April 8, 2019 | Zach Graves

Re: Options for Congressional Technology Modernization

This bipartisan coalition letter, organized by Lincoln Network and Demand Progress, was sent to the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress on April 8, 2019. It offers a series of recommendations for improving information technology in Congress. Click here to read it. Signatories include: Zach GravesHead of Policy, Lincoln Network Daniel SchumanPolicy Director,
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April 3, 2019 | Zach Graves

Testimony Before House Appropriators on Improving S&T Expertise in Congress

On April 2, 2019, I testified before the U.S. House Appropriations Committee’s Legislative Branch Subcommittee on improving S&T expertise in Congress. At hand was the ongoing discussion on building-out technology assessment capabilities (modeled on the defunct Office of Technology Assessment) within the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The following is an excerpt of the testimony (available
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March 25, 2019 | Zach Graves

Re: FY 2020 302(b) Allocation for the Legislative Branch

The following bipartisan coalition letter was organized by Lincoln Network and Demand Progress. Two versions were sent to House and Senate appropriators. Click here for the House version (displayed below). Click here for the Senate version. Rep. Nita Lowey, ChairwomanRep. Kay Granger, Ranking MemberU.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations The Capitol, Room H-307Washington, DC
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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

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

February 28, 2019 | Garrett Johnson

At Facebook, Google and many other tech companies the level of political intolerance is stunning

The following article by Lincoln Network executive director Garrett Johnson originally ran at The tech giants of Silicon Valley, particularly Google and Facebook, have faced intense criticism in recent years for promoting partisan political agendas in the workplace. TwitterCEO Jack Dorsey even admitted recently that conservative employees at his company “don’t feel safe to express their opinions.” To gain

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

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,, or

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

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

January 14, 2019 | Ryan Radia

New Antitrust Thinking Isn’t a Return to the Good Old Days

Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft. These are America’s five most valuable tech companies, and they have a public policy challenge in common: antitrust. When antitrust makes headlines, it’s often because one of these five companies is looking to buy a smaller firm or facing some sort of investigation from the Federal Trade Commission or Department

December 15, 2018 | Zach Graves

Doing Business with Congress

Of the three branches of the federal government, Congress is the most responsive to the American people. On a daily basis, congressional offices hear from constituents, industry groups, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders across a broad range of issues. While digital tools have lowered barriers to communication with our elected representatives, Congress’s information technology
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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.

October 5, 2018 | Zach Graves

The Decline of Congressional Expertise Explained in 10 Charts

The following article by Lincoln Network head of policy Zach Graves and Demand Progress policy director Daniel Schuman originally ran at Techdirt: When Mark Zuckerberg was called to testify earlier this year, the world was shocked by Congress’s evident lack of basic technological literacy. For many, this performance illustrates the institution’s incompetence. After all, if our elected representatives

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

August 28, 2018 | Zach Graves

Conservatives: Stop Crying Wolf on Tech Bias

This article by Lincoln Network head of policy Zach Graves originally appeared at Techdirt. In an article picked up by Drudge Report and then tweeted by President Donald Trump himself, PJ Media editor Paula Bolyard makes the shocking claim that Google deliberately manipulates its search results to favor left-wing views and undermine the President. In supporting this allegation, she goes to

May 20, 2018 | Zach Graves

Re: Enhancing Congressional Capacity on Technology Policy

I co-organized the following coalition letter urging Congress to takes steps to improve its in-house expertise on science and technology. The letter argues: The dearth of technological expertise in the legislative branch makes it difficult for Congress to properly evaluate the divergent claims of executive agencies, academic centers, interest groups and lobbyists. This circumstance is
Letters & Testimony

January 1, 2018 | Garrett Johnson

Tech founders call for bipartisan net neutrality legislation

Lincoln organized a letter of tech founders and venture capitalists urging Congress to pass bipartisan legislation on net neutrality. Signatories include Joe Lonsdale, Trae Stephens, Joe Malchow, and many others. The letter argues: By codifying principles that have been in the public forum for some time, Congress can ensure that existing investments in internet infrastructure
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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

January 1, 2017 | Garrett Johnson

Entrepreneur Survey on Regulatory Threats to Emerging Technologies

Executive Summary: The following are findings from a preliminary survey of founders of technology startups on government regulation and emerging policy issues. The data illustrates how the Trump Administration and new Congress can craft policy that is consistent with the perspective of tech industry leaders. The overarching conclusion is that the stereotypical conflict between small

June 6, 2015 | Garrett Johnson

Lobbying for the Future

The United States economy is barely growing. The engine of economic growth, entrepreneurship, and new firm creation has been declining for the past three decades. Today, we are the lobbyists for the future, advocating on behalf of start-ups that don’t exist yet. We can grow the economy through unleashing the full forces of innovation across

June 6, 2015 | Derek Khanna

How to Fix Patents

Patent policy is increasingly failing in its constitutionally enumerated purpose of “promoting the progress of the sciences and useful arts” as a result of patent trolling and an epidemic of granting low-quality patents. For conservatives and libertarians, this should be striking, as the Progress Clause is the only clause in the Constitution that provides a