DEMOCRATS NEED TO BREAK UP AMAZON NOW

READ TIM BRAY

I’d like to see AWS split off from the rest of Amazon and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. So to help that happen, I’ve drafted a PR/FAQ and posted it on GitHub so that it can be improved. People who know what a PR/FAQ is and why this might be helpful can hop on over and critique the doc. For the rest, herewith background and explanation on the what, why, and how.

A project needs a name and so does a company. For the purposes of this draft I’m using “A-Cloud” for both.

Why spin off AWS? · The beating of the antitrust drums is getting pretty loud across a widening swathe of political and economic conversations. The antitrust guns are particularly aimed at Big Tech. Whom I’m not convinced are the most egregious monopolists out there (consider beer, high-speed Internet, and eyeglasses) but they’re maybe the richest and touch more people’s lives more directly.

So Amazon might prefer to spin off AWS proactively, as opposed to under hostile pressure from Washington.

The cover story in last week’s Economist, Can Amazon keep growing like a youthful startup? spilled plenty of ink on the prospects for an AWS future outside of Amazon.

Watch House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee break up Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook!

2 thoughts on “DEMOCRATS NEED TO BREAK UP AMAZON NOW”

  1. “Democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself.
    That […] is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.”

    — FDR

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