Science, Technology, and Democracy: Building a Modern Congressional Technology Assessment Office
About the authors
Zach Graves is a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. He is head of policy at the Lincoln Network, a technology and policy group headquartered in Silicon Valley. Zach’s work focuses on the intersection of technology and governance issues. Prior to Lincoln, he was founder and former director of the R Street Institute’s technology and innovation policy program. Before R Street, he previously worked at the Cato Institute and the America’s Future Foundation. He is currently a fellow at the Internet Law and Policy Foundry, an associate fellow at the R Street Institute, and a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. He holds a master’s from the California Institute of the Arts and a bachelor’s from the University of California at Davis. Zach is married and lives in Washington, DC.
70 See, e.g., this bipartisan coalition letter (organized by the authors of this paper) supporting OTA signed by center-right civil society groups including FreedomWorks, TechFreedom, American Principles Project, R Street Institute, et al., “Re: Strengthening Legislative Branch Capacity on Science and Technology,” May 9, 2019. https://lincolnpolicy.org/2019/05/09/re-strengthening-legislative-branch-capacity-on-science-and -technology/. See also this op-ed from the American Enterprise Institute: James Pethokoukis, “Congress should revive the Office of Technology Assessment,” The Week, December 6, 2018. http://www.aei.org/publication /congress-should-revive-the-office-of-technology-assessment/.
75 See testimony of Zach Graves, the R Street Institute. https://www.rstreet.org/2018/04/17/zach-graves-testimony -before-the-u-s-house-of-representatives-committee-on-appropriations-legislative-branch-subcommittee/.
86 For a deeper discussion of conservative objections to OTA, see: Zach Graves, “Rebuilding a Technology Assessment Office in Congress,” R Street Institute, September 2018. https://www.rstreet.org/wp-content /uploads/2018/09/No.-152.pdf See also: Adam Keiper, “Science and Congress,” The New Atlantis (Fall 2004/ Winter 2005). https://www.thenewatlantis.com/docLib/TNA07-Keiper.pdf/.