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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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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
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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
Letters & Testimony

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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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
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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
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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
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