How Senator Mark Warner Wants to Crack Down on Tech

On this week’s If Then, Will Oremus and April Glaser discuss the continuing saga that is Facebook’s effort to fix itself--ideally, without breaking everything else. On Friday, the company finally released more information about the huge hack that it announced last month, which affected nearly 30 million people. They’ll talk about what was stolen, and why it matters.
Then, April and Will are joined by Senator Mark Warner, from Virginia, the top democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, conducting its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. This summer he released a policy paper proposing possible regulations for U.S. social media and technology companies. They talk to him about what worries him most about the largely unregulated tech industry that can’t seem to keep our data private and stop muddying our elections. They also ask him what he thinks congress can do to rein these companies in and why lawmakers haven’t been quick to act.
10:44 - Interview with Senator Mark Warner
31:40 - Don’t Close My Tabs
Don’t Close My Tabs:
The New Yorker: The Growth of Sinclair’s Conservative Media Empire
New York Magazine: Here Is a List of Every Animal Humans Currently Monitor Using Facial Recognition Technology
Podcast production by Max Jacobs
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