Koch Brothers

Koch operation casts wary eye on tech regulation

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Koch network leader Brian Hooks and Charles Koch. Photo: The Seminar Network

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. The influence network led by billionaire Charles Koch is watching a growing push to regulate Big Tech firms with alarm.

The big picture: For the libertarian-oriented network of political and philanthropic groups, regulation is the enemy, and even though many others on the right bristle at what they see as anti-conservative bias by Big Tech platforms, the Koch crowd is not ready to cheer government intervention.

StoryCorps aims to counter online platforms' "scary" polarization

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The StoryCorps recording booth in Grand Central Terminal. Photo: ANDREW HOLBROOKE/Corbis via Getty Images

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, who has spent a large part of his career facilitating conversations between individuals in person, says the way large online platforms transform discourse “scares the s--- out of me.”

The big picture: Since its 2003 founding, StoryCorps has recorded conversations between people who know each other — preserving the interactions for posterity. In response to a moment of intense political polarization, it has started to record pairs of individuals from sharply different viewpoints talking with each other about their lives.