We recently saw a Mercury News interview with Wendy Liu, a former Google software engineer turned techlash cheerleader, talking about her new book, “Abolish Silicon Valley.” And we found ourselves nodding in agreement with some of her concerns. “Why are Google and Facebook so big? They have control over the advertising thing and... Read more

With all the deserved flak YouTube has accrued in recent years, it can be easy to forget that a free video platform where anyone can broadcast their talents to the world is not without upside. There are hidden gems from people all across the creative industries who will never, for whatever reason,... Read more

Artificial intelligence is already impacting how artistic works are created – in ways both exciting and troubling. Soon, it will profoundly affect how we interpret ownership of those works. In some cases, it already has. As the robots expand their cold arm extenders across music, publishing, film, and every other creative... Read more

RUTH VITALE: Representative Roby, thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed. How did you come to be interested in intellectual property and copyright policy?  CONGRESSWOMAN MARTHA ROBY: I always wanted to work in the music industry. I was a music major in college, graduating with a Bachelor of Music... Read more

Facebook’s Department of Responsible Innovation is staffing up. In February, the department hired the World Economic Forum’s former head of technology policy, Zvika Krieger, as its new “Director of Responsible Innovation.” Now, it seeks a “Responsible Innovation Manager” to work under Krieger and help the department in its mission. The notion of a “RESPONSIBLE”... Read more

In November 2018, reeling from growing public outcry over toxic and harmful content on their platform, Facebook pledged to create an independent Oversight Board to assist with making its most important content moderation decisions.  More than 18 months later, the Board has materialized, with 20 inaugural members in what will ultimately... Read more