Leadership and technology innovation …
Suzan DelBene, Congresswoman (D) representing the 1st District of Washington State, Co-Chair of the Congressional Internet of Things Caucus, Co-Chair of the High-Tech Women’s Caucus, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, and former Corporate VP of Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business, (bio), joins Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez and Marc Raco in Washington, DC at the Fashion + Tech Showcase presented by the Fashion Innovation Alliance.
Legislative challenges, a wide issue, and knowing the sector
DelBene discusses the incredible technology, innovation and creativity available today, her own tech background, the reality of knowledge of these matters held by members of Congress today, issues on current on policy that legislators face, alignment with challenges of agriculture policy, and how tech is now a part of every sector and everyday apparel.
Privacy, seal of approval, and a legal disconnect
Her biggest hurdles, the focus on privacy, security and data breaches, why there remains a lot of work to do to make sure consumers understand what’s happening to data, and the issues surrounding purchasing decisions vs. device-generated data and how consumers makes that decision. The need for a ”seal of approval”, and legal issues of data discoverability. DelBene also reveals a remarkable 1986 legal disconnect between privacy in the physical vs. digital worlds.
Internet of Things, a growing spectrum, and Heathkits
The implications of lawmakers who aren’t active users of tech, the need to inspire innovation while protecting the ultimate users, an open Internet, considerations of a spectrum with higher connectivity and a wider ranges of devices. DelBene covers problems and concerns in the fashion industry, issues of scalability, combining tech with fashion, and attention to product safety. She mentions her information pipelines, how diversity in technology helps discover new ideas, allowing people to take risks, what amazes her, personalization, when technology first impacted her, and Heathkits.