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Public unhappiness over the “inappropriate” Republican push to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat weeks before the elections may actually build broad support for significant reform of the institution, said former tech executive and presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

Speaking at an opening session of the NYC Media Lab Summit’s second day, Yang ranged widely over familiar policy issues such as the need for a “data dividend” for people whose personal information is used without compensation by tech firms, and how a California ballot measure this fall could encourage other states to impose similar laws on tech giants. He also said the pandemic lockdown built support for the concept of universal basic income.

Those are familiar topics for those who followed Yang’s unsuccessful but idea-filled run for the Democratic nomination, in which he proposed a string of reforms to government institutions and to rebalance

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