Three big ideas for tech regulation from Senator Mark Warner

09.30.19 · Vox

Cooperation between the US government and tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter has improved somewhat in recent years, Senator Mark Warner says — but there’s a snowball’s chance in hell they’re going to be able to continue to regulate themselves.

“There have never been companies of this size and this power that haven’t had some level of oversight,” Warner said on a recent episode of Recode Decode with Kara Swisher. “The old ceiling [for regulation] is going to become the new floor.”

On the podcast, Warner — a Democrat and the senior US Senator from Virginia — told Swisher that there is bipartisan agreement in Congress around the need for new digital privacy legislation, yet he feels it is “necessary but not sufficient.” So in addition to a national privacy bill, he proposed three big ideas that he said would address Silicon Valley’s shortcomings.


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