Trusting in Antitrust: Actions Against Big Tech Are Now Palatable (New York Times)

New York Times: Trusting in Antitrust: Actions Against Big Tech Are Now Palatable. “At a moment when nearly everything in America seems wildly contentious, antitrust action against tech is getting a sober look. Antitrust is the nuclear bomb of regulatory policy, but the reaction to Ms. [Elizabeth] Warren’s and Ms. [Amy] Klobuchar’s ideas was surprisingly receptive.”

New York Times: Top Universities Join to Push ‘Public Interest Technology’

New York Times: Top Universities Join to Push ‘Public Interest Technology’. “As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in American life, universities across the United States have been devising ways to teach students how to grapple with the consequences on society. Now, 21 leading universities are banding together to promote their various programs. On Monday, the schools announced that they had formed a new organization called the Public Interest Technology University Network.”

New York Times: In Silicon Valley, Plans for a Monument to Silicon Valley

New York Times: In Silicon Valley, Plans for a Monument to Silicon Valley. “Silicon Valley wants its own universally recognized landmark, something that symbolizes its power and reach. If the San Jose City Council gives final approval to the project this month, an international design competition will be announced this spring. The winning entry could be built on a city park as soon as 2021.”

CNN: Powerful House Judiciary committee sends document requests to Facebook

CNN: Powerful House Judiciary committee sends document requests to Facebook. “Facebook could soon have another headache on Capitol Hill: Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have requested documents from the company spanning multiple issues, two sources familiar with the committee’s efforts tell CNN.”

The Verge: Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook

The Verge: Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook. “Warren’s proposal includes a plan to pass legislation designating platforms with more than $25 billion in revenue as ‘platform utilities,’ which would be barred from owning both the platform and ‘participants’ on the platform at the same time. Smaller companies would not face the same requirements. A law like that would have immediate effects on the digital economy, the proposal continues, as Google is forced to spin off Search and Amazon spins off Marketplace.”

New York Times: Big Tech, Once a CPAC Sponsor, Is Now Its Boogeyman

New York Times: Big Tech, Once a CPAC Sponsor, Is Now Its Boogeyman. “A year ago, attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual jamboree of the political right, were greeted by Big Tech with open arms and open bars…. That was then. At last week’s gathering here in a suburb of Washington, Silicon Valley’s only obvious presence was on the lips of exercised right-wing critics who whipped up the crowd by denouncing the American tech industry as an authoritarian hegemony intent on censoring their cause.”

Nextgov: Congress Moves to Ban Discriminatory Advertising on Social Media

Nextgov: Congress Moves to Ban Discriminatory Advertising on Social Media. “The DATA Privacy Act, introduced by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., explicitly bars Facebook, Twitter and other companies from allowing advertisers to use consumer data to discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation. Under the legislation, the Federal Trade Commission would issue clear guidance on what constitutes online discrimination and gain new powers to penalize organizations that violate the rules.”