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Don’t Leave Social Media Regulation to the Platforms—Bring in the FCC Share This

Marshall Auerback | Jul 22, 2021 | Big Tech

Coming to terms with the importance of free speech means coming to terms with the reality that free speech will sometimes be used for abhorrent purposes. We protect bad speech on the grounds that the alternative—censorship—is even worse. But the rise of social media as both a powerful distribution framework and disseminator of content has […]

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The Problem of Tech Is Bigger Than Big Tech Share This

Oren Cass | Jun 22, 2021 | Big Tech

The early years of a technological revolution are not, generally speaking, happy ones. In The Technology Trap, Oxford University’s Carl Benedikt Frey documents the fallout of the Industrial Revolution begun in the late eighteenth century: “The conditions of the [English] working class did not improve before the 1840s, and for many people, living standards were deteriorating.” […]

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Reflections on the Digital Revolution Share This

Chris Buskirk | Jun 08, 2021 | Big Tech

“In the real world outside economic theory, every business is successful exactly to the extent that it does something others cannot. Monopoly is therefore not a pathology or an exception. Monopoly is the condition of every successful business.” —Peter Thiel “Meet the new boss, same as the old ” —Roger Daltrey The problems and challenges posed […]

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The Bully Platform Share This

Jonathan Askonas | May 06, 2021 | Big Tech

The Tyranny of Big Tech, by Josh Hawley (Regnery, 200 pp. $30) Since his election in 2018, Senator Josh Hawley has distinguished himself by his broad-ranging criticism of Big Tech. In his new book, The Tyranny of Big Tech, he attempts to revive the spirit of trust-busting exemplified by Teddy Roosevelt against the companies he […]

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Justice Thomas, Countervailing Power, and Big Tech Share This

Marshall Auerback | Apr 07, 2021 | Big Tech

In a non-binding concurrence, Justice Clarence Thomas (joined by no other justices), argued that social media platforms could be labeled “common carriers,” and should therefore be treated like phone companies or similar utilities. Thomas’ commentary accompanied a Monday Supreme Court order instructing a New York district court to dismiss as moot a lawsuit against former […]

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Reclaim Democracy From Technocracy Share This

Josh Hammer | Jan 18, 2021 | Big Tech

Our present predicament, characterized as it by an emboldened and rapacious post-U.S. Capitol siege Big Tech edifice all too eager to dutifully serve as a repressive ruling class appendage, was perfectly encapsulated on Friday by two of my Commons co-bloggers. R.R. Reno, writing at First Things, observed that “Big Tech’s power to define the limits of free […]

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Corporate Sponsored Censorship Share This

R. R. Reno | Jan 11, 2021 | American Tradition

Parler, the alternative to Twitter, is being strangled by the tech giants. Apple and Google removed the app from their app stores. Amazon removed the company from its web-hosting service. These companies claim these actions serve the public interest. Whatever one thinks of last week’s events, this action in concert marks a milestone. In recent […]

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What To Do After Big Tech’s Pearl Harbor Attack on the New York Post Share This

Josh Hammer | Oct 26, 2020 | Big Tech

As of this writing, the New York Post, the nation’s fourth-largest newspaper, has been locked out of its own Twitter account for almost two weeks. It is not entirely obvious why. But what we do know is that, to date, neither Joe nor Hunter Biden has denied the veracity of the Post‘s divulged “Hunter files” email trove […]

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Social Media is an Engineering Disaster Waiting to Happen Share This

Samuel Hammond | Oct 20, 2020 | Big Tech

Fake news pales in its power to real news presented with misleading frequency.

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The Flattering Alarmism of The Social Dilemma Share This

John Sailer | Oct 20, 2020 | Big Tech

The new and popular documentary, The Social Dilemma, probably could have been an article published in 2018. That’s not to dismiss what it has to say. Framed as the social media equivalent of Food Inc., the movie interviews academics and former tech company execs, all of whom make now-popular arguments about the hidden costs of […]

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Big Tech Reveals the Flaw in Citizens United Share This

Matt Stoller | Aug 06, 2020 | Big Tech

Last week, the House Antitrust Subcommittee grilled the CEOs of four large technology platforms – Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook – for five and a half hours, focusing on the market power these corporations have accumulated over the last fifteen to twenty years. Typically such hearings are superficial and partisan, with the Republicans and Democrats […]

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The GOP’s Embarrassing Big-Tech Performance Share This

Saagar Enjeti | Jul 31, 2020 | Amazon

The modern-day Titans of Industry testified before Congress Monday ostensibly for a hearing on anti-trust.  The hearing could have been an opportunity for left and right to question the immense market power of organizations that have an inordinate amount of power over the daily lives of American citizens.  All of my optimism for the much-anticipated […]

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