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

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

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...

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....

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...

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: 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...

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....

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...

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...