European policymakers have proposed the most comprehensive regulations for the internet ever. At stake are not just the parameters within which companies like Facebook operate in future, but the experience Europeans have when they open their phones or fire up their laptops, the competitiveness of European companies, and the potential for future Googles or Alibabas to emerge on European soil.

Getting this right matters. Europe’s new Digital Services Act (DSA), Digital Markets Act (DMA), and the recently proposed AI regulations, are a big deal for all European businesses and all businesses that operate here. Legislators estimate it might take a…


Around the world, lawmakers are writing the new rules of the internet. In Europe, India, Australia, the UK and elsewhere, laws are being proposed governing everything from privacy and content, to the size and competitiveness of technology companies and how data is held, shared and used at scale.

This is a good thing — regulation is overdue. For too long, many of these important issues have been left to private companies to deal with alone. Far from resisting regulation, Facebook has advocated it in a number of areas for some time now.

President Biden has called for a global alliance…


In a recent article for The Atlantic, Adrienne LaFrance compared Facebook to a Doomsday Machine: “a device built with the sole purpose of destroying all human life.” In the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, the filmmakers imagine a digital control room where engineers press buttons and turn dials to manipulate a teenage boy through his smartphone. In her book Surveillance Capitalism, the Harvard social psychologist Shoshana Zuboff paints a picture of a world in which tech companies have constructed a massive system of surveillance that allows them to manipulate people’s attitudes, opinions and desires.

In each of these dystopian depictions…

Nick Clegg

Vice President of Global Affairs, Facebook. Former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, leader of the Liberal Democrats, member of Parliament.

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