Editorial

The case for breaking up Google

Never in the history of the world has a single company had so much control over what people know and think.

IDEAS | THE BIG TECH ISSUE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/14/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/split-hero.jpg Antitrust law never envisioned massive tech companies like Google

The US government used to break up monopolies. Now it lets them flourish. A new movement, alarmed by today’s tech giants, wants to bring antitrust law back to life.

IDEAS | THE BIG TECH ISSUE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/14/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Advance/Images/hero-scharf.jpg Why Facebook and Google should pay you for your data

Users’ clicks and posts built Facebook and Google’s online empires. Isn’t it time they got paid for their labor?

IDEAS | THE BIG TECH ISSUE

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Jonathan Taplin, author of “Move Fast and Break Things,” explains how tech giants could be regulated.

Ideas | The Big Tech Issue

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/14/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/hero-red.jpg When the GOP fought against monopolies

Republicans, in both Congress and the White House, led the way to finding an effective regulatory system for big businesses.

IDEAS | THE BIG TECH ISSUE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/20/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/jacoby_20131020.jpg Don’t break up Google — the market will sort everything out

Sooner or later, every Goliath is displaced by a David. That goes for Google, too. And it won’t require government intercession to make it happen.

IDEAS | THE BIG TECH ISSUE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/15/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/17Google-Privacy-big.jpg What Facebook can learn from academia about protecting privacy

Labs long ago worked out how to keep research data private. Tech companies should adopt their strategies.

ideas | the big tech issue

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/15/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/graham-1623.jpg In the YouTube era, can we still savor music?

Music used to be something you could touch. What does it mean to lose that connection?

Ideas | A.J.B. Lane

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/15/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/sqlane-1628.jpg The rise and fall of a tech bro

Everything started off so well . . .

Michael A. Cohen

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His Friday press conference was a cavalcade of lies, mischaracterizations, and breathtakingly inappropriate statements.

EDITORIAL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/14/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/AFP_15Z0AD.jpg The pipe dream to help Dreamers

The Republican House members who had been pushing for a common-sense, humane immigration plan have caved to House leadership and the Trump administration.

Brainiac

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/06/14/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/AdobeStock_146326472.jpeg Dreading automation

This week in Uncommon Knowledge: tweet analysis, racial awareness, and “doers” vs. “thinkers.”

Brainiac

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/02/15/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/e0adc53527db4678871b8ba190d35907-e0adc53527db4678871b8ba190d35907-0.jpg A perplexing pseudonym

Why would this researcher submit their findings under a false name?

Opinion | Christopher Weyant

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President Trump’s unusual diplomatic choices can be concerning.

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Ideas | The Big Tech Issue | Letters

How tech’s tendrils have gotten into readers’ lives

For the Ideas section’s special issue on big tech, readers wrote about the impact of technology on their lives.

EDITORIAL

New England Patriots show their patriotism

Three Patriots are scheduled to moderate a June 19 event to address social justice issues.

Letters

Pride, prejudice — and progress

Progress is cited in the path to equality for the LGBTQ community, but the effort continues.

Michael A. Cohen

Trump opens his mouth — and spews lies

His Friday press conference was a cavalcade of lies, mischaracterizations, and breathtakingly inappropriate statements.

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Brainiac

A perplexing pseudonym

Why would this researcher submit their findings under a false name?

Brainiac

Dreading automation

This week in Uncommon Knowledge: tweet analysis, racial awareness, and “doers” vs. “thinkers.”

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