Faculty Research and Accomplishments
Florence Chee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago's School of Communication, recently published a paper titled, "An Uber ethical dilemma: examining social issues at stake," in the Journal of Information, Communication Ethics and Society. Her paper was selected as an outstanding paper from the conferences on the Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide (PPDD) and is part of a special issue on Social Justice, Media Justice, Ethics, and the Digital Divide.
What would happen if we replaced public transit with Uber? What does the future hold for those working as drivers? How long before those drivers are replaced by automated vehicles? In a city like Chicago, ridesharing services like Uber have been increasingly popular both as a convenient alternative to public transit, taxis, using one's own vehicle, and finding parking for that vehicle. It can also generate income for the driver, who uses their own car to drive passengers to their destinations, all with a simple app. In this article, Dr. Chee examines the social and ethical issues that have been emerging in the service, the concept, and widespread adoption of a mobile app-driven economy. Over the course of three years, she has tracked the pros and cons of the service from multiple standpoints and potential stakeholders. For those who are interested in the ethical issues that those in government and industry decision-making capacities should be considering, this is an essential read.
Read the entire paper here: "An Uber ethical dilemma: examining the social issues at stake", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-03-2018-0024
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