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    A proposal targeting Big Tech’s politics

    Chris White of the Daily Caller highlights a new proposal focusing on Big Tech’s political bias. Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley introduced legislation Wednesday that would force tech companies to prove their political neutrality or face increased liability for use-made content. Hawley introduced the Ending Support for Internet…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2019
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    Privacy and the social media giants

    Michael Brendan Dougherty of National Review Online describes efforts to reclaim privacy in a world dominated by social media giants. [W]e know that Facebook, Google, and other tech companies do things that are almost more insidious than responding to what we say in private. The scope of their…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2019
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    Who Reads the Fine Print?

    The answer, of course, is “nobody.” In a recent opinion piece in the New York Times, Kevin Litman-Navarro explains why. Here’s a chart that summarizes the results of his analysis of the privacy policy statements provided by 150 social media companies. : As the chart shows, while a handful of…
    Jon Guze, June 13, 2019
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    Conservatives and Big Tech censorship

    Emily Jashinsky writes for the Federalist about conservatives’ attitudes toward big tech companies’ censorship. One glaring lesson of the last four years is that making assumptions about the Republican electorate is a dangerous game. Yet I’m told in the pages of National Review it’s a “blunt truth” that…
    Mitch Kokai, June 11, 2019
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    Climate change as source of every possible weather event

    John Hinderaker of the Power Line blog notes climate alarmists’ willingness to attribute every possible weather-related peculiarity to climate change. I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the fact that Lake Superior and other Great Lakes were nearing record high levels this year. Which was bad, of…
    Mitch Kokai, June 10, 2019
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    Google this: anti-conservative bias

    Arthur Bloom of the Daily Caller highlights the latest dubious action from Google. The Republican Google engineer who penned an open letter about the company’s “outrage mobs” and “witch hunts” was fired on Friday, The Daily Caller has learned. Last Wednesday, Mike Wacker was put on paid administrative…
    Mitch Kokai, June 7, 2019
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    Chernobyl series succeeds despite creators’ intent

    Kyle Smith writes for National Review Online about the perhaps unexpected lessons to be learned from a new HBO miniseries. What Trump haters see in Chernobyl is this: Like the Soviet bureaucracy, Trump is hostile to the truth and won’t budge even when told he’s wrong. In the…
    Mitch Kokai, June 7, 2019
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    Cronyism wins when media get lazy

    Here's how media are often lazy in failing to recognize cronyism: they'll suspend their suspicion of big business getting cozy with government when that coziness coincides with their own political preferences.
    Jon Sanders, June 6, 2019