Zach Graves

Coalition Letter to Senate Commerce Committee on Censorship Concerns with SESTA Manager’s Amendment

Dear Chairman Thune, Ranking Member Nelson, and Members of the Committee, We, the undersigned human rights and civil liberties organizations, trade associations, and individuals write to convey our significant …

Put Silicon Valley in D.C. with a cyber workforce incubator

The following op-ed was co-authored by Jesse Goldhammer, associate dean for business development and strategic planning at UC Berkeley’s School of Information and senior adviser to the Center for …

Letter: Sex trafficking bill would be counter-productive, undermine Internet freedom

The R Street Institute and TechFreedom are leading a bipartisan coalition of think tanks and civil-society organizations deeply concerned with the recently introduced Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act …

Open letter to Congress: Reject special-interest protectionism, preserve choice and competition for contact lens consumers

Dear Member of Congress: The undersigned organizations from across the ideological spectrum encourage you to uphold competition and choice in the contact lens marketplace, which is exemplified by the …

Theresa May’s plan to regulate the internet won’t stop terrorism; It might make things worse

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street National Security and Justice Policy Director Arthur Rizer.  In the wake of Saturday's horrific attack on London—the third high-profile terrorist incident …

Permissionless innovation vs. the precautionary principle

Jonathan Taplin worries the “unfettered monoliths” of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon undermine democracy and should be broken up. In Europe and elsewhere, this combination of companies is …

Letter: End FCC Data Retention Regulation

Dear Chairman Pai, Commissioner Clyburn, and Commissioner O’Rielly, More than a year and half ago, a coalition of civil society organizations, legal scholars, technology experts, and EPIC filed a …

Unsafe spaces

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Policy Analyst David Bahr. Three months after the 2016 election, many Americans are still reeling. Anti-Trump protests clog the streets, shrill …

‘Fake News’ is repackaging an old debate

Fake news isn’t new. As far back as 1927, The American Mercury’s H.L. Mencken remarked on “the problem of false news” and the decay of American journalism in …

America’s self-driving anxiety

  The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Senior Fellow Ian Adams. Autonomous vehicles hold great promise to remake our society and economy, but not everyone is along for …

The Twitter presidency

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Technology Policy Fellow Sasha Moss. Franklin D. Roosevelt was famous for his “fireside chats” — evening radio addresses that helped …

Criminals in 2017 may have to commit crime like it’s 1999

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Criminal Justice Director Arthur Rizer.  Las Vegas will be inundated with 150,000 tech geeks this weekend flocking to the Consumer Electronics Expo, …

A national law needed to protect online freedom of speech

The following op-ed was co-authored by U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, who represents Texas' 27th congressional district. Christmas is almost here. While Santa Claus knows who’s been naughty or nice, …

Coalition urges Congress to reject the Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection Act of 2016

Dear Member of Congress: We the undersigned organizations, representing millions of taxpayers and consumers, urge you to reject the “Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection Act of 2016” – S. …

If elected, would Clinton declare war on the sharing economy?

The following post was co-authored by Senior Fellow Lori Sanders. This coming Tuesday, Hillary Clinton is expected to claim a resounding victory at the climax of a long, hard-fought …

Five bad arguments against public access to CRS reports

This week the progressive organization Demand Progress, along with the Congressional Data Coalition, launched EveryCRSReport.com. This new project site makes available, with the help of friendly Congressional offices, …

It’s Time To Make Taxpayer-Funded Congressional Reports Available To The Public

This piece was co-authored by Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist. American taxpayers support the $140 million a year expenditures of the Congressional Research Service, an independent and highly influential …

Coalition letter on strengthening congressional oversight of the intelligence community

Dear Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi, We write to express our concerns about congressional oversight of intelligence activities. Congress is responsible for authorizing and overseeing these programs. In …

Lawrence Strickling cites R Street in Senate hearing on internet governance

You can see the full video of the hearing here. Also see R Street's analysis of the arguments for and against the transition. …

Strengthening congressional oversight of the intelligence community

The attached white paper is a joint product of the R Street Institute, DemandProgress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and FreedomWorks. The U.S. House of Representatives created the House Permanent …

Vote YES on H.R. 5111, the Consumer Review Fairness Act

The R Street Institute encourages all members to support passage of H.R. 5111, the Consumer Review Fairness Act. This bill is expected to be considered under suspension of …

No, a new study does not say Uber has no effect on drunk driving

The first rule of science journalism is to read the study before you write about it. Alas, that hasn't stopped media outlets from routinely misreporting, exaggerating or exercising …

R Street’s voting guide for SXSW policy panels

Here at R Street, we’ve put together some great policy panels for next year’s SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. But we need your support to get in the …

Conservatives shoot selves in foot by obstructing librarian of Congress vote

President Barack Obama recently nominated Carla Hayden – a career professional library administrator – to serve as the retiring James Billington's successor as head of the Library of …

The Library of Congress needs a professional librarian, not a ‘scholar-in-chief’

In the months following incumbent Librarian of Congress James Billington's retirement, some conservatives have coalesced around the idea that the next person to head the library ought to …

Lessons from the downfall of a $150M crowdfunded experiment in decentralized governance

Hype around blockchain has risen to an all-time high. A technology once perceived to be the realm of crypto-anarchists and drug dealers has gained increasing popular recognition for …

Amicus brief for Apple v. Samsung

Five years ago, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit construed a statute in a way that led to one of the most disastrous episodes …

13 orgs to Energy and Commerce Committee: Support the Consumer Review Fairness Act

Dear Chairman Burgess and Ranking Member Schakowsky: Each day, online review sites encourage millions of Americans to share their experiences and opinions on the businesses and services they depend …

Coalition letter in support of OPEN Government Data Act

Dear Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings, We, the undersigned businesses, industry groups, civil society organizations, and transparency  advocates, write to express our strong support for the  bipartisan Open, …

Broad coalition supports bill to curtail forum shopping in patent litigation

Dear Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Leahy and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, On behalf of the undersigned civil-society and public-interest organizations, we write to express strong support for …

Lessons from Prince’s legacy and struggle with digital music markets

Undeniably, Prince’s death last week marked the loss of a true musical genius and maverick. In his life, he was known for being a talented musical innovator with …

Bipartisan coalition to Rules Committee: Recommend to Senate that Dr. Carla Hayden be confirmed as Librarian of Congress

Dear Chairman Blunt, Ranking Member Schumer and Members of the Committee: We are organizations, businesses, libraries, coalitions, and associations from across the political spectrum and around the country that …

Optometrists push for state laws blocking online eye exams

Billing itself as a sort of Uber-for-eye-exams, telemedicine startup Opternative recently came on the scene offering a quick, inexpensive alternative to traditional optical exams that uses your computer …

R Street and Center for Democracy & Technology comments to U.S. Copyright Office on safe harbor provisions

See attached PDF. …

Letter to Senate Rules Committee on public access to CRS reports

Dear Chairman Blunt and Ranking Member Schumer: We write to urge the Committee on Rules and Administration to schedule a markup of the Equal Access to Congressional Research Service …

Re:Create Coalition comments on DMCA safe harbor provisions

Pursuant to the notice of inquiry published by the Copyright Office (the Office) in the Federal Register at 80 Fed. Reg. 81, 862 (Dec. 31, 2015), later extended …

New bill designed to stop egregious venue shopping by patent trolls

This piece was co-authored by R Street Outreach Manager Nathan Leamer. Abusive patent litigation siphons tens of billions of dollars from the economy every year. In addition to burdening …

Congressional Data Coalition Meeting

As anti-SLAPP moves in Kansas, federal action still needed

The Kansas House of Representatives earlier this week passed the Enacting the Public Speech Protection Act (HB 2054) by a nearly unanimous 123-1 margin. If its overwhelming support …

Job Listings

Let’s make Congress great again

Congressional Data Coalition testimony to House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee

Dear Chairman Graves, Ranking Member Wasserman Schultz, and Representatives Amodei, Rigell, Jenkins, Palazzo, Farr, and McCollum: Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony on legislative branch funding priorities …

R Street’s guide to policy events at SxSW 2016

Every year, tens of thousands of people swarm to Austin, Texas for SxSW – one of the biggest annual gatherings of technologists, activists and entrepreneurs in the country. Here …

Apply now for an innovation policy fellowship at R Street

The R Street Institute is now accepting applications for its 2016 Google Policy Fellowship. R Street’s Google fellow will have the opportunity to contribute op-eds and blog posts, …

Would ‘100 percent licensing’ unshackle the market for music, or make it worse?

As we’ve covered in recent months here at the R Street Institute, the U.S. Justice Department is in the midst of its review (and possible modification) of the …

Donate to R Street, get a signed Godwin’s Law poster

For a limited time, make a tax-deductible donation to R Street of $100 or more and we’ll send you a free original poster of Godwin's Law signed by …

SXSW Policy Happy Hour

David Bowie’s legacy on copyright and the future of music

The following was co-authored by R Street Innovation Policy Director Mike Godwin. Amid the steady stream of "hot takes" the past few weeks on the legacy of the late …

Free­-market, pro­-consumer groups support federal anti-­SLAPP legislation

On behalf of the undersigned free­-market organizations, we write to express our strong support for H.R. 2304, the SPEAK FREE Act, and urge you to move it swiftly …

Publish our content

Coalition letter to House Oversight Committee on NSA surveillance of Congress

Jan. 14, 2016 The Honorable Jason Chaffetz Chairman, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform 2157 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Elijah Cummings Ranking Member, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform 2471 …

Vegas transportation reform: the proof is at the cabstand

Any city looking to host conventions for more than 170,000 people, like this month's Consumer Electronics Show, needs some serious infrastructure and sufficient transportation options. But until Nevada lawmakers …

Make a year-end donation to R Street, get a free gift!

Get the mug everyone has been talking about. Make a tax-deductible donation to R Street of $50 or more and we'll send you your choice of these premium …

DC Legal Hackers’ Le Hackie Awards

The Loft at 600 F

Coalition opposes the Requiring Reporting of Online Terrorist Activity Act

Chairman Charles Grassley Ranking Member Patrick Leahy Committee on the Judiciary U.S. Senate We, the undersigned human rights and civil liberties organizations and trade associations, write to convey our significant concerns with …

Hurd at R Street: A Conversation on Privacy and Security

R Street Institute

The Politics of Star Wars

Logos and graphics

Music policy briefing & breakfast

Rayburn HOB

Leadership

Funding and expenditures

Free speech advocates support CRFA

Dear Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Nelson: Every day, countless Americans use consumer review sites to share their experiences and opinions on the businesses and services they rely upon. …

CEA Anti-SLAPP Briefing

Rayburn House Office Building

Hangout: Don’t Get SLAPP’ed! Protecting Online Free Speech and the Honesty of Opinions

SXSW Panel: Zombie SOPA: A New Threat to the Open Internet

SXSW

SXSW Panel: Autonomous Vehicles Are Here. But Are We Ready?

Transparency Caucus Briefing: Public Access to CRS Reports

Rayburn HOB

Rayburn HOB

Rayburn HOB

From the CIA to Capitol Hill: A Conversation with Rep. Will Hurd

R Street Institute

Congressional Data Reception

Google DC

Lunch Briefing: Restoring Congress as the First Branch

US Capitol Building

Imbalanced ‘incentives’ hurt creativity more than they help

Are lawyers the driving force behind artistic freedom? Astonishingly, that's the impression you get when you read the Copyright Alliance's account of a recent panel on music copyright …

Letter to President Obama on the right to encrypt

As organizations committed to free markets and limited government, we urge your administration to take a clear stand in support of the individual's right to protect his or …

Join us for a reception following the Congressional Hackathon

Join the Congressional Data Coalition, the R Street Institute, Demand Progress and the OpenGov Foundation for a reception at Google D.C. following the Congressional Hackathon. WHEN: Friday, Oct. 23, at 5:30 …

Re:Create Coalition urges Congress to modernize Copyright Office

We write today to discuss Copyright Office modernization, an important issue with serious implications for all Americans. We represent all parts of the “information ecosystem”—creators, innovators, users—and, consequently, …

Appeals court considers ITC bid to be Internet cop

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments this week in what might otherwise be described as an obscure patent case, ClearCorrect v. International Trade …

SXSW policy panels you should vote for

We at R Street have put together what we think are some great policy panels for next year's SxSW conference in Austin, Texas. But we need your help …

Free-market groups urge International Trade Commission not to assert authority over digital transmissions

Dear Chairwoman Broadbent, On behalf of the undersigned free-market organizations, we write to express our deep concern about the International Trade Commission's April 9, 2014 decision in investigation 337-TA-833. …

Coalition urges removal of FOIA exemptions from transportation bill

Dear Senators McConnell and Reid: On behalf of the undersigned organizations concerned with government openness and accountability, we are writing to urge the removal from H.R. 22 of the …

Map of state-level ridesharing laws

Conferees should spike IP czar language in customs bill

With customs bills having passed both chambers of Congress, it's now up to conferees to decide if the final legislation will include language from the Senate bill to …

Free-market, taxpayer and consumer groups to Congress: Support the Innovation Act

Dear Representatives, On behalf of the undersigned free-market, taxpayer and consumer organizations, we write to express strong support for ongoing efforts to enact patent-litigation reform in the U.S. House …

SXSW Interactive

Patent Reform Briefing

US Congress – Room TBA

R Street’s Anniversary Celebration

R Street’s Anniversary Celebration

Free-speech advocates support SPEAK FREE Act

Dear Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, Chairman Franks and Ranking Member Cohen: Every year, many Americans are sued for speaking out on issues they feel are important to express. …

Coalition letter to Sen. Cardin on private prisons FOIA loophole

We, the undersigned 20 organizations committed to transparency and open government, write to thank you for your concern with the effectiveness of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) …

New paper: economic liberty requires patent reform

R Street Associate Fellow Derek Khanna has an excellent new paper on the economic case for patent reform. Writing for the free-market technology group Lincoln Labs, he argues not …

Busting the myth that patent reform is a left-wing idea

In a relatively short period of time, the debate over patent reform has transformed an arcane, low-salience issue into one that sparks fierce controversy and national headlines. Listening …

Free-market groups support Senate patent-litigation reform legislation

We write on behalf of the undersigned free-market organizations to express our strong support for your committee’s efforts to advance patent-litigation reform and applaud your balanced and judicious …

Coalition letter to Senate Judiciary Committee on the PATENT Act

Dear Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Leahy, and Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, We are proud to support the PATENT Act. We believe it is a well-rounded piece of …

Coalition letter supporting the PATENT Act

Dear Sens. Grassley and Leahy, The undersigned organizations represent technology, small business, consumer and the public interests in the area of patent policy. We write to provide our views …

Letter to House Commerce Committee on the TROL Act

Dear Mr. Upton and Mr. Pallone, The undersigned organizations represent the small business, consumer and public interests in the area of patent policy. We write in regretful opposition to …

Coalition letter to Senate leadership on USA PATRIOT Act

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid: As organizations and individuals dedicated to free markets and constitutionally limited government, we write to express our strong opposition to the …

Patent coalition says TROL Act doesn’t go far enough

Dear Chairmen and Ranking Members: We, the co-chairs of United for Patent Reform, on behalf of the coalition members represented below, acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of the Energy …

Coalition letter on NSA surveillance reform

Dear Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, Chairman Grassley, and Ranking Member Leahy: We urge you to end mass surveillance of Americans. Among us are civil liberties organizations from across …

Coalition letter to ITC over international digital data transmission

The attached letter to U.S. International Trade Commission Chairman Meredith M. Broadbent from a coalition of 26 organizations and scholars (including R Street) critiques the commission's April 2014 …

The conservative case for surveillance reform

This Wednesday, R Street is hosting a panel discussion on the looming battle over government surveillance in America. With key sections of the Patriot Act set to expire May …

Patent Reform Briefing

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center — Congressional Meeting Room South

#LegalHack #CopyNight at R Street

R Street Institute

The Conservative Case for Surveillance Reform

Rayburn HOB – B354

Could ridesharing shift to an ad-supported business model?

(This post was co-authored by R Street Western Region Director Ian Adams.) In a recent blog post, tech entrepreneur Andrew Chen discussed what a free, ad-supported service tier for …

CDC testimony to the Senate Committee on Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee

The attached written testimony was submitted by the Congressional Data Coalition to the Senate Committee on Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee regarding appropriations for open government data as part …

Broad coalition demands NSA surveillance reform

March 25, 2015 We the undersigned represent a wide range of privacy and human rights advocates, technology companies, and trade associations that hold an equally wide range of positions …

United for Patent Reform coalition letter on the STRONG Act

The undersigned members of United for Patent Reform (UPR) have formed a broad coalition of diverse American businesses to pursue comprehensive solutions to abusive patent litigation. We write …

Free-market groups support House patent reform legislation

The Honorable Bob Goodlatte The Honorable John Conyers, Jr. United States House Judiciary Committee Washington, DC 20515 Dear Committee Members, On behalf of the undersigned free-market organizations, we write to express our strong …

Oppose the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

Letter to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from the American Civil Liberties Union, Cause of Action, Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington, the Defending Dissent Foundation, …

Testimony to House Legislative Branch Subcommittee on congressional data

The attached written testimony was submitted to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch jointly by members of the Congressional Data Coalition and the Data …

Joint statement to House Government Operations Subcommittee on FOIA reform

Attached is the joint statement of the American Library Association, American Society of News Editors, Association of Alternative News Media, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the …

White House restrictions on data collection imperil innovation economy

In a late Friday news dump, the Obama administration released a dubious plan to create a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.” This proposal would enact a slew of …

R Street / CDT Happy Hour at SXSW

R Street Panels at SXSW

Guide to policy events at SXSW 2015

Every year, tens of thousands of people swarm to Austin, Texas for SXSW Interactive – one of the biggest annual gatherings of technologists, activists, and entrepreneurs in the country. Here at …

Support Montana’s warrant-for-content bill

Dear Austin Knudsen, Debby Barrett, Chuck Hunter, and Jon Sesso: We, the undersigned companies and organizations, are writing to urge speedy consideration and passage of Montana House Bill 444. …

Apply now for R Street’s 2015 Google Policy Fellowship

Applications are open now for R Street's 2015 Google Policy Fellowship in technology policy. The deadline to apply is March 12. R Street’s Google Fellow will have the opportunity to …

It’s Copyright Week! Let’s talk about copyright cronyism

Every year, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a host of other organizations -- including think tanks, trade groups and public interest advocates -- align their efforts for one …

Letter to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood on SOPA

December 22, 2014 Jim Hood Mississippi Attorney General Walter Sillers Building 550 High Street, Suite 1200 Jackson, MS 39201 Dear Attorney General Hood: According to recent news reports, your office, in active coordination with the …

Sony hack reveals celebrity gossip, plot to undermine free and open Internet

Hollywood media have feasted this month on  thousands of emails and internal documents leaked as part of a massive breach of Sony Pictures by the hacker group “Guardians …

R Street is seeking a Director of Innovation Policy

The R Street Institute, a free-market think-tank located in Washington, D.C., is seeking a law and technology wonk to serve as our Director of Innovation Policy. We’re looking …

D.C.’s new ridesharing law will give business a lift

Sometime this month, Mayor Vincent Gray is expected to sign legislation to formally legalize and regulate ridesharing in the District of Columbia. Dubbed the Vehicle-for-Hire Innovation Act, the law …

Letter to U.S. Congress on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

    The Honorable Harry Reid Majority Leader U.S. Senate Washington DC 20510 Dear Leader Reid, We write to urge you to bring to the floor S. 607, the bipartisan Leahy-­Lee bill updating the Electronic …

Official policy on ninjas

Ten great policy panels to vote for at SXSW

I recently wrote a short post highlighting the four panels we put forward for the 2015 SXSW Interactive conference, including the one I'll be on (along with folks from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the …

Vote for R Street at SXSW 2015

We've put together four awesome panels for SXSW Interactive. Your vote can help us bring free market ideas to Austin's annual gathering of 30,000 technologists, activists, and entrepreneurs. Please …

Virginia reaches deal with Uber and Lyft

From Matthew Feeney at the Cato Institute's blog: It is welcome news that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Herring have worked out an agreement with Uber and …

Half a trillion unaccounted for on federal spending transparency website

The federal government can’t find $619 billion dollars on the website it built six years ago to give a transparent account of its spending activities. USA Today‘s Gregory Korte has …

Coalition urges Congress to support updated USA FREEDOM Act (S. 2685)

Majority Leader Harry Reid Minority Leader Mitch McConnell United States Senate Chairman Patrick J. Leahy Ranking Member Charles E. Grassley U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Dianne …

R Street to host extreme weather event with Rep. Cartwright

Come see R Street's president Eli Lehrer on extreme weather events and disaster policy Wednesday at noon. Full details below. No RSVP required. Washington, DC –On Wednesday, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright, in …

Letter to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: Oppose CISA

June 26, 2014 Chairman Dianne Feinstein U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Washington, DC 20510 Vice Chairman Chambliss U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Washington, DC 20510   Dear Chairman Feinstein, Vice Chairman Chambliss, and Members …

Murray Rothbark

The dangerous proliferation of the ‘right to be forgotten’

Following on last month's ruling by the European Court of Justice that search engines could be forced to take down links that individuals believe infringe their privacy rights, …

Upcoming Google hangout on copyright reform

We'll be hosting a Google Hangout with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute to discuss copyright reform on Thursday, …

Letter to Chairman Leahy: Don’t kill prospects for real patent reform

May 22, 2014 The Hon. Patrick Leahy Chairman Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairman Leahy: On behalf of the R Street Institute, we urge you to reconsider your recent …

Coalition opposes Section 303 of the FIRST Act

The Hon. Lamar Smith Chairman, Committee on Science, Space and Technology The Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson Ranking Member, Committee on Science, Space and Technology CC: Members of the Committee on Science, Space, …

Privacy shouldn’t trump free speech

In a decision surprising to many close observers, Europe’s highest court ruled last week that Google must establish a process to receive and vet requests to take down embarrassing search results that …

Featured Events

Letter to Congress on USA FREEDOM Act

Speaker John Boehner Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi United States House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor Minority Whip Steny Hoyer United States House of Representatives Chairman Pete Sessions Ranking Member Louise Slaughter Committee on Rules United States …

Coalitions

Letter to Judiciary Committee on patent reform

April 29, 2014 The Hon. Patrick Leahy Chairman Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Hon. Chuck Grassley Ranking Member Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking …

Molly Schwartz

Derek Khanna

Free-market groups support Senate patent reform efforts

The Honorable Patrick Leahy The Honorable Charles Grassley United States Senate Judiciary Committee Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Committee Members, On behalf of the undersigned free-market organizations, we write to express our …

Patent reform efforts shouldn’t overlook patent quality

With the Senate Judiciary Committee set to take up legislation in the next several days that looks to combat so-called "patent trolls," it's imperative that lawmakers address the real underlying …

To make Congress more accountable, make it more open

This piece was co-authored by Daniel Schuman is policy director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Nearly two decades ago, Congress began publishing some of its …

Letter to Congress and White House on bulk data collection

President Barack Obama The White House Attorney General Eric Holder United States Department of Justice Majority Leader Harry Reid Minority Leader Mitch McConnell United States Senate Speaker John Boehner Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi United States House of …

‘4/04 Day’ panel and happy hour

The Congressional Data Coalition is hosting a panel and happy hour on April 4 ("4/04 Day") sponsored by the R Street Institute, and organized with help from other coalition …

Apply now for our 2014 Google Policy Fellowship

The R Street Institute (a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, DC) is accepting applications for its 2014 Google Policy Fellowship in technology policy. R Street's Google Fellow …

Congressional Data Coalition letter to House Appropriations Committee

Dear Chairman Cole, Ranking Member Wasserman Schultz, and members of the House Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee: We write on behalf of the  Congressional Data Coalition, a coalition formed in …

Coalition concerned about changes to Unlocking Consumer Choice Act

February 25, 2014 Dear Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, We the undersigned organizations and individuals are extremely disappointed in the addition of a poison pill amendment to …

State attorneys general support patent reform

The attorneys general of 42 states have signed a letter supporting efforts in Congress to enact comprehensive patent reform legislation. The letter emphasizes the need for increased transparency, …

Support the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act

Dear Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, Democratic Leader Pelosi, and Democratic Whip Hoyer: We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to encourage the House to consider the bipartisan Access to …

5 reasons Ronald Reagan’s secret identity was Captain Planet

If we've learned any lessons during the past few decades, perhaps the most important is that preservation of our environment is not a partisan challenge; it’s common sense. …

Upcoming R Street tech policy briefings

Please join us for two days of tech policy briefings followed by a networking happy hour at Capitol Lounge presented by the R Street Institute and Generation Opportunity. …

The problem is NSA overreach, not the technology we use

Blaming big tech companies for enabling our runaway surveillance state is like blaming Toyota or Ford for drunk drivers. It's a dangerous distraction, and it's the wrong strategy …

ECPA reform campaign will get official White House response

Early Thursday morning, with just hours remaining before the cutoff, a WhiteHouse.gov We the People petition to reform ECPA (Electronic Communications Privacy Act) and update privacy laws to …

Support the Innovation Act!

Dear Representatives, On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write in strong support of Rep. Bob Goodlatte's H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, which seeks to strengthen the patent system …

Letter to U.S. House supporting the Innovation Act

December 3, 2013 The Honorable John Boehner Speaker United States House of Representatives The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader United States House of Representatives Dear Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi: The broad-ranging group of undersigned …

Reforming American Agriculture

New proposal to slay patent trolls would be a boon to the digital economy

Following a slew of other bills introduced earlier this year to address America's broken patent system, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., recently released a second draft of a proposal to extend …

Americans have a right to know details of government data requests

Abusive government surveillance practices have violated the privacy and trust of the American people. But they’ve also left many companies who do business online in a lurch about …

The NSA’s war against encryption

New revelations about National Security Agency abuses, which now include everything from industrial espionage to reports that the agency can access most data on our smartphones, seem to …

Enhanced encryption could throw a wrench in NSA mass surveillance

Craig Timberg at the Washington Post has an important story on efforts to keep online communications and user data safe from the prying eyes of Uncle Sam. Timberg …

Scott fighting federal reinsurance bill

From the Baltimore Sun: The proposal is similar to a White House proposal backed by a group of U.S. insurance companies. R.J. Lehmann, a senior fellow at the conservative …

R Street wins carbon tax debate with Heritage Foundation and Heartland Institute

On June 13, 2013, the R Street Institute hosted a debate with the Energy & Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and the Heartland Institute on the question, "Are …

Top



Print Friendly and PDF