China hamstrings its Big Tech

A black and white drawing depicting a mechanic crouched in a workshop doorway, clutching a wrench, confronting a giant, menacing robot with an American flag over one side of its chest and an old AT&T ‘Death Star’ logo over the other. Image: Leslie Illingworth/Punch Magazine, ca 1955 (modified)

The Chinese state is continuing its crackdown on its Big Tech giants, banning the use of machine learning to set per-customer prices, control search results, or filter content. As Will Knight and Jennifer Conrad write for Wired, the regulation covers “ride-hailing, ecommerce, streaming, and social media.”

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