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How to Curb Tech Executives’ Power

By  |  Jan. 18, 2021 6:01 AM PST
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This is the month that net neutrality died.

But maybe, if we strengthen other checks on the power of tech and telecom company executives, we don’t need to mourn its loss.

I believe the inevitable outcome of the horrifying political violence on January 6 is that content noninterference will soon become a fringe position. With each new incident of violence, calls for deplatforming by organized civil rights groups and motivated tech employees will only increase in volume, as will the pressure on tech CEOs to fall into line—hence the removal of Parler by Amazon Web Services and the app stores.

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