South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is one of Silicon Valley’s wealthiest donors ‘ famous 2020 candidates, but taking their money will not dissuade him from controlling Big Tech, he said on the latest episode of Recode Decode With Kara Swisher.
“The internet began as this delicate flower had to be born and we had to let it see where it would go,” Buttigieg said. “We now know where it will go, and it’s time to put it in the guardrails.”
Among Buttigieg’s ideas for tech regulation are: a national data protection policy that ensures the Internet’s “right to be forgotten;” recognition of Uber drivers and other gig economy workers as employees with the right to unionize; and more vigorous oversight of companies such as Facebook when trying to acquire smaller competitors such as WhatsApp and Instagram.
“If something doesn’t have a service charge, that doesn’t mean it can multiply without damage indefinitely,” he said. “One thing you might look at is when companies with such a size and power propose mergers, you presume it’s unconstitutional and force them to bear the burden of demonstrating it should be allowed instead of the other way around.”
Below is a video of an interview of Pete Buttigieg with Kara Swisher