Democrats’ choice of Kamala Harris as VP candidate in US places Big Tech regulation at center stage

Introduction

Date: 4 September 2020. Duration: 13:49

As the US gears up for a crucial presidential vote in November, the announcement that Senator Kamala Harris was to be the Democratic vice-presidential nomination sparked intense interest among those observing developments in Silicon Valley. Harris’ background as a public official in California means that she has had to grapple with Big Tech’s often fraught relationship with antitrust and privacy enforcement. On antitrust, not too much is known about how Harris, if elected to office, would approach the challenges of regulating the online giants that grew up in and around her home in the San Francisco Bay Area. On privacy, however, Harris’ track record is solid, suggesting a tougher regulatory stance, should a Biden presidency become reality.

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