Big money eyes the Big Tech debate

eBay founder Pierre Omidyar gazes into the distance
eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Photo: James Leynse/Corbis via Getty Images

A Silicon Valley titan is putting big money behind exploring his industry's broad societal impact: eBay founder Pierre Omidyar is backing the the newly-formed Center for Humane Technology as it elevates the debate about tech addiction.

Why it matters: Technology giants have long funded a wide range of non-profits and advocacy groups that share their viewpoints. Now money from an unlikely mix of sources is starting to flow to their critics as well, helping to stoke the "techlash" flames.