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March 31, 2020 | Dan Lips

We can do better than a parking lot for that temporary hospital

Creating temporary medical centers in a pandemic Co-authored by Jonathan Butcher, a senior policy analyst in the Center for Education Policy at The Heritage Foundation. Coming soon to a parking lot near you — a hospital. Federal and state officials are rushing to create temporary medical centers to help patients during the pandemic. The White
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March 31, 2020 | Dan Lips

Preparing for November’s election must be a national priority

This post was co-authored by Senior Internet Security Engineer, Sean Roberts. The coronavirus pandemic is testing our nation’s resolve and already disrupting our way of life. But we can’t afford to let it disrupt the November election. Six states have already postponed their primaries. More will likely follow in the weeks and months ahead. Read the rest
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March 30, 2020 | Dan Lips

Senator Tom Coburn’s Government Oversight Legacy

Former Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) passing this weekend marked a rare moment of unity in this highly partisan era with an outpouring of tributes from liberal Sens. like Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and conservative senators like Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) praising their former colleague. Why? Read the rest of the article at The Hill.
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March 20, 2020 | Zach Graves

So You Want to Work for Uncle Sam?

Lincoln has a new Wiki to help technology professionals find ways to get involved in government (at least for a year or two) The state and federal government requires the work of technologists more now than ever. From improving data reporting at the US Census to rebuilding the Federal Election Commission’s website to make the
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March 6, 2020 | Lars Schönander

How Platforms Drive Innovation

One creates b2b software, the other disrupted the taxi industry. What Shopify and Uber share in common is the status as unicorn companies while they were private. Shopify at IPO was valued around $1 Billion Dollars, with Uber being valued around $72 billion dollars.   Shopify has had a rewarding post IPO life, with the
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March 5, 2020 | Zach Graves

Testimony of Zach Graves to the U.S. House of Representatives, Legislative Branch Appropriations

The following testimony was delivered on March 4, 2020. Zach Graves, Head of Policy, Lincoln Network Testimony to the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations, Legislative Branch Subcommittee Re: S&T Capacity at the Government Accountability Office Dear Chairman Ryan, Ranking Member Herrera Beutler, and members of the committee: Thank you for the opportunity
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March 4, 2020 | Zach Graves

Policy Update for January-February 2020

The following post was originally set as an email newsletter to our friends and supporters. Re: Lincoln Policy Team Activities for January-February, 2020 Dear friends and supporters of Lincoln: First, I wanted to give you an update about our expanded policy team. As you can see from the graphic below, we’ve added a few new
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March 4, 2020 | Mike Wacker

In Algorithms We Trust? The Story of Google Search

The following post was written by Mike Wacker, a software developer and ex-Google engineer based in Washington State. “Right now, if you Google the word ‘idiot’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. […] How would that happen?” When Rep. Zoe Logren (D-CA) asked this question to Google CEO Sundar Pichai in December
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March 4, 2020 | Zach Graves

A New Tech Agenda Requires Expertise and Realism

Conservatives are right to challenge libertarians, but they must avoid Hawleyism. The editors of influential conservative publications—including The American Mind, First Things, the American Conservative, and others—have called for a “tech new deal,” arguing the right has lost its ability to meet the challenges of the digital era. Like its original namesake, or the more
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February 28, 2020 | Dan Lips

States and Cities Could Use Billions of Unspent DHS Grants to #Protect2020

Federal and state officials recently told a Senate Committee that state and local governments need additional cybersecurity resources. Their testimony follows the gatherings of the nation’s state secretaries of state and election directors earlier this year in Washington, where cybersecurity and election integrity were a top focus. Congress is now considering legislation to create a
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February 27, 2020 | Wayne Brough

Congress Re-Empowered

Why the legislative branch needs better science and technology policy advice—and how it can get it. This paper is part of Lincoln’s Technology Assessment Symposium, which was made possible with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The paper was authored by Dr. Wayne T. Brough, president of the Innovation Defense
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February 27, 2020 | Robert Atkinson

A Fresh Start for OTA

Creating the lean, dynamic technology assessment agency Congress needs today. This paper is part of Lincoln’s Technology Assessment Symposium, which was made possible with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The paper was authored by Robert D. Atkinson. Dr. Atkinson is the president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
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February 27, 2020 | M. Anthony Mills

The Many Meanings of ‘Technology Assessment’

Learning from the founding and early history of OTA. This paper is part of Lincoln’s Technology Assessment Symposium, which was made possible with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The paper was authored by M. Anthony Mills. Mills is director of science policy at the R Street Institute. You can
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February 27, 2020 | Chris Tyler

Legislative Science Advice in Europe and the United Kingdom

Lessons for the United States This paper is part of Lincoln’s Technology Assessment Symposium, which was made possible with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The paper was authored by Chris Tyler. Dr. Tyler is the director of research and policy in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public
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February 27, 2020 | Zach Graves

We Need More State Capacity on Innovation

Eric Schmidt is right we need more R&D investment to beat China. But we also need more capacity to assess its efficiency and efficacy. Defense Innovation Board chairman and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has an excellent op-ed today in the New York Times (disclosure: Lincoln is a grantee of his foundation) making the case
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February 25, 2020 | Zach Graves

Video: Protocols vs. Platforms

ABOUT THE EVENT The early Internet evolved around many different protocols. Email utilized Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), Post Office Protocol (POP), and Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP); The web was accessed using Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP), with data sent over Transmission Control Protocol and the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP); and you could chat with
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February 24, 2020 | Ryan Khurana

The Case Against Non-Competes

A recently introduced bill entitled the Workforce Mobility Act by a bipartisan coalition of Senators Todd Young (R-Ind) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn), and Representatives Scott Peters (CA-52), Mike Gallagher (WI-08), and Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) offers the long overdue opportunity to limit the breadth and scope of non-compete agreements over American workers. Long has it
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February 11, 2020 | Lars Schönander

Machine Learning and the Data Annotation Industry

Machine learning is rapidly becoming a major part of the products we consume and how we interact with governments, from neural networks that improved Google Translate to automated decision systems using decision trees for detecting potential SNAP fraud in New York City.   For machine learning to work, large datasets are required to be able
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February 3, 2020 | Dan Lips

Federal News Radio–Should GAO Get More Funding?

Federal News Radio’s Tom Temin recently interviewed the Lincoln Network’s Dan Lips and the R Street Institute’s Tony Mills to discuss the Government Accountability Office’s 2020 budget: “Imagine an organization with the mission of finding fault with nearly everything everyone else does. In a nutshell, that’s exactly what the Government Accountability Office does. And it’s
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February 3, 2020 | Jess Miers

Copyright vs. Innovation

How expanding copyright protections for APIs could undermine the future of the web Application programming interfaces (APIs) are the building blocks of modern software development. Programmers rarely write code from scratch. Instead, programmers start with APIs to automate traditional routine processes and basic functionality. But besides providing a basic standard for software developers, APIs do
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February 1, 2020 | Zach Graves

Symposium on Technology Assessment

In July of last year, Lincoln Network announced a call for papers on the future of technology assessment and science advice for Congress. The following papers from the first round of this series are available below. “Legislative Science Advice in Europe and the United Kingdom,” by Chris Tyler, University College London “The Many Meanings of
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January 28, 2020 | Zach Graves

It’s Time to Improve Congress: Support the Moving Our Democracy and Congressional Operations Towards Modernization (MODCOM) Resolution of 2019

Lincoln Network joined a bipartisan coalition in support of H. Res. 756, the “Moving Our Democracy and Congressional Operations Towards Modernization (MODCOM) Resolution of 2019.” The letter argues: We urge your support for the Moving Our Democracy and Congressional Operations Towards Modernization (MODCOM) Resolution of 2019, H. Res. 756. This resolution advances nearly 30 bipartisan
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January 17, 2020 | Ryan Khurana

White House AI Principles a Boon for American Innovation

The American AI Initiative, created by the Trump Administration in February 2019, highlighted the White House’s priorities to make artificial intelligence a pivotal asset in shaping America’s future. While the initial plan was criticized for a lack of specifics, on January 7th the Office of Management and Budget released its “Guidance for Regulation of Artificial
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January 16, 2020 | Will Upton

Lincoln Network at CES: Should Big Tech be Broken Up?

Lincoln Network’s Zach Graves recently appeared on a panel at CES entitled: “Should Big Tech be Broken Up?” You can check out the full panel below. Featuring: Moderator:Jamie Susskind VP Regulatory Affairs, CTA Panelists:Jennifer HuddlestonResearch Fellow, Mercatus Center Charlotte SlaimanPolicy Counsel, Public Knowledge Zach GravesHead of Policy, Lincoln Network Dr. Robert AtkinsonPresident, Information Technology and
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January 10, 2020 | Zach Graves

Policy Hackers Fellowship for Tech Professionals

Apply by Feb. 28, 2020! We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Policy Hackers fellowship. This new program is designed to teach tech professionals—including technologists, investors, product managers, founders, and more—how to navigate government and public policy. The program is a 12 month, non-resident fellowship designed around the busy schedules of tech professionals, with content designed to augment
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January 2, 2020 | Garrett Johnson

Why taxpayers should support expanding the GAO

Congress approved $1.4 trillion in new spending last week to avoid another government shutdown over the holidays. Taxpayers are right to be wary whenever Congress pulls out its checkbook. But when it comes to one important line-item, budget hawks should be rooting for more funding, not less. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) serves as Congress’s
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December 31, 2019 | Dan Lips

Five Examples of How Data Analytics Could Improve Government Performance

In a new op-ed in The Hill, Lincoln Network’s Garrett Johnson and R Street Institute’s Tony Mills explain why taxpayers should support strengthening the Government Accountability Office—pointing to the auditors’ estimated return-on-investment of $338 for each tax dollar spent in FY2019.  Since 2010, GAO has delivered hundreds of billions in taxpayer savings, including by identifying
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December 19, 2019 | Zach Graves

Job Opening: Events and Outreach Coordinator

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 believe in a world of free markets and free people, and that fostering a robust but responsible innovation ecosystem is crucial to creating a better, freer, and
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November 26, 2019 | Garrett Johnson

American competitiveness requires a smarter Congress

Increasing science and technology advice would be an important first step Technological advancements are rapidly changing the American economy and workforce. At the same time, lawmakers increasingly appear to lack the capability to understand and respond effectively to this transformation. Flip phone-wielding lawmakers may have been cutting edge in the 1990s, but not in today’s Congress, which routinely grapples
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