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.
In addition to making us scared, unemployed, humorless, and dumb, the tidal wave of wokeness is redefining our economy.
Claims that any federal policy changes toward Google would “help China win” should be treated with immense skepticism.
If you are bullying someone’s employer into terminating them within hours of tweeting a meaningless video, you are not powerless or oppressed.
Though Mark Zuckerberg publicly claims that Facebook’s more than 3 billion users are all equal on his platform, in practice some users are more equal than others.
Crisis actors in the media contributed to the hysteria, uncritically sharing a story with a claim so facially outrageous and thinly sourced that it should never have made it to print.
This is a full-on attempt to remake the American economy, the labor markets, blow off our immigration laws, rewrite the tax code, and alter the relationship between the government, and those it governs.
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.
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