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The American Innovation and Choice Online Act does little for innovation or choice
Wayne Brough

On Thursday Jan. 20, the Senate will hold a hearing on S. 2992, the “American Innovation and Choice Online Act” (AICOA). This is one of a series of bills aimed at the tech sector that, if passed,…

In 2022, Maryland legislators should take the opportunity to harden cybersecurity infrastructure
Sarah Wall

When it comes to ransomware attacks, Maryland can’t catch a break. The impacts of malicious software found on a state Health Department server on Dec. 4, 2021 are still being felt over a month…

Northeast states’ legislation targeting app stores would hurt consumers—and the developers it aims to support
Sarah Wall

It’s rare for Democratic state legislators in the Northeast to see eye-to-eye with Republicans in the heartland. But anything can happen in 2022, and if last year was any indicator, these two…

Five Developments in ICT Supply Chain Security in November and December
Mary Brooks & Sofia Lesmes

From Secure and Competitive Markets Initiative:

“Supplies are born free but everywhere are in chains.” – Some guy on Twitter.
Welcome to the holiday edition of our newsletter. In honor of…

Our current cash bail system isn’t keeping people in or out of jail based on lethality—and it should be.
Lisel Petis

On Nov. 21, 2021, Darrell Brooks was arrested for driving a car into a crowd of people attending and performing at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., killing six and injuring over 60 more. At the…

Select Committee produces new round of recommendations on much-needed reforms
Nan Swift

The House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (SCOMC) closed out the first session of the 117th Congress strong, advancing a second set of congressional reform recommendations. This…

Voting rights preclearance should be a punishment, not a prophylactic
Matt Germer

Anthony Marcum at R Street recently released an analysis of HR 4, commonly known as the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,” which did a fantastic job laying out the history of the Voting…

Allowing ranked-choice voting in New Hampshire would be a savvy move for Republicans
Sarah Wall

It won’t be much of a surprise that Americans are discontent with our democratic republic. Polling finds three-in-five Americans are “dissatisfied with the way democracy is working,” a figure…

Patent policy is important for innovation
Wayne Brough

While much of Washington is focused on federal spending and the ongoing debate over vaccine mandates, the Senate recently held a hearing on Kathi Vidal, who has been nominated to be director of the…

Hack the Plant Episode 17: INL – Wind energy and cybersecurity challenges
Bryson Bort & William Gray

“A big risk is people just don’t understand the risks with these types of systems. I think that’s starting to change, as we have larger and larger energy companies that already understand…

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