Politics is not a new feature at South By Southwest, framtidsfestivalen which every year attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to take part of news and trends in digital development, film, games and music. Three years ago was president Barack Obama on the spot, last year it was Vermont senator Bernie Sanders one of the draws, to take just two examples.
in 2019, however, is exceptional, both for the amount of politicians and presidential candidates on the spot - and for it in the first place are the female names that dominate. The democratic senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar are both key points in the official program, as well as congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and recently declared presidential candidates like former Colorado-governor John Hickenlooper, Maryland's John Delaney, Indiana Pete Buttigieg, tänkbare independent candidate and Starbucks ceo Howard Schultz and a handful of name.Amy Klobuchar is interviewed during the SXSW in Texas. Photo: Chris Maluszynski
a number of other heavyweight politicians appear during the weekend, from California senator Kamala Harris to the Texas private Beto O'rourke, who was present at the premiere of the documentary film ”Running with Beto', but continued to answer the avoidance - albeit increasingly less convincing - as to whether he himself intends to stand as a candidate in the presidential election.
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There are several explanations that Austin attracts so much, right now. First, the democratic success in the mellanårsvalet in Texas, even if it's not stretched all the way to the Beto O'rourke, and the fact that Texas is one of the nyckelstater that hold primaries on ”Super Tuesday” in march next year - and no one wants to risk being forgotten in the face of it.
and social medieaktiva the audience at SXSW is, in itself, also highly interesting to all the presidential candidates, not just because it mostly is clearly liberal and lean to the left, but to teknologijättarnas responsibility has become such a big political question of fact, after the scandals around companies like Facebook and Google and the battle about the location of Amazon's new headquarters.
The most obvious has taken the opportunity to shake teknologibranschen was Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, who launched his presidential candidacy a month ago.
In a blog post Friday on the site Medium, she hits attached to her administration, if she is elected, will break apart the giants Google, Facebook and Amazon. ”They have too much power over our economy, our society and our democracy - and they run over all the other competition with a bulldozer. It harms entrepreneurship and the opportunities for innovation,” writes Warren.if Elizabeth Warren is elected president, she has promised that her administration will break apart the giants Google, Facebook and Amazon. Photo: Chris Maluszynski
a much tighter regulation and anti-monopoly legislation, which makes it impossible to both take the big platforms and pursuit of the business on them. Google would be forced to sell of their sökmotorverksamhet and Amazon would have to be broken up in several different companies, to take two examples.
another of the proposals from Warren is to investigate the possibility to break up many of the purchase and the mergers that created the strong dominance on the market, for example, Facebook's purchase of both What's App and Instagram and Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods.
Receipt of her proposal has been mixed. Dissatisfaction with a company like Facebook is highly prevalent even in the industry, but even if many see any form of regulation that is necessary, there are few who want to go as far as Warren.
A market must have functioning rules and the need to have someone that can guarantee compliance with the rules and punish those who break them
the competition, Margrethe Vestager, she is on location in Austin, described His thoughts on the break-up of the companies as ”a last resort”.
In first hand we want to use the existing competition law and to ensure that it is not misused. To break up the company is a very big intervention in the private property, then you have to have very good on your feet, " says Vestager.
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teknologijättarna recalls how she attacked the banks and Wall Street after the financial crisis of 2008 - and go home in the certain camps of roughly the same reasons. On the scene at Moody's Theater in Austin, normally the home of the music program Austin City Limits, she developed the ideas further:
– A market must have functioning rules and the need to have someone that can guarantee compliance with the rules and punish those who violate them. We don't have today, " said Warren.
If they make money on me, they should pay for it
When the counsellor Anand Giridharadas pointed out that Warren's proposal would lead to sharply reduced profits for the selected companies was Warrens response short and chilly:
from Minnesota who is not as far out on the democrats ' left flank as the Warren, was not as harsh in their proposal, when she a few hours earlier stood on Moody's stage. But also she wants to turn against Facebook, Google, Amazon and the other in a way that feels economically.
– If the companies they do business with your personal data and selling data to others, they should be taxed for it. For me is personal integrity the most important issue. They have abused the freedom of the Internet. But if they make money on me, they should pay for it, " said Klobuchar.Amy Klobuchar announced his presidential candidacy a month ago. Photo: Chris Maluszynski
should be forced to split up, like Warren want to, but open still for suggestions in this direction by requesting that the Competition - and handelsmyndigheten the FTC to investigate whether there is such a strong monopoly position, it may be necessary.
Amy Klobuchar announced his presidential candidacy in a blizzard in Minnesota a month ago. She is in the mainstream of the party, or possibly just to the right of it, and profiling itself as the who want to focus on substance and constructive compromises. But Austin pulled her with in the radical wave, when it comes to the dominance on the market within the teknologibranschen.
Stop trying to navigate in the system who have the power. First, instead build your own power
however, both when it comes to medieintresse and the return, of the congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York. Despite a steady stream of movie stars, directors, technology directors, and music artists, it was Ocasio-Cortez who brought the most attention during the weekend. When she was interviewed in the largest hall, the site Intercepts Briahna Grey, curling queues from the fourth floor to the ground floor and thousands of interested did not even enter the premises.
Ocasio-Cortez held away from the questions about Google's and Facebook's power, and used instead the scene to keep an inflammatory speech on the need for radicalism, and great political and personal courage:
" Courage is pushing forward even more courage. If you cannot stand that we are a nation that lives in anxiety and worry, we must stand up and push away all our fear. We can't solve the nation's problems in small steps.
followed stepped two young women and asked how to do in order to enter and affect politics.
– Stop trying to navigate in the system who have the power. First, instead build your own power, said Ocasio-Cortez.
Cheers and applause from the thousands in the audience was deafening. A few blocks away, at Moody's Theatre, was interviewed at the same time the former republican governor Bill Weld, one of the few who said that he openly challenges the Donald Trump. His audience was lätträknad: exactly 30 persons