Disruption

The year states took over tech policy

Data privacy, social media and more were hot topics in statehouses in 2023.
Colorado Rep. Brianna Titone sits in the wheel of a teactor on display before Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed legislation that forces manufacturers to provide the necessary manuals, tools, parts and even software to farmers so they can fix their own machines Tuesday, April 25, 2023, during a ceremony outside the State Capitol in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

State lawmakers this year embraced their role as the avant-garde of tech policy, insisting that if Congress won’t lead, they will.

Statehouses became beehives of tech regulation on issues including data privacy, youth access to social media, right-to-repair and the role of artificial intelligence in elections and revenge porn.

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