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Around the Web: Cybercriminal or Ethical Hacker?

By: Tom Gurr, Executive Director, PacTech

Working with both policy and technology can sometimes be a double-edged sword. In working to create policy that encourages innovation and job creation, it’s easy to become overzealous. When this happens, policy (and policymakers) can have the opposite effect of what they’ve intended–hampering the innovation and curbing the job creation that they’ve tried to support.

Perhaps the most important piece of this puzzle is the patience and willingness to listen with which lawmakers enter the process of policy creation. Taking the time to listen to each side of a debate, acquiring industry expertise and being clear and transparent about the intention of any policy effort can go a long way with those who risk being adversely effected.

Take for example Washington State Rep. Chad Magendanz. A longtime employee of Microsoft and a member of the House Committee on Technology and Economic Development, Rep. Magendanz is being careful that his proposed bill on cybercrime gives prosecutors more ability to attack this rising criminal tide, without hamstringing hackers building the state’s next great company. Read more about the effort on

“Cybercrime is getting more and complicated. It’s also getting more and more difficult to prosecute. That’s why a Washington state lawmaker is introducing a bill that he hopes will address the problem. But, there are some in the tech world worried it might do more harm than good. State Representative Chad Magendanz said he understands such concerns and that’s why he is treading carefully.

‘Sometimes the best intentions can backfire on the industry, and the last thing we want to do is stifle innovation,’ said Magendanz.”..Read More

Categories Articles, Blog, Featured Story | Tags: | Posted on January 20, 2016

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