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a16z Podcast | Taking the Measure of Tech in Policy -- with Kamala Harris

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Former prosecutor Kamala Harris emphasizes the importance of local policymakers in tech policy, advocating for updated regulations to address emerging technologies and prioritize prevention. She highlights the significance of privacy and collaboration with technology companies. The discussion also focuses on the benefits of open data initiatives in criminal justice systems and the need for bipartisan approaches to critical issues like immigration reform and cybersecurity. Progress is noted in holding platforms accountable for harmful online content, with legislation proposed to make cyber exploitation a federal crime.

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Importance of State and Local Policymakers in Tech Policy.
Kamala Harris emphasizes the need to update rules for new technologies like drones and digital currency.
Harris shares her background growing up in a family involved in civil rights activism and science.
Her parents met at UC Berkeley during the civil rights movement, shaping her upbringing around justice and scientific community.
Harris highlights the impact of local officials on tech policy decisions and the necessity for updated regulations to address emerging technologies.
Prioritizing innovation and public safety in the tech and business sectors.
The speaker, a former prosecutor, stresses the need for fostering innovation without excessive regulations.
Emphasizing the importance of finding a balance between innovation and safety to protect vulnerable individuals.
Advocating for a shift in criminal justice approach towards prevention rather than reactive measures.
Proposing a smarter approach to crime that focuses on effectiveness and efficiency.
Importance of Prioritizing Prevention in Technology Issues.
Privacy is emphasized as a key value, especially in relation to the US Constitution.
Collaboration with technology companies resulted in industry standards for privacy policies in mobile apps.
Successful partnership between government and industry without the need for regulation or litigation.
Global impact of establishing privacy standards through technology companies.
Importance of understanding and cooperation in technology use by government and law enforcement.
Benefits of open data initiatives in improving criminal justice systems, transparency, and efficiency.
Transition from traditional data storage methods to modern technology-enabled analysis for predictive policy-making and smarter decision-making.
Challenges of government reluctance to share information due to privacy concerns.
Need for increased transparency and accountability in government operations.
Importance of using data and metrics to analyze government effectiveness.
Benefits of Open Justice initiative for analyzing government data.
Example of data revealing disparities in in-custody deaths of African-Americans.
Potential impact of government adopting technology and engaging in open data for public safety, education, and health improvement.
Excitement about the possibilities of open data for analysis and improvement.
Senator shares experiences as a freshman in the Senate.
Emphasis on bipartisan and nonpartisan approaches to address critical issues.
Shared concerns rather than political divides can reduce dysfunction and improve public policy effectiveness.
Humorous interaction with Senator Lindsey Graham showcases bipartisan camaraderie.
Importance of connecting across party lines for effective leadership.
Emphasis on bipartisan immigration reform and understanding immigrant communities.
Republicans from red states to meet with dreamers and H-1B visa holders in California.
Importance of comprehensive immigration reform and dispelling misconceptions about immigrants.
Discussion on cybersecurity threats and the need for legislation and governance.
Highlighting the holistic approach to cybersecurity, including detection and prevention measures.
Importance of cybersecurity in detection, prevention, resilience, and accountability.
Equal emphasis on regrouping quickly after an attack in critical sectors like electricity and hospitals.
Greater appreciation needed for cybersecurity factors in the technology industry.
Cyber exploitation, also known as revenge porn, predominantly affects women in non-consensual relationships.
Criticism of the term 'revenge porn' for implying justification for the act.
Addressing gaps in laws and regulations regarding technology and online harassment.
Meeting held involving tech companies, law enforcement, and victims to discuss the issue.
Progress made in holding platforms accountable for harmful content.
Challenges remain in balancing freedom of expression with protecting individuals from online abuse.
Proposed legislation aims to make cyber exploitation a federal crime to combat the issue.
Gratitude is expressed for discussing tech issues and bringing relevant experience to the table.