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The Future of Tech Policy in the Biden Administration

February 11, 2021

An Event in the Gray Center’s “The Administrative State in Transition” Webinar Series

Thursday, February 11, 2021

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET

You can view the video recording below. Listen to the event as a podcast here.

“Tech policy” is a broad and nebulous label. But from antitrust to national security to social media moderation, recent years have been filled with difficult questions about federal law and policy, and myriad proposals for major new regulatory initiatives surrounding new technologies and big tech companies. Moreover, these debates scramble familiar partisan and ideological lines.

What policies might the new Biden Administration pursue — in legislation, and in regulation?

To discuss this topic, the Gray Center hosted a webinar on February 11, with a panel of leading experts, including:

  • Loully Saney, Policy & Strategic Communications Advisor, Day One Project
  • Alec Stapp, Director of Technology Policy, Progressive Policy Institute
  • Ted Ullyot, Mediator, Consultant, and former General Counsel of Facebook

This conversation was moderated by the Gray Center’s Executive Director, Adam White. This was the third event in the Gray Center’s series, “The Administrative State in Transition.”

About Loully Saney

Loully Saney is Policy & Strategic Communications Advisor for the Day One Project, an initiative dedicated to democratizing the policymaking process by working with new and expert voices across the science and technology community. Her work at the Project is focused on driving policy development, strategic planning, and communications on science and technology issues. Prior, she served as deputy press secretary to U.S. Senator Tim Kaine. As a congressional staffer, she served as a fellow at the Wilson Center and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Saney is a graduate of Princeton University where she studied Politics.

About Alec Stapp

Alec Stapp is the director of technology policy at the Progressive Policy Institute. His work has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, and the New York Times and published in MIT Technology Review, Politico, and Salon. He holds an MA in economics from George Mason University and a BSBA in economics from the University of Arizona.


About Ted Ullyot

Over the course of his career, Ted Ullyot has been a leader in both the private and public sectors. He was General Counsel of Facebook from 2008–2013, leading the company’s legal and security functions from early-stage private company through IPO. Professor Ullyot also served in the administration of President George W. Bush, including in the White House as Deputy Staff Secretary and at the Justice Department as Chief of Staff to the Attorney General. At other points in his career, Professor Ullyot served as General Counsel of AOL Time Warner Europe; as a board member of AutoZone; and as a partner in the law firm Kirkland & Ellis and the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Professor Ullyot clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia and for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and his undergraduate degree from Harvard.


February 11, 2021