Technology itself is neither good nor bad. Everything depends on how it is designed, used and regulated.
I believe that the intersection(s) of public policy + technology is more than just “trick-or-treating” and robotically lobbying politicians. Public policy (regulations, or “regs”) should be a foundational part of every start-up’s strategy (“riches”). I also think we need to train more entrepreneurial regulators that can help ensure we evolve our legislative guardrails and protect people from harm(s). The newsletter demonstrates what that could look like, and I also run (and teach at) a small Master of Public Policy (MPP)program at McMaster University that focuses on Digital Society.
*Asking “why” you should subscribe is a pretty good question.
Like, the newsletter is free and you can read it online - I get it! I think that reading it consistently will help you think through the intersection(s) of regulation and public policy in a jargon-free, emoji-heavy environment.
Ultimately, the newsletter usually looks at “small” tech (early-stage companies) as a way to learn + think about regulatory issues related to “big” tech. There’s so much to consider that’s happening in our own backyard. The newsletter also tries to look ahead and spot harms on the horizon.
Being a “subscriber” means you’ll get first access to the newsletter [one day before it’s shared on social] so you have the inside track. The community is a pretty sweet mix of traditional policy people, scrappy tech employees, and encouraging venture capitalists. Plus (!) you can comment on posts and email me. If you’re into that, let’s do it. ✌️
Regs-to-Riches is published ~weekly with input from readers like you. Here’s some endorsements from fellow readers:
Vass Bednar @VassBThis week I ask whether firms like @Neo_Financial can sufficiently serve audiences w/ divergent interests, or whether they are more of a bad boyfriend. Flagged some Toronto + space stuff we need to keep our eyes on. And suggest reading @ruha9's @NewJimCode https://t.co/qGZfwjZjeT
Vass Bednar @VassBWhat am I missing w/ @getmaple? Is 🍿 a responsible 🇨🇦policy approach to #TikTok? Data on contracts in Canada, public interest override in Alberta, a new space newsletter + a book about policymaking and AI in this week's fever dream https://t.co/arvBzaTNx7