FACEBOOK, GOOGLE, TWITTER AND OTHER TECH COMPANIES WILL APPEAR BEFORE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE THIS WEDNESDAY
Lawmakers Are Set to Start Tech Industry Hearings
Executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google are likely to face questions about political content, antitrust concerns and consumer privacy at hearings that begin Wednesday.
This week, lawmakers will start a series of hearings delving into many of those concerns. The hearings will likely highlight the industry’s political troubles, and point to practices that might be addressed in legislation or executive action in the months and years ahead.
Wednesday’s hearings before the Senate Intelligence Committee are expected to include Facebook Inc. COO Sheryl Sandberg, Twitter Inc.CEO Jack Dorsey and a representative of Google, as yet unconfirmed. Later in the day, the House Commerce Committee will examine Mr. Dorsey, whose platform has been a focus of many Republicans’ ire.–The Wall Street Journal
Silicon Valley Tech Expert, Bob Zeidman, author: Good Intentions
About Bob Zeidman
Bob Zeidman is the president and founder of Software Analysis and Forensic Engineering Corporation, the leading provider of software intellectual property analysis tools. Bob created the field of Software Forensics, having invented the CodeSuite® program for detecting software IP theft and measuring software IP growth. Bob is also the president and founder of Zeidman Consulting, a premier contract research and development firm in Silicon Valley that now focuses on consulting to law firms regarding intellectual property disputes. His work has informed court rulings in high-profile court cases including ConnectU v. Facebook, made famous in the Academy Award-winning movie, “The Social Network,” and the landmark software copyright case of Oracle v. Google. Bob has worked on and testified in over 200 cases involving billions of dollars in disputed intellectual property. Bob holds 22 patents and earned two bachelor’s degrees, in physics and electrical engineering, from Cornell University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Bob has written five engineering books including The Software IP Detective’s Handbook and Just Enough Electronics to Impress Your Friends and Colleagues! in addition to numerous articles and papers. He has also written three award-winning screenplays and three award-winning novels including his latest, Good Intentions, a political satire about a future dystopia. Bob is an advisor and board member for several startups and several nonprofit organizations.
Bob Zeidman has management experience in the founding and daily operation of various high-tech companies as well as hands-on experience designing, analyzing, and reverse-engineering hardware and software. Mr. Zeidman is considered a pioneer in the fields of analyzing and synthesizing software source code and the creator of the field of Software Forensics. Mr. Zeidman is also considered one of the leading experts in the Verilog hardware description language as well as ASIC and FPGA design. He has written several engineering texts and regularly teaches courses in these areas at conferences throughout the world. Mr. Zeidman is also an experienced and well-regarded expert in intellectual property disputes. Bob is certified in the use of CodeSuite®. He holds a B.A. in Physics and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.