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Digital Markets Act is E.U.’s Attempt to Limit Big Tech

Digital Markets Act is E.U.’s Attempt to Limit Big Tech

The Digital Markets Act is the European Union’s most far-reaching piece of legislation since it passed its strict privacy laws in 2018. The law tackles the power of the leading tech companies and redefines the way app stores, digital marketing, online retail, and messaging platforms operate.

The legislation is designed to stop the biggest tech tools from using their correlated services and substantial resources to entrap users and defeat developing competitors. Practically speaking, big companies like Google will not be allowed to garner data from various services and then offer targeted ads without explicit users’ consent. Apple will have to accept alternatives besides its own App Store on its devices.

Europe is quickly emerging as an assertive controller of tech companies. If previous patterns are to be the guide, similar policies can be expected in other countries around the world. It also means that big tech is entering a new age of supervision, similar to those in health, banking, and transportation. When the law takes effect, it will come with hefty fines for violators: up to 20 percent of a company’s global revenue.

U.S. Museum Workers Unionizing Despite Labor Movement Slump

National union membership has reached historic lows; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10.3% of employed Americans are members of a union. And yet, over the past few years, workers at more than ten American art museums have formed unions to improve their wages and conditions of employment. In 2020, some 250 curators, stewards, conservators, guides,… Continue Reading

NYC to Track Vacancies, Support Small Businesses

New York City is building a database of vacant storefronts to help small business owners find appropriate spaces. The city’s rising rents and recent trends favoring online shopping have resulted in a vacancy crisis. The five bills passed in July 2019 as part of this effort require yearly reporting on storefront vacancies, updates on the… Continue Reading

The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner

Launched in 1945, the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner (also referred to as the Al Smith Dinner), raises money for US-based Catholic charities which support New York’s “neediest children… regardless of race, creed, or color.”  Since Al Smith himself grew up poverty-stricken, but became a huge success in life as a four-time NY Governor… Continue Reading