Note — Jun 09, 2019

How Politicians and Scholars Turned Against Big Tech

Alexis Madrigal with a roundup of every group, organized or not, piling on big tech. Mostly deservedly, one might add.

First, the idea of cyberspace, a transnational, individualistic, largely unregulated, and free place that was not exactly located in any governmental domain, has completely collapsed. Second, the mythology of tech as the carrier of progress has imploded, just as it did for the robber barons of the late 19th century to usher in the trust-busting era. […]

After disrupting so many industries and having created so many enemies in consolidating control of the internet, it’s going to be difficult for tech companies to find friends.