COVID pandemic and 4 other takeaways this quarter

The latest earnings reports from both companies paint a complicated picture. → Read More