The next four years: where tech will stand with the Biden-Harris administration

With a new President moving into the White House in January, what will the tech industry look like under the new administration?

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A little over a week after his victory speech, US President-Elect Joe Biden sat down virtually with several CEOs from major companies and union leaders. Sitting in on the meeting was Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella, giving him early access to the Biden and Harris team with an opportunity to see the lay of the land for the next four years. It is access that Nadella and others will be keen to maintain because while the occupant of the White House may be changing, the rising regulatory tide against tech isn’t.

The same week of that meeting, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey were sitting down once again to be grilled by lawmakers. The tech bosses were testifying before Senate to answer questions about how their platforms managed misinformation and interference in the election earlier that month.

It was the latest such hearing. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Google’s Sundar Pichai also sat before lawmakers earlier this year to answer questions around antitrust.

During the Trump presidency there was a drastic shift in attitudes towards big tech with misinformation, fake news, cybersecurity and hacking all becoming more prevalent issues. It has served to highlight the vast empires that just a small number of big tech companies have amassed.

While the European Union has pursued several high-profile competition and taxation cases against Google, Amazon, Apple and others. That same stance has gathered steam in the US. Tech and its influence on politics, national security and the environment will all be front of mind for the Biden and Harris administration.

Just weeks before election day, the Department of Justice filed its antitrust suit against Google, accusing the tech giant of “unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices” in search and advertising.

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