Web Summit News: Uber Whistleblower to Speak

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Web Summit, the world’s largest tech conference, is coming up in Lisbon first week in November and there are plenty of reasons to be there! The show announced today that Uber whistleblower Mark MacGann will be speaking at the event. This will be Mark’s first live interview since sharing the ‘Uber files’ with the Guardian earlier this year.

The whistleblower, Apple VP of health Sumbul Desai, musician Nas Jones, Airbnb co-founder and CSO Nathan Blecharczyk, Tommy Hilfiger CEO Martijn Hagman and fashion model Lottie Moss will join 1,200 speakers, 2,000 startups, 2,500 journalists and 1,000 investors at Web Summit in Lisbon’s Altice Arena, from November 14, 2022.

Mark accused Uber, the world’s largest ride-sharing company, of misleading people about the advantages of the gig economy and of knowingly defying laws in dozens of countries. Mark worked as a senior lobbyist for Uber between 2014 and 2016, during which time he liaised with governments across Europe, the Middle East and Africa on behalf of Uber.

Mark shared more than 124,000 records with the Guardian, making headlines across the world. Mark will take to Web Summit’s Centre Stage in conversation with Paul Lewis, head of investigations at the Guardian. Lewis previously worked on the Pandora Papers and the Pegasus Project.
“We are excited to announce Mark as a speaker at this year’s Web Summit in Lisbon. We have seen just how important the role of the whistleblower is, and we look forward to hearing him speak,” said Web Summit founder and CEO Paddy Cosgrave.

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