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Is it time to bust the data monopolies?

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If knowledge is power, the companies that collect user data have incredible amounts of it. On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about information monopolies – the megacorporations who harvest and profit from our personal information.

We’ll also talk about companies beyond social media (for instance, those free tax preparation services) whose business depends on access to our personal information. Can data privacy regulation protect us? Or is it time for digital-era monopoly-busting?


Kevin Carty, reporter and researcher at the Open Markets Institute, a research and advocacy group keeping tabs on corporate monopolies

Web Resources:

Vox: Elizabeth Warren has a great idea for making Tax Day less painful

New York Times: The Supreme Court Case That Could Give Tech Giants More Power

Washington Monthly: How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us

NY Times: I Downloaded the Information That Facebook Has on Me. Yikes.

Guardian US: Facebook must be restructured. The FTC should take these nine steps now

NY Post: Tech giants are the robber barons of our time