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27 Jan 2020

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Sebastian Herrera, The Wall Street Journal

Tech giants’ new appeal to governments: Please regulate us

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Top executives of big technology companies are presenting global policy makers with an unusual message from an industry once antagonistic to government intervention: Regulate us. Facing antitrust investigations and a growing backlash over privacy, encryption, artificial intelligence and content monitoring, leaders at tech giants including Alphabet Inc., Microsoft Corp., Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. are now calling for new laws on a range of issues—even though some have worked to torpedo others designed to restrict their activities... Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella said... “These are the kinds of things that need to arrive at legislative solutions, versus individual CEOs of individual companies having to sort of come up with answers to what is a big, massive, societal challenge.”... Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has called for a federal law expanding consumers’ rights over their data, while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said regulators globally should set clearer rules around online content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. He has also endorsed federal privacy legislation... “There is no question in my mind that artificial intelligence needs to be regulated,” Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said in a policy speech ... [I]n Davos, International Business Machines Corp. Chief Executive Ginni Rometty introduced the IBM Policy Lab, which she said is an initiative to recommend new policies for some of the thorniest challenges in technology... “Government can’t do this alone by any stretch,” she said. “The first rule would be: Regulate use of technology, not the technology itself.”

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