Gary Vaynerchuck has a simple message to congress: allow technology to make our lives better.
New York (CNN) - Gary Vaynerchuck sells wine online, is the co-founder of the social media agency VaynerMedia, and has a simple message to congress: allow technology to make our lives better.
During an interview with CNN this week, Vaynerchuck urged Congress to open up as much data as possible to let entrepreneurs harness the information for good purposes. However, he believes that those in Congress need to first be better educated themselves about emerging media technologies, saying that most senators and representatives don't even understand how to really use Facebook or Twitter.
"It makes me scared," Vaynerchuck said. "This is the biggest culture shift in our lives since the printing press. I would pray that these politicians have an 'expert' on staff."
An "expert," Vaynerchuck made clear, does not mean just someone under the age of 25, but a staffer who understands the complex issues of these new technologies.
Many of those technologies and ideas were discussed last week at the Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington, which brought together numerous private and public groups to discuss how government is using transformative technologies and fostering innovation.
O'Reilly Media CEO and founder Tim O'Reilly, who co-produced the Expo, said he believes Congress is serving as a major roadblock in allowing government agencies to become more tech savvy.
"Congress is the problem," said O'Reilly responding to a CNN question about the advancement of technology – including social media networks, cloud computing, and open data – making government more transparent and efficient.
O'Reilly believes government is making more and more laws that are too detail oriented when it comes to technology. He would prefer Congress to apply platform thinking to technology issues, where lawmakers lay the basic groundwork from which technologists can build. This model is similar to Apple building the iPhone with only a few applications and allowing people to build thousands of their own apps.
"We have lost our way in the amount of detailed specification that Congress does with virtually everything," he believes.
These ideas are bipartisan for both social media executives.
"Even though the open government initiative is seen as an Obama administration initiative, it is really important to understand that all this stuff is incredibly consistent with the Republican vision of how government and the market place should work together," O'Reilly said.