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How to Save Democracy From Technology

How to Save Democracy From Technology

January 5, 2021

The internet economy has produced digital platforms of enormous economic and social significance.

These platforms—specifically, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and Apple—now play central roles in how millions of Americans obtain information, spend their money, communicate with fellow citizens, and earn their livelihoods.

The Program on Democracy and the Internet at Stanford University convened a working group in January 2020 to consider the scale, scope, and power exhibited by the digital platforms, study the potential harms they cause, and, if appropriate, recommend remedial policies. MS&E Professor Ashish Goel was a member of the working group and a co-author of its report along with political scientist Francis Fukuyama and colleagues.

Read the group's full report, hosted by the Freeman Spogli Institute's Cyber Policy Center.

Foreign Affairs also published this article on the group's work.

And Promarket, a publication of the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, published this Q&A-style interview with Fukuyama about the report.