Platforms

Our working definition of a digital platform (with a hat tip to Harold Feld of Public Knowledge) is an online service that operates as a two-sided or multi-sided market with at least one side that is “open” to the mass market

Trump allies draft AI order to launch ‘Manhattan Projects’ for defense

Donald Trump’s allies are drafting a sweeping AI executive order that would launch a series of “Manhattan Projects” to develop military technology and immediately review “unnecessary and burdensome regulations”—signaling how a potential second Trump administration may pursue AI policies favorable to Silicon Valley investors and companies. The framework would also create “industry-led” agencies to evaluate AI models and secure systems from foreign adversaries. The framework—which includes a section titled “Make America First in AI”—presents a markedly different strategy for the booming secto

Google, Amazon and the problem with Big Tech’s climate claims

Amazon recently trumpeted that it had purchased enough clean electricity to cover the energy demands of all the offices, data centers, grocery stores, and warehouses across its global operations, seven years ahead of its sustainability target. That news closely followed Google’s acknowledgment that the soaring energy demands of its AI operations helped ratchet up its corpor

Peak Seasons, Peak Injuries: Amazon Warehouses Are Especially Dangerous During Prime Day and the Holiday Season—and the Company Knows It

On July 16 and 17, 2024, Amazon will hold its annual Prime Day event, where it discounts products for Amazon Prime subscribers. The event is a major source of revenue for the company, but Prime Day is also a major cause of injuries for the warehouse workers who make it possible.

Tech leaders line up behind Trump

A significant chunk of the tech industry's money and power is lining up behind Donald Trump. Silicon Valley was once solidly Democratic, with just a handful of Republican outliers.

Elon Musk Enters Uncharted Territory With Trump Endorsement

Roughly 30 minutes after Donald Trump was shot, Elon Musk backed his bid for the White House. Musk entered uncharted territory. He broke with tradition set by the leaders of other major social media firms, none of whom have endorsed a presidential candidate.

Elon Musk Committing Around $45 Million a Month to a New Pro-Trump Super PAC

Apparently, Elon Musk has plans to around $45 million a month to a new super political-action committee backing Donald Trump's presidential run. Other backers of the group, called America PAC, include Palantir Technologies co-founder Joe Lonsdale, the Winklevoss twins, former U.S.

Sens Wyden, Welch, Warren Urge Biden Administration to Crack Down on Big Tech for Massive AI Consolidation

Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) urged Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan and Department of Justice (DOJ) Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter to crack down on the massive consolidation of emerging generative artificial intelligence (AI) by tech giants such as Amazon, Microsoft, and Google.

Internet Usage Report 2024

One of the big takeaways from our previous Internet Usage Report was how much the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way that people used the internet. In contrast, perhaps the biggest takeaway of this 2024's survey is how little things have changed.

5 Questions for the ACLU’s Jenna Leventoff

A Q&A with Jenna Leventoff, a senior policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. What’s one underrated big idea? Section 230 [of the 1996 Communications Decency Act], which is both underrated and underappreciated. What’s a technology you think is overhyped? AI is both overhyped and a little bit under-hyped. What book most shaped your conception of the future? “To Paradise” by Hanya YanagiharaWhat could government be doing regar

States Work to Make Digital Services Accessible for All

People with disabilities regularly face accessibility challenges while using government websites. Solving these challenges has become more urgent, for two reasons. First, COVID-19 pushed more of life online, and it is often easier now to do business digitally than in person. Second, the U.S.