STRATEGIC INNOVATOR -
Federal patent-awarded invention and design engineering for global product solutions targeting broad demographic world needs. Patented inventions that Scott first created are in use globally by millions of consumers. Over 150 inventions showcase his innovation and problem-solving skills.
NATIONAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR -
Operations and production management for large-format projects, productions and development efforts. Millions of people have experienced programs managed and/or developed by Scott. He has produced hundreds of events and programs for Fortune 500 and Government 50 clients and employers.
CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT SPECIALIST -
Research and forensic development for national public policy program management and community service organizations. Scott has deep law enforcement and investigative credentials and certifications. He has supported vast numbers of community services programs and public-interest efforts for many decades.
His career reflects a life-long mission to serve social needs and build novel global solutions to common problems. As a STRATEGIC INNOVATOR and NATIONAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR, almost all of his work has been public-service oriented.
As a VENTURE SOLUTIONIST he has over 150 inventions and dozens of federal United States Government issued patent awards for creating products and services in use by populations around the globe. The United States Patent Office has ranked him with top honors as a seminal inventor and designer/engineer. He has directed teams of up to 2000 people in projects as large as Bay To Breakers and national media outreach programs.
His technologies and programs are long-game solutions designed to alter the course of global social development and opportunity for the betterment of all. A ten to fifteen year operations plan is run-of-the-mill for him. Often, he and his team 'slow drip' and seed a technology, or new solution, into populations and nations around the globe to by-pass special-interest blockades.
He has designed, built and deployed hundreds of working prototypes and reference designs of his inventions, for his clients and employers:
For example, to get everybody onto this new thing called "the internet", he designed, built, launched, patented and deployed the Internet's first full-screen video and music on demand network, for which he received written White House commendations, extensive seminal federal patent awards as "First-To-Invent" and the verification that Google copied his technology, business model and architecture to build YouTube! As we all know, movies and music drew most of the main-stream global population to the web. History has proven that he started the ball rolling as the first to deliver global web broadcasting.
He sold his first set of media patents to a very well known software billionaire.
His roots are basic. As a kid he was a cowboy and played with Amish kids and farmer's children. He has always given a percentage of his time and assets to charity and community service annually. He is usually helping many different community service groups, concurrently, in the areas of digital human rights, medical research, education, anti-corruption and animal rescue centers.
Congress awarded him a multi-million dollar Congressional citation (listed in the Congressional FEDERAL REGISTER) to build America’s next solution for a major national next-generation energy program.
He and his team completed the government project on budget and on time unlike Solyndra, Abound and others.
His projects have been featured in major news articles:
You will certainly have heard of the projects he has worked on, but he tends to stay behind-the-scenes and avoids any social media presence. He has built well known items featured in famous feature films and TV series. His projects have been in many magazine articles.
He has produced some of the largest public events, including The 200,000+ person Bay To Breaker's Footstock Concerts, network TV showcase home building projects, the Lights project viewed by millions, the logistics for the San Francisco Blues Festival (produced in co-operation with The National Park Service), the build-out of Fort Mason Center for public events and more... He has hundreds of letters of reference and commendation from well known media, political and tech personalities.
He has created, launched and sold multiple start-up companies. Among some of his ventures: he built an off-grid, high tech recreational vehiclle system that used the same insulation as that used by the International Space Station. He produced two famous national demonstration homes that were on reality TV shows and he is often involved in modern building projects. He built a massive digital peer-to-peer mesh networked global open-source public news network. He built The first disaster recovery mobile App technologies for the Japanese Tsunami disaster efforts. Steve Jobs personally helped the project.
SCOTT WAS THE PRODUCER AND ORIGINATOR OF OVER 52 PRODUCED SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS, MANY OF THEM THE FIRST OF THEIR KIND:
He also built the San Francisco rapid-response trauma center for the Loma Prieta Earthquake. A recent federal hearing at the U.S. Patent Office confirmed the fact that he built the first online social network before Yahoo or Mark Zuckerberg did.
His high IQ brilliance can guarantee any employer or contracting party at least three, or more, solution options for any problem he is tasked with. His futurism predictions have always had the highest accuracy in the nation.
SCOTT HAS LETTERS OF REFERENCE AND COMMENDATIONS FROM OVER ONE HUNDRED WELL KNOWN PARTIES INCLUDING:
His disdain for corruption is exemplified by the multiple lawsuits he has launched against corrupt tech oligarchs and corrupt government agencies. Competitors contacted him, spied on his technologies (under the guise of "partnering" or "investing"), and then copied the technologies and breached the non-disclosure agreements, non-compete agreements, contracts and patent rights. They never paid for the inventions after they made billions of dollars from his technologies.
Leaks of their internal emails and evidence from whistle-blowers prove that they stole the technologies. He has gained some fame for taking on the world's largest bullies and making them pay for their crimes. Big bully tech crooks who steal from him, and his investors, ALWAYS end up losing billions of dollars in stock market value and staring down the business-end of federal investigations and major news investigations (See: "Too Big To Fail", "Inside Job", CBS News "The Clean tech Crash", "Dark Money", etc.). He is the first person to proxy sue White House staff for corruption, via a first-ever complex proxy tort lawsuit in Washington DC, and WIN!
He is inventor-of-record on the many seminal issued federal patents he holds. Sony Pictures mentions him and his team by name in their patents which were sold to AT&T/DirecTV. Billions of people use technologies that the federal patent office has certified he invented before anyone else did.
He reports, as a bi-partisan adviser, to the United States Congress, the European Union, the FTC and other federal agencies on tech, security, anti-trust law and anti-corruption law.
He has consulted to, had staff employed by, had commendations from or worked with, every White House, for over 30 years, from Reagan to Biden as seen in news videos, press photos and commendations.
He developed a key AI-based open-source political bribery interdiction system which has had a tremendous success rate. Given equally resourced lawyers and forensic CPA's he can staff a task force that can terminate "any crook, of any size, on the planet".
He has won multiple national industry awards.
He has been on network TV news many times as a spokesperson for background on news topics.
He is an ordinary person who has done well at accepting extraordinary challenges. He says that "anybody can do" what he does if they just put their mind to it.
His latest development interests range from quantum entanglement amplifiers for global communications sharing to CRISPR-CAS9 processes for medical innovation.
Read or download Scott's Resume-CV at the link above
"My job is to visualize what could happen, in the future, and mitigate it, build it, or accelerate it by producing programs and inventions to address the related challenges and opportunities on a global basis. I have teams of genius-level experts that can take on ANY challenge..."
- Scott Douglas Redmond
Federally Awarded Inventor Of Key Silicon Valley Technologies Now In Use Globally By Millions
Scott has been recognized by the U.S. Government via patent awards and verification records recorded by the United States Patent Office as the inventor-of-record and the first-to-deploy many globally used technologies including:
Peer To Peer Mesh Internet Video, Audio Mesh Internet Data Distribution known as “torrents" and “gnutella files” including the system and methods for providing load balanced secure media content and data delivery in a distributed internet environment. This is now, also the basis for BLOCKCHAIN financial payments systems. This pre-dated Bittorrent, Netflix, Vudu, etc.
Electric Vehicle Energy Production, Storage & Distribution including organic fuel storage, distribution, and recovery system using any of thousands of organic compounds in an instant-recharge hot-swap energy cassette configuration.
Electric Vehicle Systems With Hot-Swap, Instant Recharge, Low Costs & High Safety including a complete, easy to build, vehicle system.
Electronic Propulsion Technology Using Broadcast Energy Power Source and Micro Thruster Design including an electronic flight propulsion system using ion discharge and broadcast power long term flight system.
Internet Video On Demand System For Web Commerce Using Media Data including the system and method for providing information dispersal in a networked computing environment. This predated Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Akamai, etc.
The Design For Touch-Screen phone and MP3 Player including the wireless media access and storage apparatus in advance of any previous touch-screen smart phones or MP3 players. Associated with filed utility patent on complete mobile advertising and commerce system. This pre-dated the iPhone.
Virtual Reality System With Headsets, 3D Surfaces and Walk-In Chambers including the methods and apparatus for generating and processing VR using the first documented “Holodeck” or “Cave” systems.
Social Media Interaction For Electronic Devices including the methods and apparatus for interacting with others over a network for social engagement and commerce. This predated Facebook, Google and Yahoo and other online social media and free-services-based search engines.
Scott filed and built the first known U.S. patent and working prototype for the use of a smartphone or iPhone as the display and position tracker for a VR display headset.
And many other inventions in use around the world today...
Our team is always interested in proposals from law firms who may wish to invest litigation and forensic resources for our damages and profit recovery efforts against competitors who chose to "cheat rather than compete".
Why Does The Silicon Valley Cartel Have To Steal Their Technology Instead Of Making Their Own?
The United States Patent And Trademark Office, and multiple other state and federal agencies, have certified that Scott invented, designed, built and operated companies and products which GOOGLE, YOUTUBE, SONY and FACEBOOK copied years later after gathering illicit industrial intelligence on those companies and technologies via 'nefarious means'. (ie- SEE THIS ARTICLE: Inventors Who Changed the World and Got Screwed in Return.pdf ) Three of those competitors did not even exist when Scott's companies were ALREADY doing everything that Google, Youtube and Facebook based the launch of their companies on. Scott's investors have launched federal investigations on those competitors who chose to "cheat rather than compete"!
Scott created and produced the FIRST multi-million viewer live interactive urban electro-optical spectacular in 1977 with help from the City of San Francisco. Who says so? Proclamations from the Mayor, emails between him, his staff and they key parties, NDA’s, contracts, press clippings, broadcast news videos, federal reports, Congressional reports and other indisputable evidence. The products, services and technology were offered on the market via operating companies and copied by competitors.
Scott created and produced TECHMATE. Years later Mark Zuckerberg and his investors came and took a look at it and copied it to create FACEBOOK. Facebook was an exact copy of Techmate. Who says so? The United States Patent Office, emails between him, his staff and they key parties, NDA’s, contracts, press clippings, broadcast news videos, federal reports, Congressional reports and other indisputable evidence. The products, services and technology were offered on the market via operating companies and copied by competitors.
Scott created and produced UNIFREE. Years later Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, Sergy Brin and their investors came and took a look at it and copied it to create GOOGLE. Google was an exact copy of Unifree. Who says so? The United States Patent Office, emails between him, his staff and they key parties, NDA’s, contracts, press clippings, broadcast news videos, federal reports, Congressional reports and other indisputable evidence. The products, services and technology were offered on the market via operating companies and copied by competitors.
Scott created and Produced TSBN. Years later Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, Sergy Brin and their investors came and took a look at it and copied it to create YOUTUBE. Youtube was an exact copy of TSBN. Who says so? The United States Patent Office, emails between him his staff and they key parties, NDA’s, contracts, press clippings, broadcast news videos, federal reports, Congressional reports and other indisputable evidence. The products, services and technology were offered on the market via operating companies and copied by competitors.
In 1998 Scott and his team had global web broadcasting up and running before YouTube, Netflix Streaming, Hulu, Sony Vue, HBOMax, Amazon Video, or any other one of them, even existed:
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Scott created and produced the first fully integrated virtual reality system. Years later Mark Zuckerberg copied it to create OCULUS. Who says so? The United States Patent Office, time-stamped mails between him, his staff and they key parties, NDA’s, contracts, press clippings, broadcast news videos, feature news articles, federal reports, Oliver Stone's Wild Palm's crew, Congressional reports and other indisputable evidence. The products, services and technology were offered on the market via operating companies and copied by competitors.
Scott created, produced and built the XP car manufacturing company that was TESLA’s biggest competitor . The United States Government financed it, it won more patents and it beat the tech Cartel’s Tesla on every metric. Who says so? The Dept of Energy Documents, Congress, The United States Patent Office, emails between him, his staff, famous politicians and they key parties, NDA’s, contracts, press clippings, broadcast news videos, federal reports, Congressional reports, The Federal Lawsuits his associates filed and won and other indisputable evidence. The products, services and technology were offered on the market via operating companies and copied by competitors.
All of these oligarchs know each other; share lawyers, lobbyists, CPA’s and politicians; run dirty tricks attacks on competitors and are now the subjects of federal investigations and lawsuits. They spend tens of millions of dollars per year attacking competitors and lobbying to manipulate the U.S. Patent Office. When they do bad things, they get reported to federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies and the government ends up suing them. See more about protecting domestic innovation at: https://usinventor.org
Please report your complaints about Tesla, Google, Match.com, OK Cupid, Netflix, Facebook, Kleiner Perkins, Sony Pictures (and the other tech cartel members) for the active investigations and federal lawsuits now in progress. By filing a complaint and telling your story, you can help investigators identify trends and patterns of questionable business practices that will contribute to law enforcement and consumer protection efforts. You can be certain that these particular cases will get driven hard and pushed before Congress. The more reports we can get filed on these bad guys, the bigger the cases we can get processed.
Our team is authorized and trained to author FBI criminal referrals, prepare arrest documents, produce back-ground dossiers and generate case data against attackers and felons that "cheat rather than compete". Our interdiction teams have a 100% success rate.
Please file your complaints today at:
Always file multiple copies of your compliaints to a few different offices with one copy to major news outlets in order to prevent cover-ups.
For more about the ongoing anti-trust actions, Congressional investigations and policy watch-dog efforts we are pushing for, keep an eye on organizations we support such as usinventor.org:
It wasn't a fluke that America led the world in innovation for 200 years. It began with the revolutionary concept of giving the common person ownership of what he or she invented and patented. The mission of US Inventor is to restore that right, which has been so significantly reduced from recent legislation and judicial actions.
What we've accomplished and will accomplish depends on the combined efforts of our members. Many individuals across America have helped in the mission of US Inventor. You don't have to be an inventor to be on our team, you just have to care about the future of America and the American Dream. One individual who needs to be recognized for his stellar efforts and commitment to our mission is Josh Malone. We wouldn't be where we are without him.
The political focus on the virus and then the election definitely got in the way, but we still made progress. Here are a few accomplishments:
We stopped the re-enactment of an expired patent invalidation program at the PTAB (Patent Trial and Appeal Board). There was a significant effort to get CBM (Covered Business Method) Review re-enacted by placing the text deep within the Appropriations Bill. We mounted an effort to head this off by having inventors nationwide inform their Senators and US Representatives. The CBM text did not make it into the final version of the bill.
We held a nationwide election for an inventor to sit on the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), and then got him appointed for the position. Dan Brown, prolific inventor and professor at Northwestern University, will represent the interests of inventors and and help our efforts.
Our efforts to get the USPTO to apply the rulemaking process to the PTAB got things moving in that direction. Part of this was the filing of a lawsuit to enjoin the Patent Office from doing any PTAB trials until rulemaking was done. Whether or not the injunction will occur is in question, but the USPTO Director has put out a request for comments regarding the rules needed.
We assisted in the filing of a number of Amicus Briefs, one of which sought to get the US Supreme Court to take up the Arthrex Case in 2021, which it has decided to do. This is the case where the Appeals Court ruled that all of the PTAB “judges” were appointed unconstitutionally but proposed an unconstitutional way for them to continue. So, they are still invalidating our patents. SCOTUS will now take a look and possibly do something that helps us.
We've submitted several FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Requests that have provided previously unknown information that has helped our efforts and will continue to do so.
We started a live WebCast called In The Trenches With Inventors, The Battle To Save Patents. This WebCast is designed to generate interest in our fight by interviewing inventors who have had their patents attacked at the PTAB.
We've kicked off a program to have inventors who have been harmed by our broken patent system interviewed by various media nationwide to make our issue broadly known.
We've had the benefit of a USPTO Director who has had an interest in our issues. We certainly want Andrei Iancu to continue as Director, but we could face the appointment of a new Director that is close to Big Tech. Any reader new to our fight might be shocked to know that, prior to President Trump's appointment of Mr. Iancu, the USPTO Director was the former head of patent strategy for Google!
The US Supreme Court's Arthrex Case is coming this spring. The PTAB “judges” have been ruled as having been appointed unconstitutionally, so why are they still invalidating our patents? We need to really make our voices heard on this one, and we are considering how to do so. Your help will be needed.
A legitimate path to success in our fight is to make our issue known to the broad, voting public. The average person is usually shocked to find out that a patent can be so easily invalidated and the inventor left with nothing. We have embarked on a program of media interviews to make our issue known. SEE THIS VIDEO TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE ANTI-TRUST LAW VIOLATIONS OF THE SILICON VALLEY CARTEL HARMS AMERICAN INVENTORS AND DOMESTIC INNOVATION:
What You Can Do
You can help by communicating our message far and wide. If you haven't yet signed our Inventor Rights Resolution, please do so and get your associates to as well (go here).
When we have a particular effort where the voices of inventors are needed, like the effort to get the PTAB invalidation text out of the Appropriations Bill, be ready to help.
Support our effort by donating (we are a 501(c)(4) Non-Profit). Any amount is appreciated, but a $100 donation gets you a special US Inventor Mug (go here).
As you ring in the New Year, realize that we are fighting full-time to restore your rights as inventors and that we are your voice in Washington DC. American innovation and the success of disruptive startups based on patents depends on the ability of any inventor to defend his or her patent rights,
Among your New Years Resolutions, consider resolving to be active in our efforts. With enough inventors and interested parties involved, we will win this battle. Thank you for your help.
Randy Landreneau, President
US Inventor, Inc.
In the article:
The Troll Narrative Infected the Supreme Court and Justice Kennedy was the Vector By Judge Paul Michel (Ret.)...
...one can see the promotion of the approach, wherein small inventors are criminalized and re-branded as “evil” that has been manifested, in large part, by a certain organization that is dedicated to trying tod to KILL THE UNITED STATES PATENT SYSTEM. They have a budget of over TWO BILLION DOLLARS, and growing, to do this. That may sound bad but, in fact, it is good news. They are in total violation of federal RICO and ANTI-TRUST laws. The DOJ and FTC must sue them and Class Actions by inventors must sue them.
If the White House and Congress do not stand up for the “American Dream” and human rights, then they need to be voted out of office.
Class Actions, RICO and ANTI-TRUST must be filed ASAP! The perpetrators must be named and publicly shamed. There is no time to wait! There can be no more pussy-footing around when the Big Tech Cartel has declared a literal war on innovation in America.
This news article underscores the issues of the anti-trust violations by the Silicon Valley tech bullies and reflects the need for the FTC, SEC, DOJ, OSC, FBI and Congress to intervene:
HOW THE SILICON VALLEY CARTEL USES
MONOPOLISTIC COLLUSION TO DESTROY
"The Silicon Valley Cartel took out any electric car competitor that competed with their boyfriend: Elon Musk. They killed any web video competitor to their boyfriends at Netflix. They destroyed any contact software that competed with their boyfriend: Reid Hoffman! Now, the FTC, SEC, FCC, Congress and DOJ have received complaints asking them to address the tech monopoly.
Politicians talk a big game about coming down on the Silicon Valley Cartel but they never really seem to move on their threats or declarations because they are receiving bribes FROM the Silicon Valley Cartel.
It has been proven that Google does indeed pick and choose what search results come up at the top of every search in order to help Google's friends and harm Google's enemies. Google, Facebook, Netflix and Tesla covertly spend billions of dollars influencing Congress.
The monopoly of the Silicon Valley Cartel is distinct and different from somebody like the New York Times, for example, or any major media platform that does not have legal immunity because they are publishers. All other publishers do pick and choose what news stories they publish, what letters to the editor’s are printed, what kind of op-eds are put on their platform, and they make those decisions knowing they are legally liable. Google bribed the 230 law into existence as an exclusive law just for Google to get away with exclusionary market crimes.
Via agreements to collude, the Silicon Valley Cartel platforms are acting as publishers as they are making editorial decisions while maintaining a legal immunity under section 230 which allows them to attack others without consequences. Google has parties and members of congress will go and pick up their checks. Facebook will have a big reception and Congress members go and say "hey, where’s my check?'”. That is outright bribery!
Tulsi Gabbard, Elizabeth Warren and hundreds of community action groups say that the reason no one is acting on big tech is that the companies are inviting our elected members of congress into their very deep pockets. This is a massive abuse of power on several levels and if our elected officials can’t resist the temptation of extra money in their pockets, then they need to be removed by recall elections, lawsuits and doxing.
Famous journalist Glenn Greenwald has documented the fact that in recent months, tech giants have censored political speech and journalism to manipulate U.S. politics. The Silicon Valley Cartel has attacked smaller Bay Area start-ups, threatened the lives and income of every competitor and prances around with impunity, publicly stating that they believe that; “The FTC is their bitch…!”
Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Vinod Khosla, Steve Westly, Steve Spinner, John Doerr and the other Silicon Valley Cartel bosses hand down orders to their family office staff, who, in turn, hand down orders to their lobbysists, CPA’s tech law firms , Goldman Sachs and dirty tricks operatives. It is ludicrous for the FTC, the FBI, or any agency, to ignore the chain of command insider structure that kill the competing companies that a ‘Larry Page’ wants killed. An Elon Musk-paid lawyer at Wilson Sonsini has a thousand times more resources to kill a competitor than Elon Musk, personally has, but that lawyer has millions of dollars and specific orders, that he would not otherwise have, if Musk had not given the kill order. These oligarchs have services that they hire to have the executives at their competitors character assassinated, defamed and attacked.
It is widely documented in the news that two top Perkins Coie lawyers were retained to hire Fusion GPS and organize the Steele Dossier attack on a famous politician. Multiply this by 10,000 lawyers, at famous law firms, and you will see that there is a tsunami of thousands of lawyers producing thousands of character assassination programs on behalf of crazy billionaires and power mad politicians. There are no laws to stop them and the violence of the counter-attacks, by citizens, who have no protection from these attacks, increases annually. Without laws to stop 'commercialized defamation' this will spiral into something very, very bad.
Critics of Silicon Valley censorship for years heard the same BS refrain: “… tech platforms like Facebook, Google and Twitter are private corporations and can host or ban whoever they want. If you don’t like what they are doing, the solution is not to complain or to regulate them. Instead, go create your own social media platform that operates the way you think it should...”
The founders of Parler, Palm, Blockbuster, Altavista, Path, Alta Motors, Webvan, Jawbone, MySpace, etc., heard that suggestion and tried. In August, 2018, Parler, for example, created a social media platform similar to Twitter but which promised far greater privacy protections, including a refusal to aggregate user data in order to monetize them to advertisers or algorithmically evaluate their interests in order to promote content or products to them. They also promised far greater free speech rights, rejecting the increasingly repressive content policing of Silicon Valley giants. They discovered, though, that YOU CANNOT BUILD A COMPANY IN SILICON VALLEY IF IT COMPETES WITH THE SILICON VALLEY CARTEL! YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DO IT!
( NOTE: We built an electric car company, an internet video broadcasting company, a social media network and suffered THE SAME EXACT ATTACKS as Parler and thousands of others who “dared” to compete with the Silicon Valley Cartel. This is not about politics it is about organized crime! In fact Google/Youtube spent over thirty million dollars (exposed in their banking records) attacking Scott and blockading him from suing them in court because they feared his competing technologies. In a similar case, in a special federal hearing, the United States Patent Office ruled that Scott had first invented the architecture that Facebook is based on but Facebook's executive's sit on the U.S. Patent Office administration board and ordered Scott's social media patent blockaded from issuance. Google's patent lawyer was the previous head of the U.S. Patent Office and re-staged the Patent Office as a protection racket to help Google and Facebook steal IP without paying for it. )
Over the last year, Parler encountered immense success. Millions of people who objected to increasing repression of speech on the largest platforms or who had themselves been banned signed up for the new social media company.
As Silicon Valley censorship radically escalated over the past several months — banning pre-election reporting by The New York Post, denouncing and deleting multiple posts from the public and then terminating their access altogether, mass-removal of accounts — so many people migrated to Parler that it was catapulted to the number one spot on the list of most-downloaded apps on the Apple Play Store, the sole and exclusive means which iPhone users have to download apps. “Overall, the app was the 10th most downloaded social media app in 2020 with 8.1 million new installs,” reported TechCrunch.
It looked as if Parler had proven critics of Silicon Valley monopolistic power wrong. Their success showed that it was possible after all to create a new social media platform to compete with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And they did so by doing exactly what Silicon Valley defenders long insisted should be done: if you don’t like the rules imposed by tech giants, go create your own platform with different rules.
But today, if you want to download, sign up for, or use Parler, you will be unable to do so. That is because three Silicon Valley monopolies — Amazon, Google and Apple — abruptly united to remove Parler from the internet, exactly at the moment when it became the most-downloaded app in the country.
If one were looking for evidence to demonstrate that these tech behemoths are, in fact, monopolies that engage in anti-competitive behavior in violation of antitrust laws, and will obliterate any attempt to compete with them in the marketplace, it would be difficult to imagine anything more compelling than how they just used their unconstrained power to utterly destroy a rising competitor.
It is hard to overstate the harm to a platform from being removed from the App Store. Users of iPhones are barred from downloading apps onto their devices from the internet. If an app is not on the App Store, it cannot be used on the iPhone. Even iPhone users who have already downloaded the App will lose the ability to receive updates, which will shortly render the platform both unmanageable and unsafe.
In October, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law issued a 425-page report concluding that Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google all possess monopoly power and are using that power anti-competitively. For Apple, they emphasized the company’s control over iPhones through its control of access to the App Store. As Ars Technica put it when highlighting the report’s key findings:
Apple controls about 45 percent of the US smartphone market and 20 percent of the global smartphone market, the committee found, and is projected to sell its 2 billionth iPhone in 2021. It is correct that, in the smartphone handset market, Apple is not a monopoly. Instead, iOS and Android hold an effective duopoly in mobile operating systems.
However, the report concludes, Apple does have a monopolistic hold over what you can do with an iPhone. You can only put apps on your phone through the Apple App Store, and Apple has total gatekeeper control over that App Store—that's what Epic is suing the company over. . . .
The committee found internal documents showing that company leadership, including former CEO Steve Jobs, "acknowledged that IAP requirement would stifle competition and limit the apps available to Apple's customers." The report concludes that Apple has also unfairly used its control over APIs, search rankings, and default apps to limit competitors' access to iPhone users.
It was precisely Google’s abuse of its power to control its app device that was at issue “when the European Commission deemed Google LLC as the dominant undertaking in the app stores for the Android mobile operating system (i.e. Google Play Store) and hit the online search and advertisement giant with €4.34 billion for its anti-competitive practices to strengthen its position in various of other markets through its dominance in the app store market.”
There are an endless number of hypocrisies with Silicon Valley giants feigning opposition to violent rhetoric or political extremism. Amazon, for instance, is one of the CIA’s most profitable partners, with a $600 million contract to provide services to the agency, and it is constantly bidding for more. On Facebook and Twitter, one finds official accounts from the most repressive and violent regimes on earth, including Saudi Arabia, and pages devoted to propaganda on behalf of the Egyptian regime. Does anyone think these tech giants have a genuine concern about violence and extremism?
The nature of monopolistic power is that anti-competitive entities engage in anti-trust illegalities to destroy rising competitors. Any small and new enough platform in tech is such that it can be made an example of. Its head can be placed on a pike to make clear that no attempt to compete with existing Silicon Valley monopolies is possible. The destruction of any new tech start-up preserves the unchallengeable power of a tiny handful of tech oligarchs over the political discourse not just of the United States but democracies worldwide (which is why Germany, France and Mexico are raising their voices in protest).
No authoritarians believe they are authoritarians. No matter how repressive are the measures they support — censorship, monopoly power, no-fly lists for American citizens without due process — they tell themselves that those they are silencing and attacking are so evil, are terrorists, that anything done against them is noble and benevolent, not despotic and repressive..."
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