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Kara Visits the Tech Policy Summit: Privacy

Last week, I appeared at the second annual Tech Policy Summit, held in Hollywood, which covered a wide range of important topics related to digital issues and public policy.


The privacy panel I moderated was called “Personalization and Privacy: Deciding Who Does What with Customer Data.”

And the decision right now on that critical issue? Pretty much anyone does what they want with consumer data!

I did video interviews with two of the three panelists on the privacy panel: Jules Polonetsky, AOL SVP and chief privacy officer and Joanne McNabb, who is the chief of the California Office of Privacy Protection (the third panelist was Leslie Harris, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology).

In these, Polonetsky discusses challenges big companies like AOL (TWX) can do for consumers and McNabb talks about what government can do.

(Actually, not nearly enough!)

Here’s the video (and here is another video I did, related to the content panel I also moderated):

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work