Five Big Tech antitrust bills were introduced in the House Judiciary Committee today; they're the most significant antitrust effort in more than half a century, and they cover a lot of ground.
There's a bill to ban "self-preferencing" (when a company-run marketplace pushes its inferior products over its rivals' superior ones); another to block anticompetitive acquisitions; a bill to block "walled garden"; and a bill to fund the FTC to police all this stuff.
Although there's ways to go such as getting through the Assembly, the New York State Senate has become the first legislative body in the US to pass a #RightToRepair law. https://www.vice.com/en/article/93y3np/new-york-senate-passes-electronics-right-to-repair-legislation
“What am I Drinking?” for jasmaz, Frostie Orange https://live.toobnix.org/videos/watch/b9e047cc-9e85-42ae-a901-0a18c97421b1
Next Tuesday, I'm giving a workshop in collaboration with Phoenix's Changing Hands bookstore: "All the Teachable Things I Know About Writing":
Thanks to the bipartisan consensus that monopolies are good, actually, the entire wireless sector has merged into four companies, each more incompetent - and structurally important - than the last.
The combination of size, importance and incompetence is deadly indeed. These companies know where we go, who we talk to...everything about us. We entrust them with our public safety and national security. The person who hijacks your phone hijacks your life.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko