What Biden means for Big Tech—and Google in particular

What Biden means for Big Tech—and Google in particular

Technology policy is not a priority for the president-elect, but the government’s lawsuit against Google will continue.

Throughout his campaign to win the White House, President-elect Joe Biden has been relatively quiet about the technology industry. 

In a revealing January 2020 interview with the New York Times editorial board, Biden said that he wanted to revoke Section 230; suggested that he disagreed with how friendly the Obama administration became with Silicon Valley; and referred to tech executives as “little creeps” who displayed an “overwhelming arrogance.” But internet companies have also been among his campaign’s top 10 donors, technology industry insiders joined his campaign, and incoming vice president Kamala Harris has long-standing ties to Silicon Valley as a former district attorney in San Francisco. 

Aside from broadband access, climate policy, and the coronavirus response, however, technology may not be high on Biden’s list of priorities, says Gigi Sohn, who served as counselor to Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler during the Obama administration.