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Tech Is Not Representative Government

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Illustration shows a robot hand gripping a smartphone.

Credit: Erik Carter

Americans are treating tech companies like a substitute for effective representative government. It should not be this way. It is true that corporations are a major force in our lives, and a few digital superpowers act like consequential global actors, at times on par with governments.

But it is strange to both worry that big tech has too much power and sometimes demand that the companies fix what we do not like about the world. Corporate action is not a substitute for effective government.

From The New York Times
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