Yesterday, I interviewed George W Bush’s former assistant secretary of commerce Bruce Mehlman about the impact of last week’s election on the Obama administration’s technology policy. Today, I spoke to Mehlman’s co-chair at the Internet Innovation Alliance, David Sutphen, a one-time General Council to Senator Ted Kennedy and a prominent Democratic activist both in technology policy and civil rights.
It is no coincidence that Sutphen’s interests span both technology and civil rights. For him, technology policy needs to focus on fostering innovation in order to guarantee the core civil right of all American workers: jobs. From prospective network neutrality legislation to guaranteeing protection against intellectual piracy to broadband policy, Sutphen argues that Obama needs to find common ground with business and identify core policy areas where successful technological innovation can once again drive the general prosperity of the American economy.
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How to solve the network neutrality issue.
How can Obama win back Silicon Valley
Why access to broadband is a civil rights issue.
How Democrats should guarantee privacy and fight piracy.
David Sutphen has been co-chair of the Internet Innovation Alliance since October 2009. He has held significant leadership positions in Congress, the entertainment industry and trade associations. Sutphen is currently a partner at Brunswick Group LLC, a strategic communications firm. Prior to joining Brunswick, David was the Senior Vice President of Government Relations at Viacom, the parent company of MTV Networks, BET Networks and Paramount Pictures. While at Viacom, he was a leading advisor to senior corporate...