Lawmakers wonder: ‘How did we let Facebook get this big?’


With help from Alexandra S. Levine, John Hendel, Leah Nylen and Benjamin Din

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— Time to reflect: Some lawmakers are frustrated that the tech company has grown big enough to have implemented its own judicial system — but Congress only has itself to blame.

— Privacy, please: Privacy talks are restarting, for real this time. House lawmakers are prepping for roundtable discussions, aiming for a national privacy law in the books by 2022.

— Not quite equitable: A hearing on broadband equity today could reveal how far apart the parties really are when it comes to investing millions of dollars in digital infrastructure.

IT’S THURSDAY; MORNING TECH IS HERE FOR YOU. I’m your host, Emily Birnbaum — but not for long!

I’m super excited to announce that my new colleague, Benjamin Din, will be the primary host of Morning Tech starting next Tuesday. Ben is joining the tech team after covering breaking news for the last few months. Aside from MT, he’ll be taking a closer look at policy and politics around emerging tech — everything from quantum computing to the expanding frontiers of artificial intelligence to the U.S.’ efforts to out-innovate foreign adversaries. He’s new to the beat, so feel free to reach out and say hello! You can reach him at [email protected] and @benjamindin on Twitter.

As for me, I’ll be tackling the tech lobbying and influence beat full-time, looking into how tech companies and their major rivals are trying to get their way in Washington.

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