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What Can America Learn from Europe About Regulating Big Tech?

This fascinating article from The New Yorker profiles Marietje Schaake, a former member of the European Parliament and currently the international policy director at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center. The article provides an overview of Schaake’s career and opinions within the larger context of the importance of government regulation over large informational technology companies. Transnational tech corporations are already facing tougher governmental oversight in the European Union in matters like anti-competitive practices and the security of user data. In the United States, the movement for greater accountability of these companies culminated in the July 2020 congressional hearings, when the top executives of Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Amazon were made to testify. This article raises important questions regarding the lessons the United States government can learn from the European Union as it tries to control the power wielded by these firms.

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