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.

Should Government Regulate Social Media?

Should Government Regulate Social Media?

by Eric Peterson, Director, Pelican Center for Technology and Innovation Policy It seems nearly every week that some controversy or debate arises on the impact of social media in our lives. These debates took center stage this week when multiple big tech companies made a moderating decision about a major news outlet’s story this week....

By Eric Peterson

Online Speech During Elections

Online Speech During Elections

Did someone say online censorship? Tune in Thursday for a special (and timely) PeliCast on the debate over online speech and social media during elections, featuring Patrick Hedger, VP of Policy at Taxpayers Protection Alliance, and Scott Blackburn, Senior Research Analyst at the Institute for Free Speech. You won’t want to miss this one!

By Eric Peterson

Lafayette Shows Why Government Shouldn’t Run Internet

Lafayette Shows Why Government Shouldn’t Run Internet

There is no question that more Louisianans are in need of broadband internet connections. With children relying on broadband to attend school, employees counting on it to work, and many needing it to see their doctor, getting connected is more important than ever before. Unfortunately, many of the proposed solutions to get this don’t are...

By Eric Peterson

Stop the Attack on Free Speech Online

Stop the Attack on Free Speech Online

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump issued an executive order related to free speech online. As part of this order, the President asked the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to submit a petition for rulemaking to the Federal Communications Commission regarding Section 230. Section 230, known as the backbone of free speech online, provides that websites are not liable...

By Eric Peterson

Officials Misusing the Term Monopoly to Further Political Goals

Officials Misusing the Term Monopoly to Further Political Goals

Last Wednesday’s Congressional antitrust hearing often had little to do with actual discussions of antitrust and instead, served as a platform for Congress to air their pet grievances to some of the nation’s largest tech firms. During the more than four-hour hearing, I couldn’t help thinking of the Inigo Montoya’s often quoted line from The...

Major Win for Getting Louisianans Connected

Major Win for Getting Louisianans Connected

In a huge victory for connecting Louisianans to high-speed broadband internet, Governor John Bel Edwards signed Senator Beth Mizell’s SB 10 into law on Wednesday. SB 10 removes major hurdles to providing broadband access to people and businesses who sorely need it across the state. The following is a statement from Daniel Erspamer, chief executive...

Evasive Entrepreneurs and Permissionless Innovation

Evasive Entrepreneurs and Permissionless Innovation

What kind of environment is best for innovation? How are companies like Uber and Tesla able to innovate despite government standing in their way? Author and Mercatus Center Senior Fellow Adam Thierer will join Eric Peterson on the PeliCast this Tuesday at 10 a.m. CST to discuss his latest book “Evasive Entrepreneurs” and why it’s...

By Eric Peterson

Pelican Statement: Governor Vetoes Rural Broadband

Pelican Statement: Governor Vetoes Rural Broadband

On Friday, Governor John Bel Edwards’ vetoed an important piece of legislation for connecting Louisianans to high speed internet. SB 406 by Senator Beth Mizell would have removed government barriers that are preventing countless Louisianans from getting connected. The following is a statement from Daniel Erspamer, chief executive officer of the Pelican Institute, regarding Gov....

Getting Louisiana Students Connected

Getting Louisiana Students Connected

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us more reliant on the internet than ever before. And while it has served as an essential tool for staying connected with our friends, family and colleagues, it has also proven especially important for one particular group of Louisianans – students. Louisiana students were in the middle of finishing up...

Section 230 Protects the Speech of Louisianans

Section 230 Protects the Speech of Louisianans

With COVID-19, the economic crisis, and the protests taking place across the country, Americans are feeling the need more than ever to communicate with their friends and family. Given all these circumstances, social media has become the go-to method of communicating for many. What many don’t know is that this ability to share our thoughts...

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...

Contact Tracing and Privacy Concerns

Contact Tracing and Privacy Concerns

So, what exactly is contact tracing? How can we protect our privacy with governments using this practice? Watch our Privacy PeliCast with Ashkhen Kazaryan, director of Civil Liberties at TechFreedom, and James Czerniawski, Technology and Innovation Policy Analyst with the Libertas Institute, for answers to these questions and more!

By Sarah Harbison

Importance of Getting Louisianans Connected During COVID-19

Importance of Getting Louisianans Connected During COVID-19

How can Louisiana and other states ensure their citizens are better connected to the internet and what are some innovative solutions and technologies to make this possible? On this PeliCast, we give you the details in our discussion with Jennifer Huddleston, Director of Technology and Innovation Policy at American Action Forum, and Will Rinehart, Senior...

By Eric Peterson

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...