Professor Joh Comments on Uber Controversy for Time
Professor Elizabeth Joh commented for Time on Greyball, a program used by Uber to actively prohibit officials in cities that resisted its operation from hailing rides. Although Uber is not bound by “common carrier” laws that guarantee service to all comers, the program has drawn fire from critics who fear the impact of an unregulated livery business excluding certain people, or classes of people, based on its own prerogatives.
Joh said the even if the program doesn’t violate the law, “that doesn’t mean it isn’t troubling. It’s a deliberate attempt to thwart—not just evade—law enforcement.”
Professor Joh's scholarship focuses on criminal procedure and policing, with a special emphasis on DNA evidence, undercover policing, and new surveillance technologies.