By B.N. Frank
Big Tech is more powerful than ever in the U.S. One example – the “Race for 5G” is picking up speed despite deployment moratoriums in other countries, increasing American opposition, and expert warnings (see 1, 2, 3, 4). In August, President Trump reintroduced his proposal for a nationalized 5G network. The DoD wants to own it (with help from Google). In fact, the DoD wants to control the whole Electromagnetic Spectrum! But would it be safer in their hands than the corrupt and “captured” Federal Communications Commission (FCC)? (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
So if/when Biden takes office, it may be same Big Tech shit – different day from his administration. Of course, it could also be a whole lot worse.
From the New York Post:
Joe Biden Taps Tech Execs for White House Transition Team
President-elect Joe Biden has tapped at least a dozen staffers at major tech companies to help with his transition into the White House.
The techies — many of whom previously worked in the Obama administration — are among dozens of people on Biden’s so-called agency review teams tasked with taking stock of the government’s operations before he takes office.
The appointments mean Silicon Valley veterans will have a hand in shaping the Biden administration’s approach to a wide range of federal functions, from developing trade policy to supporting small businesses.
That could continue once the transition is complete — former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is under consideration to run a tech industry task force in the Biden White House, according to the Financial Times (paywall).
The president-elect also found spots for some Big Tech critics. Gene Kimmelman of the watchdog group Public Interest and Sarah Miller of the American Economic Liberties Project — who have pushed for more antitrust scrutiny of tech giants’ practices — will serve on review panels for the Justice Department and the Treasury, respectively.
While no current Facebook employees made it onto the list, it does include Andrew Nacin and Austin Lin of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the charity started by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.
So will our incoming legislators and government employees finally rescue “America the Beautiful” from the suffocating clutches of Big Tech and Big Telecom? Or will they continue to do their bidding at the enormous expense of the public?
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