The Tech Oversight Project launched Tuesday in an effort to push back against major technology companies\u0026#039; lobbying on Capitol Hill and advocate for greater regulation of the industry.\r\n\r\nThe project is beginning with a focus on federal antitrust legislation, employing a \u0022campaign-style\u0022 strategy to fight for passage of the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (H.R. 3816/S. 2992), which would outlaw certain anti-competitive conduct by major platforms.\r\n\r\nWarning that \u0022Big Tech\u0026#039;s monopolies are putting our country, our children, and our future at risk,\u0022 the group\u0026#039;s website details the industry behavior that has motivated the new effort:\r\n\r\n\r\nDespite stifling online competition, spreading disinformation, contributing to online harassment and real-world hate crimes, undermining small businesses, and knowingly harming our collective mental health, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon continue to operate without accountability and to profit from these practices. These corporations have platformed terrorists, lied to Congress, and weaponized our personal data against us, while leveraging their power to crush small business and innovation. Along the way, they have robbed consumers of the diverse and useful services a once-pluralistic web offered.\r\n\r\n\r\nSuch conduct—which has been exposed by whistleblowers as well as investigations by reporters, state attorneys general, and Congress—has fueled support for sweeping action by both federal lawmakers and regulators.\r\n\r\nWhile some have pushed for reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, as Common Dreams has reported, digital rights advocates have long warned that doing so \u0022would be devastating for human rights, social movements, and marginalized people.\u0022\r\n\r\nSacha Haworth, executive director of the Tech Oversight Project, told The Washington Post that the battle over Section 230 is \u0022a distraction\u0022 and a \u0022red herring.\u0022\r\n\r\nIn a statement reported by The Hill, Haworth explained what the project sees as politically possible, saying that \u0022we are at a watershed moment with bipartisan support to finally break up the Big Tech monopolies that hurt consumers and small businesses.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon all know that; that\u0026#039;s why they\u0026#039;re pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into swampy lobbying efforts to deceive voters and run down the clock on antitrust reform,\u0022 she said. \u0022Simply put: we won\u0026#039;t let that happen.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAccording to the Post, the project is a response to Big Tech-funded groups such as the Connected Commerce Council and NetChoice, which fight against regulation.\r\n\r\n\u0022Our aim is to be a direct counterweight to those organizations that have been lobbying for the status quo for years,\u0022 Haworth said, adding that because Democrats could soon lose control of Congress, \u0022pouncing upon this moment right now is critical.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe newspaper noted that \u0022Haworth, a veteran of Democratic politics, said she wants to bring the \u0026#039;aggressiveness\u0026#039; and single-minded focus of a campaign to the fight to regulate Big Tech.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe Tech Oversight Project is primarily funded by the Omidyar Network and the Economic Security Project, which were started by Big Tech critics who previously worked in the industry.\r\n\r\nThe Omidyar Network is the philanthropic venture of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, also known for backing The Intercept. The Economic Security Project is co-chaired by Chris Hughes, who has advocated for breaking up Facebook, which he co-founded.