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Brazil’s Election Is Yet Another Indication That Facebook Is Too Big to Manage

Facebook’s failure to curb the massive disinformation campaign that preceded Jair Bolsonaro’s election victory shows that it is unable to control the dangerous consequences...

Digital Platforms’ Targeting Tools Are Opaque and Potentially Dangerous

A lawsuit claims that Facebook inflated video metrics to lure advertisers. Facebook denies, but it's worth noting that it would be much easier for...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (October 14-20)

Facebook's WhatsApp finds itself at the center of Brazil's political upheaval; the EU is pushing ahead with its planned tax on tech platforms; Trump’s replacement for...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (October 1-7)

Brazil's business community rallies around far-right authoritarian; Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh enters the Supreme Court; Amazon raises its minimum wage to $15 an hour;...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (September 22–29)

Facebook’s bad week included a new security breach, high-profile resignations and damaging exposés; tech giants are spending billions on physical infrastructure and lobbying for...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (September 7–16)

Is the government's response to the 2008 financial crisis responsible for the rise of populism in the US and Europe?; the real Google censorship...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (September 1–7)

Google skips Congressional hearing, potentially making a “strategic mistake of virtually incalculable proportions”; Jon Kyl’s “ethical baggage”; new research finds telecom companies are slowing...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (August 25–September 1)

As Trump ramps up his attacks on Google, Sen. Orrin Hatch asks the FTC to revisit its investigation of the company; as Facebook finally...

Editors’ Briefing: This Week in Political Economy (August 11–18)

Elizabeth Warren’s new bill seeks to radically alter US corporate governance; America’s top CEOs earned 312 times more than their average workers last year; regulators...

Would Sen. Warner’s Ambitious Plan to Regulate Social Media Giants “Ruin” the Internet—Or Save it?

Sen. Mark Warner’s proposals to regulate social media platforms are by far the most ambitious to come from Congress. We gathered three experts to...

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