The Politics of Tech is Usually Pretty Simple

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Whenever you read about some kind of political dispute over a tech issue, you should be aware that it’s almost certainly really a fight among two or more of the following four groups:

  • Telcos
  • Cable companies
  • Hollywood
  • Silicon Valley

Everything else is just fluff. There are occasional exceptions, but these four are usually all that matter.

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