Tech’s new Washington problem: Democrats

 

 

The Russia thing online, at least as far as I can see, and I could be wrong, is pretty small potatoes. But the powers that be see a chance to put the crush on the online networks that they think make it too easy to exchange information. Like the much loathed (by Democrats) talk radio, the Internet provides a forum for ideas. Sometimes for new ideas. Ideas that some people, like Senator Feinstein, (there’s a surprise) don’t like.

The information counter-revolution is in full effect all across the globe. The powers that be want to put the information genie back in the bottle. And I have to say I’m a little disappointed to see Senator Wyden on the wrong side of things here.

(From Axios)

Sen. Joe Manchin: “You all are one of the largest distributors of news…. You cannot allow this to go on. What you are allowing…is threatening the security, safety and really the sovereignty of this nation…. I wish your CEOs were here. They need to answer for this.”

Our thought bubble: While there’s no real threat of slapping new regulation on tech companies — other than possible political ad disclosure requirements — the fact that Democrats are publicly shaming tech companies signals a shift in how Washington views Silicon Valley.

It actually marks a shift in how Democrats see Silicon Valley. And perhaps more importantly how Silicon Valley sees Democrats.

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