As British leaders criticize Silicon Valley, VOA opens bureau there.

Posted: 06 Jun 2017   Print   Send a link

Voice of America press release, 6 June 2017: “A lively debate between a congressman, an entrepreneur and an academic was the focal point of the opening of Voice of America’s first-ever Silicon Valley bureau in San Francisco. At the event – held June 1 among the entrepreneurs and financiers of the global incubator 500 Startups in San Francisco — participants debated two sides of a developing argument over tech worker visas in the U.S. ‘Silicon Valley is an incredibly important place for the Voice of America,’ said VOA Director Amanda Bennett. ‘In telling America’s story, we always emphasize technology and entrepreneurship because we have found that these two topics are of great interest to our global audience.’ … The VOA Silicon Valley bureau is in temporary quarters, but will formally open its office and studio at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and Courthouse, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, later this summer.”
Dow Jones Newswires via Fox Business, 4 June 2017, Robert Wall, Sam Schechner and Stu Woo: “Hours after the third terrorist attack in the U.K. in three months, British leaders on Sunday escalated their criticism of Silicon Valley, calling for international regulations to hinder extremists who use cyberspace to spread their message and recruit supporters. … Technology giants have struggled for two decades over how — and how much — to curb the spread of undesirable content, from pirated music in the 2000s to false news reports in recent months. Governments ramped up pressure on them to crack down on online terrorist propaganda in the wake of terrorist attacks in Europe and the U.S. in 2015. In each instance, the challenge remained the same: Tech executives must balance their desire to help fight a common enemy — like terrorists — with Silicon Valley’s libertarian values in protecting free-speech rights of most internet users.”