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Technology has become increasingly important to policy debates, but these debates won’t be productive without an understanding of how the technology in question works. AEI Visiting Fellow Shane Tews interviews tech industry experts to explain how the apps, services, and structures of today’s information technology systems work, and how they shape our social and economic life.

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Technology has become increasingly important to policy debates, but these debates won’t be productive without an understanding of how the technology in question works. AEI Visiting Fellow Shane Tews interviews tech industry experts to explain how the apps, services, and structures of today’s information technology systems work, and how they shape our social and economic life.

    A privacy-friendly digital wallet for children (with Rick Lane)

    A privacy-friendly digital wallet for children (with Rick Lane)

    How can children enjoy the groundbreaking innovations of the digital age with sufficient guardrails around their personal data? What existing laws and regulations aim to protect children online, and what steps must businesses of all sizes take to comply with them?
    On this episode of “Explain to Shane,” https://www.aei.org/profile/shane-tews/ (Shane) sits down with https://www.worldwithoutexploitation.org/bios/rick-lane (Rick Lane), founder and CEO of Iggy Ventures, to discuss why his firm chose to advise and invest in https://regopayments.com/ (Rego Digital Architectures’) https://mazoola.co/ (Mazoola) app. Mazoola is the only independently certified family mobile wallet that is compliant with the https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/rules/rulemaking-regulatory-reform-proceedings/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) of 1998 and https://gdpr-info.eu/ (Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation).

    • 22 min
    A spectrum roadblock for the wireless industry (with Mike O’Rielly and Harold Feld)

    A spectrum roadblock for the wireless industry (with Mike O’Rielly and Harold Feld)

    For several years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been working to modernize the use of key sections of spectrum airwaves — known as C-band — for commercial deployment. Through a series of auctions, the FCC sold the license rights to C-band airwaves to commercial 5G mobile telecommunications providers, unleashing a massive wave of private investment to enable 5G deployment. But the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-11-02/u-s-faa-issues-safety-alert-on-5g-interference-to-aircraft?srnd=technology-vpandsref=1pnqJ0TR (warned) that using C-band for 5G could interfere with air safety, reigniting a multiyear battle that many believe FCC engineers have successfully put to rest. What does the FAA’s warning mean for the future of C-band and continued spectrum deployment in the wireless industry?
    On this episode, https://www.aei.org/profile/shane-tews/ (Shane) sits down with former FCC Commissioner https://www.fcc.gov/biography-former-commissioner-michael-orielly (Mike O’Rielly) and https://www.publicknowledge.org/about-us/staff/#harold-feld (Harold Feld) of Public Knowledge to discuss why the FAA issued this warning, how legitimate its safety concerns are, and how the C-band auction winners have responded.

    • 21 min
    A co-author of Section 230 on the law’s past, present, and future (with Former Rep. Chris Cox)

    A co-author of Section 230 on the law’s past, present, and future (with Former Rep. Chris Cox)

    Congress passed Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in 1996 when the internet was just coming onto the horizon for commercial use, and there was a need to protect nascent platforms from liability for user-generated content. Often coined “the 26 words that created the internet,” Section 230 is widely credited for fostering the innovative ecosystem that created today’s successful social media firms. But a continued controversy over online content moderation has now made Section 230 a target for reform by both parties. How well has Section 230 served its original purpose, and would reforming it do more harm than good?
    On this episode, https://www.aei.org/profile/shane-tews/ (Shane) is joined by former https://netchoice.org/team/chris-cox/ (Rep. Chris Cox (R-CA)), who co-authored Section 230 with then-Rep. (now Senator) Ron Wyden (D-OR). Cox has a long history of public service as a former legal advisor in the Ronald Reagan White House, a member of Congress for 17 years, then as 28th Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He is now a member of https://netchoice.org/ (NetChoice’s) board of directors.
    Cox joins the podcast to discuss his intent in writing Section 230, the potential costs of reforming the law, and the intersection of Section 230 and private platforms’ First Amendment right of editorial control.

    • 25 min
    Analyzing Congress' skirmish with Big Tech (with Jennifer Huddleston)

    Analyzing Congress' skirmish with Big Tech (with Jennifer Huddleston)

    With five bills introduced to the House Judiciary Committee in June of this year, Congress is moving swiftly to rein in what it sees as the market power and abusive business practices of “Big Tech” firms — namely Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet Inc.’s Google. What is behind Congress’ push for new antitrust laws targeted at these companies, and how would these laws impact consumers?
    On this episode, https://www.aei.org/profile/shane-tews/ (Shane) and AEI co-host https://www.aei.org/profile/mark-jamison-2/ (Mark Jamison) are joined by https://netchoice.org/ (NetChoice) Policy Counsel https://www.americanactionforum.org/experts/jennifer-huddleston/ (Jennifer Huddleston) for a conversation on what Congress’ proposals would mean for the future of mergers and acquisitions in the tech industry, along with how these proposals would deprive consumers of services they enjoy thanks to Silicon Valley’s culture of “permissionless innovation.”

    • 27 min
    What’s going on at the Federal Trade Commission? (with Bilal Sayyed — part II)

    What’s going on at the Federal Trade Commission? (with Bilal Sayyed — part II)

    Under Chairwoman Lina Khan’s leadership, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is undergoing a number of process reforms that are poised to make the commission less democratic by allocating more power to the chair herself. If successful, what impact will these reforms have on the future of the commission — and on the laws it’s tasked with enforcing?
    In the second episode of a two-part discussion, https://www.aei.org/profile/shane-tews/ (Shane) and AEI Nonresident Senior Fellow https://www.aei.org/profile/mark-jamison-2/ (Mark Jamison) continue a conversation with https://fedsoc.org/contributors/bilal-sayyed (Bilal Sayyed) on how Chairwoman Khan’s reforms will reshape long-standing policies around how the FTC is run, and on the challenges companies may face under the new FTC’s scrutiny.
    You can listen to part one of the discussion https://www.aei.org/podcast/whats-going-on-at-the-federal-trade-commission-with-bilal-sayyed-part-i (here).

    • 16 min
    What’s going on at the Federal Trade Commission? (with Bilal Sayyed — part I)

    What’s going on at the Federal Trade Commission? (with Bilal Sayyed — part I)

    Under Chairwoman Lina Khan’s leadership, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is undergoing a number of process reforms that are poised to make the commission less democratic by allocating more power to the chair herself. If successful, what impact will these reforms have on the future of the commission — and on the laws it’s tasked with enforcing?
    In the first episode of a two-part discussion, https://www.aei.org/profile/shane-tews/ (Shane) and AEI Nonresident Senior Fellow https://www.aei.org/profile/mark-jamison-2/ (Mark Jamison) co-host a conversation with https://fedsoc.org/contributors/bilal-sayyed (Bilal Sayyed), former director of the FTC’s Office of Policy Planning and a senior adjunct fellow at https://techfreedom.org/ (TechFreedom). Bilal shares his insights on how Chairwoman Khan’s reforms will reshape long-standing policies around how the FTC is run, and on the challenges companies may face under the new FTC’s scrutiny.

    • 27 min

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