Stewart A. Baker

Partner

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Stewart A. Baker

Partner

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Stewart Baker is a partner in the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C. From 2005 to 2009, he was the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. His law practice covers cybersecurity, data protection, homeland security, and travel and foreign investment regulation; he has been awarded one patent.

Mr. Baker has been General Counsel of the National Security Agency and General Counsel of the commission that investigated WMD intelligence failures prior to the Iraq war. He is the author of Skating on Stilts, a book on terrorism, cybersecurity, and other technology issues; he also hosts the weekly Cyberlaw Podcast.

Contributions

Deep Dive Episode 182 – Cybersecurity Threats and the Regulatory Response

June 24, 2021

Stewart Baker and Tatyana Bolton trade insights on the Biden administration’s potential policy responses to the cybersecurity threats facing the United States.

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Deep Dive Episode 179 – Artificial Intelligence and Bias

May 17, 2021

Experts discuss concerns about artificial intelligence systems’ potential biases against racial minorities and other identity groups.

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Artificial Intelligence and Bias

May 17, 2021

Experts discuss concerns about artificial intelligence systems’ potential biases against racial minorities and other identity groups.

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Deep Dive Episode 163 – Shapers of Cyber Speech: Silicon Valley and American Discourse

February 23, 2021

Experts debate the pros and cons of regulatory proposals aimed at curbing social media content moderation.

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Shapers of Cyber Speech – Silicon Valley and American Discourse

February 16, 2021

What are the realistic regulatory options for curbing Silicon Valley’s influence on the national discourse? What are the potential downsides of these options?

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Deep Dive Episode 114 – Is Artificial Intelligence Biased? And What Should We Do About It?

May 29, 2020

It’s not hard to find patterns in AI decisions that have a disparate impact on protected groups. Is this bias?  And if so, whose? Stewart Baker, Curt Levey, and Nicholas Weaver discuss.

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2018 JLEP Symposium: 21st Century Business Models Meet 20th Century Regulation

March 7, 2018

Government regulation is intended to improve the efficiency of markets and protect people from harms they cannot identify or prevent on their own. But, for decades, advocates have debated whether the regulatory process and rules developed through it are too strict or too lax; whether they properly account for all the things society values; and even whether they make society better or worse off on balance. The Journal of Law, Economics & Policy’s Symposium on Regulatory Reform, Transparency, and the Economy explored these and related questions as leading scholars and practitioners examined a number of recent regulatory proposals impacting a broad swath of the American economy – from banking and finance to energy and the environment, and from employment law to the internet economy. Speakers considered and debated how well these proposals would perform their intended functions and how they might be improved.

The symposium featured discussions of research papers prepared by experts working on the Federalist Society’s Regulatory Transparency Project. The proceedings of the Conference were published in a special symposium issue of George Mason’s Journal of Law, Economics & Policy.

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Deep Dive Episode 14 – Discussion on the Wassenaar Arrangement

November 3, 2017

Stewart Baker (Steptoe & Johnson), Alan Cohn (Steptoe & Johnson), and Matthew R. A. Heiman (Johnson Controls) discuss the Wassenaar Arrangement, which governs international export controls for “intrusion software,” and its regulatory effects.

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