Sen. Charles Schumer delivering his keynote this morning at Internet Week NY
As mentioned in a previous post, Katherine Oliver, a commissioner from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s office, mentioned the importance of the city’s tech industry during her opening remarks at Internet Week NY. That message was reiterated by Sen. Charles Schumer, who delivered the first keynote speech, which outlined why he believes New York is best suited to be the nation’s tech hub and how the city will overtake Silicon Valley.
Going way back to the origins of New York City as a manufacturing leader, Sen. Schumer brought his keynote to the present, where the city’s “existing diversification” and the ability to adapt will help it to climb to the top of heap of cities that are leaders in the innovation economy.
He’s proposing the creation of a working group, with help from Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, that will realize his 25-year goal to lead in the high-tech area through public-private partnership. A strong and vibrant enhanced high-tech industry here in NYC could open doors for lots of other industries, including PR.
Facebook is currently facing charges from Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) that the social network does not respect user’s privacy.
Schumer told CNN, in a segment that also featured Nick O’Neill from our sibling blog AllFacebook.com, “the fact that you have to opt out, and the fact that the opt out procedure is complicated, clearly means that people have less control.” He was referring to Facebook sharing user data with third party sites.
Issues like this could be one reason why Facebook staffed up its D.C. public affairs office months ago. The office consists of four staffers, PRNewser has learned, and is led by Timothy Sparapani, a former senior attorney with American Civil Liberties Union. Adam Conner is Associate Manager for policy. The company also recently addedCorey Owens, previously the Press Secretary at the Constitution Project, a D.C. privacy group to their D.C. team.
Andrew Noyes, formerly a reporter with CongressDaily, joined Facebook as Manager, Public Policy Communications in October 2009. In a PRNewser interview at the time, Noyes said, in regards to Facebook’s challenges communicating privacy issues:
You’ve got the FTC, which is very interested in privacy and consumer issues. They are the lead agency on this and they’ve expressed a lot of interest in taking a hard look at how companies like Facebook, Google, Yahoo and others are using people’s personal info and protecting data.
You have so many cooks in the kitchen so to speak so sometimes messages get muddled. The biggest challenge is making sure Washington truly understands what Facebook is, what Facebook offers and how it protects user’s information.
When we caught up with Noyes today to talk about Schumer’s comments, he sent us the following statement:
We appreciate the concerns raised by Sen. Schumer and expect that further dialogue with interested members of Congress about the user controls that accompany the tools announced by Facebook last week will alleviate any concerns they may have.
He also said Facebook is looking to make one more hire in their D.C. office. The Federal Trade Commission indicated they will weigh into the debate at some point.