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EU Copyright Directive Moves Forward: What Does It Mean for In House Lawyers in Silicon Valley?
Mike Godwin

“The only companies that are really going to be able to implement filtering on a wide scale are the big incumbent companies, like YouTube,” said Mike Godwin, a distinguished…

Floridians should embrace highly automated vehicles
Marc Hyden & Caleb Watney

Floridians will soon see more highly automated vehicles (HAVs) on the roads, and they should welcome the sight. This new technology promises to alleviate many issues plaguing the Sunshine State’s…

How committee staffers clear the runway for legislative action in Congress
Casey Burgat

Admittedly, the audience at this spring’s “The State of Congressional Capacity Conference” was a receptive one. Congressional scholars from across the country gathered and presented research…

#MAGA vs. #Resist
Eli Lehrer

In letters to our donors and blog posts, I’ve made the point that R Street is neither a #resist organization nor a #MAGA organization. As a 501c(3) organization, we can’t and don’t take…

FERC bid for cyber-authority of pipelines part of larger battle over power, competence
William Murray

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the primary federal agency regulating electricity and natural gas infrastructure. However, currently the Commission only has the authority to…

Fed continues negative real interest rates
Alex J. Pollock

The Federal Reserve yesterday raised its target fed funds rate to a range of between 1.75 percent and 2 percent; let’s just call it 2 percent. That feels a lot higher than the nearly 0 percent it…

About that new “cheap” technology to remove carbon dioxide from the air
Josiah Neeley

The Internet has been abuzz about a new technique for fighting climate change by sucking carbon dioxide out of the air. As reported in The Atlantic:
A team of scientists from Harvard University and…

(Panel video) The cost of innovation: The link between patents and drug prices
Charles Duan

Recent polling shows that 8 in 10 Americans believe that drug prices are “unreasonable,” and a majority think that taking action to lower prescription drug prices should be the top priority for…

🚨Does the Internet Still Exist!?!?!🚨 Fact-checking net neutrality doomsday predictions
Joe Kane

If you’re reading this, the Internet still exists, despite the fact that the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in December, has gone into…

By failing to distinguish smoking and vaping, health awards fall flat
Steven Greenhut

Everyone likes a good ranking, especially one involving their home city. So Portland, Oregon, residents might be proud that their hometown this week received two gold medals and an overall…