Richard Whitt is a veteran of the tech industry -- he’s a former corporate director and managing counsel at Google (11-plus years), and current Mozilla Fellow. His many duties at Google included overseeing the company’s global strategy and advocacy on issues such as network neutrality, broadband access, digital preservation, and spectrum policy. Richard has spent his career researching, pondering, and writing about emerging tech challenges, such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, augmented reality, blockchain, and broadband access. During his three decades in tech policy and strategy, Richard has witnessed the web deteriorate from an open, transformative network to one largely commandeered by outsized online platforms, complete with intrusive ads, pervasive tracking, malicious bots, and propaganda. His current mission? Rebuilding the open web, as it was intended to be.
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