Big Tech is in the hot seat in Washington. Here are the 16 most influential people shaping policy for the industry from the nation’s capital.

  • Big Tech is playing defense in the nation’s capital as the Trump administration and Congress scrutinize the biggest companies on a slew of issues ranging from data privacy and security to antitrust concerns. 
  • On Wednesday, July 29, CEOs of Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple will testify virtually before the U.S. House’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law.
  • It’s a dizzying time full of uncertainty and high stakes — a perfect time for this Insider list of the tech industry’s most important lobbyists, lawmakers, regulators, and policy figures stationed in Washington.
  • Giants like Amazon, Google, and Facebook have snapped up alumni from the George W. Bush and Obama administrations to navigate the fast-changing playing field. Some have actually been expanding their footprint in DC for years.
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Big Tech is finding Washington to be an unfriendly place during the Donald Trump era.

Several major companies are under congressional or federal scrutiny. Executives once praised as American innovators are now accused of building platforms and services that undermine competition, privacy, and free speech.

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers from both parties use major tech and and social media companies as rhetorical punching bags.  Trump himself has weaponized the major social media platforms to advance disinformation and attack his enemies while at the same time using them as political foils. 

On July 29, the House Judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee will grill the leadership of Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple, putting titans like Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos on the spot.

The most famous names in the industry often draw the most scrutiny and attention in Washington, but behind the scenes, the companies have planted roots in DC by hiring small armies of lobbyists, public policy experts and communications professionals. Congressional staffers and former senior aides in the George W. Bush and Obama administrations are particularly hot commodities. 

To help navigate this increasingly cut-throat world, Insider put together this guide of the most important people at the intersection of tech, politics, and policy in Washington.

We’ll continue to update this list throughout the year.

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