The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)—a Washington D.C.-based lobby group that boasts Google, Amazon, and Microsoft among its many clients—is telling governments to think twice about establishing laws to regulate AI. But given mounting safety, ethical, and social justice concerns, is that such a good idea?
Did you know that Comcast ghostwrites endorsement letters from politicians to the Federal Communications Commission about its awful merger with Time Warner Cable? Like, a Comcast flack literally puts words in local leaders' mouths and then uses them as evidence that America likes this merger.
Who's spending the most to win the hearts and minds of Congress in the war on net neutrality? Verizon and AT&T, of course. Followed by—guess who?—Comcast. In other words, the companies that stand to lose money if the internet remains free and open are trying to shut it down.
Comcast got caught out acting the bully and trying to silence a small-time critic. It's yet another reason to worry how the newly merged entity might abuse its power.
Yikes. While the amounts are only tiny fractions of their revenues, major tech companies are spending quite a bit of money on lobbying. Hell, apparently "Google's lobbying is half what it spends on advertising." [BI]
A new administration means revamped lobbying operations from Verizon, AT&T and other carriers. Last year, Verizon spent $9.3 million on lobbying, while AT&T spent $8.2 million. The WSJ says they're already on track to spend more this year as they beef up their operations—and you gotta figure the way the new chairman…