Northeastern’s Alan Mislove and Christo Wilson have been researching whether the algorithms e-commerce and other websites use to analyze user profile data, web-browsing choices, and other online information may lead to discrimination. Now the ACLU has sued the government on their and others’ behalf so they can continue to do so without prosecution.
A research team led by Northeastern assistant professor Christo Wilson cracked open the algorithm that drives Uber’s surge pricing. The team examined ‘surge regions’ within cities and reports findings that reveal tips on how consumers might avoid the inflated prices.
The San Francisco-based ride-sharing companyhas grown in popularity in recent years, expanding to more than 100 cities worldwide. Here, Joseph Giglio, an executive professor in the D’Amore McKim School of Business, discusses Uber’s recent success and what it says about the outlook of urban transportation in the future.