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The Trump Presidency’s Impact on Technology Policy

As the Trump administration settles into the White House, TAP scholars have been exploring the potential impact of President Trump’s nominations to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the Supreme Court. In The Future of the FTC on Privacy and Security, Professors Daniel Solove and Woodrow Hartzog note that the FTC’s actions play a significant role in setting the privacy agenda for the entire country, and they contemplate how President Trump’s nominations for the vacant Commissioner roles may dramatically change the agency’s privacy and security enforcement over the next 4 years. Additionally, Professor Nicholas Economides cautioned that President Trump’s appointments to the FCC could unravel the net neutrality rules that the FCC established in 2015 (Nicholas Economides Says “Don’t Gut Net Neutrality”). Finally, Professor James Grimmelmann examines where President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Gorsuch stands on copyright and technology.

The 2016 U.S. Presidential election has shown the political divide in America has widened into a chasm. Professor Matthew Gentzkow examines the partisan divide in U.S. politics through the language differences used by conservatives and liberals. In The Language Divide, he finds that the differences in language between left and right have exploded since the early 1990s.

Furthermore, as social media has evolved to create new pathways for people and organizations to get information out to wide audiences, political campaigns have joined marketers and hackers to manipulate algorithms in order to shape information for public consumption. In Hacking the Attention Economy, Data & Society founder danah boyd shows how the hacking culture evolved from playful efforts to game the media ecosystem to complex and politicized projects of social engineering and activism.

Read the latest TAP blogs…

Understanding the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016
Eric Goldman, TAP, March 8, 2017

Joseph Turow Warns of Discrimination and Privacy Issues When Retail Stores Track Customers
TAP, March 2, 2017

Kevin Werbach Shares Lessons for Policymakers: How to Regulate Innovation without Killing It
TAP, February 24, 2017

Privacy Protection Without Law: How Data Privacy Is Shaped by Market Forces
Omri Ben-Shahar, TAP, February 15, 2017

Congestion on the Last Mile
Shane Greenstein, TAP, January 20, 2017

Five Unexpected Lessons from the Ashley Madison Breach
Woodrow Hartzog and Danielle Citron, TAP, January 16, 2017

Margo Kaminski
Amazon Echo and the Internet of Things that Spy on You
Popular Science

“The core of their argument is the government shouldn’t get to gather the recording of the user’s intellectual activity—their queries to Alexa, the books they purchased, that sort of stuff—without some kind of heightened protection. Because this is First Amendment activity, we worry about the chilling effect.”

Kevin Werbach
This Is the Year Donald Trump Kills Net Neutrality

“The right has for a long time had an agenda that suggests that the role of the FCC should be significantly curtailed. I think it’s quite likely that will be the agenda of this new administration.”

More TAP Scholars 

James Speta and Christopher Yoo are both quoted
Net Neutrality Foe to Head the FCC
Scientific American

Austan Goolsbee
Trump Begins Dismantling Obama Financial Regulations
CBS News

Lorrie Cranor
A World Beyond Passwords
CBS News  

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