Egypt and the case of uber: An A2K perspective on ride-sharing legislation

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Mobile Technology and Social Transformations: Access to Knowledge in Global Contexts

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In this chapter, Nagla Rizk looks at another extremely consequential social change that has occurred within the past eight years, the advent of the “gig economy” heralded by the ride-sharing service, Uber. Founded in 2009 by Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick as UberCab, this mobile-based service has expanded to over 600 cities spread over 65 countries and served 75 million passengers in 2018 alone. The business news network CNBC recently rated Uber as the second most disruptive company in the world in 2018. Rizk looks at Egypt where Uber was the country’s first ride-sharing service offered in 2014. Within a short time, Uber extended its service to over seven cities in Egypt. As in many other cities around the world, the emergence of Uber initiated responses from traditional taxi services, which necessitated legislative action. The authors examine Egypt’s new “Ride Hailing Apps Act” and discuss the effects of such legalization on the various stakeholders in the ride sharing and public transport segment in Egypt, from an A2K perspective.

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