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Consumer Electronics Show shifts focus toward regulation and techlash
10 January 2019 00:00
As nearly 200,000 entrepreneurs, software coders, sales people and journalists converged on Las Vegas this week for the world’s largest technology show – CES – there was broad acceptance that in the wake of the data protection scandals of the past year such as Cambridge Analytica, the tech industry is facing a “techlash,” with a growing sense of distrust and skepticism from the public and regulators. While US regulators were absent from this year’s CES because of the federal government shutdown, it was abundantly clear that there has been a sea change since CES 2018, with privacy issues taking center stage. The tech industry is “currently in a privacy perfect storm,” said Michael Petricone, the head of regulatory affairs for the Consumer Technology Association, which puts on the CES show.
10 January 2019 00:00 by Mike SwiftThe massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which happens each year on neutral ground between Washington and Silicon Valley, has been a demilitarized zone where tech companies and regulators can rub elbows without rancor.
Mike Swift Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent
Mike Swift is an award-winning journalist who has been at the forefront of covering data, privacy and cybersecurity regulatory news for more than a decade. As the Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent for MLex, in addition to reporting, he coordinates MLex’s worldwide coverage in the practice area. Formerly chief Internet reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and SiliconValley.com, Mike has covered Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and other tech companies and has closely tracked... Read more
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Amy is responsible for the coverage of an array of regulatory and litigation issues pertaining to the Internet, including privacy, data security and antitrust. Formerly a legal reporter for the ALM media group, Miller has closely followed legal trends in Silicon Valley and covered corporate legal departments for online and print publications including The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, and The Recorder. Miller is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is an... Read more