The 118th Congress: The Future of Tech Policy Under Divided Government

The 118th Congress: The Future of Tech Policy Under Divided Government

Tensions in Congress show no signs of easing.

Republican control of the House poses numerous implications for tech policy in the United States.

A myriad of areas are facing insecurity in one way or another. The US remains unable to ratify thorough federal privacy legislation, with some states taking matters into their own hands. The collapse of cryptocurrencies and FTX, meanwhile, has left policymakers scrambling, shaping how Congress will approach the coming year. Eyes will be firmly fixed on the SEC’s actions.

The current divisions in government have provoked uncertainty regarding the US political landscape. The FCC remains split, impeding the progress of policies in areas from artificial intelligence to big tech competition. The lack of legislative cooperation in Congress at present is notable, to say the least. How will the Biden Administration impact tech policy? To what degree will the current dynamic between the White House and Congress affect the legislative process?

Access Partnership’s latest report, ‘The 118th Congress: The Future of Tech Policy Under Divided Government’, answers these questions and more, offering a detailed overview of the states of play in the following areas:

  • Competition policy
  • Section 230 & Intermediary liability
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Privacy
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity
  • Telecommunications

The existing deadlock across a variety of areas is evident. Disagreements between Democrats and Republicans over what reforms are needed present a significant challenge. Despite this, there is some potential for bipartisan agreements in the next Congress on bills that target cybersecurity and China’s rise as a tech power.

By drawing on our industry-leading expertise in policy analysis and government relations, we offer a detailed assessment of how US tech policy will evolve over both the short and long term. To unpack these insights further, download our report.


 

 

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