How did a social scientist with a government background and an ethics professor who helped create the Giving Tuesday movement come to co-author about Big Tech and tech policies? Stanford University professors Jeremy Weinstein & Robert Reich explain how their observations and expertise led them to co-author System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and their perspective on how the industry can repair, improve, and be ethically regulated through progressive and up-to-date policies.
Reich and Weinstein share their thoughts on tech entrepreneurialism, why so many new startups aren’t doing much to solve real-world problems, and how Big Tech can implement change that creates civic opportunity.
Meet our guests:
Rob Reich is a philosopher, the director of Stanford University’s Center for Ethics in Society, co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and associate director of its new Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. He is the author of Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better.
A former sixth grade teacher, he has won multiple teaching awards at Stanford. He helped to create the global movement #GivingTuesday and serves as chair of its board.
Jeremy M. Weinstein, a political scientist, went to Washington with President Obama in 2009. A key staffer in the White House, he foresaw how new technologies might remake the relationship between governments and citizens and launched Obama’s Open Government Partnership. When Samantha Power was appointed US Ambassador to the United Nations, she brought Jeremy to New York, first as her chief of staff and then as her deputy. He returned to Stanford in 2015 as a professor of political science, where he now leads Stanford Impact Labs, a major university initiative that partners research teams with leaders in the public, private, and social sectors to tackle important social problems.
He is a prizewinning author and a decorated teacher whose expertise spans domestic politics and U.S. foreign policy.
Both co-authored System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot.