A storm has erupted around the dismissal of Barry Lynn, a Silicon Valley critic, from his Google-funded think tank. We have every reason to be concerned
- Marshall Steinbaum is a Fellow and Research Director at the Roosevelt Institute, where he researches market power and inequality
Barry Lynn is an outspoken critic of the concentration of power in Silicon Valley. As of this week, he is more than that. He’s a dissident, rousted out and crushed by the might of Big Tech’s accumulated economic, political and intellectual power.
Lynn, who is a professional colleague, worked for a major Washington think tank – New America – which publishes policy recommendations on how to regulate the tech industry. It receives a considerable amount of money from Google, a company which Lynn and his team have repeatedly criticized. That uncomfortable fact is why his dismissal made waves in Washington DC and beyond.