Alan Davidson discusses the impact of public policy on the way technology is evolving in the Internet space.
Instead of viewing it as a lawyer for a public policy interest
group — his previous role — he now approaches it from his new perspective
as a public policy advisor to Google's engineering design group,
counseling them on how to build products and run a business. He
encourages his fellow engineers "to think broadly […] about their role
in the world […], to be more than bench-tied engineers and more
involved in the deep social debates of the time."
"It's actually a very different perspective to be lucky enough to be in
a very innovative company — a very disruptive company — and to spend some
time thinking about what does it mean to build products, to build
technologies, to deploy systems in a way that is aware of these public
policy debates that are going on."