Over the last three years, tech's relationship with American politics got a lot harder. (If that was possible.)
From "Angry Conservatives" to "Disillusioned Liberals," Nextgov says the Trump Era has created a coalition of groups dead set on pressuring the technology industry:
At a broad ideological level, two things have happened. First, the idea of cyberspace, a transnational, individualistic, largely unregulated, and free place that was not exactly located in any governmental domain, has completely collapsed.
Second, the mythology of tech as the carrier of progress has imploded, just as it did for the robber barons of the late 19th century, ushering in the trust-busting era.
While Big Tech companies try to establish a new reason for their privileged treatment and existence (hint: screaming “CHINA!”), they are vulnerable to attacks on their business practices that suddenly make sense.