The explosive force of Uber was partially dampened by a ruling that declared illegal a platform that allows anyone to become a taxi driver with their own cars. In Italy, Uberpop was declared illegal three years ago, as it was in other European countries.
We spoke with Tiziana Terranova, professor of sociology at the Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale,” who is among the most popular scholars of digital culture internationally. We explored the reasons that led to taxi driver protests against the so-called Lanzillotta amendment, which partially opened up the regulations on private car hires.
Are the protests about fear of competition from Uber Black, or is there something deeper?
They feel that Uber represents a new model for governing people’s lives that, in one way or another, wants to become hegemonic.
Which model is that?