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The EU vs Silicon Valley
EU Preps for War Against the Internet
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  • f1b0nacc1

    “…while Europe prepares a tech sector of its own”? Have you lost your mind? This is 2015, and the tech revolution is in its 4th decade, while the EUnicks still haven’t a tech sector of their own? They have one, it is simply incapable of competing, hobbled by overregulation, lobotomized by a fetish for central planning, stultified a toxic financial environment, and starved of talent in a culture that regards competition and success as vaguely ugly if the ‘wrong people’ do it. Europe has literally had decades to ‘prepare a tech sector of its own’, but has chosen not to do so and apparently has little desire to do so in the future. As you point out yourself, tech is disruptive and the EUnicks HATE disruption….they want to retire in peace and slowly decline without being bothered. Now that it is becoming clear to them that they cannot simply ignore tech and hope it will go away, they are trying to control it….good luck…

    • Andrew Allison

      Right on. The only result of the caving of the EU to demands by the established telecoms providers will be higher costs for the consumers whom it supposedly represents.

    • Boritz

      But wait, there is a solution to these woes. Telework will allow them to achieve higher productivity while cutting costs in both time and money……..

  • Anna Serbon


    W moim wypadku mi

    bardzo pomógł ta web stronański-przez-skype

    Szukałam fachowców, które nie tylko znają że robią, ale i mają konieczne
    jakości, z doświadczeniem pracy i z ogromnym bagażem wiedz i umiejętności. Jeśli Państwu trzeba korepetytora z języka ukraińskiego,”native speaker” nośnik mowy doradzam tę stronę internetową. Tam prawdziwi fachowcy, bardzo
    odpowiedzialny podchodzą do swojej pracy nie tylko z dorosłymi ale i z dziećmi.
    I całkiem możliwy do przyjęcia koszt. tak że spróbujcie)) język ukraiński bardzo łatwo mi poszedł po Skype zajęciach )

    Można otrzymać lekcje online Skype za darmo!

    nauka na Skypa jest bardzo efektywna !


    • Corlyss

      You can say THAT again!

  • Corlyss

    “The combination of powerful companies threatened with disruption, fear of U.S. power”
    Well! That is refreshing to hear!

    “The world will never love us. They respect us – they might even grow to fear us. But they will never love us, for we have too much audacity!”

  • FriendlyGoat

    It’s usually a good idea for citizens anywhere to “regulate and control companies and industries that look to be taking over the world”, since being otherwise “taken over” is sort of a big deal.

    • Andrew Allison

      You are, as usual, confusing the issue. It’s not citizens who are attempting to regulate industries that are taking over the world, it’s the established telecom monopolies who are attempting to protect their interests. I’d have thought that you could have figured that out.

      • FriendlyGoat

        There is, no doubt, some of that. But the next to last paragraph points out that “governments everywhere, including in the U.S., are becoming uneasy with the massive and as yet poorly understood power that tech companies can accumulate through the immense amounts of data they collect”. Governments are citizens in concert.

    • Angel Martin

      that’s right. the EU needs to put Netscape in its place before it completely dominates the internet.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    This is a stupid action for the EU to take and will push them further behind as the free market leaves them in its dust. As I have said many times before, it’s the “Feedback of Competition” that forces continuous improvements in Quality, Service, and Price, in a free market. Government Monopolies and all Monopolies even limited Monopolies just stagnate and decay without the “Feedback of Competition”.

  • Anthony

    “Green with envy at what Silicon Valley and its tech wizards have done
    not only for the American economy, but for the competitive position of
    American firms and the military and intel power of the U.S. government,
    many in Europe want to block Google, Amazon, et al. while Europe
    prepares a tech sector of its own.”

    This is precisely what China has done. There wouldn’t be an Alibaba if it hadn’t been protected from Ebay and Amazon for a long time by the Chinese government. Ditto for things like “youkoo” as opposed to youtube.

    It’s also worth noting that some Europeans countries, particularly the Scandinavians
    , are generally opposed to protectionism.

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