Starve the Beast: Monopoly Power and Political Corruption
Facebook’s Secret War on Switching Costs
When the FTC filed its amended antitrust complaint against Facebook in mid-August, we read it with interest. FTC Chair Lina Khan rose to fame with a seminal analysis of the monopolistic tactics of Amazon, another Big Tech giant, when she was just a law student, and we anticipated that the amended complaint would make a compelling case that Facebook had violated antitrust law.
Party Like It’s 1979: The OG Antitrust Is Back, Baby!
President Biden’s July 9 Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy is a highly technical, 72-part, fine-grained memo on how to address the ways market concentration harms our lives as workers, citizens, consumers, and beyond.
Tech Rights Are Workers Rights: Doordash Edition
Doordash workers are embroiled in a bitter labor dispute with the company: at issue, the tips that “Dashers” depend on to make the difference between a living wage and the poorhouse. Doordash has a long history of abusing its workers’ tips; including a particularly ugly case brought by the Washington, D.C.
Right or Left, You Should Be Worried About Big Tech Censorship
Conservatives are being censored
Claiming that “right-wing voices are being censored,” Republican-led legislatures in Florida and Texas have introduced legislation to “end Big Tech censorship.” They say that the dominant tech platforms block legitimate speech without ever articulating their moderation policies, that they are slow to admit their mistakes, and that there is no meaningful due process for people who think the platforms got it wrong.
The Tower of Babel: How Public Interest Internet is Trying to Save Messaging and Banish Big Social Media
This blog post is part of a series, looking at the public interest internet—the parts of the internet that don’t garner the headlines of Facebook or Google, but quietly provide public goods and useful services without requiring the scale or the business practices of the tech giants.