Techlash: Who Makes the Rules in the Digital Gilded Age?

Brookings Institution. Oct. 2023. 216p. ISBN 9780815739937. $27. BUS
Businessman and former FCC chair Wheeler (From Gutenberg to Google) argues for regulating technically innovative companies such as Meta, Amazon, and others. The book describes these types of companies as ones that gather users’ personal information, which virtually invades consumer privacy; they make money by selling targeted ads on their platforms, and they sometimes monopolize the competitive market. The author says these tactics undermine democracy and that they corrode the shared knowledge that’s essential for a democracy to function.
VERDICT This book proposes complicated but feasible solutions to prevent the weakening of personal privacy and the undermining of competition. A good book for those interested in public policy about technology companies and their innovations and approaches.
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