TWiT 793: The J to J Protocol - Amy Webb and Cory Doctorow Fix All the Problems of Big Tech
2 hr 17 min

Amy Webb and Cory Doctorow Fix All the Problems of Big Tech

  • The dangers of dystopian thinking
  • The dangers of utopian thinking
  • Why we need an Office of Strategic Assessment vs why we need to break up monopolies
  • Is the problem that the government can't write sensible regulation?
  • Where should tech policy come from? Technologists? Smart people in government?
  • Is the problem that the government lacks knowledge? Or that people in general lack knowledge? Or that they refuse to be knowledgeable?
  • Bashing tech has become cool. Here's why that's dangerous.
  • Lead in the water in Flint and binge drinking in Britain
  • What is "The Problem" of Big Tech? Could we write a law to fix it?
  • Should companies fear lawsuits?
  • Is there a better way to make people and companies do things than regulation?
  • Is California Prop 24 a step in the right direction?
  • is Inrupt a step in the right direction?
  • Privacy as a luxury good
  • Five Eyes, Japan, and Australia want to end encryption, but privacy is still important
  • Happy Rosh Hashanah!
  • We need more public intellectuals. But there is a danger in being intellectual. And Jewish.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Cory Doctorow and Amy Webb

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