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What the 1930s can teach us about dealing with Big Tech today

he Great Depression offers lessons for how to give ordinary people a say in the economic recovery from covid-19.
by Nathan Schneider

An April op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley’s local paper, put it most directly: “Covid-19 response will end all the Big Tech bashing.” An article published by the Brookings Institution later that month echoed the new received wisdom: “Prior concerns about the industry’s market power, privacy practices, and content moderation policies—all of which posed a major challenge just months ago—no longer enjoy the same political salience.”


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