Big Tech Bends: The Triumph of Public Voice Over Corporate Might

Big Tech Bends: The Triumph of Public Voice Over Corporate Might
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In a notable pivot and a triumph for legislation, Apple recently announced it will restore web app functionalities, popularly known as Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), on iPhones within the European Union, sidestepping its earlier stance that irked many developers and users alike.

This decision came after Apple's initial move to limit PWA functionalities sparked a chorus of disapproval, emphasizing the essential role these applications play in our digital ecosystem—ranging from enhancing user experiences to ensuring businesses and public services remain seamlessly operational.

PWAs, celebrated for their efficiency and minimal digital footprint, offer an alternative to native apps without the burden of app store fees or lengthy review processes, underscoring a democratized digital landscape.

Apple's retraction, influenced by the EU's Digital Markets Act, highlights the importance of regulatory frameworks in maintaining a balanced technological playground where innovation thrives yet remains within the guardrails of legality and fairness.

The narrative here extends beyond mere compliance; it reflects a broader discourse on how major tech entities interact with regulatory bodies, advocating for a future where technology serves the people, respects legal standards, and fosters an inclusive digital environment. It is reassuring to see that even the giants of tech are reminded to align with broader societal values and regulations.

Read the full article on TechCrunch.

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Dr Mark van Rijmenam is The Digital Speaker. He is a leading strategic futurist who thinks about how technology changes organisations, society and the metaverse. Dr Van Rijmenam is an international innovation keynote speaker, 5x author and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Datafloq and the author of the book on the metaverse: Step into the Metaverse: How the Immersive Internet Will Unlock a Trillion-Dollar Social Economy, detailing what the metaverse is and how organizations and consumers can benefit from the immersive internet. His latest book is Future Visions, which was written in five days in collaboration with AI. Recently, he founded the Futurwise Institute, which focuses on elevating the world’s digital awareness.

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