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Essays – Benedict Evans

When tech says ‘no’ — Benedict Evans

Benedict Evans

2023-08-24 11:34:26

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Summary

This article discusses the tendency for people in various industries, including the tech industry, to instinctively push back against new regulations. It outlines three reasons why these industries might say ‘no’ – because they simply don’t like it, because they believe it will have serious negative consequences, or because the demands are genuinely impossible to meet. The author argues that policy-makers need to understand the root of the ‘no’ in order to create effective regulations that are feasible and beneficial for all parties involved.

Key Themes

1. Regulation Pushback: The reluctance of industries, such as the tech industry, to accept new regulations.
2. Negative Consequences: The potential for new regulations to have unintended serious negative effects, as seen in California’s AB5 law.
3. Feasibility of Demands: The recognition that some demands from policy-makers may not be technically or logistically feasible, such as the request for secure encryption with a backdoor access.

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