https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/05/how-the-next-patent-office-director-could-shape-the-patent-system/


This Tuesday (April 27), a former Google employee turned critic of “Big Tech”, Tristan Harris, told a Senate committee that the business model of the largest social media companies, such as Facebook, Twitter and others, is “to create a society that is addicted, outraged polarized”. Holy Crap!

Big tech watchers…


My favorite part about writing this column, is when I discover something that really changes my perspective, my thinking, or my approach to a given topic.

I write mostly about the challenges (and opportunities) to society and government provided by Big Tech. We have all watched over the past few…


A recent story in MotherJones exposes what seems like it should be a much bigger story than its being made out to be. …


Bro culture, back-slapping, going out for drinks and talking about that hot secretary on the third floor and telling dirty jokes. We’ve all seen it. We’ve all been there. If you’re a man, no doubt you’ve actively or passively partaken in this culture. …


The Supreme Court recently heard arguments that involved the validity of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), which, as Bloomberg explains, has been described as the patent “death squad”. In fact, PTAB is responsible for killing some 2,000 patents since its founding in 2012. The conservative justices on the…


Earlier this week, Wikipedia, through its parent company the Wikipedia Foundation, announced a sea-change in its business-model — the nonprofit will start earning….some… profit.

Wikipedia announced the upcoming launch of Wikimedia Enterprise, which will work in tandem with Big Tech platforms like Google, Amazon, Apple and others, tailoring their product…


We tend to think of history, of human progress, as linear. We get better. We become more advanced. Companies get bigger, richer, more sophisticated. Things usually advance in one direction. Athletes get better. Empires conquer more territory. Until they don’t. Until they are stopped and pushed back. …


https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/media-code-is-thoughtful-brave-and-might-save-journalism/news-story/202ef43035904edb84ad7de4db3bcb5a

The past week saw some drama unfold “down under” when Facebook tried to flex its big tech muscles against the government of Australia.

Last year, for those not following, the Australian parliament set out to force big tech — in this case Facebook and Google — to pay news…


If you haven’t yet seen the latest Gallup survey, American public opinion is significantly turning on big tech. The latest survey compares American attitudes on big tech as well as to the level of government regulation. Frankly I’m not surprised and neither should you be. …

Casey Osbourne

Based in Denver, Casey covers tech, the tech industry, and society in the United States. Stories and inquiries at: osbournecasey@gmail.com

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