Public Perceptions Of Technology Companies And Possible Government Actions

Tuesday, March 8, 2022
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Technology, Economics, and Governance Working Paper 22101

Abstract: Bipartisan initiatives to regulate Big Tech continue to gain traction in Congress amidst allegations that these firms have stifled competition and mismanaged private data. This paper analyzes survey data from 2,048 American adults to examine whether public sentiments about US tech companies align with the dominant narratives in the media and on the Hill.

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This paper is published as part of the Technology, Economics, and Governance Working Group which seeks to understand the drivers and dynamics of technological innovation in the 21st century, assess the opportunities and risks that breakthrough technologies are creating, and develop governance approaches that maximize the benefits and mitigate the risks for the nation and the world. Facts and objective analysis are the keys to the approach.