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TechTank is a biweekly podcast from The Brookings Institution exploring the most consequential technology issues of our time. From artificial intelligence and racial bias in algorithms, to Big Tech, the future of work, and the digital divide, TechTank takes abstract ideas and makes them accessible. Moderators Dr. Nicol Turner Lee and Darrell West speak with leading technology experts and policymakers to share new data, ideas, and policy solutions to address the challenges of our new digital world.

 

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This week on the TechTank Podcast, co-host Dr. Nicol Turner Lee is joined by Steven Overly, the host of POLITICO Tech at POLITICO, and Darrell West, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and TechTank co-host. Together, they discuss where tech and tech policies are in the upcoming election and understand what hotbed issues resonate with candidates and voters alike. [Note: This episode was recorded before the announcement of Biden's exit from the race on July 21, 2024.] Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week on the TechTank Podcast, co-host Nicol Turner Lee welcomes two distinguished guests: Arjun Subramonian, a Computer Science PhD candidate at the University of California, and Raj Korpan, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Hunter College, City University of New York. Together, they discuss their groundbreaking paper, "Queer in AI: A Case Study in Community-Led Participatory AI." This insightful episode dives into the significant risks AI poses to queer communities and explores innovative, community-driven solutions. Don’t miss this compelling conversation on the intersection of technology and social justice. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Join us on the latest episode of the TechTank Podcast, where co-hosts Darrell West and Nicol Turner Lee dive into the opportunities and challenges of the AI roadmap developed by Senator Schumer (D-NY) and the bipartisan commission. Tune in for an insightful discussion on the complexities and implications of this new initiative. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week on the TechTank Podcast, co-host Nicol Turner Lee talks about the state of artificial intelligence in the law with Mark Brennan, a tech and telecoms lawyer, and John Villasenor, a nonresident senior fellow at the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings. The conversation offers valuable insights into how AI is shaping the future of legal practice and the opportunities and liabilities for legal professionals.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this week's episode of the TechTank Podcast, co-host Nicol Turner Lee speaks with Dr. Dominique Duval-Diop, the Chief Data Scientist for the United States, who reports directly to the Biden-Harris administration. Hear more about the White House’s focus on equitable data and strategies for its effective implementation within our rapidly evolving systems. Dr. Duval-Diop also provides insights into how the nation navigates the plethora of data needs, including at federal agencies. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week on the TechTank Podcast, we revisit a crucial discussion from 2022 on civil rights and artificial intelligence. On this previous episode Co-host Nicol Turner Lee was joined by Renee Cummings, a data activist in residence and criminologist at the University of Virginia’s School of Data Science, along with Lisa Rice, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance. Together, they conducted a thorough exploration of these complex issues and provided valuable insights into addressing the urgent issue of equitable AI.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
On this week's episode of the TechTank Podcast, Co-host Darrell West will delve into the significance of the mission to the Moon and its implications for future US space exploration policy. Joining Darrell is distinguished expert Marina Koren, a staff writer at The Atlantic. Marina regularly contributes to the magazine and recently authored an article titled “Apollo’s Sequel Will Be a Gold Rush.” Together, they will explore the future of space exploration and the role of private companies.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this week's episode of the TechTank podcast, co-host Darrell delves into the intricacies of AI governance and provides insights into what to anticipate in the future of AI. To help address these critical questions, the podcast features a conversation with the distinguished expert, Steve Overly, the Host of Politico Tech, a daily podcast that explores technology's impact. Join us as we embark on this insightful journey into the evolving landscape of AI governance Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Currently benefiting over 23 million households, the ACP has provided affordable broadband to those in need. But in recent weeks, it may be abruptly eliminated, and questions arise on whether it will hamper existing efforts to close the digital divide. On this episode of Tech Tank, co-host Nicol Turner Lee speaks with Colin Rhinesmith, the Founder and Director of Digital Equity Research Center, and Fallon Wilson, the Founder and Director of Black Churches for Digital Equity. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this week's episode of the TechTank Podcast, co-host Darrell West delves into the future and capabilities of powerful quantum computers. To aid in comprehending these revolutionary machines, Darrell West is joined by Joseph Keller, Visiting Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology. Tune in for a highly informative conversation. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In the latest episode of the TechTank Podcast, cohost Nicol Turner Lee speaks with Jennifer Huddleston, a Technology Policy Research Fellow at the CATO Institute, and Christopher Wood, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of LGBT Tech Partnership & Institute. Together, they delve into the complexities surrounding regulatory efforts and explore the evolving landscape of how our kids interact with technology. They also offer their predictions on what may be next for Congress, states, and other stakeholders in the policy debates over children’s privacy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this week's episode of the TechTank podcast, co-hosts Nicol Turner Lee and Darrell West kickoff 2024 with an insightful conversation on the state of tech policy with returning guests, MattPerault, Director of the Center on Science & Technology Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill, and ScottBrennen, the Head of Online Expression Policy at the Center on Technology Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill. Together, they discuss the intricacies of state policy within the dynamic and ever-evolving tech landscape, exploring key challenges and potential solutions that shape the future oftechnology governance. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Tech Outlook for 2024

Tech Outlook for 2024

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In this episode of the TechTank Podcast Co-host Darrell West and Nicol Turner Lee discuss what lies ahead for tech policy in 2024 and what people should watch for from Congress, the Biden Administration, state and local government, and court cases. They cover topics such as AI, infrastructure implementation, problems of bias, safety, and transparency, and competition policy. A number of initiatives are pending, which likely will make the coming year an exciting time for technology policy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this week's episode of the TechTank podcast, co-host Nicol Turner Lee is joined by StephenBalkam, founder and CEO of FOSI, and Kara Sundby, Senior Director at KANTAR, to delve intothe findings of a new report focused on how teens and parents interact with generative AI. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this episode of The TechTank Podcast, co-host Darrell West engages in a conversation withElaine Kamarck, the Founding Director of the Center for Effective Public Management, and aSenior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. Together, they explore thetransformative impact of AI on the political landscape and explore what lies ahead for theupcoming election. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this episode of the #TechTank podcast, co-host Nicol Turner Lee talks with CongresswomanYvette D. Clarke about her prior and current legislative directives focused on AI regulation, andthe urgency given the explosion of generative AI systems. The Congresswoman is a SeniorMember of both the House Energy and Commerce Commission, and the House Committee onHomeland Security. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
From December 13 2021: How have teens, the most tech-savvy population of all, been navigating the internet, rife with the spread of misinformation, algorithmic discrimination and more? On TechTank, Samantha Lai will be joined by Taylor Lorenz, technology reporter for the New York Times and affiliate at the Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, to discuss how young people use the internet and why it matters. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this episode of the TechTank Podcast, co-host Nicol Turner Lee speaks to Congressman Ted (D-CA) about these and other areas concerning AI regulation, oversight, and guidance in the United States. They also discuss how AI’s regulation from other countries will influence national policymaking.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this episode of the TechTank Podcast, co-Host Nicol Turner Lee discusses what is new in the more recently updated Cybersecurity Framework 2.0. Joining the podcast to discuss those changes is Cherilyn Pascoe, Director of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), who also shares resources and tools that all organizations of any size and sector can access. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this episode, co-host Darrell West will be joined by Tom Colvin, a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS) at NASA. In light of recent international interest in returning to the moon, they will discuss the implications of new lunar landings for the future of space exploration. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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