We must not let big tech threaten our security, freedoms and democracy

[Commentary] As lawmakers grapple with the revelations regarding Russia’s manipulation of social media during the 2016 election, many are shocked to learn the outsized role that the major tech companies play in so many aspects of our lives. Not only do they guide what we see, read, and buy on a regular basis, but their dominance – specifically in the market of information – now requires that we consider their role in the integrity of our democracy. In my view, the size of these companies is not – in isolation – the problem. But I am extremely concerned about these platforms’ use of Americans’ personal information to further solidify their market power and consequently extract unfair conditions from the content creators and innovators that rely on their platforms to reach consumers. And as has become alarmingly clear in recent months, these companies have unprecedented power to guide Americans’ access to information and potentially shape the future of journalism. It should go without saying that such power comes with great responsibility. The government has a responsibility to ensure that these corporations do not endanger our national security, our democracy, or our fundamental freedoms.


We must not let big tech threaten our security, freedoms and democracy Sen. Al Franken torched Amazon, Facebook and Google for using their algorithms to maintain their massive footprints (Vox) Franken calls for net neutrality for Google, Twitter and Facebook (The Hill)