Media requests and clips

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Selected clips

Fox 5 DC: Twitter tries to stop misinformation, but will it work?
Three weeks after booting former President Trump from the platform that helped give rise to his 2016 presidential campaign, Twitter is rolling out a new feature aimed at policing misinformation on the site. Birdwatch is rolling out in earnest, and Will Rinehart from the Center for Growth and Opportunity joined Jim on the Final 5 to explain what it means, and will it actually work?

Fox 5 DC: Tick-tock for TikTok
President Trump’s call to shut down the popular social video app TikTok could set up a precedent for other companies doing business in America. Will Rinehart from the Center for Growth and Opportunity at the Utah State University joined Jim on The Final 5 to break down the President’s recent executive order, and how that could alter how the government handles private business.

CSPAN’s Washington Journal
How did federal regulations impact the early U.S. coronavirus response?

CSPAN’s Washington Journal
Congress wants to take on the biggest players in the tech industry. In this segment from CSPAN’s Washington Journal, I discuss the antitrust hearings.

CNBC Closing Bell
President Trump took a swipe at Amazon on Twitter. On Closing Bill, I discussed if Amazon’s growth could make it a target for antitrust issues.

Tony Katz Show on 93.1 Indy
I explain a big concern with breaking up social media: “In terms of the overall impact of regulation on the consumer, that’s a bit of an unknown, Tony. I’m sure it will make some lawyers wealthy and it will certainly create a number of headaches for the companies and the regulators themselves, but in terms of actual benefit to the consumer, that’s unclear to me at this point.”

Big tech antitrust hearings - Will Rinehart on Legal Talk Network

American Radio Journal - December 17, 2020 - Lowman Henry talks with Will Rinehart from the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University about federal anti-trust action against big tech

American Radio Journal - May 21, 2020 - Lowman Henry talks with William Rinehart from the Center for Growth & Opportunity at Utah State University about the promise and pitfalls of contact tracing.

American Radio Journal - October 26, 2017 - Eric Boehm of Reason magazine talks with Will Rinehart of the American Action Forum about employee compensation in the ride sharing economy.

Conferences and panels

JMI Encryption Townhall
On this Townhall virtual event, JMI’s Director of the Center for Technology and Innovation, Andrea O’Sullivan chats with a host of panelists about encryption and data privacy.

Debate: Should the U.S. Copy the EU’s New Privacy Law?
The European Union’s new privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), went into effect on May 25, 2018. Since then, a number of privacy advocates have called for the United States to follow suit and pass its own comprehensive data protection legislation that meets or exceeds the standards in the GDPR. Yet critics of the GDPR maintain that these regulations would impose significant costs on the economy and degrade the consumer experience online. Pressure is mounting for lawmakers to take a position, and the Trump administration is considering its own set of privacy principles that it may send to Congress. ITIF held a no-holds-barred debate about what the future of U.S. privacy law should look like, moderated by Axios Managing Editor Kim Hart. YouTube video.

Scaling Innovation: Why We Should Preserve the Consumer Welfare Standard in Antitrust Policy
Should antitrust law combat big firms? For the last 40 years, antitrust policy has been guided by what is known as the consumer welfare standard, which generally allows companies to pursue mergers or any other market strategies they may choose, absent harm to consumers or anticompetitive conduct. But some activists have advocated for going back to a time when government actively pushed back against the formation of large firms, an approach championed in the early 20th century by Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. Today’s neo-Brandeisians worry about what they see as undue concentrations of economic and political power among large corporations, and they hope to prop up small businesses. They largely discount the economic efficiencies and innovation that large companies can generate, and they urge policymakers to abandon the consumer welfare standard in favor of expanding the scope of antitrust to include a host of other, often conflicting and ill-defined goals. YouTube video.

Inside Source’s panel on access to free data plans
Technology and consumer analysts talked about access to broadband and free data plans. “Free data plans,” also known as “zero rating,” refer to an internet service provider partnering with certain content providers to exempt their traffic from counting against a subscriber’s monthly data plan. Panelists agreed that having a system in place in which low-income families do not have to worry about exceeding their data plan limit would be one way to increase broadband access. CSPAN video available

The Future of Speech Online
The Center for Democracy & Technology, in partnership with the Charles Koch Institute and the Newseum Institute, held a one-day symposium on the future of speech online. It explored the most pressing issues around free speech online today, and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision in Reno v. ACLU, which extended First Amendment protections to expressive activity online.