This week, the Institute hosted its annual program Tech Foundations for Congressional Staff, a two-day immersion program for staff to learn about new developments affecting technology policy.
Over two days, staffers participate in a rigorous classroom experience with lecture/seminar-style presentations from technologists, academics, and business leads. The program is designed to step back from typical "issue advocacy" and instead provide the technology, legal and business context for current tech policy debates.
Each year's program is designed based on feedback from Congressional staff about what matters most to them. Not surprisingly, this year's program had a strong focus on privacy, with additional sessions on algorithmic bias and accountability, competition, and content moderation. The program closed with a half-day simulation which saw teams of staffers respond to a protracted cyber influence campaign.
The Tech Foundations program attracts staffers from both parties and chambers, drawing from committees and personal offices. It's one of our favorite programs of the year, as interested staff find time to connect with each other and explore complex issues in the classroom.
This year's event was made possible by support from BSA | The Software Alliance and the Internet Association. Thank you to them, to the great group of staff who joined, and to our phenomenal line-up of speakers.
You can see the full program for the event at www.georgetowntech.org/ctf.