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Liberating Big Tech’s hostages on day one

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“The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday — but never jam to-day.”

-The Red Queen, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (Lewis Carroll)

The new, surging antitrust movement has given hope to many who yearn to throw off the yoke of Big Tech. After all, the…

How to shift power away from big tech and back to communities and individuals

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The Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery has just published my editorial, “Competitive Compatibility: Let’s Fix the Internet, Not the Tech Giants,” explaining how interoperability was once an engine for competition and user empowerment — and how that ended.

https://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2021/10/255710-competitive-compatibility/fulltext

As the title suggests, regulators are fed up with…

Harmful dominance, democratic privacy controls, interop and illegitimate greatness.

A control room where a group of people in business attire stare at a surveillance dashboard that includes files and the silhouette of a woman with her arms folded across her chest. A political caricature of Teddy Roosevelt as a club-swinging trustbuster is superimposed on one of the windows in the control-room’s display surface.

In “The New Antitrust/Data Privacy Law Interface,” Temple Law’s Erika M Douglas presents a fascinating look at the tensions between privacy and competition.

https://www.yalelawjournal.org/forum/the-new-antitrustdata-privacy-law-interface

It’s only fitting that Douglas published her paper in the Yale Law Journal, as that’s the same journal that kickstarted the modern antitrust revolution when it…

There’s a difference between protectionism and political will

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Competition regulators in the EU, the UK and the US are all looking hard at concentration in the tech sector, and well they should: an industry that was once hailed for its dynamism — for being a sector where yesterday’s world-spanning titans are sold for parts to companies that were…

Digital Life

Weighing a new GLAAD report against the queer experience

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I’m worried — but not for reasons you might think.

Last month saw the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) release its first-ever Social Media Safety Index. As CEO Sarah Kate Ellis notes in the report’s press release, the original intention of the research was to grade five of…

Big Technology obtained the five draft bills currently circulating around the House of Representatives that target Big Tech. If they’re signed into law, it will be bad news for the tech giants.

The following is a selection from Big Technology, a newsletter by Alex Kantrowitz. To get it in your inbox each week, you can sign up here.

For years, Big Tech crushed the competition with relative impunity, squeezing every dollar from would-be rivals to reach unprecedented valuations. And while their anti-competitive…

Some of privacy’s thorniest questions

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Just say that we “fix” Facebook, making it possible for you to take your data and go to a rival service, one that respects your privacy, pays its taxes, and isn’t bent on enclosing all digital spaces into its pervasive surveillance walled garden.

It’s an idyllic vision, but our problems…

Open Dialogue

Evan Selinger in conversation with Mary Berk

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This is Open Dialogue, an interview series from OneZero about technology and ethics.

I’m thrilled to talk with Mary Berk. Mary has a PhD in philosophy, a degree that includes a specialization in ethics, but spent her career working in Silicon Valley. Most recently, Mary was a product manager at…

Will the AMP format die as a result?

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By Adrianne Jeffries

Four years after offering special placement in a “top stories carousel” in search results to entice publishers to use a format it created for mobile pages, called AMP, Google announced last week that it will end that preferential treatment in the spring.

“We will prioritize pages with…

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