SIIA's signature series, Tech& brings together thought leaders, innovators and the people who shape technology and information policies to grow innovation and opportunities in a digital world. Find out what's next for Tech& AI, Tech& Education, Tech& Women and so much more.
Restoring Trust Online
For more than 50 years, SIIA has helped shape technology and information policy to promote innovation and protect consumer welfare in the United States and abroad. In addition to direct advocacy to policymakers and lawmakers on discrete matters, the SIIA Policy Team provides expert insight and perspective on a wide range of issues confronting the technology sector. To augment our existing thought leadership, the SIIA TECH& Conversation Series provides a forum to explore more in-depth some of the most pressing issues in technology, public policy, and society writ large.
Our inaugural topic in our TECH& Competition series is the American Innovation and Choice Online Act – a broad and far-reaching antitrust bill currently pending before the U.S. Senate. While the bill’s ostensible goal is to rein in the alleged excesses of large tech platforms, a wide array of stakeholders and thought leaders have expressed grave concerns about the proposal potentially having significant unintended consequences. In interviews with three leading experts, we explore concerns related to such disparate topics as the bill’s likely impact on minority-owned businesses, the ability of tech companies to moderate content on their platforms and national security.
Please check back regularly as we explore other important issues confronting the digital economy.
During the pandemic, the United States has moved forward in ways it never knew it could. After passing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act last year in a historic leap of faith, the United States has shown it has the appetite, as well as the funding and the energy, to close the digital divide once-and-for all. Getting the details right is a telling exercise: the nation is working to ensure underrepresented communities in particular — across both rural and urban America — have access to affordable broadband and critical digital skills training. We take a closer look at how the United States is tackling the digital divide for its students, with an eye to understanding how the nation can seize this moment to support a more skilled youth, who are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.
SIIA celebrated Women’s History month by profiling innovative women thought leaders in the AI, ed tech and the privacy space and hosting an event, “Building Responsible U.S. Leadership in AI.” The event featured government officials and industry experts to discuss responsible AI, pending legislation, and US/EU harmonization. The event keynote was Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Chair of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. We hosted a fireside chat with Sorelle Friedler of the White House OSTP and heard remarks from Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Chair of the House Administration Committee. Following that, we hosted a true expert panel that included Elham Tabassi, Chief of Staff, IT Lab, NIST; Alice Hau, Tech Fellow, US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Julie Babayan, Senior Manager for Govt Relations and Public Policy, Adobe. The moderator was Issie Lapowsky, Chief Correspondent with Protocol. Politico featured the event as the Top Story in Morning Tech
In a far-ranging discussion addressing data privacy, digital inequities, artificial intelligence and the importance of diversity in every step—titled Emerging Tech and the Privacy-Equity Dilemma —a distinguished panel shared workable, forward-thinking and equitable solutions. The panel, presented by SIIA, was moderated by Rebecca Kern, Politico technology policy reporter with panelists: Charina Chou, Global Policy Lead for Emerging Technologies, Google; Cameron Kerry, Distinguished Fellow, Brookings; Matt McMurray, Legislative Director for Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL); and Lo Smith, Senior Programs Manager for the National Digital Inclusion Alliance in Baltimore.
A full recap of the program can be read here.