December 7, 2017


Tech execs say government role needed in checking jobs impact

Ina Fried and Kia Kokalitcheva
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(This story originally appeared in Axios Login on December 7, 2017)

My colleague Kia Kokalitcheva moderated a TechNet panel yesterday. Kia relays some of the points they discussed...

There is a stereotype that Silicon Valley's companies don't want to be anywhere near lawmakers. But four tech business leaders said otherwise on Wednesday during an event in San Francisco organized by TechNet as they discussed technology's continued impact on American jobs.

Bottom line: As technology continues to shape the the economy, there are critical areas that require regulation — or, at the very least, collaboration with government — to keep Americans from being left behind. Technology's impact is only going to become greater. Some panelist suggestions include:

  • Housing policies that would increase the access to urban jobs for more workers instead of letting those places be affordable only to the richest Americans, said Thumbtack CEO Marco Zappacosta.
  • Civil service and procurement policy reform that make it easier to recruit and retain talented Americans from the private sector, said Code for America executive director Jennifer Pahlka.
  • Education policies and investment to increase Americans' access to new technologies and prepare them for the jobs of the future, said Box CEO Aaron Levie.
  • Health care access, especially for American workers who are the most financially vulnerable, said Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann.
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