Andrew McLaughlin is currently CEO of Digg and Instapaper and a partner at betaworks. From 2009-11, he was a member of Obama's senior White House staff, serving as deputy chief technology officer of the U.S., responsible for advising the president on Internet, technology, and innovation policy. Previously, he was director of global public policy at Google, leading the company's work on issues like freedom of expression and censorship, surveillance and law enforcement, privacy, and Internet regulation. McLaughlin has lectured at Stanford Law and Harvard Law, and held fellowships at Stanfords Center for Internet & Society, Princeton's Center for IT Policy, and Harvards Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He helped launch and manage ICANN, the Internet's technical coordinating organization, and has worked on Internet and telecom law reform projects in a number of developing countries. After clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, he started his career as a lawyer in D.C., where he focused on appellate and constitutional litigation.
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The case for baseline rules to protect consumer internet privacy and the implications of a right to be forgotten.
McLaughlin, a former Google policy official who later worked in the Obama White House, called the European decision a travesty.
Morozov and McLaughlin debate the sincerity, utility and repercussions of America's commitment to a free Internet. They discussed the desirability of network neutrality and network regulation in the context of US foreign policy, the ways to balance user privacy with the growing needs of law enforcement agencies; and the emerging threats to freedom of expression that are inherent in the technical design as well as the business imperatives of today's Web.