J. Nathan Matias, on the CAT Lab blog:
It’s now three years since multiple fiascos in 2016 convinced Western democracies that the internet might not be the uncomplicated miracle promoted by tech firms and the US government. Hopes are now wearing thin toward corporate promises to study and manage their own social impact. In 2019, researchers famous for their independent voices were pushed out of firms that employed them. In privacy research, scientists organized campaigns to prevent surveillance companies from sponsoring a major research conference. While some fields couldn’t exist without close industry ties, it’s time to prioritize industry-independent research on technology and society.
The whole post is worth reading. Mary Gray’s 2017 Chronicle essay (“We Need More, Not Fewer, Collaborations with Tech Companies”) has not aged well.