TechTank

TechTank is a bi-weekly podcast featuring Dr. Nicol Turner Lee and Darrell West of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution, in conversation with technology experts and policymakers. In a series of roundtable discussions and interviews, they cover the most consequential and current issues involving technology policy and discuss what decision-makers should consider as they think about emerging technologies. Download the podcast here and subscribe to the TechTank newsletter for the latest research and analysis from the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings.

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TechTank: The Facebook Oversight Board’s Decision on Banning Trump

Should a powerful technology company such as Facebook have the power to ban public officials from its platform?

On Jan. 7, the day after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol building, Facebook temporarily banned then-President Donald Trump on the grounds that he had used a video and online statement to incite violence. Since then, the company referred the Trump case to an oversight board composed of 20 independent experts to determine whether to make the ban permanent and to provide guidance for other world leaders.

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TechTank: What to Expect From the Biden Administration on Antitrust Regulation and Big Tech

The nation’s current antitrust laws have historical regulatory and enforcement precedents. Recent congressional hearings featuring Big Tech companies have begun to question whether existing laws are adaptable to current corporate behaviors and provide sufficient policing of deceptive or anti-competitive practices. In this episode of TechTank, host Nicol Turner Lee discusses the Biden administration’s potential approach to antitrust and competition policies, particularly those affecting Big Tech, with Brookings Fellows Bill Baer and Tom Wheeler and MIT Professor Nancy Rose.

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TechTank: What We Can Learn About Mars From the Perseverance Exploration?

In February, the latest U.S. rover named Perseverance landed on Mars and began what is expected to be a historic exploration of the Red Planet. Equipped with high-resolution cameras, microphones, drills, scoopers and a helicopter, the mission aims to find evidence of microbial life from 3.5 billion years and decipher what happened to that planet. Already, Perseverance is navigating its landing spot in Jezero Crater, finding rocks that appear to have been molded by water and wind, taking pictures of volcanic rocks, and starting to move around the crater.

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