Saturday, 29 January, 2022
TopicBig tech

Topic: Big tech

US tech giants aren’t monopolies, they are engaged in fiercely competitive markets

The theory that banning big tech companies from making acquisitions would stimulate competition is dubious. Mergers and acquisitions are typically a spur to efficiency, not a barrier.

Google to Facebook, tech firms leaning on retd IAS officers to deal with Modi govt

Technology companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter or Amazon are under increased scrutiny and regulatory pressure of the Modi govt. They need an insider in power corridors.

Warning from RBI: Growth of ‘big tech’ in payments & services poses financial stability risk

In its financial stability report, RBI said concerns have intensified around a level playing field with banks, too-big-to-fail issues, challenges for antitrust rules among others.

Why India must embrace the G7 proposal to tax multinational tech giants

The G7 proposal indicates a political momentum that could lower India’s jurisdictional tax arbitrage.

Without the privacy and data protection law, India’s regulation of Big Tech will be ad hoc

Concentration of power when it comes to discourse—what is promoted, shared or suppressed—should be more worrying than concentration of wealth.

India, Russia, Nigeria are all learning to suppress Twitter, Facebook from the US

The Nigerian Twitter ban should be a warning to US lawmakers and activist. Their efforts to rein in US-based social media giants risk restricting democratic freedoms worldwide.

Zuckerberg’s proposal for tech regulation isn’t as transparent as it looks

Facebook’s AI does not take the total amount of harmful content down, and the company doesn’t share how many people viewed it before it was removed.

Big tech firms can push Trump off social media but they can’t get rid of rage

Deplatforming Trump is likely to serve as a catalyst for creating alternatives to the service providers. It’s inevitable that unsavory communities will form on the internet.

Liberal democracies must worry about the power that Twitter, Facebook, Google have

Big Tech’s boycott of Donald Trump distracts from the real issue — the political power of social media.

Bans on Parler and Trump show the power Big Tech wields over web conversation

For years, large tech companies claimed to be content-neutral. Now, they are realising how much power they have over public conversation — including over apps they didn’t create.

On Camera

YourTurn

Apple needs to break out of its comfort zone with bold mega deals à la Microsoft

Historically, large M&A hasn’t been Apple’s style. However, with its resources, the company can certainly take the risk to transform its business and expand its capabilities.
V. Anantha Nageswaran

Who is V Anantha Nageswaran, new chief economic advisor? IIM-A grad, academic, PM’s ex-advisor

Nageswaran, who has taught at various B-schools in India and Singapore, takes charge days before the tabling of the Economic Survey and the Union Budget.

Defence

Representational image of Indian Navy ships | Photo: Commons

India carrying out more warship patrols than ever to catch China in crowded global seas

Estimated 125 foreign naval vessels are in the Indian Ocean at any given time, roughly 3 times the number deployed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks when the US invaded Afghanistan.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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