Politics and Policy of APIs
Date(s) - Jun. 17, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us on Wednesday, June 17th at 2:00 pm (ET) / 11:00 am (PT) for a panel discussion about the politics of APIs.
Application programming interfaces, or APIs, enable the receipt and transmission of data on the internet. This benign definition obscures the numerous controversies and murky future of one of the digital world’s core building blocks.
As the line between the virtual and real worlds continues to blur, technologists, entrepreneurs, and policymakers must grapple with APIs. When the Los Angeles Department of Transportation required ride-sharing services to use its API, Uber sued over the resulting privacy concerns. With Google and Oracle engaged in a legal battle over the contested ownership of APIs, the courts, and ultimately the government itself will be forced to further involve itself in the future of the technology.
– Lilian Coral, Director of National Strategy & Technology Innovation, Knight Foundation
– Charles Duan, Director of Technology & Innovation and Resident Fellow at R Street
– Tom Lee, Policy Lead at Mapbox
– Sean Roberts, Chief Technologist, Lincoln Network
This event will be moderated by Marshall Kosloff, Director of Outreach and Media, Lincoln Network.