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Techies Agree - They Don't Lobby Congress Enough

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The Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 6, 2011, is seen with a marble chimera rhyton that stands in front of the Rayburn House Office Building in the foreground, as Congress debates the budget, on Capitol Hill Wednesday, April 6, 2011 in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

If there's one thing techies agreed on at the Tech Policy Summit in Napa on Wednesday, it's that they don't communicate well or often enough with Congress.

"There is this feeling in tech that you don't want to work with government," said Nnena Ukuku, a lawyer for startups and a co-founder of Black Founders Startup Ventures. It doesn't help that Congress and regulators are seen as too slow, Ukuku told the conference.

Some also appear to view Congress as not being terribly bright. An example, from Larry Downes, an internet analyst who wrote "The Laws of Disruption", was the startled reaction to the rebellions that brought down piracy legislation in February. "Congress is very confused. They don't know what to make of it. It was scary and fast," Downes told the conference.

"They just know something loud happened and they don't like loud noises."

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