…he finger to regulators.” But we shouldn’t think of this as childish by any means. On the contrary, Uber might be one of the few adults in the room, forcing lawmakers to grow up and face the reality that the world is quickly changing around them. Uber’s brand of technological civil disobedience is
… this hand-wringing over Uber’s unwillingness to play nice with regulators misses a critical fact: This is the reason why Uber has survived at all. Uber’s growth, like the rest of the sharing economy, is a direct result of refusing to ask permission. Those who fail to grasp this falsely assume that Uber’s existence has always been inevitable. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Industry wide, government relations and public affairs have been steadily warming to digital. A recent survey found that 40 percent of Washington insiders plan to divert their public affairs spending away from traditional non-digital activities to fund digital advocacy areas.