Mark.MacCarthy

Mark.MacCarthy

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Mark MacCarthy is a Senior Fellow and adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University, where he teaches courses in information privacy and tech policy in the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program. Previously, Mark was Senior Vice President for Public Policy at the Software & Information Industry Association, the principal association for the software and digital content industries, where he directed a broad range of public policy initiatives, including in the areas of intellectual property, information privacy, economic growth, cybersecurity, cloud computing, international trade and the promotion of educational technology.

MacCarthy regularly speaks and writes on topics of software and data. He has served as a consultant on technology policy issues for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and for the Aspen Institute. MacCarthy holds a Ph.D in philosophy from Indiana University and an MA in economics from the University of Notre Dame.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Mark MacCarthy and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Mark.MacCarthy

A new patent myth in Washington
Tech Policy Perspectives

A new patent myth in Washington

A flawed study prompts developments in Congress and the Patent and Trademark Office that threaten progress made against trolls.
July 24, 2018
In praise of personalized pricing
Tech Policy Perspectives

In praise of personalized pricing

Despite what you might have heard, personalized pricing would be fair and efficient.
May 23, 2018
The ethical challenges of AI
Tech Policy Perspectives

The ethical challenges of AI

Companies need to think in ethical terms as they develop and deploy AI applications.
May 15, 2018
AI and the future of work
Tech Policy Perspectives

AI and the future of work

We need a strategic plan to meet the challenges.
May 8, 2018
What is competition policy for?
Tech Policy Perspectives

What is competition policy for?

Regulators should focus on making markets work better for consumers.
February 26, 2018
Policy challenges of artificial intelligence
Tech Policy Perspectives

Policy challenges of artificial intelligence

Developments in artificial intelligence are a driver of new products and services that will improve the richness, variety and comfort of our lives, speed up productivity growth, and make consequential decisions fairer and more accurate.
February 12, 2018
Big data is not a barrier to entry
Tech Policy Perspectives

Big data is not a barrier to entry

Just as big data is not the “new oil” or “information infrastructure,” neither is it a barrier to entry. Companies have vast quantities of new and free data available to them.
January 29, 2018
Facebook takes on non-consensual intimate images
Tech Policy Perspectives

Facebook takes on non-consensual intimate images

Non-consensual intimate images are a serious problem that tech companies are trying to prevent. Facebook’s pilot reporting program in Australia is a thoughtful first step to address this major social issue.
November 15, 2017
Ethical principles for algorithms
Tech Policy Perspectives

Ethical principles for algorithms

As big data analytics continues to transform the economic and social landscape, is it time to ask questions about the ethical nature of the algorithms employed by various organizations? Is it the responsibility of organizations to ensure that their algorithms contribute to social good?
October 13, 2017
AI policy should be based on science, not science fiction
Tech Policy Perspectives

AI policy should be based on science, not science fiction

Speculative fear shouldn’t lead us into creating an omnibus regulatory structure to oversee all AI research. A fear-driven policy approach could significantly slow the development of AI systems that will make our homes and roads safer, cure deadly and costly illnesses, drive economic progress, and lead to many other societal advancements. Government should be looking for ways to promote AI rather than creating regulatory roadblocks.
July 26, 2017
Alexa, bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States
Tech Policy Perspectives

Alexa, bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States

U.S. companies have been bringing manufacturing home, and with this has come almost a quarter of a million jobs since 2010. And more are on their way — Deloitte reports that about half of U.S. manufacturing executives plan to bring home some portion of their operations by 2020. But there’s a hard truth beneath this positive trend: while domestic manufacturing is near all-time highs, America is not fully prepared to fill the jobs of the future.
May 19, 2017
Don’t fear machines, collaborate with them
Tech Policy Perspectives

Don’t fear machines, collaborate with them

Occupations accounting for 47% of all U.S. employment are at risk of computerization, and this isn’t decades away: It could happen over the next 10 to 20 years
December 9, 2016
Tech leaders must act quickly to ensure algorithmic fairness
Tech Policy Perspectives

Tech leaders must act quickly to ensure algorithmic fairness

Do big data algorithms treat people differently based on characteristics such as race, religion, and gender? Tech leaders must take seriously the debate over data usage -- both because discrimination in any form has to be addressed, and because a failure to do so could lead to misguided measures such as mandated disclosure of algorithmic source code. The public must be confident in the fairness of algorithms, or a backlash will threaten their very real and substantial benefits.
September 22, 2016
Tech Policy Perspectives

Why not a guaranteed basic income for all?

The freedom provided by a guaranteed income is a stimulus to creativity and innovation -- the corn seed of the tech industry. It is essential and timely to think about how to make technological change improve our working lives. Technology can be good for workers as well as consumers. But the concept of a basic income for all appears ready to tip into the mainstream conversation.
June 3, 2016
Companies and rights activists should unite to support data flows
Tech Policy Perspectives

Companies and rights activists should unite to support data flows

The digital trade provisions in the TPP oppose cross-border constraints on data flows. Free and open digital trade will benefit companies and their workers, but it will also benefit human rights advocates who oppose government censorship of data.
February 19, 2016
Tech Policy Perspectives

A tech policy agenda for an uncertain political future

The top tech priorities for Congress and President Obama this year should be fostering data-driven innovation and the Internet of Things, increasing digital trade and passing the TPP, fighting patent litigation abuse and patent trolls, protecting strong encryption for cybersecurity purposes, and promoting edtech and digital learning in education
January 29, 2016
Tech Policy Perspectives

A shortsighted call for softening encryption

The Paris attacks have given the government an excuse to renew efforts to gain access to encrypted private communications. It's a bad idea
December 1, 2015
Privacy and open flow of data can – and must – co-exist
Tech Policy Perspectives

Privacy and open flow of data can – and must – co-exist

Is digital trade really the enemy of privacy? Unfortunately, that seems to be message being delivered by many commentators, analysts and policymakers, who have bought into the false notion that the free flow of data across borders can’t exist within strict privacy regimes
July 20, 2015
Tech Policy Perspectives

Compromised encryption is a threat to national security

The administration is floating a trial balloon suggesting that national security requires giving up the protection provided by strong encryption. This approach gets the issue wrong. When the situation calls for encryption, using strong encryption strengthens our national security. Using weak encryption weakens us.
June 30, 2015
Making certain the cyber-attack cure doesn’t kill the patient
Tech Policy Perspectives

Making certain the cyber-attack cure doesn’t kill the patient

Cyber-attacks are accelerating and having a real economic impact. What can Washington do to help cure our cyber-attack epidemic? In the fast-moving world of information security, government technology mandates don’t work, but there are smarter ways to address cybersecurity.
April 1, 2015
The U.S. must set the rules for digital trade
Tech Policy Perspectives

The U.S. must set the rules for digital trade

President Obama has called for the Congressional passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, which gives Congress the ability to approve trade agreements under expedited legislative procedures that do not allow amendments. The U.S. needs effective trade agreements to solidify our favorable global position in digital trade, and TPA is critical to negotiating these agreements.
March 4, 2015
Patent reform: Ending the ‘trick-or-troll’ nightmare
Tech Policy Perspectives

Patent reform: Ending the ‘trick-or-troll’ nightmare

Congress should pass the Innovation Act and ensure that patent litigation abuse is no longer able to sap the resources of law-abiding companies that produce jobs and drive our economy
February 19, 2015
Corporate cyber security: Sharing is caring
Tech Policy Perspectives

Corporate cyber security: Sharing is caring

Cyber security may finally be a unanimous, bipartisan national priority, but lawmakers should focus on information sharing, not security mandates
February 3, 2015
Tech Policy Perspectives

Keeping the Internet free means letting go of ICANN

For the sake of a truly open Internet, the U.S. Department of Commerce needs to move ahead with its plan to transfer control of ICANN to an independent governance structure.
January 15, 2015
Moving past the illusion of data democracy
Tech Policy Perspectives

Moving past the illusion of data democracy

Americans want the power to dictate exactly how our personal data is collected and used, but pervasive data gathering and analytical techniques are rendering true data democracy obsolete.
December 9, 2014