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A loose constellation of tech veterans is lining up to support presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The contingent is forming a largely moderate, Beltway-fluent contrast to President Trump's smaller bench of tech loyalists, Axios' Margaret Harding McGill and Kyle Daly report.
The big picture: Biden is drawing support from the technocratic circles that made for an amicable relationship between the Obama White House and Silicon Valley, including some people who once worked for Obama or Biden and now hold powerful positions at major tech firms.
What to watch: Here are some notable tech figures who are serving as Biden bundlers (that is, major fundraisers marshaling large sums of money from other donors):
Between the lines:
Biden has also received individual campaign donations from a smattering of tech insiders with past close ties to Biden specifically or the Obama administration more generally, according to Federal Election Commission records. They include:
Meanwhile: At least two tech veterans are on record as officially advising the Biden campaign.
Why it matters: Campaign fundraisers and well-connected donors can play an outsize role in shaping a presidency. Sometimes tapped for policy consultation, they can also bring people into an incoming president's orbit to fill open positions in the administration, or become candidates for those roles themselves.
The catch: It's hard to predict where a Biden administration might land on the largest collision points between tech and Washington — competition and privacy. His tech supporters may have a moderate tint, but the overall Democratic Party has grown more aggressive.
For more on the 2020 race, including how Trump's tech support lines up, read the full story.
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A top tech trade group is pushing the Trump administration to provide clear nationwide guidance on how companies should approach reopening during the coronavirus pandemic, Margaret reports.
Why it matters: Conflicting guidance from federal, state and local authorities on how to safely get back to work is muddying an already daunting prospect.
Details: In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, Information Technology Industry Council president Jason Oxman is seeking a clear set of guidelines that address the following topics:
Go deeper: Reopening debate opens tech rift
Snapchat is working to get younger users to register to vote ahead of the 2020 general election, executives tell Axios' Sara Fischer.
Why it matters: The company is redoubling voter engagement efforts after successfully registering 450,000 voters through its app during the 2018 midterms. New data shows that more than half of those that registered actually went out and cast ballots.
By the numbers: The new data from DemocracyWorks, a nonpartisan nonprofit that runs civic tech companies like TurboVote and BallotScout, shows that 57% of Snapchat users last cycle that registered on the platform did indeed cast a ballot.
The big picture: Snapchat has leaned into civic engagement over the past two cycles, upping its political content and pushing to get more of its largely young user base to register, find their polling places and obtain accurate information about the election.
Between the lines: Candidates are pushing to get in front of Snap's audience.
A coalition of children's advocacy groups accused video-sharing platform TikTok of violating children's privacy and called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate in a complaint Thursday, Margaret reports.
Why it matters: TikTok is facing heat from Washington over concerns about how well it's protecting kids who use its wildly popular app — and it paid $5.7 million last year to settle an FTC investigation alleging that a predecessor app illegally obtained children's personal information.
Details: The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, the Center for Digital Democracy and others argue TikTok has not lived up to the terms of last year's FTC settlement and continues to violate the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by:
The other side: "We take privacy seriously and are committed to helping ensure that TikTok continues to be a safe and entertaining community for our users," a TikTok spokesperson said in response to the complaint.
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