Speech by Facebook COO points to firm’s growing Washington presence

Fighting laryngitis, Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg spoke Monday at the annual awards dinner for the Center for Democracy and Technology, an event affectionately known as Washington’s annual “tech prom.”

In an address that cemented Facebook’s growing presence in Washington, Sandberg talked about some of the tech policy issues swirling around the social networking giant.
She reaffirmed Facebook’s commitment to net neutrality and said that violators of intellectual property rights should be punished but that Internet service providers shouldn’t be required to police against such behavior. The US Trade Representive is working out a treaty on anti-counterfeiting that will address how to handle illegal downloads of music, movies and other intellecutal property.