First, the president should make a clear distinction between Big Tech companies and everyone else.

As President Biden takes office, tech policy is high on his agenda. That makes sense: The tech industry is a key driver of prosperity and growth, and all of us should wish the president success in this area.

But tech policy is tricky. The tech industry and the government are two very different worlds. Tech companies thrive on independence and competition, and even more than most U.S. businesses, they’re skeptical when they hear the phrase, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

I founded the Internet Caucus when I was in Congress, ran a tech policy organization for several years, and have spent many years advising and running startup companies. Based on this experience, I believe there are four simple principles that could make President Biden’s tech policy a major success.

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