Building our Technology Policy Future

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Media Outlet: Medium

Alan Davidson published a piece about building the field of public interest technology.

Encryption. Autonomous vehicles. Blockchain. Fake news. AI. Cybersecurity. The list of complex technology policy issues confronting our society is dizzying — and only growing. How can we ensure that our government and social institutions have the skills and capacity to confront these new challenges? And how do we inspire a next generation of leaders with expertise in technology and public policy to guide our society through these coming challenges?
Two decades of digital developments have democratized communication, made knowledge more accessible, and created new economic opportunities around the world. But they also raise fundamental questions about privacy, security, consumer protection, transparency, and political power — and how policy-makers should address them.


Alan Davidson is a Public Interest Technology Fellow at New America. Previously, he served as the first director of digital economy at the U.S. Department of Commerce and senior advisor to the Secretary of Commerce.