While US lawmakers still mostly talk about regulating the tech industry, their counterparts in Europe have been much more active. From consumer privacy protection and content moderation to antitrust monitoring, the European Union has introduced a series of new rules targeting Silicon Valley's largest companies and on business practices that allowed them to gather so much power. The investigations have been multiplied, as have the fines.
While some observers are cheering on these measures as a necessary correction of the Silicon Valley surplus, others argue that European regulations are overly burdensome and may have even more harmful, unintended effects. (Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg voiced this criticism in a comprehensive speech at Georgetown University last week.)
Intelligence Squared US, the long-standing public radio program, has gathered four experts to discuss this issue tonight. Following the usual format of the show, the group will split up and take sides over a movement, in this case, "Europe has declared war on American technology companies." Required for the movement are Roslyn Layton, a visiting researcher at the American Enterprise Institute, and TechFreedom's Berin Szóka. Opponents of them are former MEP Marietje Schaake, now at Stanford's Cyber Policy Center, and Ramesh Srinivasan, director of the UC Digital Cultures Lab in Los Angeles.
See the debate here:
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