This election will set the course for tech policy for years to come
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There’s a lot riding on the 2020 election, and that’s no less true for the tech industry. Criticism has become bipartisan over the past four years. There was wide support for an antitrust lawsuit against Google, for example. But on other issues the parties and candidates differ profoundly, like on their views over how tech platforms should or should not control users’ speech, their legal liabilities and net neutrality. Host Sabri Ben-Achour speaks with Issie Lapowsky, a senior reporter at Protocol.
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