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“Section 230 Series: Center for Democracy & Technology’s Alexandra Givens” (Two Think Minimum)

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Scott Wallsten: Today, we’re delighted to speak with Alexandra Givens, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology. Prior to CDT, Alexandra taught at Georgetown Law School where she founded the Institute for Technology Law and Policy and led Georgetown’s Tech Scholars Program. She was also a founding leader of Georgetown’s Initiative on Tech and Society. She previously served as Chief Counsel for IP and Antitrust on the Senate Judiciary Committee working for its then Chairman and Ranking Member, Senator Patrick Leahy. She developed legislative and oversight strategy […]

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“Section 230 Series: Eric Goldman on Section 230 Misunderstandings” (Two Think Minimum)

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Sarah Oh: Hello, welcome back to the Technology Policy Institute’s podcast Two Think Minimum. It’s Tuesday, June 16, 2020, and I’m Sarah Oh, Senior Fellow at TPI, and I’m joined by Scott Wallsten, TPI’s President. Today, we’re delighted to kick off a series of podcasts on Section 230. Our first guest is Eric Goldman. Eric is a professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law. He co-directs the High Tech Law Institute. He’s on a short list of North American IP thought leaders and has been named an […]

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“Robert Shea on Evidenced Based Policy’s Impact and Potential” (Two Think Minimum)

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Bob Hahn: Good morning, my name is Bob Hahn and I’m a Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. It’s my pleasure this morning to be interviewing my good friend and colleague Robert Shea. Robert played an important role as a commissioner on the Evidence Based Policy Commission, where he had the misfortune of serving with me. Notwithstanding that, he worked on this commission very hard, and we’re going to talk a little bit about the commission today. Prior to that, he chaired the National Academy of Public Administration, which […]

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Who is Responsible for This? A TPI Podcast Series on Section 230

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The confluence of a looming election, concerns about misinformation, fears of being excluded from popular platforms, a presidential executive order, and proposals for new legislation have provoked a hornets’ nest around Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which limits the civil liability of online intermediaries for what is posted on their properties. In a series of podcast episodes, fellows at TPI will interview leading scholars of Section 230 to unpack the legal and economic questions facing policymakers today. We will discuss the history of the statute, legislative proposals, politics, […]

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“Samm Sacks on the US-China Technology Relationship, Huawei, TikTok, and More” (Two Think Minimum)

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Scott Wallsten: Hi, and welcome back to Two Think Minimum, The Technology Policy Institute’s Podcast. Today is Friday, June 12th, 2020. I am TPI’s President and Senior Fellow Scott Wallsten, and I’m with my cohost TPI Senior Fellow Sarah Oh. Today we are honored to be joined by Samm Sacks. Samm is the Cyber Policy Fellow at New America and a Senior Fellow at the Yale Law School Paul Tsai China Center. Her research focuses on emerging information and communication technology policies globally, particularly in China. Her work covers issues […]

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“Carl Shapiro and Josh Wright Debate Antitrust and Competition Policy” (Two Think Minimum)

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Tom Lenard: Hello, and welcome back to TPI’s podcast Two Think Minimum. It’s Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020, and I’m Tom Lenard, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. I’m joined by Scott Wallsten, TPI’s President and Senior Fellow. And today we’re delighted to have as guests two the nation’s leading experts on antitrust and competition policy, Carl Shapiro and Josh Wright. Carl is Professor of the Graduate School at the Haas School of Business and the Department of Economics at UC Berkeley. And he’s also the Transamerica […]

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“Amy Davine Kim on Blockchain Policy for 2020” (Two Think Minimum)

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Sarah Oh: Hello and welcome back to the Technology Policy Institute’s podcast Two Think Minimum. It’s Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 and I’m Sarah Oh, senior fellow at TPI and I’m joined by Scott Wallsten, TPI’s president. Today we’re delighted to talk to Amy Davine Kim. Amy is the chief policy officer for the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Prior to joining the chamber, she advised financial institutions, blockchain based companies, marketplace lenders, investors and innovators regarding compliance obligations under financial services laws. In particular, she has advised on the Bank Secrecy […]

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“Colorado’s Attorney General Phil Weiser on Antitrust, Federalism, and Price Gouging” (Two Think Minimum)

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Scott: Hi and welcome back to Two Think Minimum, The Technology Policy Institute’s podcast. Today is Thursday, May 28th, 2020. I’m Scott Wallsten, president and senior fellow at TPI. I’m joined by Tom Lenard, senior fellow and president emeritus. Today we are honored to have Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser. Phil Weiser was sworn in as the state’s 39th Attorney General on January 8th, 2019. Before running for office, he served as the Hatfield Professor of Law and Dean of the University of Colorado Law School where he founded the […]

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Study Looks for Economic Effects of Municipal Broadband, Finds None

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Dr. Oh will present her study at the Western Economic Association annual conference this June 27, 2020 at 2:30 pm. We will send a link when it is available. Proponents of broadband provided by local governments often claim that such networks will increase broadband adoption, economic growth, and employment. In principle, this claim is true. In reality, that depends how much incremental value the city-owned network adds and the resources required by taxpayers to build and operate the networks.  TPI Senior Fellow Sarah Oh disentangles empirically various factors affecting growth to examine […]

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Research Roundup for May 2020

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Welcome back to TPI’s Research Roundup, our semi-regular compilation of recent outside research of interest to tech policy nerds. If you’ve read a paper you think might be interesting to include in the next roundup, feel free to send it to nlovin@techpolicyinstitute.org DISCLAIMER: The papers and authors are not affiliated with TPI. We do not necessarily agree with everything, or even anything, in these papers, but find them interesting and informative.  Financial Distancing: How Venture Capital Follows The Economy Down and Curtails Innovation by Sabrina T. Howell, Josh Lerner, Ramana Nanda, and […]

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