McNamee: getting tough on Big Tech could put Ireland in driving seat

The one-time mentor and now critic of Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg says this country is in a unique position to take advantage of regulatory changes coming down the line

Roger McNamee says that, economically, Ireland should ‘both maintain the old and encourage the new’. Picture: Getty

Ireland is in a special position to set the agenda for how Big Tech is regulated in future, according to Roger McNamee, a long-time tech investor who is now a major critic of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg.

Speaking to the Business Post, McNamee criticised the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) and accused the watchdog of interpreting its role “as defending the interests of giant internet platforms from any kind of regulatory intervention”.

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