It Will Take More Than an Antitrust Case to Fix the Problems of Big Tech

It Will Take More Than an Antitrust Case to Fix the Problems of Big Tech
Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the Google I/O conference, in Mountain View, Calif., May 17, 2017 (AP photo by Eric Risberg).

It’s too early to say how the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit filed against Google this week will ultimately play out. It will undoubtedly go down in history as the opening salvo in a grinding, yearslong war of attrition between government regulators and Silicon Valley. Yet, as extraordinary as the antitrust case against the search engine giant is, it may do little to answer one of the most urgent questions roiling the global economy today. Can capitalism and democracy survive the lie that a product is free when consumers are compelled to surrender their privacy rights, and sometimes even […]

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