I'm in Vancouver for the TED conference. There's tons taking place on stage, including talks from venture capitalist Kai-Fu Lee, Dolby Labs' chief scientist Poppy Crum and former Uber exec Frances Frei. And there are lots more people here that we're eager to catch up with.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Axios tech team has its eyes glued to all things Facebook, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Senate testimony later today.
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Facebook's privacy scandals may be creating a stronger market for privacy-oriented sites and services, which are seeing a slow increase in use in the wake of the latest revelations, Axios' Scott Rosenberg reports.
So far, it's a stream, not a flood. But it's a useful proxy for measuring possible defections from Facebook, since no one outside Facebook knows for sure whether significant numbers of people are abandoning the network.
The big picture: Even though #deletefacebook is a trendy hashtag, Facebook says it's seen no "meaningful" drop in usage, and it's not likely to disclose updated numbers until its next quarterly report in about a month.
The catch: There's no popular, privacy-conscious alternative to Facebook waiting to welcome defectors, the way Lyft was standing by to snap up disenchanted Uber customers during the heyday of #deleteuber.
Scott has more here, including a look at some of the services that could gain from the anti-Facebook movement.
Zuckerberg leaves a Senate office on Monday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Reporters on Capitol Hill — including our very own David McCabe — got a workout Monday chasing Zuckerberg as he ducked into various offices (and evaded reporters' questions).
The bottom line: Early reviews were mixed, with some senators praising his forthrightness, but also saying they have lots of unanswered questions. While Zuckerberg spent Monday roaming the halls of Congress, others prepared for his testimony in their own way.
Yes, but: This week's importance cannot be overstated. As Axios' Mike Allen writes this morning: "For a decade-plus, Washington worshiped the power of the tech giants because they were cool and had coin."
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The U.S. still doesn’t have a national cybersecurity doctrine that outlines what would happen to adversaries when they launch cyberattacks against the U.S., Shannon Vavra reports.
Why it matters: The country's ability to fight back is limited without the overarching doctrine and authority laid out for government agencies. That's a problem given that the midterm elections are coming up, and intelligence leaders have said Russia is showing no signs of letting up on its hacking attempts.
What they're saying:
Two mega-stories in media are hitting Washington at the same time, and Republicans are split on how to manage them, Axios' Sara Fischer and David McCabe report.
What's happening: Lawmakers are being torn between the pressure to take tech regulation seriously in light of recent events and their traditional philosophies of deregulation.
Yes, but: They're not over the traditional conservative aversion to regulation — let alone representative of the majority of their colleagues on Capitol Hill and at the FCC.
Why it matters: At the heart of the tension is whether government should regulate tech companies (like Facebook) or deregulate legacy media companies (like Sinclair Broadcast Group) to allow them to compete with tech. Passing meaningful legislation to regulate industry usually takes consensus, and a split Republican Party would make consensus difficult.
Our thought bubble: Republicans are going into Tuesday's hearings looking for reasons not to have to regulate the tech companies.
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