@pluralistic It turns out that Tim Wu made the surveillance-monopoly connection ... in 2013:
"Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier"
These days, America has one dominant search engine, one dominant social-networking site, and four phone companies. The structure of the information industry often goes unnoticed, but it has an enormous effect on the ease with which the government spies on citizens. The remarkable consolidation of the communications and Web industries into a handful of firms has made spying much simpler and, therefore, more likely to happen. ...
Great explanation and examples.
@dredmorbius Yup - Tim and I have known each other since elementary school. He's got a lot of smart things to say.
@pluralistic Right, I know you know him.
And that he's been hitting the beat on monopoly, tech giants, and ills, for ages. Left him off my earlier top-of-mind shout-out, but he's one of the "others" I had in mind.
News is that he beat me to the punch on tying at least one of the ills to monopoly directly, on similar logic to that I'd just stumbled into.
If you can't be the first to an idea, reinventing one earlier suggested by an expert in the field, and extending or expanding it, isn't bad.
Also credit where due, and learn from others.
Apologies for polluting your notifs, but I share your interests and background. Past decade or so has seen a lot of change in my viewpoints.
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