Google is currently in court over an antitrust order filed in 2018 by the European Union. Along with the order, it received a nearly $5 billion fine after the tech giant was accused of allegedly using unfair tactics to crush any competing search engines, creating a monopoly in the market. Google is denying this, with its lawyers arguing that folks just really, really like using its search engine and nothing nefarious was happening.
THE RETURN OF tech conferences began not with a bang, but a whisper. It was the first day of Code Conference, and Kara Swisher—one of the most prominent voices in technology criticism—had lost her voice. She welcomed attendees back, after a Covid hiatus, in a Marge Simpson rasp.
Author Mohammed Massoud Morsi likened his to a “Kalashnikov on semi-automatic…Nudge, Nudge, Nudge. Nudge. Nudge, Nudge.” Human rights lawyer Diana Sayed replied that hers functions as a to-do list that is emptied on the regular. And when editor Caitlin Chang revealed that her inbox is sitting at over 1,000 and counting (she says she only ever reads the ones at the top, as they’re probably the most important), someone’s response to her was, “I threw up a little in my mouth”.
This isn’t an epiphany — since Facebook, Instagram and other platforms like Snapchat and TikTok have taken the world by storm, it’s been evident to teachers and parents that the sites may not be healthy for children and teens. In fact, they’re probably not good for anyone’s mental health, regardless of their age.