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Top Trump Tech Advisor Joins Fox Lobbying Team

Abigail Slater, one of the Trump administration’s most experienced technology advisors, is leaving the White House to join Fox Corp’s Washington office as a senior vice president for policy and strategy.

With Slater’s hire, Fox Corp. takes another step towards filling out its lobbying team in Washington. In addition to Slater, Fox announced it hired Ann Bobeck to head up its lobbying at the Federal Communications Commission. Bobeck joins Fox from law firm Covington & Burling.

Slater joined the White House after four years as general counsel for the Internet Association, a tech corporate advocacy group. She is leaving just as the tech industry is pushing Congress to enact federal privacy legislation with the goal of preempting the California Consumer Privacy Act before it goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.  Slater, who will continue her role as Special Assistant to the President for Technology, Telecom and Cyber Policy until next month, also played a leading role in the Trump administration’s efforts to encourage the development of next-generation 5G networks.

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