I'm doing a Google+ Hangout with +Tim O'Reilly at 11am Pacific time tomorrow (Tuesday, April 23rd). We'll be talking about "how should government regulation be updated for the 21st century?" We'll also have Sophie Raseman from the US Department of Treasury as well as Brandon Ballinger from Sift Science, a start-up that tackles fraud on the net. I'll bring my point of view from working on webspam, and it should be a lot of fun. Hope to see you there!

More info here: http://reinventors.net/roundtables/reinvent-regulation/
Reinventing Regulation

I'm doing a Google+ Hangout next week (April 23, 11 am PT) on a subject that I've been thinking about for a while: how should government regulation be updated for the 21st century?  Regulation has a bad name, largely because it is so easy to think of so many examples where it's done badly. When regulatory systems work, we take them for granted.

For example, without the "regulation" imposed by anti-spam efforts on the net, email would be unusable, search results would be useless, and reasonable discussions on blogs and other online forums impossible. Without the regulatory efforts of credit card fraud detection, e-commerce would be impossible. Without the regulatory efforts of the fuel injection system in your car, the traffic control system on a subway system, or the autopilot in an aircraft, transportation would be reduced to a crawl.

Each of these positive regulatory examples teaches us something about how to reinvent government regulation.  That's a topic I'll be exploring in conversation with +Matt Cutts of the Google Search team, Sophie Raseman of the US Department of Treasury, and +Brandon Ballinger, the co-founder of Sift Science, an anti-fraud internet startup.

(It's also worth thinking about how Amazon ratings, eBay reputation, NetFlix recommendations, Yelp reviews, and other reputation systems are also examples of regulatory systems that can potentially replace, augment, or transform our notion of the regulator as gatekeeper or policeman into a notion of a system that helps us get where we want to go.)

I don't have answers. I do have questions. I'm hoping that I can get a whole lot of people, both inside and outside government, thinking with me.
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