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.
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Congress needs to extend the old broadcasting rules against media control of candidate messages to cover cable and social media.
Regulatory pressure to rely more on automated takedowns threatens to undermine the legitimacy of online spaces.
Let’s be careful not to shortchange the free flow of public data in the rush to pass new privacy.
Proposals to require companies to share their data are riddled with flaws and solve no pressing marketplace defects.
Supreme Court’s Ohio v. American Express decision is more sensible in how it handles antitrust policy than some realize.
The good news is that European policymakers are responding to the challenges posed by artificial intelligence.
The FCC should use a sensible approach that would not disrupt the current technology landscape and would allow consumers to make their own decisions on privacy
While debate over the approach to privacy continues, it should be recognized that both the European Union and the U.S. share substantial common ground on privacy