Center for Technology & Innovation Policy

Innovation – and the technology that comes from it – has made all of our lives better in almost incalculable ways. Whether its access to clean water, transportation that can take us anywhere we want to go, or the information revolution, many of us would be lost without these technologies. Yet when it comes to technology advancements, government often gets in the way. Rules and regulations make it difficult for innovators to improve our lives. Louisiana often lags behind in embracing new technology stifling innovation and job creation while also hurting consumers in the process.

Pelican, Partners Release Policy Solutions to Close State Digital Divides

Pelican, Partners Release Policy Solutions to Close State Digital Divides

As connectivity has become more important than ever, elected officials at all levels of government are facing issues, challenges, and opportunities that have previously been largely unexplored. To that end, today, the Pelican Institute joined other public policy groups across the nation in releasing policy solutions to help states close the digital divide following COVID-19. This...

TECH NEWS: Pelican Leads Coalition Supporting A Free and Open Internet

TECH NEWS: Pelican Leads Coalition Supporting A Free and Open Internet

Since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by Chairman Ajit Pai, ended the regulation of the internet under Title II, investment in broadband infrastructure has continued to increase. Now that we’re facing a public health crisis posed by COVID-19, this increase in broadband capacity is more important than ever. That’s why when the FCC recently...

Tech News: Three Cheers for the Internet!

Tech News: Three Cheers for the Internet!

Despite the gorgeous weather in large swaths of the country, the recent spread of COVID-19 and extensions of stay at home orders by several governors is forcing many Americans to stay indoors. Just a few years ago, this kind of large-scale self-isolation would have taken an even greater mental toll on people, but thankfully, today’s...

TECH NEWS: Louisiana Needs Drone Delivery Now

TECH NEWS: Louisiana Needs Drone Delivery Now

To reduce the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, many Louisianans are foregoing shopping in stores and are instead, ordering their necessities online through services like Amazon, Postmates, and Instacart. But these delivered goods are still interacting with human handlers multiple times before they make it to consumers. What if there was a way to...

What Louisiana’s Government Should and Shouldn’t Do During COVID-19

What Louisiana’s Government Should and Shouldn’t Do During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Louisiana, the response by the governor and the various boards of the state has been swift and far-reaching. The Pelican Institute appreciates their efforts to remove red tape in areas like telemedicine and delaying tax payments for hard-working Louisianans, which is critical in a time of economic crisis...

TECH NEWS: COVID-19 Social Media Incident Shows Value of Key Free Speech Protection

TECH NEWS: COVID-19 Social Media Incident Shows Value of Key Free Speech Protection

As people worldwide go into quarantine and conversations around COVID-19 move increasingly online, thousands of Facebook users received a shocked Tuesday night when they discovered the social media outlet flagged their posts as potential spam content or misleading information. This kind of flagging is typically reserved for purposefully misleading websites or those hawking fake products....

You Shouldn’t Need a License to Speak

You Shouldn’t Need a License to Speak

The very idea of needing a license to speak is shocking to most Americans. After all, most Americans know the First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees us the right to speak our minds. Yet despite this constitutional guarantee, there are state officials around the country claiming that in order to speak in some contexts, you...

Louisiana Needs to Lower Costs to Expand Rural Broadband

Louisiana Needs to Lower Costs to Expand Rural Broadband

If you are reading this article, chances are you have access to a broadband internet connection. A broadband connection is anything faster than a 25 Mbps (Megabits-per-second) download speed and a 3 Mbps upload speed. While this minimum speed isn’t considered especially high today, tens of thousands of Louisianans don’t have access to any broadband...

Pelican Releases Principles on Emerging Technology Issues for State Lawmakers

Pelican Releases Principles on Emerging Technology Issues for State Lawmakers

As state legislative sessions get underway across the country, the Pelican Center for Technology and Innovation released “Principles for Lawmakers: How to Think About Emerging Technologies,” a deep dive policy paper to give tips and advice to policymakers on the subject. In it, we lay out how important the light regulatory touch has been at...

Pelican Encourages FCC to Close the Digital Divide

Pelican Encourages FCC to Close the Digital Divide

Coming off the Pelican Institute’s second annual Solutions Summit, where policy experts from across the state and nation gathered to discuss important policy issues in Louisiana, the Pelican Institute released two statements on closing the digital divide by providing Louisianans access to affordable broadband internet. The Pelican Center for Technology and Innovation recently signed onto...

Local, National Experts to Speak at Solutions Summit 2.0

Local, National Experts to Speak at Solutions Summit 2.0

We’re one week away from the Pelican Institute for Public Policy’s Solutions Summit 2.0. Next Thursday, January 30 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge, join state and national policy leaders as we unveil solutions to the biggest problems facing Louisiana. Today, we’re excited to share our all-star speaker line-up for the event, which includes legislators...

Solutions Summit 2.0 Agenda Revealed

Solutions Summit 2.0 Agenda Revealed

There’s still time to register for the Pelican Institute for Public Policy’s Solutions Summit 2.0 on January 30 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge. Sign up by clicking here today and help us spread the word so your friends, colleagues and family can reserve their spots before the event sells out. At Solutions...

Louisiana Needs Fair 5G Policy

Louisiana Needs Fair 5G Policy

There are few things in our modern world more frustrating than being unable to get a cellular signal when you need it most. As we increasingly rely on our cellphones for not only communication but for services like ridesharing and countless others, having a dependable and speedy connection is becoming a necessity. These connections become...

Top 10 inventions of the Decade

Top 10 inventions of the Decade

The 2010s were packed with historic events, both nationally and around the world. And while there are plenty “end of the decade” lists focused around political and cultural milestones, some of the biggest changes from the last decade weren’t spurred by events, but rather inventions. In fact, many of the technologies we now rely on...