Big Tech

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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Russell Kirk & Big Tech Share This

Rachel Bovard | Jul 13, 2020 | American Tradition

The debate about Big Tech often breaks down into one of whether or not a private company should be “regulated.” This is especially true as attention heats up around the use of antitrust enforcement — substantively, definitionally, and applicably different than regulation, though in argument one side attempts to conflate them.  Jim Swift of The […]

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Social Media Requires Utility Style Regulation Share This

Marshall Auerback | Jun 17, 2020 | Big Tech

I’ve raised the issue of social media regulation before. This is an issue that won’t be going away anytime soon in the wake of Google’s decision to ban two websites from its ad platform over protest articles, namely The Federalist and Zero Hedge.  As Mike Masnick has argued, this appears to be less a case […]

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A Tale of Two Media Share This

James Poulos | Jun 08, 2020 | Big Tech

Re: In Praise of Big Internet

Faced over the past few years with a deepening sense of dread around the increasing irrelevance of academic political theory, I shifted much of my perspective on the accelerating unraveling of the modern order to media theory–specifically, media theory rooted in the work of Marshall McLuhan and his son Eric. While political theory as an […]

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How Should We Regulate the Social Media Companies? Hint: More Competition Might not be the Answer Share This

Marshall Auerback | Jun 04, 2020 | Big Tech

natanaelginting – stock.adobe.com Donald Trump threatened to close Twitter down a day after the social media giant marked his tweets with a fact-check warning label for the first time. The president followed this threat up with an executive order that would encourage federal regulators to allow tech companies to be held liable for the comments, […]

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In Praise of Big Internet: The Economic Importance of Internet Companies Share This

Rob Atkinson | Jun 04, 2020 | Big Tech

Image: Shawn Collins – flicker.com It has become bipartisan sport to attack “Big Tech”, but most of the ire is directed at “Big Internet”: consumer-facing Internet companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Uber. While much of the so-called techlash is focused on the purported negative social impacts – abuse of data, platform bias, and […]

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