Big is bad. That sums up how many in Washington are thinking about tech in 2019. Tough trust-busting talk swirls through the growing Democratic presidential field and the halls of Congress, and antitrust experts warn that government inaction in the face of tech’s untrammelled bigness threatens competition, future innovation and democracy itself.
Unsurprisingly, tech leaders have pushed back. If American tech is hobbled by regulation and antitrust suits, they argue, the nation will cede the market to other less democratic actors, especially China.