Implementing Technovation with Shane Tews
A discussion on policy challenges to adopting technological solutions for urban issues.
APRIL 14, 2022
It has been said that invention is easy, but innovation is genius. This is because an innovation is an applied invention which radically changes behavior and disrupts the status quo. A technovation is disruption that is based on technology, and past years have shown us that technological development for its own sake is not effective innovation.
Shane Tews, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, will explore the policy challenges for local state and national government as technology becomes more important in political debates. Tews leads the discussion on industry policy for the computer chip industry, use strategies for the next state of the internet, Web3, which will be based on blockchain technology and digital tokens in a decentralized internet, and telecommunication policy for an expanded and connected wireless communication system (5G).
Tom Loosemore, founder of the UK Government Digital Service says “If you want a natively digital nation, or a state, or a city, or whatever, my message today is you actually need to be bold enough to create some new institutions; institutions that are of the internet, not on the internet.” And the need for institutions and policies is urgent: the technology industry is set to exceed $5.3 trillion in 2022, with more than 585,000 tech companies in the US.
Shane Tews has expertise in cybersecurity issues, next-generation networking (5G), the Internet of Things, international internet governance, digital economic policy, information and communications technology, Artificial intelligence (AI) and the metaverse, cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens, and emerging technologies.
American Enterprise Institute Nonresident Senior Fellow
Shane Tews is a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where she focuses on cybersecurity issues, including privacy and data protection, next-generation networking (5G), the Internet of Things, international internet governance, digital economic policy, information and communications technology, Artificial intelligence (AI) and the metaverse, cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens, and emerging technologies. She is also president of Logan Circle Strategies, a strategic advisory firm.
She is vice chair of the board of directors of the Internet Education Foundation; chair of the Internet Society’s Washington, DC, chapter; member of the board of SeedAI; chair of the board of directors at TechFreedom; and chair of the Dynamic Coalition on the Internet of Things of the Internet Governance Forum.
SHANE TEWS BIOGRAPHY
Previously, Ms. Tews served as co-chair of the Internet Governance Forum USA. She was a member of the board of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the Information Technology Industry Council, and Global Women’s Innovation Network. She also managed internet security and digital commerce issues as vice president of global policy for Verisign. She began her career in the George H. W. Bush White House as a deputy associate director in the Office of Cabinet Affairs and later moved to Capitol Hill as a legislative director for Rep. Gary Franks (R-CT).
Ms. Tews studied communications at Arizona State University and American University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies with an emphasis on communications and political science.
- Logan Circle Strategies: President, 2014–present
- Vrge (formerly 463 Communications): Outside Policy Consultant, 2015–19
- 463 Communications: Principal and Chief Policy Officer, 2012–15
- Internet Education Foundation: Vice Chair, Board of Directors, 2011–present; Member, Board of Directors, 2004–11
- Verisign: Vice President of Global Public Policy and Government Relations, 2001–12
- Distilled Spirits Council of the United States: Vice President for Federal Affairs, 1997–2001
- Citizens for a Sound Economy and Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation: Director of Government Relations, 1995–97
- Office of Congressman Gary A. Franks (R-CT), US House of Representatives: Legislative Director, 1992–95
- The White House: Deputy Associate Director, Office of Cabinet Affairs, 1991–92
- US Department of Transportation: Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, 1991; Staff Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation for Scheduling and Advance, 1989–91
BA, public relations and political science, American University
Attended Arizona State University