Some in Washington say it is, in fact, Silicon Valley that should learn to live with the realities of policymaking. “I’ve never really heard a member of Congress say technology is not important; I’ve heard a lot of tech leaders say, ‘I don’t need politics, I don’t need Washington, policy is going to hurt us,’” Dempsey said long after that perplexing May hearing at which he testified.
Actually A LOT of things don’t move at the speed of technology.
Though I am a huge fan of tech, I have to agree with this member of Congress. I would broaden it to say that there is an overall disdain for politics in the tech space (unless the technologists are directly involved in politics somehow). This needs to change.
UPDATE: There’s been a response from the Cato Institute. I think it’s an astute response and speaks to the problems of both the tech community and D.C. Both are sort of insular bubbles in their respective niches. The problems start when the two have to collaborate or discuss an issue. They often find that they don’t even speak the same language.