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‘The Techlash Should Be Over’: Commentator Wants to Call Off Big Tech Watchdogs in Light of the Coronavirus

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April 10, 2020— The coronavirus has stretched aspects of American society to its last line: Many businesses have seen broadband technologies as a lifeline to a precarious economy.

At an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation webinar on Thursday, commentators said that big tech has proved enough utility that its uglier, anti-competitive qualities should fade into the background.

“It’s become clear to all parties how important the tech industry is,” said David Moschella, a research fellow at the Leading Edge Forum, on the ITIF webinar.

“It’s what’s getting us through this period,” Moschella said regarding the services offered by big tech that have been tracked by this publication.

For example, Facebook has offered tele-education tools to schools for free, Amazon has provided employment and grocery delivery to tens of millions of immobile Americans, and Google has provided social distancing feedback to counties across America through its COVID-19 Community Mobility reports.

Antitrust allegations are valid and should be taken seriously “but they just pale in comparison to the value” that big tech provides to Americans and the “isolation economy” at large during quarantine, Moschella said.

“In many ways, I think the techlash should be over,” Moschella said, referring to the term used to describe the backlash to the ever-encroaching practices of big tech.

“The public was never that into techlash,” he added. “I think this whole period will take a lot of the bite out of that.”

Not everyone on the webinar shared Moschella’s belief. “We want to be cautious about writing off the techlash,” said Daniel Castro, vice president of the ITIF.

Castro highlighted the Senate Commerce Committee’s “paper hearing” on big data and the coronavirus that cautioned companies like Google for perhaps being too audacious with its use of data it has collected on the public.

Moschella disagreed with point. In fact, he took issue with big tech’s perceived lack of aggressive data crunching for coronavirus tracking. “I think they’ve taken a backseat,” Moschella said.

“The reality is that China… has managed this better than we have,” Moschella argued. “Something that’s gonna weigh on people’s minds, is how come they’ve done this seemingly so much better.”

David Jelke was a Reporter for Broadband Breakfast. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in neuroscience. Growing up in Miami, he learned to speak Spanish during a study abroad semester in Peru. He is now teaching himself French on his iPhone.

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Explainer: Antitrust Heats Up as Biden Selects Tech Critic Jonathan Kanter for Top Enforcement Spot

In the fourth in a series of explainers, Broadband Breakfast examines the Biden administration’s intent to bash Big Tech.

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Photo of Jonathan Kanter at the Capitol Forum by New America used with permission

April 10, 2020— The coronavirus has stretched aspects of American society to its last line: Many businesses have seen broadband technologies as a lifeline to a precarious economy.

At an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation webinar on Thursday, commentators said that big tech has proved enough utility that its uglier, anti-competitive qualities should fade into the background.

“It’s become clear to all parties how important the tech industry is,” said David Moschella, a research fellow at the Leading Edge Forum, on the ITIF webinar.

“It’s what’s getting us through this period,” Moschella said regarding the services offered by big tech that have been tracked by this publication.

For example, Facebook has offered tele-education tools to schools for free, Amazon has provided employment and grocery delivery to tens of millions of immobile Americans, and Google has provided social distancing feedback to counties across America through its COVID-19 Community Mobility reports.

Antitrust allegations are valid and should be taken seriously “but they just pale in comparison to the value” that big tech provides to Americans and the “isolation economy” at large during quarantine, Moschella said.

“In many ways, I think the techlash should be over,” Moschella said, referring to the term used to describe the backlash to the ever-encroaching practices of big tech.

“The public was never that into techlash,” he added. “I think this whole period will take a lot of the bite out of that.”

Not everyone on the webinar shared Moschella’s belief. “We want to be cautious about writing off the techlash,” said Daniel Castro, vice president of the ITIF.

Castro highlighted the Senate Commerce Committee’s “paper hearing” on big data and the coronavirus that cautioned companies like Google for perhaps being too audacious with its use of data it has collected on the public.

Moschella disagreed with point. In fact, he took issue with big tech’s perceived lack of aggressive data crunching for coronavirus tracking. “I think they’ve taken a backseat,” Moschella said.

“The reality is that China… has managed this better than we have,” Moschella argued. “Something that’s gonna weigh on people’s minds, is how come they’ve done this seemingly so much better.”

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Proposed Bill Takes Aim at Misinformation on Social Media Platforms

Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduced a bill Thursday to remove Section 230 protections for vaccine misinformation.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota

April 10, 2020— The coronavirus has stretched aspects of American society to its last line: Many businesses have seen broadband technologies as a lifeline to a precarious economy.

At an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation webinar on Thursday, commentators said that big tech has proved enough utility that its uglier, anti-competitive qualities should fade into the background.

“It’s become clear to all parties how important the tech industry is,” said David Moschella, a research fellow at the Leading Edge Forum, on the ITIF webinar.

“It’s what’s getting us through this period,” Moschella said regarding the services offered by big tech that have been tracked by this publication.

For example, Facebook has offered tele-education tools to schools for free, Amazon has provided employment and grocery delivery to tens of millions of immobile Americans, and Google has provided social distancing feedback to counties across America through its COVID-19 Community Mobility reports.

Antitrust allegations are valid and should be taken seriously “but they just pale in comparison to the value” that big tech provides to Americans and the “isolation economy” at large during quarantine, Moschella said.

“In many ways, I think the techlash should be over,” Moschella said, referring to the term used to describe the backlash to the ever-encroaching practices of big tech.

“The public was never that into techlash,” he added. “I think this whole period will take a lot of the bite out of that.”

Not everyone on the webinar shared Moschella’s belief. “We want to be cautious about writing off the techlash,” said Daniel Castro, vice president of the ITIF.

Castro highlighted the Senate Commerce Committee’s “paper hearing” on big data and the coronavirus that cautioned companies like Google for perhaps being too audacious with its use of data it has collected on the public.

Moschella disagreed with point. In fact, he took issue with big tech’s perceived lack of aggressive data crunching for coronavirus tracking. “I think they’ve taken a backseat,” Moschella said.

“The reality is that China… has managed this better than we have,” Moschella argued. “Something that’s gonna weigh on people’s minds, is how come they’ve done this seemingly so much better.”

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Companies May Hesitate Bringing Section 230 Arguments in Court Fearing Political Ramifications: Lawyers

Legal experts say changing views on Section 230 will make platforms less willing to employ that defense in future cases.

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Carrie Goldberg, founder of C.A. Goldberg law firm

April 10, 2020— The coronavirus has stretched aspects of American society to its last line: Many businesses have seen broadband technologies as a lifeline to a precarious economy.

At an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation webinar on Thursday, commentators said that big tech has proved enough utility that its uglier, anti-competitive qualities should fade into the background.

“It’s become clear to all parties how important the tech industry is,” said David Moschella, a research fellow at the Leading Edge Forum, on the ITIF webinar.

“It’s what’s getting us through this period,” Moschella said regarding the services offered by big tech that have been tracked by this publication.

For example, Facebook has offered tele-education tools to schools for free, Amazon has provided employment and grocery delivery to tens of millions of immobile Americans, and Google has provided social distancing feedback to counties across America through its COVID-19 Community Mobility reports.

Antitrust allegations are valid and should be taken seriously “but they just pale in comparison to the value” that big tech provides to Americans and the “isolation economy” at large during quarantine, Moschella said.

“In many ways, I think the techlash should be over,” Moschella said, referring to the term used to describe the backlash to the ever-encroaching practices of big tech.

“The public was never that into techlash,” he added. “I think this whole period will take a lot of the bite out of that.”

Not everyone on the webinar shared Moschella’s belief. “We want to be cautious about writing off the techlash,” said Daniel Castro, vice president of the ITIF.

Castro highlighted the Senate Commerce Committee’s “paper hearing” on big data and the coronavirus that cautioned companies like Google for perhaps being too audacious with its use of data it has collected on the public.

Moschella disagreed with point. In fact, he took issue with big tech’s perceived lack of aggressive data crunching for coronavirus tracking. “I think they’ve taken a backseat,” Moschella said.

“The reality is that China… has managed this better than we have,” Moschella argued. “Something that’s gonna weigh on people’s minds, is how come they’ve done this seemingly so much better.”

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