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In a gig economy, workers don’t have a contract with an employer or benefits, but are freelance delivery workers or drivers, giving people flexibility and freedom but exposing them to inconsistent, low pay and the possibility of exploitation for the sake of customer convenience. Read more»

Rideshare and food delivery work became even riskier during COVID-19, which put thousands of people out of jobs.

Gig work can give people flexibility and freedom, but some experts believe it also exposes them to inconsistent, low pay and the possibility of exploitation for the sake of customer convenience and the work became even riskier during COVID-19, which put thousands of people out of jobs. Read more»

The Secretary of State’s Office found reasonable cause that the Goldwater Institute, a Phoenix libertarian think tank and litigation center, violated a law requiring lobbyists to register with the state. Read more» 1

Racial minorities within developing countries often are targeted as the source of a disease or pandemic, says professor Wei Li, who teaches Asian Pacific American studies at Arizona State University.

Dozens of airlines have canceled flights to China in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, but at least one Asian American traveler is skipping his summer trip to the Philippines to avoid a spreading social illness: racism. Read more»

Congressional campaigns spent more than $2.1 million on Lyft, Uber and other ride-sharing services in the last election cycle, eclipsing cab fares.

The initial public offering of Uber shares this month fell short of expectations, but there’s at least one audience where the ride-sharing service dominates: members of Congress. Read more»

A study by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group ranks Phoenix in the middle of the pack among 70 cities when it comes to technology-enabled transportation options. It cited the Phoenix GRID bike share program as one such option.

Having a bike-sharing service and ride-sourcing options Uber and Lyft won Phoenix praise in the study released by two groups that want to get more people out of cars. But the Innovative Transportation Index finds the city has plenty of room for improvement. Read more» 1

Ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft contend that their smartphone-based services are more convenient than taxis. But a state official says that if the companies want to continue operating here they will have to abide by the same regulations as taxi companies. Read more»