Rachel Bovard is The Federalist’s senior tech columnist and the senior director of policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute. She has more than a decade of policy experience in Washington and has served in both the House and Senate in various roles, including as a legislative director and policy director for the Senate Steering Committee under the successive chairmanships of Sen. Pat Toomey and Sen. Mike Lee. She also served as director of policy services for The Heritage Foundation.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made a startling revelation: major social media platforms take direction from the government in deciding what content to suppress, amplify, or remove.
In 2020 alone, Facebook and Amazon spent more money on lobbyists than did Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing—major players in the defense-industrial complex.
In addition to censorship, interpretations of Section 230 have allowed Big Tech to escape accountability for enabling horrendous trafficking.
For years, tech companies have relied on rich lobbying budgets and networks of policy groups to shield them from any consequences. That time is over.
The ‘techlash’ is finally more than just strongly worded letters, pointed questions with little follow-through, or made-for-YouTube chest-thumping at congressional hearings.
Amazon’s merger with MGM may not run afoul of our nation’s current antitrust regime, but it is a question for our politics, and our policymakers, whether it should.
Despite some genuinely charming anecdotes, ‘On the House’ proves former GOP Speaker of House John Boehner still just doesn’t get it.
Senate Democrats intend to erode as many barriers around the reconciliation process as possible. Now, it looks like they’ve cleared the first hurdle.
Girls in South Dakota may have to wait for a leader who will resist woke corporate power, but all GOP politicians should learn from Gov. Kristi Noem’s failure.
Leaked documents from the FTC’s 2012 investigation of Google show exactly what is wrong with the state of American antitrust enforcement.
If any single platform can be fingered as the favorite of the rioters, it appears to be Facebook. Yet Facebook remains unmolested by app stores and untargeted by opportunistic politicians.
Party leaders expelling anyone who disagrees as a ‘threat to democracy’ will not end conspiracy theories. It will only encourage them.
If conservatives want to preserve access to the online infrastructure of commerce and speech, they’re going to have to break up Big Tech.
Far from being a helpless minority, Senate Republicans are in a powerful position to leverage their consent for key priorities from their voters.
In all Trump gave us — the good, the bad, the hilarious, and the unsettling — his administration brought much-needed clarity to the GOP and the country.
It’s not enough to kick conservatives off of Twitter. Narrative control is the goal. Any alternative, any other avenue of ‘freer’ speech, must be shut down.
That a fair and equitable market in tech is threatened by Big Tech’s dominance is a conclusion that is difficult to dismiss.
Lawmakers have a duty to protect the American way of life. The upcoming hearing with Big Tech is an opportunity members of Congress can’t afford to waste.
Amazon’s reputation as a company that puts profits over people is becoming disturbingly clear in the corporation’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The plan is a smokescreen for Google to eliminate its competition, engage in monopolistic behavior, and hoard even more personally identifiable data on its users.
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