Europe takes on the tech giants

Silicon Valley is where the brainiest ideas meet the smartest money. Even so, if you want to understand where the world’s most powerful industry is heading, look not to Washington and California, but to Brussels and Berlin. Our cover this week reports on how the European Union is pioneering a distinct tech doctrine that aims to give individuals control over their own information and the profits from it, and to prise open tech firms to competition. The EU is edging towards cracking the big-tech puzzle in a way that empowers consumers, not the state or secretive monopolies. If it finds the answer, Americans should not hesitate to copy it. (The Economist)

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