Professor McDaniel: Tech Ethos 'Move Fast, Break Things' Can Backfire in Local Politics

Thursday, October 24, 2019
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AXIOS -- Much of the backlash against Big Tech is occurring on a national — or even global — scale, but the giants are realizing some of their toughest and priciest fights are in their hometowns.

“Some of these tech companies with this ‘move fast, break things’ ethos have learned that when you get involved with local politics, your brand can suffer,” says Jason McDaniel, a Political Science professor at San Francisco State University.