Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate suggests Big Tech might avoid the hammer blow of a breakup if the ticket wins the White House.
Public scrutiny of fields such as artificial intelligence, digital surveillance and cybersecurity have sparked more talk in Congress about a slew of new laws for the tech industry. Tech executives and venture capitalists have high hopes California’s junior senator will bring a moderate touch to those conversations and to regulating large and small businesses alike.
“How do you do that without creating unintended consequences?” said Casey Ellis, founder of San Francisco-based cybersecurity startup Bugcrowd Inc. “That’s a hard problem to solve, and I think she’s been pretty thoughtful about it.”
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Harris served as California’s attorney general as Silicon Valley companies such as Facebook Inc. and
grew into global titans and critics began questioning their influence.