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TechTank: What to Expect for Big Tech, Broadband, Anti-trust, and Other Tech Issues Under the New Congress

Darrell West, Nicol Turner Lee
Thursday, January 19, 2023, 11:31 AM

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The 118th Congress is now in full swing after a long and contentious vote for the Speaker of the House, which ultimately was earned by House Republican Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in a slim majority from his party. In addition to his election, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) became the first Black, Democratic House Minority leader, whose role will be challenged by the Republican takeover of the House. While the U.S. Senate and White House have remained largely Democrat, some recent key departures, like Tim Wu who drafted Biden’s stance on anti-trust, and re-nominations, like that of Gigi Sohn, whose name was resubmitted by the White House for the fifth position at the Federal Communications Commission after an earlier, unsuccessful attempt may impact the overarching tech agenda for this administration.

Unlike former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Speaker McCarthy has not drafted an aggressive path toward big tech accountability, but his committee appointment of Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) to Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as other key committee appointments, may provide some insight into what issues will be introduced and how they will be debated.

Co-hosts Darrell West, a senior fellow in Governance Studies and Nicol Turner Lee, director of the Center for Technology Innovation, discuss the future of tech policies under the 118th Congress. They also predict how certain issues may be handled by a GOP-majority Congress, including anti-trust enforcement, big tech, broadband expansion and spending, the digital divide, China, and national security.

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Darrell M. West is vice president and director of Governance Studies and holds the Douglas Dillon Chair. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of TechTank. His current research focuses on artificial intelligence, robotics, and the future of work. West is also director of the John Hazen White Manufacturing Initiative.
Dr. Nicol Turner Lee is a senior fellow in Governance Studies, the director of the Center for Technology Innovation, and serves as Co-Editor-In-Chief of TechTank. Dr. Turner Lee researches public policy designed to enable equitable access to technology across the U.S. and to harness its power to create change in communities across the world. Her work also explores global and domestic broadband deployment and internet governance issues. She is an expert on the intersection of race, wealth, and technology within the context of civic engagement, criminal justice, and economic development.

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