Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and Representative Greg Walden (R-OR), two members of Congress with large roles on telecommunications, the internet, and technology, talked about some of the key issues in the technology sector.
Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA), chair of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee overseeing communications and technology, talked about net neutrality, hate speech on the internet and on social media, mergers such as the proposed T-Mobile/ Sprint deal, and how big tech companies were becoming a campaign issue.
Former Obama administration Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler talked about about his new book, From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future, in which he outlines technological advances such as railroads and the telegraph, the printing press, computers and search engines such as Google.
Christopher Shelton, the president of the Communications Workers of America, talked about the union's opposition to the T-Mobile/Sprint proposed merger, including the role of Congress role on the issues, 5G, and more.
While attending the State of the Net conference, "The Communicators" spoke with Federal Trade Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter (D) and Neil Chilson, a fellow at the Charles Koch Institute. ... Slaughter talked about her work at the governmental agency that promotes consumer protection and the prevention of anti-competitive business practices, net neutrality, FTC rule-making authority, and Google's treatment in Europe. ... Chilson discussed the Koch Institute and his role there, privacy issues, and online free speech. This was the second of several "Communicators"' shows featuring people who regulate and monitor the internet, privacy and cybersecurity, study the* digital frontier, research artificial intelligence, and investigate internet and communications crime.
While attending the State of the Net conference, "The Communicators" spoke with Makan Delrahim, assistant attorney general for the Antitrust Division; Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus; and Corey Thomas, Rapid7 president and CEO. Topics included regulation of the internet, privacy, and cybersecurity. This was the first of several "Communicators"' shows featuring people who regulate and monitor the internet, privacy and cybersecurity, study the* digital frontier, research artificial intelligence, and investigate internet and communications crime.
Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Technology Association, talked about major technology issues facing the U.S. He also spoke about the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) his organization sponsored January 8-11, 2018 in Las Vegas, where thousands of tech companies showed their latest products.
Walt Mossberg, technology thinker and columnist, talked about technology developments; his work with the News Literacy Project, which teaches middle school and high school students how to tell fact from fiction in the media; and why he decided to quit Facebook.
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Byron Reese talked about his book, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity, on artificial intelligence and its future applications. In his work he posits that only three times previously has technology transformed human life prior to the present age of artificial intelligence and robotics: the harnessing of fire, the development of agriculture, and the inventions of the wheel and writing.
Tarleton Gillespie, author of Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions That Shape Social Media, talked about his book that explores content moderation on social media platforms. He also discussed the role that Congress could play.
Kai-Fu Lee, a technology leader in China, talked about the development of artificial intelligence and the ways that the U.S. and China are racing to develop it. ... Lee is a high-tech venture capitalist in China and author of the new book AI Superpowers.
Cristina Chaplain of the Government Accountability Office talked her department's study of the state of the Pentagon's weapons system cybersecurity. The study found almost all U.S. weapons systems have "mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities."
New York University Professor Scott Galloway talks about his book The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. He discussed what he calls the four most powerful companies in the world and their impact on our lives.
Noah Phillips (R), a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), talked about the FTC becoming the chief regulator of the internet, having its full slate of five commissioners, and new hearings on privacy issues.
Nicola Palmer talked about Verizon's efforts to be the first U.S. company to implement 5G. 5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology that will make much faster speeds possible for downloading video to smartphones and allow cars to "talk" to each other and enable more of the" internet of things." She described introducing 5G to four U.S. cities on October 1, 2018, and the race with China to be the 5G leader.