Debates have raged for years of whether and to what extent Big Tech - often known as the Big Four (Amazon, Meta/Facebook, Google and Apple) - should be regulated. As Rob Cox, global editor for Reuters Breakingviews, says in this episode: “The horse has bolted on this one”.
So the matter turns to what kind of regulations should be put in place and for what purpose. Will regulation only serve to shore up Big Tech interests like the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act did for Wall Street in 2010, or will it force greater accountability, transparency, and end user protection as legislation like GDPR hoped to in Europe?
Ailish Campbell, ambassador to the European Union with Global Affairs Canada and Christian Lanng, co-founder and CEO of supply chain startup Tradeshift, debated these issue as they spoke on Centre Stage at Web Summit 2021, moderated by Rob Cox.
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