Protocol: Who’s advising Joe Biden on tech policy? No one in particular.
The lack of tech leadership in the campaign marks a contrast with his Democratic predecessors, as well as some of Biden’s competitors in the Democratic primary, and reflects a belief that issues like online misinformation, privacy regulation and alleged anticompetitive behavior by tech’s giants will not be pivotal to unseating President Trump. To some advocates for reforming the tech industry, though, Biden — whose written policy prescriptions largely avoid venturing into tech — is missing an opportunity to lead in areas that have gained new prominence and urgency.
“There are a huge number of open questions about where the Biden campaign is going to come down on really important policy issues, including [technology] and antitrust more broadly,” said Sarah Miller, executive director of the American Economic Liberties Project, which fights the concentration of economic power.
She and other advocates who want Biden to address these issues more aggressively in the coming months say their importance has intensified in the COVID-19 pandemic, which may boost the power of tech’s giants and has shined a light on deep inequities in broadband access.