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Steven Hill

Steven Hill is a San Francisco-based writer on the digital economy, Big Tech, economic trends and impacts on democracy.

He is a former senior fellow and program director at New America, a co-founder of FairVote and the former policy director at the Center for Humane Technology.

Steven was also a Holtzbrinck fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and journalist-in-residence at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)

Mr. Hill is the author of seven books, including:

“Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age,”
“Raw Deal: How the Uber Economy and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers.”
“Die Startup Illusion: Wie die Internet-Ökonomie unseren Sozialstaat ruiniert,”
“10 Steps to Repair American Democracy,” and
“Expand Social Security Now: How to Ensure Americans Get the Retirement They Deserve.”

His articles and media interviews have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Wired, CNN, Die Zeit, Handelsblatt and Le Monde.

He lives in San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit Steven Hill’s website at and follow him @StevenHill1776.

Articles by Steven Hill

Goodbye to Facebook?

Mark Zuckerberg's business prospects have dimmed considerably. That is welcome news.

February 15, 2022

Making the United States “democratic” Again

How the U.S. Senate’s filibuster rule must be modified to restore majority rule and give the U.S. a prayer to be a modern, dynamic country.

May 11, 2021

Reining in Facebook and Google: A Common Transatlantic Project

Big Tech media present a serious challenge for Western democracies. Tackling them is a worthy mission for the Biden Administration and the EU to work on jointly.

April 7, 2021

How to Deal with US Social Media: Mr. Biden, Revoke Section 230

In the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol, incited and planned over platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, many are calling for changes.

January 14, 2021

US: How to Avoid Another 2020 Election

The U.S.’s embarrassing problems with something as basic as voter registration should serve as a wake-up call.

November 25, 2020

How to Reform the US Supreme Court?

Other countries show many ways in which a nation can de-politicize nominations to its highest court. All Justices should have bipartisan support.

October 27, 2020

The Red Mirage

What happens if Trump declares victory on election night, and tries to dispute any "late" uncounted ballots -- both in the courts and in the free-for-all of public opinion?

October 13, 2020

Democratic Voters Beware: “Vote by Mail” in US Battleground States Is a Trap

The disturbing picture of millions of mailed-in ballots potentially never being counted, and hundreds of thousands of votes for the Democrats being disenfranchised, is a real possibility.

October 9, 2020

Trump and the State of Workers in America: A 2018 Labor Day Reflection

After the U.S. saw moderate progress on labor issues under Obama, Donald Trump has wasted no time to attack workers and the labor movement in the U.S.

September 3, 2018

Germany, Beware of Uber’s “New” Ridesharing Model

Uber’s new CEO presents a kinder, gentler face of his company. But don’t be fooled. The business model hasn’t changed.

June 3, 2018

The Orwellian Danger of Facebook

Is Mark Zuckerberg really in control of Facebook? Or is he a sorcerer’s apprentice that cannot handle the invention?

April 10, 2018

To Secede or Not to Secede: Learning from Catalonia

When is it appropriate for a region of a larger geopolitical entity to secede? And what criteria should be used to decide the legitimacy of a secession bid?

December 17, 2017

Europe, the US or China?

Which development model today among the Big Three – Europe, the US or China – best fosters economic and environmental sustainability?

October 29, 2017

The Future of the EU: Putting Things in Perspective

The European Way has great potential to nudge the world forward.

October 28, 2017

The Rise of Digital Workers

As more digital freelancers find work through online labor platforms, taxing their income will become increasingly difficult.

August 16, 2017

Future of Work and the Survival of the Welfare State

More and more people are finding work in the digital economy, but more flexibility also means increased insecurity.

August 15, 2017

How the Berlin Government Could Rein in Airbnb and Protect Local Housing

If Airbnb knowingly facilitates criminal activity, it should itself be treated as a criminal enterprise.

June 28, 2017

From Democracy to Leakocracy: Germany the Next Target?

From Wikileaks to Leakocracy: How hackers, including from Russia, shape elections

December 2, 2016

ISDS: Corporations Overpowering Governments and Democracy?

Investor-state dispute settlement provisions in trade deals have backfired and undercut public confidence in global integration.

October 28, 2016

A Better CETA: One Big Cheer for Wallonia

While the rest of Europe ducked, one region stood up for important principles of responsible globalization.

October 28, 2016

Apple and Donald Trump: Two Sides of a Very Strange Coin

Another tell-tale chapter about vast abuses and the pressing need for an intense debate about the “winners and losers of globalization.”

October 17, 2016

Post-Brexit: EU Still a Superpower

Yes, the EU is juggling a number of daunting situations. But that’s what superpowers do.

June 27, 2016

The Sharing-the-Crumbs Economy

Why Silicon Valley’s techno-utopian vision of “sharing economy” is a mirage.

December 8, 2015

Puzzling Trends in the U.S. Labor Market

Can we really count on the labor market statistics we have?

October 20, 2015

Rethinking the Uber Vs. Taxi Battle

How Uber could be part of the solution (instead of embroiled in controversy)

September 27, 2015

America and Europe: John Locke vs. Saint Augustine

How have religious influences changed the way Americans and Europeans think about the role of government?

March 7, 2011

Happy Tax Day: Are Americans Getting Their Money’s Worth?

Are Americans getting enough benefits for the taxes they pay?

April 16, 2010

Captain Nemo's Dream: How Europe Draws Power from the Sea

How are European countries harnessing the power of the sea to produce electricity?

February 23, 2010

Economic Democracy and Codetermination: Harnessing the Capitalist Engine

How can the European economic model be applied to the United States?

January 15, 2010

What Obama Can Learn From European Health Care (Part II)

What pointers can the U.S. healthcare system take from Europe?

March 4, 2009

What Obama Can Learn from European Health Care (Part I)

How does the U.S. health care system stand up to the European countries, in particular, and the rest of the world in general?

March 3, 2009