On Wednesday, March 27, The Washington Post traveled to America's tech epicenter, the Bay Area, for the first time to convene the next installment of The Technology 202, a series of conversations about the changing regulatory climate and the relationship between innovation and public policy. (Washington Post Live)
The Technology 202: San Francisco
Regulatory pressure against big tech is escalating. World leaders in Davos called for global oversight of the tech sector. Technology companies have been trekking to Washington in response to Congressional inquiries about their roles and responsibilities in business and society. Industry leaders are grappling with consumer concerns related to privacy, data management and larger questions about the role advanced technologies, like targeted advertising and artificial intelligence, play in our lives.
On Wednesday, March 27, The Washington Post traveled to America's tech epicenter, the Bay Area, for the first time to convene the next installment of The Technology 202, a series of conversations about the changing regulatory climate and the relationship between innovation and public policy.
  • Feb 1
Who Controls the Public Conversation Online?
As internet companies face difficult decisions regarding content permitted on their platforms, Vijaya Gadde discusses how Twitter creates policies to deal with the proliferation of offensive content and misinformation, while facilitating civic discourse and free expression online.
  • Mar 28
Twitter’s Vijaya Gadde says Twitter is working on a way to label tweets that violate the company’s abuse terms, giving users who may see them context.
  • Mar 28
Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Lead, says the company worked as quickly as possible to remove any videos showing the mass shooting in New Zealand from the platform, but she says the task was incredibly ‘difficult.’ ‘It’s like a leaky bucket. There’s only so much a platform can do when the content is available in other places,’ she said.
  • Mar 28
As one of the top women at Twitter, Vijaya Gadde says she would like to see Silicon Valley focus on the equity gap that exists because it can hinder woman and people of color working in the industry from creating wealth.
  • Mar 28
Vijaya Gadde
Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Lead at Twitter
Vijaya Gadde is Twitter’s legal, public policy, and trust and safety lead. She previously served as a legal director at Twitter, where she managed the international and corporate legal teams. Prior to joining Twitter in 2011, Vijaya was senior director, legal at Juniper Networks; previously, for nearly a decade, she was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. While at WSGR, Vijaya acted as counsel to the New York Stock Exchange’s Proxy Working Group and Commission on Corporate Governance.
Interviewed by Elizabeth Dwoskin
Silicon Valley Correspondent, The Washington Post
Contending with Techlash: One State's Approach
The hotly contested California Consumer Privacy Act is not set to take effect until 2020, but its rigorous compliance demands are sending shockwaves through the tech industry, prompting calls for a federal law that will supersede state requirements. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a proponent for CCPA and would-be enforcer of the measure, discusses why he believes California has taken the right approach to protecting consumer privacy.
  • Mar 28
Attorney General Xavier Becerra says tech companies can no longer claim ignorance and use the excuse that they’re young when they violate rules. ‘We need to treat them like adults. Adults face consequences when they mess up.’
  • Mar 28
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to break up big tech companies is “worth exploring.” “No one knows where this is going to go,’ he said. ‘We don’t want to lose total control of what we can do with our data.”
  • Mar 28
As he waits for the California Consumer Privacy Act to go into effect, Attorney General Xavier Becerra says he’s working to strengthen the law and give consumers the ability to sue if their privacy rights are violated. ‘If consumers can’t enforce their rights, you have to ask if those are really rights,’ he said.
  • Mar 28
Xavier Becerra
Attorney General of California
Xavier Becerra is the 33rd Attorney General of the State of California, and the first Latino to hold the office in the history of the state. He has decades of experience serving the people of California through appointed and elected office, including 24 years in the U.S. Congress. where he shaped policy on behalf of working families and became Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. As California Attorney General, Becerra works to protect the 40 million people of the state, their values and resources. His decision-making is routinely driven by his belief that everyone who works hard should earn a chance to get ahead.
Interviewed by Tony Romm
Technology Reporter, The Washington Post
Contending with Techlash: Federal Regulation of Big Tech
What would a federal privacy framework look like and should it preempt state laws? How can the federal government address calls to break up big tech monopolies? Experts will discuss the merits behind calls for increased oversight of tech companies and explore potential regulatory solutions.
  • Mar 28
Former Facebook CSO Alex Stamos says tech companies should work together as one voice and offer solutions to Washington, instead of waiting for one to be handed to them. “If they can work together, I think they’ll be in much better shape than trying to wait for 87 different laws in 87 different jurisdictions.”
  • Mar 28
Former Federal Trade Commission CTO Ashkan Soltani says individual state privacy laws can be beneficial because they can cover specific issues that fall under the privacy umbrella.
  • Mar 28
Former Facebook CSO Alex Stamos believes Facebook’s privacy pivot is Mark Zuckerberg’s way of calling everyone’s bluff. ‘It allows him to disclaim responsibility. He’s calling the bluff. Everybody’s saying we want privacy, so he’s saying, ‘Great. We’ll give you privacy.’’
  • Mar 28
Alex Stamos
Former CSO, Facebook; Professor, Stanford's Freeman-Spogli Institute
Alex Stamos is a cybersecurity expert, business leader and entrepreneur working to improve the security and safety of the Internet through his teaching and research at Stanford University. Stamos is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford’s Freeman-Spogli Institute, a William J. Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, and a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution. As a Chief Security Officer at Facebook and Yahoo and a co-founder of iSEC Partners, Alex has investigated and responded to some of the most seminal events in the short history of cybersecurity, and has been called the “Forrest Gump of Info Sec” by friends.
Ashkan Soltani
Former CTO, Federal Trade Commission
Ashkan Soltani is an independent researcher and technologist specializing in privacy, security, and behavioral economics. His work draws attention to privacy problems online, demystifies technology for the non-technically inclined, and provides data-driven insights to help inform policy. He’s previously served a brief stint as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as the Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission, advising the commission on its technology related policy as well as helping to create its new Office of Technology Research and Investigation. He also served at the FTC in 2010 as one of the first staff technologists in the Division of Privacy and Identity
Moderated by Cat Zakrzewski
Technology Reporter, The Washington Post
Challenges of the New Gig Economy
The CEO of one of the most popular on-demand worker platforms and former head of global operations at Google discusses the future of work, what we mean by the sharing economy and the importance of workforce diversity.
  • Mar 28
TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot says because of its inherent flexibility, gig work is now a mainstream option for those looking for additional income.
  • Mar 28
When asked whether the wages of gig workers should be regulated, TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot said companies are also accountable for ensuring their workers are paid well. ‘“We all have a responsibility to make sure there is fair and equal pay.”
  • Mar 28
Stacy Brown-Philpot
CEO of TaskRabbit
An expert at building and scaling large, mission-minded organizations, Stacy Brown-Philpot leads TaskRabbit as its CEO. In 2017, Stacy led the successful acquisition of TaskRabbit by the IKEA Group. During her tenure, TaskRabbit has expanded its presence into more than 50 markets across the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, with a plan to expand globally.
Interviewed by Christina Passariello
Technology Editor, The Washington Post
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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Cyber Defense
T.J. Rylander, Partner at Next47 interviews Dave DeWalt, renowned cybersecurity expert, on the future of cybersecurity and how companies and governments can better prepare.
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Dave DeWalt
Founder and Chairman, Momentum Cyber
Dave DeWalt has spent over 30 years in the Technology industry holding a series of leadership positions in some of the industry’s most innovative and successful companies. Dave is a Founder & Chairman at Momentum Cyber a firm he co-founded in 2018 along with Michael Tedesco and Eric McAlpine. Momentum Cyber is the premier trusted strategic advisor to the Cybersecurity industry providing bespoke high-impact advice combined with tailored senior-level access from incubation to exit. Dave also serves as Managing Director at Allegis Cyber where he conducts his early and growth stage investing activities.
T.J. Rylander
Partner, Next47
Prior to joining Next47 in early 2018, T.J. was Managing Partner at In-Q-Tel (“IQT”), the strategic venture firm affiliated with the U.S. Intelligence Community. During T.J.’s 10 year tenure at IQT, he led investments in 20 leading technology startups, in almost all cases taking Board roles. Examples include FireEye (NASDAQ: FEYE), Cloudera (NYSE: CLDR), Pure Storage (NYSE: PSTG), Cloudant (Acquired by IBM), and Platfora (acquired by Workday). In addition to sourcing, negotiating and managing investments, T.J. led IQT’s West Coast Investments professionals. He also served as co-lead for the company’s Infrastructure and Security practice.
Washington Post Tech Reporters Roundtable
Members of The Washington Post tech reporting team discussed the biggest technology stories of the day and how news priorities differ in Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley.
  • Mar 28
In the relationship between Washington and Silicon Valley, who is not holding up their end of the bargain? The Washington Post tech team shares their thoughts.
  • Mar 28
Washington Post tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler says he believes Apple’s foray into being a service provider is the company’s attempt to “extract the value of being in a billion people’s pockets.”
  • Mar 28
Elizabeth Dwoskin
Silicon Valley Correspondent, The Washington Post
Tony Romm
Technology Reporter, The Washington Post
Cat Zakrzewski
Technology Reporter, The Washington Post
Geoffrey Fowler
Technology Columnist, The Washington Post
Moderated by Christina Passariello
Technology Editor, The Washington Post
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