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October 1, 2019 | Will Upton

Mozilla v. FCC is a win for innovation, but legislation is still needed

Today’s 2-1 ruling in Mozilla v. Federal Communications Commission from the D.C. Circuit largely reaffirms the FCC’s 2018 net neutrality framework, avoiding an innovation-crushing regulatory regime. However, as Lincoln Network co-founder Garrett Johnson argued, Congress still needs to step in to address the harmful regulatory uncertainty of the protracted fight over net neutrality:  While some
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September 11, 2019 | Zach Graves

Call for guest bloggers

With the recent launch of our policy website and blog, Lincoln Network is seeking to expand its roster of guest contributors in DC, Silicon Valley, and other tech/policy hubs. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): Silicon Valley vs. DC culture and translation problems 💿🆚🏛️ Hot takes on tech policy issues in the
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August 6, 2019 | Garrett Johnson

Progress in closing the digital divide

The world has moved online. With just an internet connection, one can access a vast range of digital services, educational materials, and economic opportunities unimaginable by previous generations. Yet, many people who need these opportunities the most – such as low income people of color – have still been left behind. It’s clear that as
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August 1, 2019 | Zach Graves

Call for Papers: Creating a Modern Technology Assessment Office in Congress

Over the past two years, following high-profile hearings with Mark Zuckerberg and other tech CEOs, there has been a resurgence of interest in addressing Congress’s knowledge gap on scientific and technical policy issues (a conversation which we’ve been proud to help lead). One solution that has gained momentum is restoring the Office of Technology Assessment, a science and
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July 30, 2019 | Zach Graves

Job Opening: Innovation Policy Expert

Lincoln Network was founded to be a bridge between policymakers and innovators, closing the gap between tech hubs like Silicon Valley and policy hubs like Washington, DC. We see our value proposition in cross-pollination, network building, and translation between groups that don’t speak the same language. Our work includes helping innovators understand the policy world,
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July 30, 2019 | Ryan Radia

Understanding advertised vs. real world broadband speeds

Access to speedy, reliable broadband matters a lot to our economy, whether we’re at work, on our smartphone, or sitting on the couch. But it’s not always easy to measure how well we’re doing as a nation in terms of deploying speedy broadband. One sticking point is the gulf between speeds reported by Internet service
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July 21, 2019 | Zach Graves

Lincoln’s approach to policy

Make the future happen sooner. The mission of Lincoln’s policy project is to bridge the gap between innovators, technologists, and policymakers, and leverage that position to advance policy discussions that will help create a better, freer, and more abundant future. In the face of increasing backlash against science and technology, we are optimistic about the
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July 19, 2019 | Ryan Khurana

Supersonic Flight and American Technological Leadership

On June 28th, 2019, after 46 years of regulatory dormancy, action was once again taken to make supersonic flight a reality in the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a notice of proposed rulemaking that would allow for special flight reauthorizations for the testing and development supersonic aircraft. This came after bipartisan legislation
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June 6, 2019 | Zach Graves

Podcast roundup on OTA

I appeared on several podcasts over the past few months to discuss improving S&T expertise in government, reviving the Office of Technology Assessment, and related issues. Check them out here: Cato Institute’s Building Tomorrow Podcast Federal News Radio’s Federal Drive with Tom Temin Techdirt Podcast Harvard University Ash Center’s AshCast
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May 31, 2019 | Ryan Radia

The future of free speech online

I joined my Lincoln colleague Zach Graves to discuss digital free speech and social media bias on the Cato Institute’s Building Tomorrow podcast, with hosts Paul Matzko and Will Duffield. Check out the full episode here.
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May 23, 2019 | Zach Graves

A curious letter from Newt Gingrich on OTA

Looking through former Rep. Rush Holt’s (D-NJ) archives, I found this curious letter from Newt Gingrich to Rep. Amo Houghton (R-NY) on the Office of Technology Assessment dated January 10, 2006. In it he writes: “I agree with your thoughts about the essential nature of the OTA, and I am very interested in finding new
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May 6, 2019 | Lincoln Network

Reboot American Innovation Conference

Check out all the videos from Lincoln Network’s Reboot American Innovation conference. Additional information about the speakers and program can be found here. Agenda 8:15 AMREGISTRATIONContinental breakfast 8:45 AMWELCOME & OPENING REMARKSGarrett Johnson, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Lincoln Network; Aaron Ginn, Co-Founder, Lincoln Network. 9:00 AMOPENING KEYNOTEDr. Robert Zubrin, President, Pioneer Astronautics; and Contributing Editor, The
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March 6, 2019 | Zach Graves

Should Congress revive the Office of Technology Assessment?

I joined an expert panel on Capitol Hill to talk about improving science and technology expertise in Congress. Check out the full video and details below: Following a series of news-grabbing exchanges with tech CEOs last year, there has been a renewed push to boost Congress’s in-house policy expertise. The most prominent of these efforts
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March 3, 2019 | Zach Graves

Lincoln Network Expands Policy Team with Two New Hires

To further our efforts of bridging the gap between Silicon Valley innovators and Washington, DC, policymakers, Lincoln Network has expanded its policy team with two key new hires. “Lincoln Network specializes in cross-pollinating, network building, and translating between groups that don’t speak the same language.” said Lincoln’s co-founder and executive director, Garrett Johnson. “We are
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February 28, 2019 | Garrett Johnson

New survey suggests tech companies sabotage workplace culture by pushing a political agenda

The tech community has been a target of criticism in recent years for fostering intolerance against minority viewpoints in the workplace. Silicon Valley CEOs recognize the problem too. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, admitted that conservative employees at his company “don’t feel safe to express their opinions.” A new Lincoln Network study confirms a shocking level of
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February 7, 2019 | Zach Graves

Modernizing Congress

This event was held on February 4, 2019 at the State Room (near the U.S. Capitol). See the full video above. Description: In recent decades, digital technologies have opened up the legislative process and lowered barriers to democratic participation. Congressional staff, individuals, and interest groups learn about new legislation through sites like Congress.gov, docs.house.gov, or
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February 2, 2019 | Zach Graves

What to expect from GAO’s new science and tech team

Last week the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced the formation of a new office to aid Congress in understanding science and technology matters. This office will be organized as a 15th mission team under GAO’s organization chart called “Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics” (STAA). Its work will focus on four key areas: Conducting technology assessments and providing technical services
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January 15, 2019 | Lincoln Network

Lincoln Network joins Coalition Against Patent Abuse

Lincoln Network is excited to be a founding member of the Coalition Against Patent Abuse (CAPA), a broad coalition of think tanks, healthcare providers, consumer groups, and patient advocacy organizations working to address anti-competitive abuses of our patent system. In addition to Lincoln, CAPA membership includes free-market groups such as the R Street Institute, the Institute for
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October 24, 2018 | Lincoln Network

Reboot 2018 Conference

Check out all the videos from Lincoln Network’s Reboot 2018 conference in San Francisco, CA. Additional information about the program and speakers can be found here.
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September 14, 2018 | Lincoln Network

Paying congressional interns is a good thing

While some fiscal conservatives may be skeptical, in actuality these newly approved funds for intern salaries presents a set of unique opportunities to improve human capital on Capitol Hill. Conferees from both chambers of Congress announced that they reached an agreement over H.R. 5895, the first of three minibus appropriations bills. This spending package will provide funding to
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January 1, 2018 | Garrett Johnson

Debate, not hysteria, is necessary on net neutrality

I made the mistake of checking Twitter to see what people had to say about the vote tomorrow on net neutrality… If you haven’t been paying attention, it turns out that the FCC is about toabolish the internet, or at the very least outsource it to Portugal, and may or may not have commissioned an army of
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