Tech Policy Leaders-logo

Tech Policy Leaders

Technology Podcasts

Tech Policy Leaders features the best minds in tech law & policy keeping you informed about the latest trends in privacy, free speech, and media law & policy throughout the world.

Tech Policy Leaders features the best minds in tech law & policy keeping you informed about the latest trends in privacy, free speech, and media law & policy throughout the world.


Washington, DC


Tech Policy Leaders features the best minds in tech law & policy keeping you informed about the latest trends in privacy, free speech, and media law & policy throughout the world.






Joi Chaney & Alisa Valentin: The Digital Divide -- How Technology Impacts Our Lives

The digital divide is the gap between those who have access to digital technologies and resources and those who do not. If you asked most people what the digital divide was, they would probably assume it’s a reference to Internet access or computer usage. While these are both accurate representations of the digital divide, there’s more to it than that. The digital divide is actually a social divide that exists between individuals based on their access to technology and its benefits. In...


Battle of the privacy bills; Meta's meltdown? -- Tech Law & Policy This Week

Competing privacy bills may slow down kids’ protection online Three competing privacy bills have made negotiations on the Hill even more difficult as the Senate and House have 3 different versions – two of which focus specifically on creating stronger protections for kids online. The one in the House that passed late last month is an overarching federal privacy framework that some legislators have objected to, particularly Maria Cantwell, the Democratic Senator from Washington State,...


Belinda Nixon: Connecting Corporate Law with Technology & the Internet

When it comes to the intersection of technology and law, our minds go straight to challenges that feature prominently in the media, such as privacy in the digital age, the ethics of artificial intelligence, or how blockchain will change everything. But the Federal Communications Commission continues to play an outsize role in determining the parameters around how telecommunications companies provide service in a way that takes into consideration the interests of a wide variety of consumers,...


Veda Cruz: How to Keep Up with Top Legal Trends in the Gaming Industry

Veda Cruz: Play to Earn Games: What You Need to Know About the Law The video game industry has grown rapidly over the last several years. With new technology and more affordable equipment, more people than ever are interested in playing video games as a hobby. The booming popularity of “play to earn” games – also known as user incentive programs – has only accelerated this trend. These programs incentivize gamers to play specific video games by rewarding them with virtual or physical...


FCC cracks down on "car warranty calls"; DOJ fines Uber for violating disabled passengers; Tech Law and Policy This Week - week ending 7.22.22

Hey everybody, I’m Joe Miller and here’s what’s going on in the world of online safety and free speech this week. Amazon’s $3.9bn One Medical bid Washington Post. Privacy experts worry about how Amazon will use healthcare data if the acquisition goes through – a deal that’s subject to Federal Trade Commission approval. The agency has already launched an aggressive campaign to rein in Amazon’s market power. YouTube to ban abortion misinformation Clare Duffy at CNN Business reported...


Kathy Baxter: The Ethics of AI

Kathy Baxter: The Ethics of AI Consumers are between a rock and a hard place. We expect the companies we distrust to be honest about their data collection practices. Ninety percent of consumers think companies should improve the world. According to many of us, it’s not happening. Saleforce’s Kathy Baxter and her colleague Yoav Schlesinger developed a maturity model which depends on managers being open to feedback from their subordinates about AI bias. With trust as a starting point,...


Arizona criminalizes recording police; Amazon shared Ring footage without consent -- Friday News Brief -- 07.15.22

Hey everybody, I’m Joe Miller and here’s what’s going on in the world of online safety and free speech this week. Denver case may let cops check search keywords If a crime happens, should police be able to get a warrant that requires Google to release data on who used particular search terms? That question is at issue in a Denver criminal trial against a teen defendant who allegedly killed 5 Sengalese immigrants by setting fire to their home. Denver police nabbed the suspect using a...


Payton Croskey: Subverting Race-based Surveillance in a Digital Age

Payton Croskey and her team investigate the ways in which racial bias and discrimination shape how we are watched, policed and targeted by surveillance technology. Payton Croskey LinkedIn Instagram Bio Payton Croskey is a visual artist and tech justice scholar writing, coding and designing a liberatory future for all who refuse to submit to technology’s watchful eye. Pursuing a degree in African American Studies and a minor in Computer Science at Princeton, Payton’s research...


Friday News Brief - 07.08.22

TikTok is under intensifying pressure TikTok is under intensifying pressure from Congress after Buzzfeed released leaked audio from nine different TikTok employees saying that ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company based in China, had access to TikTok user data in the U.S. In a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Lina Kahn, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Mark Warner and Vice Chair Marco Rubio called for a comprehensive investigation of TikTok’s practices, since the Buzzfeed...


Ryan Merkley: Disinformation Post-Roe v. Wade

The discourse in the US is increasingly toxic and divisive. Disinformation, misinformation, and hate speech are rampant and we have few options to change it. The US has been entrenched in a deteriorating political and information environment for a long time now. The Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade instantly removed a right that 165 million Americans expected to have indefinitely. The discourse has always been divisive, but now it's reaching a point where people are unable to...


Friday News Brief - 06.24.22

Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, opening the door to surveillance In a 6-3 decision Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan were the only dissenting justices. Writing for the majority, Justice Alito left it up to state legislatures to write their own abortion laws. As far as tech policy is concerned, many advocates, including WashingTech, are concerned that law enforcement will now be able to surveil location data in any of the 13 states...


Friday News Brief - 06.17.22

Biden calls for better kids privacy laws in State of the Union During his state of the Union address Tuesday, President Joe Biden called for better regulation of social media companies. First Lady Jill Biden invited Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen to the State of the Union – Haugen was the first to shed light on Facebook’s (now, Meta’s) internal efforts to target children as young as 6 on Instagram, and the fact that the company ignored its own research showing Instagram damaged...


Joe Miller: Let's Talk About 'Tech Transparency

I decided to do a solo episode this week because I think it’s really sort of super important to highlight bias in the public policy profession – because it is a profession. Because over the last 17 years that I have been working on tech and media public policymaking, majority-white organizations have always seemed to think it’s totally fine to attack organizations founded and led by people of color, orgs like this one, to pursue their status ambitions. So, let’s be transparent, shall we?...


Friday News Brief - 06.10.22

Congress makes progress on federal privacy law A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced a privacy bill last week that some observers including the Washington Post say faces a steep uphill battle. But the bill would require companies that use your data to only collect that data which is necessary for their businesses to function properly. It also proposes a number of other things such as a requirement for the Federal Trade Commission to keep a database of data...


Ari Fitzgerald: 5G Basics

Most of us probably don’t think about it much, but our cell phones and Wi-Fi connections use something called spectrum to send and receive data. The term “5G” refers to the fifth major version of this standard for transmitting information wirelessly. It’s also known as “millimeter wave technology.” The 5GHz spectrum has long been viewed as a way to get around the crowded radiofrequency (RF) spectrum and its associated problems with Wi-Fi. The widespread adoption of wireless local area...


Friday News Brief - 06.03.22

Sheryl Sandberg is leaving Meta (née Facebook) after 14 years with the company Sheryl Sandberg is leaving Facebook after 14 years with the company.The Wall Street Journal reported that Meta has been reviewing Sheryl Sandberg's personal activities, including a reported allegation from the Journal's sources that she used company funds to plan her wedding. But Meta spokeswoman Caroline Nolan denied Sandberg's departure was related to the review. The tech sector and civil rights advocates...


Friday News Brief - 05.27.22

Washington Post reports on “light-sensing” technology to identify weapons A company called Evolv uses “active sensing” — a light emission technique also used in radar and lidar—to create images and identify weapons in public and private venues, according to the company. Despite “fundamental limitations in differentiating benign objects from actual weapons,” existing clients include the New York Mets, Lincoln Center in New York City, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system, and Six Flags...


Emnet Tafesse & Ranjit Singh: A Social Science Approach to AI

AI is an interdisciplinary field that draws on many fields of study, including computer science, psychology, neuroscience, and mathematics. AI researchers often bring a social science perspective to the field. They want to understand the social implications of AI and to identify ways that humans can best interact with AI systems. Social scientists look at how people interact with AI systems and how these interactions might change over time. Social scientists also want to understand how AI...


Friday News Brief - 05.20.22

NY Attorney General Opens Twitch Probe in Buffalo Shooting Aftermath New York State Attorney General Letitia James opened a new probe in. to Twitch, 4chan, 8chan, and Discord in the aftermath of the mass hate-motivated shooting at a Buffalo supermarket that left 10 Black people dead. The probe is geared towards determining how the shooter used these platforms to plan, discuss, stream or promote the mass murder to which the defendant, who was apprehended at the scene of the shooting, has pled...


Vicki Shotbolt & Geraldine Bedell: Global Tech Policy and Media Literacy for Families

Today’s global economy has made it easier than ever to explore opportunities and access resources. However, this comes with the challenge of understanding how these new markets and opportunities can be beneficial or harmful to your family. Technology is a powerful tool that can help you stay informed, connected, and entertained wherever you are in the world. As content from different countries and cultures becomes more accessible, it’s important for parents and caregivers to learn about new...