a16z Podcast: A Whirlwind Tour of Current Policy Issues in Tech – with Mike Masnick and Julie Samuels

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There’s a “game” being played right now among lawmakers and tech companies around policy issues, and as tech touches everything, everyone has to play some version of it. Even if the game keeps changing. Even if they don’t want to.

Or do they? What if the game could be reinvented in a way that respects, but doesn’t reinforce, an entrenched system — especially given newer ways of engaging? Part of the problem is that only big companies can afford to play the game: “Bad policy is bad policy because it’s bad policy. But the big companies can afford bad policy.” Policies that cover everything from patents and IP in China to cybersecurity, privacy, and Safe Harbor in Europe to the gig economy, talent, immigration, and MORE