Washington Post: Tech giants led by Amazon, Facebook and Google spent nearly half a billion on lobbying over the past decade, new data shows

Washington Post: Tech giants led by Amazon, Facebook and Google spent nearly half a billion on lobbying over the past decade, new data shows. “Ten years ago, Google executives rarely spoke to Congress. Amazon employed just two of its own registered lobbyists in Washington. And Facebook had only recently graduated to a real office after running its D.C. operation out of an employee’s living room. Since then, though, these technology companies have evolved into some of the most potent political forces in the nation’s capital, a Washington Post analysis of new federal records reveals, with just seven tech giants accounting for nearly half a billion dollars in lobbying over the past decade.”

9to5Mac: The Unofficial Apple Archive is on a mission to save Apple history and inspire new creators

9to5Mac: The Unofficial Apple Archive is on a mission to save Apple history and inspire new creators. “‘I totally forgot that Rihanna was used as the track for an iPad 2 guided tour. What a weird year.’ Sam Henri Gold was giving me a progress update on what would eventually become The Apple Archive. He had just made it to 2011. Compiled from hundreds of videos and images spanning Apple’s near 44-year history, the collection is believed to be one of the largest of its kind ever made available. It launches today.”

New York Times: ‘Techlash’ Hits College Campuses

New York Times: ‘Techlash’ Hits College Campuses. “Many students still see employment in tech as a ticket to prosperity, but for job seekers who can afford to be choosy, there is a growing sentiment that Silicon Valley’s most lucrative positions aren’t worth the ethical quandaries.”

Neowin: France tells the U.S. it will retaliate over any action against its digital tax

Neowin: France tells the U.S. it will retaliate over any action against its digital tax. “France has announced it will retaliate against any action taken by the United States against its digital services tax. The announcement by France’s economy minister, Bruno Le Maire, comes as a bit of a surprise because the two sides seemed to have come to an agreement over the issue back in August during the G7 event.”

‘We have a huge problem’: European regulator despairs over lack of enforcement (Politico)

Politico: ‘We have a huge problem’: European regulator despairs over lack of enforcement. “Passed in May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was largely viewed as a model for the United States and other nations struggling to find effective limits on data collection by technology companies. There was little doubt that, given the breadth of the law and the many suspected violations by global tech firms, there would soon be heavy fines or, at least, sanctions that would force Big Tech to change its operating methods. But that promise has not been fulfilled.”

Mashable: 2019 was the year tech workers organized

Mashable: 2019 was the year tech workers organized . “Toxic workplace culture, terrible pay, union busting, weapons contracts, anti-immigrant work, and political misinformation. Tech workers finally had enough. In 2019, white- and blue-collar workers at big tech firms stood up for what they believed in. Here’s a quick recap.”

The Guardian: What we learned from over a decade of tech activism

The Guardian: What we learned from over a decade of tech activism. ” Googlers grappled with unionization, fought against increasing corporate hostility, and challenged their company’s unethical partnerships. Even Chinese tech workers have joined in, with the viral 996.icu campaign that demanded more reasonable working hours. We documented all the collective actions in the tech industry in a publicly accessible online database and analyzed the results. What we learned challenges many mainstream media narratives about the tech workers’ movement. Here are our eight most important insights.”