How to Grease a Chatbot: E-Commerce Companies Seek a Backdoor Into AI ResponsesRead more

Netflix's top European lobbyist, Dean Garfield. Photo by Bloomberg

How Netflix Scaled Back U.S. Lobbying to Focus on Europe

By and  |  May 7, 2019 7:01 AM PDT
Photo: Netflix's top European lobbyist, Dean Garfield. Photo by Bloomberg

In the past 18 months, Netflix lobbyists have met at least 11 times with EU commissioners and high level staffers on issues ranging from copyright, privacy rules and other digital regulations, public records show. During the same period, in contrast, Netflix’s U.S. lobbyists didn’t once visit the Federal Communications Commission.

That’s a marked change from just a few years ago when Netflix led the tech industry’s battle to win FCC “net neutrality” regulations stopping internet providers from favoring traffic from one company over another. Meanwhile, until last year, Netflix representatives typically met just once a year with European officials. But Netflix’s priorities have shifted. It won the net neutrality battle, at least for its own business. And now, its growth is increasingly driven by Europe and Asia, making regulatory issues in those countries more important to deal with.

Access on the go
View stories on our mobile app and tune into our weekly podcast.
Join live video Q&A’s
Deep-dive into topics like startups and autonomous vehicles with our top reporters and other executives.
Enjoy a clutter-free experience
Read without any banner ads.
Microsoft's Satya Nadella, left, and Peter Lee. Photo by Bloomberg, Microsoft
How Microsoft Swallowed Its Pride to Make a Massive Bet on OpenAI
Satya Nadella didn’t want to hear it. Last December, Peter Lee, who oversees Microsoft’s sprawling research efforts, was briefing Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, and his deputies about a series of tests Microsoft had conducted of GPT-4, the then-unreleased new artificial intelligence large-language model built by OpenAI.
Art by Clark Miller
The AI Age e-commerce ai
How to Grease a Chatbot: E-Commerce Companies Seek a Backdoor Into AI Responses
When Andy Wilson’s company received its first successful client referral through ChatGPT, he was shaken to his core.
Chris Britt, co-founder and CEO of Chime.
Exclusive startups Finance
Chime’s Slowdown Highlights Limits of Bank Disruptors
Chime found a way to offer zero-fee banking services without being a bank itself. But that approach is starting to show its limits.
Art by Clark Miller
The Big Read markets Finance
The Master of Destruction Rides Again
In the spring of 2022, the irascible Wall Street short seller Marc Cohodes was in a particularly foul mood.
Art by Mike Sullivan
startups asia
Venture Capitalists Face Pressure to Divest From China
Silicon Valley venture capitalists are coming to terms with a new reality: Their once-prized China investments may be victims of a simmering cold war.
Art by Clark Miller.
Social Studies culture
The Day TikTok Went Dark in India
On June 29, 2020, as thunderstorms swept Mumbai and daily Covid-19 cases in India surged by almost 20,000, millions of people began experiencing a flood of network errors on their mobile devices.