The Future of Tech Commission is an independent and bipartisan working group of civic leaders developing a comprehensive, inclusive tech policy agenda for the nation.
Americans depend on and embrace technology -- and the ongoing pandemic has laid bare just how vital technology and its tools have become. But they also see its perils and pitfalls, from privacy issues and the amplification of harmful mis- and disinformation to threats to our children's safety and the very functioning of our democracy.
Over the last year, the Future of Tech Commission convened the American public, leaders, and experts from across sectors to generate input on the most urgent tech policy challenges and opportunities facing America's economy and democracy. Americans across the aisle agree that urgent action is needed to protect our privacy, protect our families, and protect our future.
A Blueprint for U.S. Technology Policy
The commission has released a comprehensive blueprint of tech policy recommendations and a coordinated national framework for the administration, Congress, and the American people.
Watch our blueprint launch event here:
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The commission will convene conversations and events across the country with experts, community leaders, and the public to share its findings and encourage dialogue and action on tech policy for the nation.
Stay tuned to learn more about how you can participate in our events.
Margaret Spellings is president and CEO of Texas 2036, a long-term, data-driven organization working to secure Texas’ prosperity through the state’s bicentennial. Her extensive leadership in education and government include serving as president of the University of North Carolina System and president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, as well as U.S. secretary of education and White House chief domestic policy advisor for President George W. Bush.
Deval L. Patrick
Deval L. Patrick is a business and civil rights attorney, a former senior executive in two Fortune 50 companies, an impact investing entrepreneur, and the former two-term Governor of Massachusetts. He is the author of two books, A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life and Faith in the Dream: A Call to the Nation to Reclaim American Values, a devoted spouse of 36 years to Diane, a lover of Labs, and a beekeeper.
James P. Steyer
James Steyer is the founder and CEO of Common Sense, the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a powerful voice for kids and families in the 21st century. He is also the author of his latest book Which Side of History: How Technology is Reshaping Democracy and Our Lives (2020), an award-winning consulting professor at Stanford University, and the dad of four great kids.
The commission partnered with leading civic organizations and academic institutions to convene nine town halls across the country and two in Europe. More than 1,000 local attendees joined those discussions.
Through interviews and town hall discussions, the commission also gathered input from approximately 150 experts, advocates, and industry and thought leaders. Watch recordings of all of our town halls at the links below.
TITLE: Massachusetts Town Hall: A Public Discussion on Creating Safe, Healthy Online Spaces for All Americans
DATE: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
TIME: 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT
TITLE: Texas Town Hall: A Public Discussion on Digital Access for All, and Proliferating Technological Innovation in Education and Workforce
DATE: Wednesday, May 26th, 2021
TIME: 9:30 a.m. CT/7:30 a.m. PT
TITLE: Northern California Town Hall: A Public Discussion on Creating Safe, Healthy Online Spaces for All Americans
DATE: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
TIME: 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET
TITLE: Southern California Town Hall: A Public Discussion on Creating Safe, Healthy Online Spaces for All Americans
DATE: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
TIME: 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET
TITLE: Connecticut Future of Tech Commission Town Hall: A Public Discussion on Advancing Innovations in Education
DATE: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
TIME: 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET
TITLE: Indiana Future of Tech Commission Town Hall: A Public Discussion on Digital Access and Workforce Development in Rural and Agricultural Communities
DATE: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
TIME: 12-2 p.m. PT/3-5 p.m. ET
TITLE: North Carolina Future of Tech Commission Town Hall: A Public Discussion on Leveraging Technology to Accelerate Innovation in Health Systems
DATE: Tuesday, June 29, 2021
TIME: 11:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. ET
TITLE: Florida Future of Tech Commission Town Hall: A Public Discussion on Advancing Innovations in Tech Education and Talent Development
DATE: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
TIME: 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET
TITLE: Arizona Future of Tech Commission Town Hall: A Public Discussion on Digital Equity, Access, and Tech Innovation for Workforce
DATE: Thursday, July 8, 2021
TIME: 10 a.m. MT/1 p.m. ET