Andrew Yang

Data generated by each individual needs to be owned by them, with certain rights conveyed that will allow them to know how it’s used and protect it.” Source: Andrew Yang Website

Andrew Yang

Founder of Venture For America, a nonprofit that aims to create jobs in struggling American cities 

Entrepreneur and author

Graduated from Columbia Law School 


Andrew Yang has gotten a lot of attention in this campaign, despite his complete lack of political experience. This may be due to his unique and interesting ideas such as a universal basic income to address the rise of automation, a technocratic approach. He also supports a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, and opposes having the United States military in Yemen.

The Key

Security Issues

With the rise of security breaches, the consolidation of power to a few large tech companies, and data privacy issues in large numbers, these tech issues are some of the most contentious of this election cycle. 

Cyber Security

Andrew Yang's thoughts and actions on how to keep the Internet safe and secure for all.

Data Privacy

How Andrew Yang Will Protect Consumer Data

Tech Monopolies

How Andrew Yang Will Deal With Large Tech Companies Like Amazon, Facebook, and Google.

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Cyber Security

August to October 2019

Yang said that he’d be tough on Russian hacking as president, despite the fact that the United States has also interfered with other countries’ elections. 

He’s also advocated for creating a Department of Technology as well as reviving the Office of Technology Assessment, which advised Congress on tech issues until 1995. He blamed low tech literacy in Congress for privacy mistakes, especially with the Mark Zuckerberg hearings in 2018. Source: The Washington Post 

Yang has also called for higher encryption standards through quantum computer technology. Source: Andrew Yang Website

He’s expressed concern about ransomware of cities’ public data. Source: Andrew Yang Twitter

Yang believes that elections should be done on mobile apps using blockchain. Source: Politico

If he was. president, Yang would create a Secretary of Cybersecurity position. Source: CNBC

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Data Privacy

August 2019

Data privacy is one of the larger issues in Yang’s 2020 campaign. He believes that data should be treated as a property right. Under his plan, individuals would own their data and would have rights to know how it’s used and protected, including: 

          • The right to be informed as to what data will be collected, and how it will be used
          • The right to opt out of data collection or sharing
          • The right to be told if a website has data on you, and what that data is
          • The right to be forgotten; to have all data related to you deleted upon request
          • The right to be informed if ownership of your data changes hands
          • The right to be informed of any data breaches including your information in a timely manner
          • The right to download all data in a standardized format to port to another platform”.

Companies would need to get an opt-in from the user before collecting any data, clearly stating what data they’re collecting and how it will be used. Yang believes that if your data generates money for a company, you should get a cut. Source: Andrew Yang Website

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Tech Monopolies

October to November 2019

“There are dynamics in technology, right now, that make it so that competition isn’t always the answer.” Source: The New York Times

“Amazon alone is closing 30% of America’s stores and malls, soaking up $20 billion in business while paying zero in taxes.” Source: CNBC

“[There are] absolutely excesses in technology and in some cases having them divest parts of their business is the right move…[but] we also have to be realistic that competition doesn’t solve all problems…if this [data] is our property and we share in the big gains, that’s the best way we can balance the scales against the big tech companies.” Source: CNBC

Most recently, Yang has said that these large tech companies are too powerful and unaccountable, requiring regulation. He’d like to:

          • Regulate use of data/ privacy by establishing data as property right
          • Minimize health impacts of tech on people by creating Department of the Attention Economy to focus on smartphones, social media, gaming and apps and how to responsibly design and use them, especially for children
          • Stop spread of misinformation by scaling up VAT on digital ads, requiring disclosures on all ads, regulating bot activity/ algorithms and addressing “gray area” between publishers and platforms
          • Increase knowledge/ capacity of government regarding tech

Source: Andrew Yang Website