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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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik