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By Mitchell Baker

Last Thursday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg broke her silence on the Cambridge Analytica scandal and said, “We’re open to regulation.” Founder Mark Zuckerberg made similar comments to CNN the day before.

And earlier this month, Google announced a $300 million initiative to address the rise of false information online. “The last thing you want as a search engine is to see the open internet become a race to the bottom,” Philipp Schindler, Google’s Chief Business Officer, declared.

“Techlash” is having an impact. With growing awareness of threats to privacy, access and innovation, as well as increasing suspicion of super-conglomerates in the areas of search, content, e-commerce and social media, we’re finally seeing pervasive pessimism yield some change. …


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