Lawmakers on Friday debated an antitrust bill that would give news publishers collective bargaining power with online platforms like Facebook and Google, putting the spotlight on a proposal aimed at chipping away at the power of Big Tech.
The Australian government’s News Media Bargaining Code, where Facebook and Google have been coerced to pay money to many news outlets, has been in the news recently. But the folks at Juice Media have taken a comical look at what they’re calling the News Corp Media Bargaining Code. It’s hilarious, and the best analysis of the code you’ll find anywhere.
The last time Senator Amy Klobuchar, the Minnesota Democrat, sat in the majority, her party was fawning over Silicon Valley. Lawmakers praised the ingenuity of Facebook and Amazon, while President Barack Obama and regulators fought alongside Google and Twitter to protect the growth of internet businesses.
Satellites – once the poor relation of broadband providers, considered the slowest, most expensive option and a real last resort – have become the hot favourite in the race to connect the world in places land-based internet does not reach.