" Both China and the United States are constructing surveillance stateson an unprecedented scale, with horrifying implications. Both empower modern-day monopolies whose platforms, hardware, software, and apps are the infrastructure of modern political, economic, and social life — infrastructure that is not subject to democratic control.
In the struggle over global hegemony — a struggle in which control over the digital realm will be central — ordinary folks are expected to watch from the sidelines, relinquishing power over strategy and direction to government officials and tech titans.
But a progressive vision is impossible without democratic control over the digital sphere. It’s time to get in the game."